In today’s manufacturing environment, ergonomics and repetitive motion injuries are major issues that every business must address to insure production levels remain at expected levels and employee injuries remain as infrequent as possible. Although many of the hand assembly processes have been replaced with automated equipment over the past 20 years, there is still a surprising number of manual operations still required for many applications.
Consumers want to improve the functionality offered by sports and fitness apps through the use of sensors. A recent study conducted by IMS Research, a company recently acquired by IHS Inc. (NYSE:IHS), found that 62.3 percent of respondents with a smartphone interested in sports and fitness applications and who exercised at least once week, were prepared to purchase sensors to monitor performance and enhance the sports and fitness application on their smartphone.
Healthcare professionals and patients alike are embracing mobile medical applications for smartphones. Experts project that, by 2015, 500 million smartphone users will be using medical apps. A 2011 press release from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration indicates the FDA’s plan to regulate some smartphone medical apps, a decision that has been met by both positive and negative reviews.
How does a start-up company convince investors to help turn a bathtub idea into a warehouse full of products? That’s the question tackled by leading technology design and development firm Cambridge Consultants in a new free guide to help start-ups get their products successfully to market.
Being pro-active when it comes to mold tooling pays dividends. Even with the best of intentions, a solid maintenance program and the ability to react to mechanical breakdowns, tooling with a lot of miles on it becomes a cost and a risk to supply.
Many medical device manufacturers believe that risk has always been a cornerstone in evaluating device compliance with medical standards. The Second Edition of IEC 60601-1 covered risk management, but Third Edition is taking it up a notch – the word “risk” is included in IEC 60601-1’s Third Edition standard more than 600 times. This increased emphasis on risk is a direct result of two elements of the revised standard – the requirement to review both the risk management processes and the risk management file, and the addition of essential performance.
According to the official press release from the FCC, "Wireless devices that operate on MBAN spectrum can be used to actively monitor a patient’s health, including blood glucose and pressure monitoring, delivery of electrocardiogram readings, and even neonatal monitoring systems." Since patients are free of cables, the use of MBANs makes it easier to move patients from one part of the hospital to another for treatment. Further, from the FCC press release, "MBANs allow for ubiquitous and reliable monitoring, and give health care providers the chance to identify life-threatening problems or events before they occur."
BSI Group America, Inc. identifies the 7 Most Common “Rookie” Mistakes Medical Device Companies Make When Preparing for a European Product Launch
Early this year the Washington Post reported, “In 2010, U.S. manufacturers produced nearly $1.8 trillion in goods (in constant 2005 dollars), about $100 billion more than China did.”
Sometimes I wonder if the publishers of instrument specifications think they are writing fairy tales for children. That would be a kind explanation…
The next revolution in surgery may come from a small medical equipment company which, according to its own executives, has always preferred to fly a bit under the radar.
In recent years, many electronics manufacturers have been adopting the use of video inspection systems. These systems utilize digital cameras to perform many of the visual inspection functions formerly performed with optical microscopes. Digital camera technology has improved to the point where the image quality now rivals that of optical instruments for many applications.
Is it possible to be too safe? When it comes to features for medical device, the answer is yes. Oftentimes, medical devices have too many safety components or not enough – both can be hazardous to patients. By applying clinical insights, field experience and utilizing a requirements-driven systems approach, along with verification and validation (V&V) procedures from the beginning of the project, safety evaluations can produce optimum safety with minimum cost.
Market intelligence involves the collection and analysis of information that will impact a business’s current and future market environment. Companies often don’t use market intelligence enough for product innovation and fail to drive greater value and create greater competitive advantage.
Taking a deeper dive into some of the specific technologies that have improved medical visualization and as a follow up to my post titled Medical Visualization Technologies, here is an overview of how the 3D endoscope in particular has promoted these advances.