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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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Dispensing the Facts on Valves

December 5, 2008 7:03 am | by Steven Young | Comments

Dispense valves can be a vital tool in the assembly and manufacture of medical devices. However, choosing the correct type to use for a particular application may not always be abundantly clear.

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Boning Up on Spinal Implants

December 5, 2008 7:03 am | by Will Curtis | Comments

The ideal treatment for replacing a part of the body with an implant would be to restore the area to a natural state. Unfortunately, this is not possible with traditional materials used for spinal implants, which can cause issues for the patient in years following surgery.

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Perspectives on Changes in China (Part 3)

November 10, 2008 6:53 am | Helix Medical | Comments

China has been the subject of much debate throughout the manufacturing industry as more companies have considered it an option for reducing costs. However, quality concerns and increasing economic factors have caused some to rethink this outsourcing strategy.

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Perspectives on Changes in China (Part 2)

November 10, 2008 6:53 am | Astrodyne Corporation | Comments

China has been the subject of much debate throughout the manufacturing industry as more companies have considered it an option for reducing costs. However, quality concerns and increasing economic factors have caused some to rethink this outsourcing strategy.

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Perspectives on Changes in China (Part 1)

November 10, 2008 6:53 am | Intertech Development Company, Peridot Corp. Precision Manufacturing | Comments

China has been the subject of much debate throughout the manufacturing industry as more companies have considered it an option for reducing costs. However, quality concerns and increasing economic factors have caused some to rethink this outsourcing strategy.

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Speed to Market or FDA Compliance? It Must Be Both

November 10, 2008 6:52 am | by Noel Sobelman | Comments

Medical device manufacturing companies don’t have the luxury of being able to choose between either focusing on speed to market or FDA compliance. Rather, they must address both equally.

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Keeping Track of Surgical Instruments

November 10, 2008 6:52 am | by John Lewis | Comments

The Project: Effectively read a 2D Data Matrix barcode off surgical instruments that differ in terms of reflectivity and shape. The Solution: Use an ID reader that employs an innovative combination of lighting, software, and optics to achieve success.

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Concurrent Engineering & Outsourcing: Ingredients for Success

November 10, 2008 6:52 am | by Stephen C. Cooper | Comments

Outsourcing using concurrent engineering practices provides the hands-on approach for a company that enables it to gain the most in efficiencies from manufacturing. It can be used by virtually any company of any size and applied to any medical device, product, or component.

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Design Talk: Roadblocks to Managing Supplier Quality

November 10, 2008 6:52 am | by Matthew Kopecky, Product Manager, Sparta Systems | Sparta Systems, Inc. | Comments

In the medical device industry, designers continue to face unique challenges that stem from the broader manufacturing process. These can include anything from shorter product lifecycles and increased regulatory scrutiny to the need to source materials from a myriad of suppliers across the value chain.

Design Talk: Software Solutions Address Changing Industry Needs

November 10, 2008 6:52 am | by Randy Flamm | Comments

By Randy Flamm Medical device manufacturers operate in one of the world’s most competitive and highly regulated industries where success hinges on time-to-market and traceability.

Design Talk: Where Will Lean Take Us?

November 10, 2008 6:52 am | Comments

By Kevin Duggan Medical device companies have achieved significant improvement using lean techniques. Improvements in quality, productivity, lead time, inventory, on-time delivery, and cost have been obtained and further improvement continues each day.

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Handling the Pressure

November 10, 2008 6:52 am | by Michael Hansen, Ph.D. | Comments

The Project: Create a handle for a defibrillator durable enough to withstand exceptional performance requirements. The Solution: Use computer-aided engineering and various flow simulation software to ensure that the final product met the specific characteristics necessary for success.

Medical Device Molding: A Commitment, Not a Choice

November 10, 2008 6:52 am | by Brian Wright | Comments

By Brian Wright With more and more jobs heading overseas, a growing number of molding companies have been changing their focus to medical device manufacturing. This can make sense; however, it is usually easier said than done.

Design Talk: Ceramic Injection Molding

November 10, 2008 6:52 am | Comments

By Andrew Nield For the medical device industry ceramic injection molding (CIM) can be an alternative to metals or plastics, especially when conditions demand a more advanced type of material.

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