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Overcoming Patient Leakage Current Issues

January 30, 2015 10:04 am | by Dante De Guzman, XP Power | XP Power | Comments

IEC 60601 is the generally accepted standard for medical electrical and electronic equipment, required for the commercialization of this type of equipment in many countries. To guard against electric shock, the specification defines maximum

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Case Study: CoolSculpting by ZELTIQ

January 29, 2015 10:28 am | by Electron Beam Engineering, Inc. | Comments

When the medical device manufacturer ZELTIQ had trouble producing its new fat-freezing product for the CoolSculpting process, they brought it to Electron Beam Engineering, Inc. (EBE)to help solve the issue. The device - a liquid-cooled heat...

Smart Fabric Sensors Make Wearables Look Good

January 28, 2015 8:30 am | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, PD&D | Comments

Over the course of the past decade, wearable technology has become increasingly pervasive in the electronics industry. Fitness trackers, smart watches, and action camcorders are among some of the most prevalent wearable technologies on the market...

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Getting Inside: Implantables and Technologies that Deliver Them

January 27, 2015 8:30 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Ximedica, Interface Catheter Solutions, Bal Seal Engineering, Inc., Avalon Laboratories, LLC | Comments

There are several significant drivers of innovation in the medical device space. Miniaturization is certainly a major one, while moving technology out of the hospital and enabling it to be used at home and on the go is another. In addition, there...

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How Needs Characterization Helps OEMs Win the Wearables Race

January 26, 2015 10:46 am | by Steve McPhilliamy, Partner and Director of Design, Insight Product Development | Insight Product Development | Comments

The medtech wearables space is an incredibly exciting example of healthcare innovation that’s moving directly into the hands of patients. However, due to a lack of a comprehensive design period for many devices, high abandon rates among... 

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How to Leverage Materials as a Competitive Advantage

January 22, 2015 10:14 am | by Crystal Humphreys, Global Market Segment Manager, Vancive Medical Technologies | Vancive Medical Technologies™ | Comments

Materials are the building blocks for every type of medical device. Maintaining a supply base that has a firm handle on new innovations in this space will provide any medical device manufacturer with a solid competitive advantage. This article...

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Nitrogen Dioxide Sterilization Expands the Designer's Toolbox

January 21, 2015 11:26 am | by Evan Goulet, Director, Sterilization Operations, Noxilizer, Inc. | Comments

Sterilization is a necessary process for virtually every type of medical device. Therefore, it is critical for designers to be mindful of how materials will interact with a given process, at what stage the sterilization will be best implemented...

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The Benefits of the ASM Medical Materials Database

January 20, 2015 10:39 am | by Linda Vermillion, Product Manager, ASM International | Comments

ASM International, the world's largest professional society for materials engineering, and Granta Design, leaders in materials information technology, today announced a new Surgical module in the ASM Medical Materials Database. This new resource...

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Wireless Foot Switch Design Considerations

January 16, 2015 12:04 pm | by Peter Engstrom, Managing Director, and Maurizio Lauria, Product Manager; STEUTE MEDITECH, INC. | Steute Meditech, Inc. | Comments

Medical equipment users and OEMs have long expressed an interest in wireless foot switches. Their interest has been kindled by: their desire to eliminate the “tripping” hazard cables may represent in the application, their desire to have greater...

The Proposal: Making a Commitment to Labeling

January 15, 2015 9:40 am | by Darren Altkinson, PRISYM ID | Comments

The recent introduction of UDI requirements has persuaded many medical device companies to review their labeling capabilities. This, alongside other regulatory, technological and market drivers, has led to a growing number of companies issuing...

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Light Sensors for Fitness Tracking

January 14, 2015 12:40 pm | by Dr. Jörg Heerlein and Dr. Tilman Rügheimer, Osram Opto Semiconductors | Comments

More and more people are tracking their physical fitness with the aid of wearable gadgets and appropriate apps. Optical sensors are suitable for measuring pulse rates and oxygen saturation in blood. The technology has long been established...

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Securing the Medical Supply Chain: How to Prevent Counterfeit Plastic Parts and Products

January 13, 2015 9:00 am | by Plastics Color Corp. | Comments

While counterfeiting statistics are difficult to obtain because it is a “clandestine” industry, one thing everyone can agree on is that counterfeiting is big business. As the world has grown smaller and the supply chains for major corporations...

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Enforcing Rather than Encouraging Hand Hygiene in Healthcare

January 12, 2015 9:13 am | by George Emery, Pure Hold Limited | Comments

Against the backdrop of media and public focus on infection, there is an increasingly prominent market nowadays for hygiene products. Most hospitals now have sanitizing gel dispensers attached to the wall next to ward entrances and doorways...

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Inhalable Insulin Devices Offer Diabetics Alternative to Injections

January 9, 2015 8:59 am | by Luis Tissone, Life Sciences Director, Trelleborg Sealing Solutions | Trelleborg Sealing Solutions | Comments

Diabetes is a condition that is on the rise. Currently there are 29 million sufferers in the US alone, up from 26 million last year according to figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Statistics show that one in four people...

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Making Small Quantity/High Mix Tubing a Profitable Business Model

January 8, 2015 8:59 am | by John O’Brien, A.T. Wall | A.T. Wall Company | Comments

In the US, many high volume tubing suppliers have moved production facilities overseas to low cost producers like China or Mexico. Minimum buys are now the rule, leaving many US manufacturers with a quandary – How to get small quantities of...

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