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Preparing for Changes in the Regulatory Landscape

May 5, 2010 10:13 am | by Tim Mohn | Comments

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 Simulator

May 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.

Twin-Sheet Forming is the Best Medicine

May 5, 2010 7:38 am | by Specialty Manufacturing Inc. | Comments

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.


Purple Color Differentiation is a Life Saver When Feeding Critical Care Patients

May 5, 2010 7:23 am | by Applied Medical Technology, Inc. | Comments

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.

Intelligent Pump System Will Advance Microfluidic Applications

May 5, 2010 7:06 am | by Dolomite | Comments

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.

Charge-Neutral Compound Optimizes Dosage for Asthma Inhaler Device

May 5, 2010 6:46 am | by RTP Company | Comments

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.

Ask the Expert

May 5, 2010 6:28 am | by Tom O’Brien | Comments

An interview with Tom O’Brien of SABIC Innovative Plastics on materials for home healthcare medical devices.

New Sample Digestion System Utilizes RGS Rapid Guide Screw for Precise Motion

May 5, 2010 6:15 am | by Thomas Cain, Inc. | Comments

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.


Polymer Delivers High Heat Resistance to Improve Performance of Dental Bite Stick

May 5, 2010 5:54 am | by Victrex | Comments

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.

Unique Challenges to Measuring Microparts

May 5, 2010 5:34 am | by Patrick Lanthier | Comments

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.

The Challenges of Medical Device Manufacturers, and How Outsourcing Partners Can Help

May 5, 2010 5:16 am | by Naveen Kodandaram | Comments

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 Materials

May 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.

Nonin Medical Checks Pulse of Operators Before Purchasing Lista’s Airlink 8000 Workstations

April 30, 2010 12:25 pm | by Lista International Corporation | Comments

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.

Breaking Through the Stent-Coating Process

April 30, 2010 12:06 pm | by Robert R. Andrews and Jim McCLain | Comments

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 Surgery

April 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.


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