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 SurgeonsJuly 15, 2010 7:06 am | 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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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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Speed and Reliability in Medical Device Development Facilitated by Balancing Proper Design with Highly Functional Prototyping MaterialsJune 23, 2010 7:20 am | Comments
This case study will focus on the vital role played by WaterShed XC 11122, a rapid prototyping resin from DSM Somos, which helps to ensure a remarkably fast turnaround coupled with the ability to replicate actual performance attributes of production-grade engineered thermoplastics. Two words best encompass a ch