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Electronic Device Design, Part II

May 13, 2009 8:19 am | Omnetics Connector Corp. | Comments

More medical devices are being designed with electronic components that enhance the overall functionality and/or efficiency of the product. It is interesting to theorize where these electronics may take healthcare.

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Electronic Device Design, Part I

May 13, 2009 8:18 am | Comments

More medical devices are being designed with electronic components that enhance the overall functionality and/or efficiency of the product. It is interesting to theorize where these electronics may take healthcare.

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Working Out the Bugs

May 8, 2009 12:19 pm | by Paul Nickelsberg | Comments

Among the most important factor in medical device design is timely launch to market of a quality product. Aiding designers is an extremely useful process—Design Failure Mode Effects Analysis (DFMEA).

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Orthotics and Prosthetics Go Digital

May 8, 2009 12:19 pm | by David Chen, Ph.D. | Comments

Digital, 3D systems are enabling orthotic and prosthetic devices that provide a better fit and a shorter manufacturing time over more traditional solutions.

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Lasers Focus on Tubing

May 8, 2009 12:19 pm | by Jim McCormick and Chad Carson | Microlumen, Inc. | Comments

Medical device manufacturers have realized a number of benefits from the use of polyimide tubing. However, due to the obstacles in fabricating components from it, the challenge lies in successfully manipulating the tubing without negatively impacting the end product.

The Power of a Heartbeat

April 9, 2009 7:33 am | by Tracy Wotherspoon and Giles Stanley | Comments

In efforts to achieve greater levels of miniaturization for implantable devices, manufacturers are examining every component that goes into them. One of the most common components that impacts the size of an implantable is the battery.

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Perspectives on President Obama, Part II

April 2, 2009 5:33 am | Comments

President Obama campaigned on the idea of change, addressing everything from foreign policy to healthcare. Change proposed by the federal government for healthcare often targets the way the FDA operates.

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Perspectives on President Obama, Part I

April 2, 2009 5:33 am | Astrodyne Corporation | Comments

President Obama campaigned on the idea of change, addressing everything from foreign policy to healthcare. Change proposed by the federal government for healthcare often targets the way the FDA operates.

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Piezo Motor Based Medical Devices

April 2, 2009 5:33 am | by Ralph Weber | Comments

Piezo motor technology is still in its relatively early stages of application development, but is already demonstrating the tremendous value and functionality it offers in medical devices. These motors are very small, yet enable long-range and precise motion.

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Pumping System Parameters to Consider for Your Medical Instrument

April 2, 2009 5:33 am | by David Vanderbeck | KNF Neuberger, Inc. | Comments

Selecting the wrong pump for a medical instrument can lead to costly manufacturing delays, dangerous device failures, or even reputation-damaging product recalls. Therefore, it is critical that designers have the minimum parameters they need to consider in mind when making their choice.

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Top Five Tips for an Efficient Outsourcing Partnership

April 2, 2009 5:32 am | by Chris Coghlin, President and CEO, Cogmedix | Cogmedix | Comments

While outsourcing in the medical device manufacturing industry is growing, there are still a large number of companies who have very little or no experience with this process. For them, it can be a daunting task to determine how best to...

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Reimbursement

March 31, 2009 9:26 am | Comments

Reimbursement is a critical issue for medical device manufacturers, but is it so important that it

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Beyond the Ilities: What Makes Medical Technology Unique

March 17, 2009 11:14 am | by Rick Schrenker | Comments

An Editorial By Rick Schrenker Rick Schrenker is the systems engineering manager in the Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Biomedical Engineering. He can be reached at 617-726-7534 or raschrenker@partners.org .

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Driving the Backlighting for Patient Monitors: Which Technology is Best?

March 17, 2009 11:14 am | by Tom Novitsky and Bill Abbott | Comments

CCFLs powered by DC-AC inverters have been dominant in medical patient monitors, but LED BLUs are on the horizon and gaining ground in terms of usage. The benefits of each differ across many areas, including functionality, reliability, and cost.

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Optimizing the Processing of Thermoplastic Polyurethanes (TPUs) for Maximum Results

March 17, 2009 11:14 am | by Cynthia Edgar, CQE | Comments

Overcoming typical TPU processing problems involving moisture and temperature can be a challenge when fabricating components or extruding tubing for medical devices. This article offers several tips to address these common concerns.

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