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Perspectives on Lean Manufacturing, Part I

January 22, 2010 10:59 am | Boyd Coatings Research, Inc. | Comments

Lean manufacturing can help companies eliminate waste, reduce costs, and improve timeliness.

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Honey, I Shrunk the Electronics!

January 22, 2010 10:59 am | by Jonathan Bearfield | Texas Instruments Inc. | Comments

The drive towards mobility and miniaturization of medical electronics is a goal of many of today's device manufacturers. However, each of them is attempting to miniaturize at different levels.

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Medical Goes Mobile

January 22, 2010 10:59 am | by Tom O'Dwyer | Analog Devices, Inc. | Comments

The push for miniaturization in medical devices is very apparent to manufacturers in all sectors of the industry. However, this trend is closely coupled with the goal of also making these smaller devices portable.

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Leveraging Materials Science and Engineering Innovation to Improve Implant Performance

January 22, 2010 10:58 am | by Aiguo Wang, Ph.D. | Comments

Advances in materials are always exciting and significantly contribute to innovations in medical device technology. In the orthopedic arena, one company has developed a technique with which to enhance the material properties of polyethylene for hip and knee replacements. By Aiguo Wang, Ph.D.

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Precision Shape-Shifting Silicone Tubing Is a Reality

January 22, 2010 10:58 am | by Paul Mazelin | Comments

The ability to manipulate tubing into different forms and with multiple lumens is a benefit to medical device designers. A newer technology, however, enables this metamorphosis to occur "on the fly" during the extrusion process.

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Motoring On to Increased Lab Production

December 2, 2009 4:29 am | by Paul McGrath | Maxon Precision Motors, Inc. | Comments

With ever increasing needs for medical laboratories to produce new flu vaccines and additional quantities of pharmaceuticals for our aging population, technology has to meet the challenge with higher throughput equipment.

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Autoclavable Miniature Motors in Medical Applications

December 2, 2009 4:28 am | by Joanne Nania | Comments

Many medical devices require some amount of motion to function appropriately. Miniature brushless motors offer an excellent solution to this need. Further, being offered as autoclavable components makes them even more attractive to device designers.

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Perspectives on the FDA UDI Rule, Part II

December 2, 2009 4:28 am | Intertech Development Company | Comments

The FDA's upcoming UDI rule will impact all medical device manufacturers. To what degree, however, will vary from company to company, based on what systems and technologies are already in place.

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Perspectives on the FDA UDI Rule, Part I

December 2, 2009 4:28 am | Comments

The FDA's upcoming UDI rule will impact all medical device manufacturers. To what degree, however, will vary from company to company, based on what systems and technologies are already in place.

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Five Developments in Laser Cutting Technology

December 2, 2009 4:28 am | by Paul Dirienzo | Comments

Laser die cutting advancements have been made rapidly over the last several years. Design engineers who are not maintaining close watch of this industry may not be aware of some of the more recent benefits that are being realized.

Scientific Injection Molding: A Tool for Lean Manufacturing

December 2, 2009 4:26 am | by Frank Staples and Alpesh Patel | Helix Medical | Comments

Injection molding is a critical component fabrication technique in medical device manufacturing. Therefore, any method that can be employed to reduce costs associated with it is of much interest to device makers.

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Adding Conveyors to the Lean Manufacturing Mix

December 2, 2009 4:26 am | by Kevin Gingerich | Comments

Moving to a lean system can be of great benefit to most medical device manufacturers. Unfortunately, not all of them are familiar with the tools and strategies that need to be put in place to maximize the return on this investment.

COMs and Smart Batteries: Helping Deliver Advanced Imaging Devices

December 2, 2009 4:26 am | by Christine A. Van De Graaf | Comments

In an effort to enable life saving diagnostic imaging equipment to be taken anywhere it could be necessary, device manufacturers are seeking technologies to help them design devices that will facilitate fully functional, smaller, portable devices.

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The Role of DCE-MRI in Clinical Trials

December 2, 2009 4:26 am | by Mehdi Adineh, Ph.D. | Comments

Medical imaging holds the potential to significantly increase the quality of care able to be provided to injured or ill patients. It is now proving to be a valuable tool in the fight against cancer as well.

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Reducing Cost in Medical Disposable Manufacturing

December 2, 2009 4:25 am | by Tom Ferris and Pawel Wasniowski | Comments

The Project: Reduce costs in the production process of medical disposables without requiring a redesign of the device. The Solution: Move the product to a lower cost labor market and upgrade the production line while implementing principles of Lean and Six Sigma.

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