For manufacturers of combination products, avoiding potential pitfalls is significantly more complex than with traditional medical devices due to the inclusion of a drug or biologic element. Therefore, companies need to ensure they have addressed concerns early in the material selection process.
Precision is of paramount importance in the manufacture of medical devices. Few technologies demonstrate the ability to achieve the necessary degree of accuracy more effectively than laser solutions.
As pressure mounts to improve product development times while maintaining low costs, device designers are constantly seeking tools that can enhance the efficiency of their processes. This search is even greater when developing combination products due to the addition of the biologic or drug element.
An inhaler is a very simple device for patients to use and one that is easily identifiable by those who require it. However, concerns with gauging the remaining amount of doses have caused device manufacturers to revisit its design.
In an effort to enhance safety, sterility, and convenience, device manufacturers are seeking solutions to enable them to create disposable medical instrumentation. New sensor technology and innovative modular design are helping to make these types of devices a reality.
With patents beginning to expire for brand name medical device products, competition will have the opportunity to emerge in the form of generic alternatives.
Quality inspection of parts and components used in the manufacture of medical devices is of utmost importance. Therefore, finding which inspection solution works best for a particular part geometry is equally important.
Designing and manufacturing medical devices are complicated tasks and should be the main focus for the companies doing it. Therefore, when forming a team upon which to rely for ancillary componentssuch as the device packagingthey need to ensure they partner with a reliable company.
Traditionally, pad printing has offered device manufacturers an effective method with which to add identification markings to a device or package. More recently, however, it has been sought after as a solution to challenges regarding the application of specific types of adhesives and fluids.
Outsourcing of labor-intensive manufacturing operations is increasingly popular with medical device companies. It cuts down on labor, plant, and more; why build when you can buy? But some of these same companies are discovering that it can make sense to outsource other functions as well.
Adhesives are a key component in the assembly of a variety of medical devices. Unfortunately, specific curing requirements of certain types have caused difficulties for manufacturers using traditional adhesive options.
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Electrosurgical devices require an energy platform to generate the power necessary to function properly. Working closely with surgeons on the design, a device maker has introduced a unit to provide exactly the type of control and power needed for these surgical tools.
Since plastics do not all present with the same attributes or offer the same physical characteristics, there is a need for specificity in the accelerated aging testing of them.