When Dentronix, a Coltene/Whaledent subsidiary, was designing its new “High Heat” bite stick, it needed a material that could withstand the high temperature requirements of dry-heat sterilizers. It chose Victrex Peek (a high performance polymer used in many high-end medical applications) because of the material’s superior combination of properties.
Measuring extremely small parts presents a distinct set of obstacles. This article outlines the three steps that must be taken when measuring micro and meso scale parts to ensure the most accurate results: part handling, part cleaning, and part fixturing.
Outsourcing began as a way of addressing some of the peripheral jobs in development, sustenance, and maintenance of product lines, areas where companies felt that both risk and cost were low. For medical device manufacturers, it is now more important than ever to consider the options in outsourcing partners. This article examines the extent to which medical device manufacturers ought to take advantage of the opportunities provided by outsourcing, and the most beneficial ways of doing so.
Freedom Driver Designed to Power SynCardia’s Total Artificial Heart Uses Bayer MaterialScience LLC MaterialsMay 5, 2010 4:55 am | Comments
Lux Aviation Engineering Corp. utilizes the Makroblend EL703 PC/PET blend to produce a battery pack designed to lighten patient’s load.
A leading manufacturer of medical monitoring devices for doctors, nurses and consumers, Nonin Medical Inc. knows better than most how to gauge a pulse rate. So, when the company decided to purchase new workstations as part of its lean manufacturing implementation, it makes sense that Nonin would figuratively take the pulse of the very people who would utilize the workstations.
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 SurgeryApril 30, 2010 11:51 am | 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 PhilosophyApril 30, 2010 8:21 am | 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.
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.
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.
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.