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Getting to the Heart of Interconnects

March 17, 2009 11:14 am | by Bernard Cole | Comments

The Project: Connect the various subsystems of a left ventricular assist system with a solution that offers reliability and durability. The Solution: Utilize cable assemblies that enable easy, but not accidental, disconnects, and provide a comfortable feel for patients.

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Inspecting Metrology Options

March 17, 2009 11:12 am | by Gary Hobart | Comments

Ensuring that the quality and accuracy of a finished product meets its CAD design is of paramount importance for the medical device manufacturing industry. However, how to facilitate that is not nearly as clear.

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Acrylic Sheet Helps Put the Best Face on Flat-Panel Display

January 14, 2009 9:26 am | by Antoinette Spages | Comments

The Project: Eliminate the issues that exist with the uncoated acrylic over the LCD flat-panel display on a cosmetic system. The Solution: Use an abrasion-resistant optical-grade acrylic sheet that functions like glass, but is significantly lighter and more durable.

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Taking a PEEK at Material Options for Orthopedics

January 14, 2009 9:26 am | by Amy Kinbrum | Comments

The orthopedics market is dominated by metal materials used for implants. While these options offer an excellent level of healthcare for patients requiring such devices, they certainly are not the absolute best answer to replicate natural bone.

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Scanning to Achieve the Human Touch

January 14, 2009 9:26 am | by Kristine Spangard | Comments

The Project: Fabricate artificial finger prostheses with lifelike accuracy for partial finger amputees. The Solution: Use a laser scanning system that enables a 3D digital CAD model to be created so that custom solutions may be designed. By Kristine Spangard Kristine Spangard, M.S.

Healthcare at Home (Part II)

January 14, 2009 9:26 am | Analog Devices, Inc., Texas Instruments Inc. | Comments

A major trend in medicine is to move treatments and monitoring out of the hospital or even the doctor's office and either attach them to the patient or enable it to be done in the home. Of course, this relies on medical device technology in order to make it possible.

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Healthcare at Home (Part I)

January 14, 2009 9:25 am | Smiths Connectors | Hypertac | Comments

A major trend in medicine is to move treatments and monitoring out of the hospital or even the doctor's office and either attach them to the patient or enable it to be done in the home. Of course, this relies on medical device technology in order to make it possible.

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Barrier Structure Material Options Made Crystal Clear

January 14, 2009 9:25 am | by Dhuanne Dodrill | Comments

The use of a clear barrier packaging may often be the first choice of a device manufacturer for their product, but performance concerns may cause them to reconsider that option.

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Adding Value and Functionality to the Precision Machining Process

January 14, 2009 9:25 am | by Patrick Laughter | Comments

In their efforts to optimize processes in order to more efficiently move product out to the market, medical device manufacturers need to be consistently reviewing their SOP to see if enhancements can be made. Automation is one option that some OEMs have examined.

Perspectives on Looking Back and What's Ahead (Part II)

December 11, 2008 7:34 am | by Yeoh Keat Chuan | Comments

This year has presented a variety of important headlines affecting everyone throughout the medical device industry, whether centered around emerging technologies, challenges in finance, or legal affairs. Further, it is exciting to wonder what the coming new year will bring.

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Perspectives on Looking Back and What's Ahead (Part I)

December 11, 2008 7:34 am | by Elfie Schwarzinger | Mega Electronics, Inc. | Comments

This year has presented a variety of important headlines affecting everyone throughout the medical device industry, whether centered around emerging technologies, challenges in finance, or legal affairs. Further, it is exciting to wonder what the coming new year will bring.

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Minimizing Cost in Offshore Product Development Efforts

December 5, 2008 7:04 am | by Audrey Soon | Comments

One of the major factors in deciding to outsource work is to save on costs. This could be achieved at any step in the process, from design to packaging.

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Pneumatics Provide the Backbone to Spinal Testing System

December 5, 2008 7:04 am | by Andrew McCarty | Comments

The Project: Design a spinal implant testing device that can both withstand the rigors of prolonged testing timeframes and also offer extremely precise accuracy The Solution: Use a pneumatic solution that takes advantage of air valve and cylinder technology in place of more traditional servomotors.

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Design Talk: Valves

December 5, 2008 7:03 am | by Ralph Buck | The Lee Company | Comments

VHS Injection Manifold Mounting System By Ralph Buck Ink jet valves have been used in micro dispensing for many years. Their high speed and consistent performance allow for the precise dispensing of fluids.

Electromagnetic Simulation Helps Design Next Generation of MRI Equipment

December 5, 2008 7:03 am | by Dr. Christopher M. Collins | Comments

The Project: Gain a better understanding of how the RF transceiver interacts with the nuclei in MRI systems in order to be able to design the next generation. The Solution: Use electromagnetic simulation software to demonstrate how these interactions occur. By Dr. Christopher M.

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