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Breaking Through the Stent-Coating Process

April 30, 2010 12:06 pm | by Robert R. Andrews and Jim McCLain | Comments

According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, killing almost double the number of people killed by cancer, car accidents and AIDS combined. For this reason, innovative therapies and devices to treat heart disease are in high demand. This article describes a new coating technology which optimizes drug-eluting stents and other medical devices.

Micro Molding: The Outsource and Offshore Alternative to Manufacturing Medical Devices for Minimally Invasive Surgery

April 30, 2010 11:51 am | by John Whynott | Mikrotech | Comments

Medical device companies have long benefited from global outsourcing of labor and manufacturing, and are now beginning to outsource product design and development as well. Rather than examine the pros and cons of insourcing versus outsourcing, this article challenges the basic principles of outsourcing, and brings a different outlook to this highly publicized and challenging subject.

Bug Prevention in Medical Devices

April 30, 2010 11:19 am | by Alen Zukich | Comments

A complex set of factors, including an aging population, is putting pressure on medical device manufacturers to produce increasingly intuitive devices, with advanced features and functionality, faster and less expensively than ever before.


Fully Automated Inspection for Surgical Implants

April 30, 2010 10:59 am | by DePuy Spine | Comments

One hundred percent inspection and identification is essential for most products. DePuy Spine has solved the problem of high costs associated with this necessity through flexible part automation, using a desktop robot and Cognex vision system.

Revolutionary IV Design Relies on Upfront CFD Technology

April 30, 2010 8:44 am | by Ben Powers | Comments

Developing a revolutionary product requires deviating from the well-beaten product development path. The product-development processes you use will dictate just how innovative your products end up. The development and manufacture of Fluidnet’s new infusion pump demonstrates this point.

Pro-active Manufacturers Save Millions with Advanced Flintec Medical Load Cells

April 30, 2010 8:35 am | by Flintec Ltd. | Comments

Specialist manufacturers who use medical load cells at the heart of their products are saving millions of dollars by bringing in technology partner Flintec early in the design process.

The Advantages of Using Peristaltic Aseptic Filling Machines With a 'Single Use' Production Philosophy

April 30, 2010 8:21 am | by Watson-Marlow Flexicon | Comments

With injectable liquids taking the forefront of the field of new drug development, the market demands a cost-effective and safe way to produce drugs in small batches for specific populations. This article examines the benefits of single-use tubing as an efficient answer to these demands.

Managing Compliance and Software Lifecycles for Medical Device Manufacturers

April 30, 2010 8:08 am | by David Znidarsic | Comments

This article explores electronic license management, a simple solution for medical technology manufacturers that can ensure regulatory compliance while delivering a host of additional benefits, including simplifying how companies bring their products to market and ensuring they can maximize their revenue.


Why a Customer Would Choose a 100W Fiber Laser

April 30, 2010 7:51 am | by A-1 Laser | Comments

There comes a time when a technology changes the way we think about applications or the approach to a problem. Fiber lasers have changed the laser world in just that way.

Antimicrobial Protected Tubing 2010: Focus on New Materials

April 30, 2010 7:24 am | by Marcia Coulson | Eldon James Corp. | Comments

Several issues are pushing dramatic changes in the area of medical tubing. This article covers, in detail, what these areas are, what challenges they pose to all involved in making and using medical tubing, and what new approaches, materials and testing are going into the new breed of tubing that is being demanded by end users today.


Choosing an EMS Supplier? Look for PLM

April 30, 2010 7:13 am | by Kurt Hartwig | Comments

Are quality and on-time delivery of high importance to you? Maybe engineering design and quick-turn prototype services top your list. Or, perhaps you are more interested in capacity and VIP attention to your projects. If you are like most original equipment manufacturers (OEM’s), you want all of these and more from your electronics manufacturing services (EMS) company. This article will examine the benefits of Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), as well as several other vital traits that are often overlooked in an OEM/EMS long-term partnership.

Machine Vision Helps Syringe Assembly System Double Productivity

April 30, 2010 7:02 am | by Cognex Corp. | Comments

Often, in order to provide customers with the best quality products, companies are forced to sacrifice high productivity and competitive pricing. However, one company’s innovations in syringe manufacturing technology have proven that quality can be achieved efficiently, at a low cost.

Fiber Laser Extends Capabilities of Laser Welding Workstations

April 30, 2010 6:47 am | by Crafford-LaserStar Technologies Corp. | Comments

Crafford-LaserStar Technologies Corp., a worldwide supplier of laser microwelding, cutting, and marking workstations for industrial applications, premiered its first FiberStar laser welding workstation earlier this year, and is already examining other workstation products that feature fiber laser engines.

The Future is Evident

April 30, 2010 6:34 am | by Kristin Johnson | Disposable Instrument Company, Inc. | Comments

In September 2008, Covidien Energy-based Devices, a market leader in advanced energy-based surgical systems, announced the launch of the Evident MW Ablation System, providing physicians with a powerful new technology to ablate soft tissue.

Protecting Product Quality in an Outsourced Manufacturing Model

April 30, 2010 6:18 am | by Chris Rehl | Comments

Today’s chilling economic climate is accelerating the adoption of cost-cutting initiatives. Outsourcing component and sub-assembly manufacturing, as well as application development, has long been standard practice for high-tech and consumer manufacturing, and medical electronics manufacturers are now increasingly following suit.


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