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Intersection of Patents and Medicine: 5 Tips to Maximize the Inventor’s Rights

July 15, 2010 12:00 pm | by William G Abbatt, Shareholder and Registered Patent Attorney, Brooks Kushman law firm | Comments

As the medical industry evolves and technology in medical devices becomes more advanced, it is necessary to protect those ideas. Medical device engineers and manufacturers often look to the physician to improve such devices and make related...

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The Medical Device Industry’s Biggest Challenge: Innovation or Taxes?

July 15, 2010 9:57 am | by Paul Steiner | Comments

In the last few months, the medical device community has found itself amidst a political fallout that threatens any forthcoming economic improvements. To fund the healthcare reforms set forth by Congress, medical device manufacturers will soon be charged a 2.3 percent excise tax on the sale of most medical devices.

Robotic Surgical Assistants: New Robot Controls and Operating Methodology Allow Robots to Assist Surgeons

July 15, 2010 7:06 am | by Adept Technology | Comments

Robots have been assisting surgeons since 1985 for remote surgery, unmanned surgery and minimally invasive surgery. Robotic surgical assistance has many advantages including smaller incisions, decreased blood loss, less pain, quicker healing time and the ability to pinpoint locations very precisely. Automated systems that support surgeons in procedures such as the implantation of prosthetics used in hip replacements are becoming a more common fixture in the operating room.

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Perspectives on Global Design

July 7, 2010 7:35 am | Comments

For your area of the industry, what is the most significant consideration when designing a device for use both domestically and internationally?

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Positioner assembly tool for back and spinal surgery

June 30, 2010 10:26 am | by Par3 Technology | Comments

The new design used to complete the surgery is named the Positioner Assembly Tool. The single tool design assembly includes details within the assembly which work with individual tools to complete all the necessary functions. During the product development process, Par3’s Analysis Driven Design Process was used to create features and functions to enhance and optimize the product. This process uses computer aided analysis software to optimize the design of a product and reduce the need for costly sample building and speed up the development cycle.

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Designing a Power-Down Tester for Solid-State Storage Products Used in Portable Medical Devices

June 30, 2010 7:47 am | by Gary Drossel | Comments

  Portable, space-saving medical devices are the trend in today’s health care industry. Several popular storage solutions have been adopted by medical equipment manufacturers, including solid-state storage due to its space and power savings characteristics. Solid-state drives (SSDs) offer, in most cases, significant power savings which translate into longer battery life for mobile applications. This also makes them especially well-suited for portable medical devices.

Unbreakable: A Totally Unique Switch Technology Offers Unparalleled Performance

June 24, 2010 12:13 pm | by ITW Active Touch | Comments

The Design Challenge Imagine for a moment that you are asked to design a pushbutton switch for the most challenging applications. The pushbutton needs to be extremely rugged, capable of surviving abuse and vandalism. It needs to function perfectly

New Uses for Deep Drawn Stampings

June 24, 2010 11:43 am | by Pete Evans | Comments

Deep drawn and progressive stamping has long been valued because it can form shapes impossible with any other kind of metalworking. It has also been valued as an economical, labor saving alternative to machining and assembly. The serrated internal rotating

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Determining the Most Effective Approach to EMI Shielding for Flexible Circuits and Cables

June 24, 2010 8:45 am | by Doug Walz | Comments

When electronic devices are being used in the medical field, electromagnetic interference is not merely a nuisance, it is a serious hazard that threatens the lives of the patients whose health relies upon these devices. This article presents specific advances made in the production of protective shielding to provide l

Biomechanics: Research on the middle ear helps develop new hearing aids

June 24, 2010 6:19 am | by dSPACE | Comments

The ability to communicate is an elementary part of our lives, and without good hearing, communication becomes difficult if not impossible. This is why researchers continue to work on optimizing prostheses that improve hearing. Now researchers at the Universität Stuttgart in Germany have opened up a new avenue of

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World Precision Instruments Gains Added Precision with SYSPRO Software

June 23, 2010 10:45 am | by World Precision Instruments | Comments

World Precision Instruments (WPI) is a global leader in TEER measurement, nitric oxide sensing, and other sophisticated instrumentation vital to physiological and medical research. The privately held company began operations in New Haven, Conn., in 1967 as a small manufacturer

Vermont Company Brushes Up on Decorating Challenges

June 23, 2010 10:31 am | by Vermont Company | Comments

Printing on toothbrushes used to be a challenge in the product decorating field, until the engineers at Pad Print Machinery of Vermont sunk their teeth into the problem. “Toothbrush manufactures were coming to us with a dozen different styles of

Rapid Prototyping Resin Unlocks a New Opportunity for Direct Manufacturing

June 23, 2010 9:59 am | by John Baldo, Ph.D. | Comments

Varian, Inc., a leader in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) technology, produced the first commercial NMR spectrometer more than 50 years ago. Since then, NMR has become a standard technique for chemical, biological, medical, and physical research. NMR imaging systems are recognized as significant tools for medical dia

Labeling & Vision System Reduces Cost of Applying and Inspecting Lenses

June 23, 2010 9:31 am | by John Lewis | Comments

In response to the demand for a labeling system that is both time and cost efficient, SynergEyes Inc., has developed an innovative means of applying and inspecting product labels. This article will introduce this technology, exploring both how it works, and the benefits it offers. Labeling is a critical con

Ceramic Substrate Machining

June 23, 2010 7:43 am | by Synchron Laser Services | Comments

Synchron Laser Services, Inc. presents its fiber lasers as a more accurate and precise alternative to CO2 lasers. Fiber lasers are proving to be a disruptive enabling technology in the scribing, drilling and cutting of ceramic substrates in an industry

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