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Designing for the End-User: Human Factors Engineering

May 29, 2015 | by Myles Whiting, Design Team Leader, Product Design; Gareth Walker, Human Factors Specialist; Owen Mumford | Comments

Advances in today’s pharmaceutical market constantly impact the way medical equipment is both designed and used. For example, the increased use of higher viscosity drugs, fuels a requirement for large volume injectors. This places greater emphasis...

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4 Steps to GHS Compliance

May 15, 2015 12:17 pm | by Nick Recht, Enterprise Product Manager, TEKLYNX Americas | Comments

In the chemical industry, safety is of the utmost importance. The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) estimates that over 43 million employees in the United States could be exposed to hazardous chemicals. Implementing appropriate...

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Developing the Vasculature of Medical Devices

May 13, 2015 11:08 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Comments

Tubing represents the veins and arteries of many different types of medical technologies. It carries critical elements wherever they need to be — within a device, throughout the human body, or as a bridge between the two. It must provide passage...

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4 Aspects of Packaging Design for the Mindful Engineer

May 11, 2015 11:03 am | by John A. Abraham, President, Atlas Vac Machine, LLC | Atlas Vac Machine, LLC | Comments

Packaging is often one of the last considerations in the development of a new medical device. Although the failure of the packaging performance can result in a recall just as quickly as a deficiency in the device itself, the time allotted to the...

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4 Design Considerations for Integrated Drug Delivery Systems

May 8, 2015 10:59 am | by Graham Reynolds, VP of Marketing and Communications - Delivery Systems, West Pharmaceutical Services | Comments

Historically, the primary focus of pharmaceutical manufacturers has, appropriately, been on the efficacy and safety of their drug product. However, with more drugs coming onto the market as combination products — drug products paired with delivery devices...

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Elegant Delivery Solution for Reagents in POC Diagnostics

May 7, 2015 3:58 pm | by Blake S. Perkins, Executive Director, Diagnostic Business Development, J-Pac Medical | J-Pac Medical | Comments

The continuing growth of point-of-care (POC) in vitro diagnostic (IVD) testing is supported by technology improvements and the recognition that rapid test results offer economic and patient outcome benefits. Frangible seal technology offers...

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Clamping Down on Harmful Harmonics

May 5, 2015 10:18 am | by Steve Hughes, Managing Director, REO UK | Comments

It seems that human-kind has an insatiable appetite to dominate every aspect of our environment. At home, in the car or at the office, we demand complete control. Innovations in medical technology (MedTech) are helping us to achieve this and...

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Meeting UDI Requirements with Laser Marking

May 4, 2015 10:14 am | by Tom Glass, President, Able Electropolishing | Comments

Since the FDA’s Unique Device Identification (UDI) final ruling in late 2013, medical device manufacturers have turned to laser marking to help them meet the administration’s requirements. In September of 2013, the Food and Drug Administration...

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Obtaining Robust Ultrasonic Welds for Medical Device Assemblies

April 30, 2015 10:35 am | by Jeffrey Thumm, Charles Aubin, and Benjamin Piecuch, Proven Process Medical Devices; Barbara Donohue, Technical Writer | Proven Process Medical Devices | Comments

Ultrasonic welding is particularly suited for bonding medical devices because it uses the device material itself to form a bond and does not introduce glues or adhesives into the device. A fast, clean, efficient and repeatable process...

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Stop, Collaborate & Listen

April 29, 2015 11:09 am | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, PD&D, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

Screening newborn infants for hearing loss is a relatively new practice that didn’t become common in the United States until the mid-to-late 1990s. Before its introduction, children often weren’t diagnosed with congenital hearing loss until they...

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3 Keys to Medical Device Development Excellence

April 13, 2015 11:29 am | by Mohan Ponnudurai, Industry Solution Director, Sparta Systems, Inc. | Comments

Some of the future-looking technological developments in medicine, including surgeries enabled by virtual reality, remote surgery, needle free treatments and even electronic aspirin, all have the same mission in mind – to deliver the highest level...

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Circulatory Support Without Surgery

April 10, 2015 11:11 am | by Omar Benavides, Ph.D., Senior Product Development Engineer, Procyrion, Inc. | Comments

Heart failure accounts for 3.6 million hospitalizations, 300,000 deaths, and $35 billion in annual healthcare costs in the US alone. More than 3 million heart failure patients currently suffer from chronic fatigue and painful swelling while...

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New Memories Breaking the Gamma Barrier for Medical Consumables

April 9, 2015 10:25 am | by Nathan Sharp, Business Manager, Maxim Integrated | Comments

Today’s medical instruments and their supporting equipment often incorporate single-use consumable sensors, cables, probes, and/or other peripherals to ensure sterility before making contact with the patient. In many cases these consumables...

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Achieving UDI Compliance & Reducing Print Time

April 2, 2015 3:40 pm | by Josh Roffman, Vice President of Marketing & Product Management, Loftware | Comments

Founded more than 30 years ago in Switzerland, EMS Electro Medical Systems is a manufacturer of micromechanical instruments. Specializing in the design and development of orthopedic, urological and dental prophylaxis devices, the company...

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Microvalves: Enabling a New Technology for Tissue Expansion Systems

April 2, 2015 2:50 pm | by F. Mark Payne, Director of Research and Development, AirXpanders | Comments

Each year, approximately 250,000 women in the U.S. are diagnosed with invasive breast cancer. As a result, more and more patients with cancer in one or both breasts are making the difficult decision to undergo a unilateral or bilateral mastectomy...

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New Pumps and Valves Take the Pain Out of Designing Anesthesia Support Devices

April 1, 2015 11:20 am | by Richard N. Whipple, Marketing Communications Manager, & Jonathan DeSousa, Division Applications Team Supervisor; Precision Fluidics Division, Parker Hannifin Corp. | Parker Hannifin Corporation | Comments

Most next-generation medical devices are getting smaller and more portable to meet the needs of an ever changing hospital environment. But while device sizes are decreasing to help reduce weight and facilitate portability, device performance...

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