With the constant tightening of FDA regulations, one must wonder what impact greater regulatory scrutiny will have on companies within the device industry. Or, perhaps more accurately, what do companies need to be doing now to prepare for regulations when they can’t yet know just what form these regulations will ultimately take?
Simulution Relies on SensAble Technologies’ Haptic Devices to Create Touch-Enabled Orthopedic Surgery SimulatorMay 5, 2010 8:38 am | by Simulution | Comments
A new technology enables surgeons to practice delicate spinal procedures virtually, with less risk and improved patient outcomes.
When is a medical tray not a tray? When it’s a crash bumper, a patient’s walker, or a makeshift briefcase. Philips Medical Systems knew from experience that its portable medical devices needed to be able to withstand abuse far outside the scope of the intended design.
When Applied Medical Technology, Inc., a developer and manufacturer of niche medical and surgical products, wanted to re-design its feed set systems to add a distinctive purple color, it chose an RTP 700 Series precolored low density polyethylene compound from RTP Company for the feed set strap.
Dolomite has announced the release of the Mitos Syringe Pump, an intelligent pump system that enables the future development of complex and powerful microfluidic systems.
For drug delivery devices, ensuring patients receive consistent dosages is essential to successful treatment. One medical device manufacturer has created a material for the production of inhalers that promises to solve many problems faced by asthma sufferers.
An interview with Tom O’Brien of SABIC Innovative Plastics on materials for home healthcare medical devices.
New, technologically advanced devices are constantly being developed for use in environmental laboratories. Generally speaking, their primary benefits lie in reduced analysis time, increased accuracy, and greater reliability. One such device is DEENA, the creation of which is discussed in this article.
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 | by Bayer MaterialScience | 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 | by John Whynott | 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.