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Short Run Molding for Long Term Success

September 10, 2008 8:32 am | Comments

Molding is a critical process in the manufacture of medical devices. However, long molding runs are not always the ideal option for the fabrication of components for a device. Short run molding provides numerous advantages to medical device designers that would not be otherwise realized.

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Perspectives: FDA and Innovation, Part II

August 21, 2008 9:54 am | Comments

Some might point to FDA as an obstacle to achieving true device innovation to provide enhanced healthcare. Others view the agency as a necessary element to help ensure patient safety and provide regulated oversight.

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Perspectives: FDA and Innovation, Part I

August 21, 2008 9:54 am | Comments

Some might point to FDA as an obstacle to achieving true device innovation to provide enhanced healthcare. Others view the agency as a necessary element to help ensure patient safety and provide regulated oversight.

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Cutting the Size and Weight of Surgical Devices

August 21, 2008 9:54 am | Comments

The Project: Replace the previously used alkaline battery packs to power a surgical bone drill with a more efficient alternative. The Solution: Utilize high power lithium batteries to make cordless bone drills lighter, more powerful, and more ergonomically designed.

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Converters Considerations

August 21, 2008 9:54 am | Comments

With the increasing trend of electronics making their way into more medical devices, it is critical that design engineers stay abreast of the technologies available to them. One component, isolated DC/DC converters, have gone through a variety of changes, enhancing their size and capabilities.

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Sterilizing Silicone

August 12, 2008 8:15 am | Comments

Sterilization is a standard process for many medical devices. As such, careful consideration has to be given to the materials used in a device that will require a specific type of sterilization method as some materials will not react well to certain processes.

Powering Up the Protection for Medical Device Batteries

August 12, 2008 8:14 am | Comments

Counterfeit products are a problem for many original equipment manufacturers across all market sectors.

Overview and Applications for Medical Device Motion and Actuation

August 12, 2008 8:14 am | Comments

This article compares the specific characteristics of solenoids and motors, their common properties, and those attributes that make each of these electromechanical devices unique for a specific medical motion application.

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Transforming Device Development Through Human Factors Engineering

August 12, 2008 8:14 am | Comments

Rigorous human factors testing and iterative product design are critical in the development of medication infusion devices, particularly with the current emphasis on preventing medication errors in the hospital setting.

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Refueling a Stalled Software Design Project

August 12, 2008 8:14 am | Comments

Designing original software for medical device technology can be challenging enough, but overcoming the additional obstacles that are encountered when a software project has developed into a hopelessly lagging burden is a completely different ordeal.

MCU Helps Cardiac Device Keep the Beat

August 12, 2008 8:14 am | Freescale Semiconductor, Inc. | Comments

The Project: Ensure the algorithm for ECG analysis is enabled to be flexible in order for it to be able to be used in an array of devices. The Solution: Use an MCU that offers ultra low power consumption in consideration of wireless and handheld devices.

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RFID Solution Enhances Safety in Surgery

August 12, 2008 8:13 am | Comments

Patient safety is of paramount importance during a surgical procedure, while avoiding preventable errors during the procedure can result in significant cost savings.

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Advanced Miniature Fluidic Modules Enhance Portability

August 12, 2008 8:13 am | Comments

Medical device demands require that component suppliers offer products that can be incorporated into portable solutions for patients and healthcare professionals alike. For makers of fluidic modules, the challenge to miniaturize is no different.

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Perspectives on First Step in Design (Part VI)

May 22, 2008 11:59 am | Texas Instruments Inc. | Comments

The idea has been thought up, the "napkin sketch" has been made, and the project is ready to move forward. So what's the first "real" step in the design process? This was the question for the participants in this month's Perspectives feature.

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Perspectives on First Step in Design (Part V)

May 22, 2008 11:49 am | Pilgrim Software, Inc. | Comments

The idea has been thought up, the "napkin sketch" has been made, and the project is ready to move forward. So what's the first "real" step in the design process? This was the question for the participants in this month's Perspectives feature.

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