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What’s in the Secret Sauce for U.S. Manufacturing?: Century Old Company Stays Competitive by Designing for Manufacturability

April 28, 2010 12:15 pm | by ATW Companies | Comments

For more than a century, the ATW Companies have been world-class suppliers of precision tubing and fabricated metal components. This article explores the ways in which the company has maintained high standards of manufacturability in the modern market.

Keep Cash Flowing With Trade Terms

April 28, 2010 11:48 am | by Richard Flynn | Comments

To make the end of the month a bit easier, it pays to understand how trade terms work, how they can be used to even out cash flow, and what you can do to gain access to trade terms, or similar tools. The following provides the basics of trade terms along with tips on how to put them to work for your business.

ControlPanelGRC Gets to the Heart of Abiomed’s GRC Requirements

April 28, 2010 11:37 am | by Abiomed, Inc. | Comments

ControlPanelGRC, as second-generation software, has not only helped Abiomed automate its governance, risk, and compliance (GRC) efforts; it is also helping them streamline their business processes overall, which has been an unexpected but welcome additional benefit.

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Speed: Today’s Manufacturing Competitive Edge

April 28, 2010 5:09 am | by Adept Technology, Inc. | Comments

Ever since the Venice Arsenal started mass producing ships in what some refer to as the world’s first factory back in the 13th century, manufacturers have been driven by the need for speed. Manufacturing speed, that is.

Perspectives on Medical Electronics

April 8, 2010 1:12 pm | Comments

The role of electronics in medical devices has evolved tremendously over the last several decades and continues to integrate into more products as the industry moves forward.

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Singapore: Gateway to Asia

April 6, 2010 5:08 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

Last month, I had a fantastic opportunity to visit Singapore to see several medical device suppliers and outsourcing service providers. It was a country I knew very little about and had simply grouped in with the rest of Asia as a low labor...

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The QL Care Analyzer: A Leap Forward in POC Diagnostics

April 6, 2010 5:08 am | Comments

In an effort to ensure more timely and accurate diagnoses for a wide array of medical conditions, cutting-edge technology is being harnessed to set a new standard in point-of-care (POC) immunoassay testing.

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Using Dry Lubricants to Address Stacked Tolerances

April 6, 2010 5:07 am | Comments

Addressing tolerances is something with which most design engineers developing medical devices are familiar. The challenge can be even greater when dealing with stacked tolerances.

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Making the Case for Enclosures

April 6, 2010 5:07 am | Comments

The Project: An enclosure was needed for a power source that aided surgeons with a very delicate procedure.

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Perspectives on New Materials, Part II

March 23, 2010 9:59 am | Pexco, LLC | Comments

New developments in material technology are critical to innovations across all industries, including medical device technology. Therefore, it is crucial for designers to stay abreast of the most recent advances that could benefit their upcoming products.

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Perspectives on New Materials, Part I

March 23, 2010 9:59 am | Comments

New developments in material technology are critical to innovations across all industries, including medical device technology. Therefore, it is crucial for designers to stay abreast of the most recent advances that could benefit their upcoming products.

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Adhesive Ushers Intelligent, Transdermal Drug Delivery

March 23, 2010 9:58 am | by Shirley Monte | Comments

The Challenge: An adhesive that would adhere to the body for three to seven days was needed for a transdermal drug delivery patch.

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The Quest to Replace Plasticized PVC Tubes

March 23, 2010 9:58 am | by Kyle Rhodes, Nadine Blaesing, and Rory Wolf | Comments

There is a growing interest within the medical device community to replace plasticized PVC tubing with more environmentally friendly and less potentially harmful alternatives. However, bonding these different materials for traditional applications can prove challenging.

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Medical Manufacturers Drawn to Fast Growth of Combination Products

March 23, 2010 9:58 am | by Mark Paulsen | Comments

By Mark Paulsen Examples of miniature silicone combination products Combination products are a rapidly growing segment of the healthcare market that has attracted the interest of a growing number of medical device manufacturers.

Rethinking the Standard Device Pre-Clinical Testing Paradigm for Combination Products

March 23, 2010 9:58 am | by Drs. Donald F. Palme II and Linda Hansen | WuXi AppTec | Comments

Traditional testing procedures are satisfactory for the majority of today's medical devices. However, with combination products, testing can become a significantly greater challenge.

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