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4 FAQs for Selecting a Precision Machine Shop

June 18, 2015 10:26 am | by Summit Steel and Manufacturing | Comments

In industries like aerospace, defense, and medical, finding a CNC parts manufacturer capable of delivering the necessary quality, fast and reliable delivery, and competitive price can seem an elusive combination. It is akin to discovering the...

The Powerful Magnets of an MRI Machine

June 15, 2015 11:06 am | by Wayne Hunter, Retired Product Regulatory Engineer | Comments

People often underestimate the power of an MRI magnet. I once worked for a healthcare manufacturing company that produced MRI machines and was periodically astonished at the consequences of ignoring its power. We had a picture in the manufacturing...

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Big Data, Big Difference: Building Smarter Devices with Data Analytics

June 12, 2015 10:05 am | by Stephanie Kute, Line Manager, Battelle Advanced Analytics and Health Research (AAHR) Resource Group | Comments

We’ve all heard about “big data”—but how do you harness it for healthcare? Tomorrow’s smart medical devices will use data analytics and machine learning to deliver more automated, effective and personalized solutions for patients and providers...

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Maximizing Resorbable Implant Material Performance for Orthopedic Applications

June 11, 2015 4:07 pm | by Stephen Duffy, Business Development Manager, Proxy Biomedical | Proxy Biomedical | Comments

The use of resorbable orthopedic implants can present many clinical benefits compared to the use of their non-resorbable counterparts, for applications including small bone fracture fixation and soft tissue repair. However, the relatively low inherent...

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Helpful Medical Devices Harmful to Privacy

June 11, 2015 10:38 am | by Rebecca Rudolph, Editor, Surgical Products | Comments

While imaging equipment and other medical devices may seem like helpful tools to help diagnose and treat patients, they’re also opportunities for attackers, as TrapX Security stated in an Anatomy of Attack report on medical device hijacking...

Replacing Metal Components with Single-Use Precision Molded Plastics

June 4, 2015 9:39 am | by Aiken Toon, Technical Director, Forefront Medical Technology | Comments

Metal parts are typically used in invasive medical equipment because a machined metal part ensures a tight seal at joints. However, use of metal components can increase cost over the life of the product when sterilization costs are considered...

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3D-Printed Orthotics from Reinforced Laser Sintering Materials

June 2, 2015 11:13 am | by CRP USA | Comments

The generation of a 3D model of orthosis allows the designer to differentiate the object's morphology from patient to patient, managing specific performance needs while adapting to personal anatomies. It is possible to create devices with different...

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Additive Manufacturing for Medical: It’s Already Here

June 1, 2015 10:42 am | by Mitch Free, CEO, CloudDDM | Comments

3D printing, perhaps as much as gene therapy and bioengineering, has tremendous potential for transforming the medical industry and how we think about medicine. In just the past two years articles and interviews about how additive technology...

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Designing for the End-User: Human Factors Engineering

May 29, 2015 10:57 am | 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...

UDI: Market Movement Signifies Increased Use and Value

May 14, 2015 11:02 am | by Karen Conway, Executive Director, Industry Relations, GHX | Comments

The U.S. FDA UDI rule took the stage at the annual HIMSS conference. But this time the attention was not on manufacturers, many of who are still working fast and furiously to meet upcoming compliance deadlines. Rather, the focus was on their...

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Technology Takes On Cancer

May 13, 2015 11:49 am | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Comments

The complexity of cancer treatment has brought about the development of technologies that target and destroy tumor cells, stop them from ever forming at the genetic source, or provide genetic solutions to determine best treatment practices...

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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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Custom Bearings: 4 Advantages for Your Design

May 12, 2015 11:19 am | by Mark Bos, VP of Business Development, National Bearings | Comments

Standard bearings are made from standard materials. Chrome steel bearings are subject to corrosion and the design will be complicated by the necessity of protecting the bearing from contamination. Stainless steel bearings are made from 440C...

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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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