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

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

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

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

Lux Aviation Engineering Corp. utilizes the Makroblend EL703 PC/PET blend to produce a battery pack designed to lighten patient’s load.

May 2010 Digital Edition

May 1, 2010 12:00 am | Digital Editions | Comments

Inside: Read about aspects to evaluate when outsourcing injection molding in “Considerations for Outsourced Injection Molded Parts and Prototypes,” from Proto Labs. Shared are professionals’ opinions on global design. Additionally, read about orthopedic implants, nurses and motor solutions, optoelectronics and displays, power, and rubber molding. Check out the selection of products, as well as the offerings for engineers in Design notes.

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

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

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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 | Articles | 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.

Bug Prevention in Medical Devices

April 30, 2010 11:19 am | by Alen Zukich | Articles | Comments

A complex set of factors, including an aging population, is putting pressure on medical device manufacturers to produce increasingly intuitive devices, with advanced features and functionality, faster and less expensively than ever before.

Fully Automated Inspection for Surgical Implants

April 30, 2010 10:59 am | by DePuy Spine | Articles | Comments

One hundred percent inspection and identification is essential for most products. DePuy Spine has solved the problem of high costs associated with this necessity through flexible part automation, using a desktop robot and Cognex vision system.

Revolutionary IV Design Relies on Upfront CFD Technology

April 30, 2010 8:44 am | by Ben Powers | Articles | Comments

Developing a revolutionary product requires deviating from the well-beaten product development path. The product-development processes you use will dictate just how innovative your products end up. The development and manufacture of Fluidnet’s new infusion pump demonstrates this point.

Pro-active Manufacturers Save Millions with Advanced Flintec Medical Load Cells

April 30, 2010 8:35 am | by Flintec Ltd. | Articles | Comments

Specialist manufacturers who use medical load cells at the heart of their products are saving millions of dollars by bringing in technology partner Flintec early in the design process.

The Advantages of Using Peristaltic Aseptic Filling Machines With a 'Single Use' Production Philosophy

April 30, 2010 8:21 am | by Watson-Marlow Flexicon | Articles | Comments

With injectable liquids taking the forefront of the field of new drug development, the market demands a cost-effective and safe way to produce drugs in small batches for specific populations. This article examines the benefits of single-use tubing as an efficient answer to these demands.

Managing Compliance and Software Lifecycles for Medical Device Manufacturers

April 30, 2010 8:08 am | by David Znidarsic | Articles | Comments

This article explores electronic license management, a simple solution for medical technology manufacturers that can ensure regulatory compliance while delivering a host of additional benefits, including simplifying how companies bring their products to market and ensuring they can maximize their revenue.

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