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Down to the Wire

February 15, 2008 5:47 am | Comments

Over the years of working with many different companies, wire processing machine vendors have seen many ways to increase machine utilization and productivity for automatic termination machines. This article will discuss a few of the basic concepts.

Best Practices for Embedding Megapixel Sensors

February 14, 2008 5:04 am | Comments

The use of sensors in medical devices has been increasing and will continue to do so with newer technologies. As such, learning more about the specifics of these components is essential for designers to be successful and provide the greatest array of capabilities in their products.

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Sensing Changes in Medical Electronics

February 13, 2008 11:31 am | Comments

Industries currently using acoustic wave sensors are finding them to be useful in an assortment of application areas. The medical device community is taking note and looking at this technology for potential monitoring in specific medical devices.

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Solid State Storage for Medical Equipment Applications

February 13, 2008 11:08 am | Comments

Utilizing the ideal storage solution in a medical device can be the difference between a success story and a failure. Due to an array of benefits in terms of size, power consumption, reliability, and durability, solid state storage fulfills the need for many medical devices.

Ultrasound Portable Partitioning

February 13, 2008 6:17 am | Analog Devices, Inc. | Comments

Providing doctors with a handheld, portable ultrasound unit with which to help diagnose patients would be a tremendous tool for enhancing patient care.

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Five Steps to Leak-Proof Testing Success

January 15, 2008 6:17 am | Intertech Development Company | Comments

The testing of any medical device is critical to the overall design and development cycle in order to ensure its safety and effective performance. As such, companies need to be certain that the methods they use to perform these tests are as accurate and reliable as possible.

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Semiconductor Technologies Drive Medical Device Advances

January 15, 2008 6:17 am | Comments

Medical device manufacturers are coming to realize the potential advantages of three technologies traditionally used in the semiconductor industry. Micro photolithography, thin-film processing, and electroforming are all processes that can offer unique solutions for medical devices.

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Perspectives on Outsourcing vs. Automation

January 15, 2008 5:46 am | Comments

With the news regarding China and questions surrounding the safety of its manufacturing facilities, in addition to the constant concerns over intellectual property protection, some medical device manufacturers are looking for alternatives.

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Materials Report 2008

January 10, 2008 11:34 am | Advanced Polymers, A Vention Medical Company, Secant Medical, Inc. | Comments

With device designers constantly seeking the next unique material that will help make their latest device a reality, it is important to stay abreast of what the material suppliers are developing.

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The Tubing Solution Behind Minimally Invasive Surgery

January 10, 2008 6:41 am | Comments

Minimally invasive surgery has been a growing trend in healthcare for some time. As such, manufacturers who provide devices to the medical community for these procedures need to stay abreast of the technologies available to enhance their products.

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PEEK-OPTIMA Enables Enhanced Safety in Fracture Treatment Applications

December 17, 2007 8:23 am | Comments

Orthopedic technologies are dominated by metal materials in the fabrication of implants and other devices used in this sector. However, increasingly, advanced, high-performance plastics are enabling enhancements with regard to safety and functionality.

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Vibration Isolation Solutions at the FDA’s New Lab

December 10, 2007 12:08 pm | Comments

When it was decided that the FDA’s OSEL would be moving, officials sought to address vibration isolation in the new building upfront so they wouldn’t bring this issue with them from the previous facility.

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Five Technologies That Can Make Life Easier

December 10, 2007 9:49 am | Proto Labs, Inc. | Comments

Some are new, some old, but five technologies are making strides and aiding medical device manufacturers produce a quality product.

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Enhancing the Medical Device Product Lifecycle Using Medical Simulators

November 13, 2007 6:42 am | Comments

Virtual reality simulators are often associated more with entertainment or video game technology than something that would serve a true medical benefit; however, that’s not proving to be the case when it comes to using simulators with medical devices.

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Prohealing Coatings: A Revolution in Medical Device Surface Modification

November 5, 2007 6:43 am | Comments

The local delivery of anti-proliferative compounds from drug eluting stents (DES) has successfully reduced rates of restenosis following stent implantation. However, somewhat higher rates of late stent thrombosis are perceived for DES compared to their bare metal counterparts.

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