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Perspectives on New Materials, Part I

March 23, 2010 9:59 am | Comments

New developments in material technology are critical to innovations across all industries, including medical device technology. Therefore, it is crucial for designers to stay abreast of the most recent advances that could benefit their upcoming products.


Adhesive Ushers Intelligent, Transdermal Drug Delivery

March 23, 2010 9:58 am | by Shirley Monte | Comments

The Challenge: An adhesive that would adhere to the body for three to seven days was needed for a transdermal drug delivery patch.


The Quest to Replace Plasticized PVC Tubes

March 23, 2010 9:58 am | by Kyle Rhodes, Nadine Blaesing, and Rory Wolf | Comments

There is a growing interest within the medical device community to replace plasticized PVC tubing with more environmentally friendly and less potentially harmful alternatives. However, bonding these different materials for traditional applications can prove challenging.


Medical Manufacturers Drawn to Fast Growth of Combination Products

March 23, 2010 9:58 am | by Mark Paulsen | Comments

By Mark Paulsen Examples of miniature silicone combination products Combination products are a rapidly growing segment of the healthcare market that has attracted the interest of a growing number of medical device manufacturers.

Rethinking the Standard Device Pre-Clinical Testing Paradigm for Combination Products

March 23, 2010 9:58 am | by Drs. Donald F. Palme II and Linda Hansen | WuXi AppTec | Comments

Traditional testing procedures are satisfactory for the majority of today's medical devices. However, with combination products, testing can become a significantly greater challenge.


Validation: Does the Supplier Share Your Interpretation?

March 23, 2010 9:58 am | by Dana Schramm | Comments

Validation is a critical element in medical device manufacturing success, but what if a supply

Battling Infection at the Material Level

January 26, 2010 8:34 am | by Michael F. Adams, Khristine L. Carroll, and Harold Garey | Comments

Hospital-borne infection is always a concern to healthcare professionals as the result can lead to increased care costs, increased hospital stay, and even patient death. In order to help combat this critical problem, one company has focused on combating these infections at the material stage.

Getting Packaging Right With Rapid Prototyping

January 22, 2010 10:59 am | by Kelly Doyle | Comments

Ensuring the design of a thermoformed package is correct is not something upon which medical device manufacturers want to spend significant time or money.


Perspectives on Lean Manufacturing, Part II

January 22, 2010 10:59 am | Comments

Lean manufacturing can help companies eliminate waste, reduce costs, and improve timeliness.


Perspectives on Lean Manufacturing, Part I

January 22, 2010 10:59 am | Boyd Coatings Research, Inc. | Comments

Lean manufacturing can help companies eliminate waste, reduce costs, and improve timeliness.


Honey, I Shrunk the Electronics!

January 22, 2010 10:59 am | by Jonathan Bearfield | Comments

The drive towards mobility and miniaturization of medical electronics is a goal of many of today's device manufacturers. However, each of them is attempting to miniaturize at different levels.


Medical Goes Mobile

January 22, 2010 10:59 am | by Tom O'Dwyer | Analog Devices, Inc. | Comments

The push for miniaturization in medical devices is very apparent to manufacturers in all sectors of the industry. However, this trend is closely coupled with the goal of also making these smaller devices portable.


Leveraging Materials Science and Engineering Innovation to Improve Implant Performance

January 22, 2010 10:58 am | by Aiguo Wang, Ph.D. | Comments

Advances in materials are always exciting and significantly contribute to innovations in medical device technology. In the orthopedic arena, one company has developed a technique with which to enhance the material properties of polyethylene for hip and knee replacements. By Aiguo Wang, Ph.D.


Precision Shape-Shifting Silicone Tubing Is a Reality

January 22, 2010 10:58 am | by Paul Mazelin | Comments

The ability to manipulate tubing into different forms and with multiple lumens is a benefit to medical device designers. A newer technology, however, enables this metamorphosis to occur "on the fly" during the extrusion process.


Motoring On to Increased Lab Production

December 2, 2009 4:29 am | by Paul McGrath | Maxon Precision Motors, Inc. | Comments

With ever increasing needs for medical laboratories to produce new flu vaccines and additional quantities of pharmaceuticals for our aging population, technology has to meet the challenge with higher throughput equipment.



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