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Perspectives on 2010 Year in Review

May 10, 2011 12:35 pm | Comments

What was the most significant headline in the medical device manufacturing industry in 2010?


Five Material Considerations for Device Design

May 10, 2011 10:36 am | by Kenneth E. Breeding Jr. | Comments

The material selection process during the design of a medical device can be a significant factor in the success or failure of that product. Therefore, designers need to be aware of the most critical considerations to keep in mind in this development phase. This article provides the top five variables that must be identified prior to making the final material selections.

Improving Product Realization Efficiency

April 8, 2011 11:57 am | by Kevin Chang | Comments

Medical product manufacturers continue to face a critical challenge: finding ways to reduce cost and time to market, without compromising quality. While globalization increases the range of options in this area, it also increases the potential for errors. Cost is driven not only by materials and production efficiency, but also by the robustness, or lack thereof, of the communication and handoff processes among the various teams engaged in product development, new product introduction (NPI), and production.


Improvements in Pressure Sensors Help Medical Equipment Design

March 11, 2011 11:17 am | by David Ezekiel | Comments

Goals of new medical equipment design include small size, low cost, low power consumption, and a quiet user experience. Evolving technology embedded in pressure sensors and signal conditioning ICs allows for design improvements and the inclusion of new features in medical equipment. This article highlights specific examples in the design of breathing equipment and oxygen concentrators.


Innovative Technology for Small Space and Higher Efficiency Motors

March 11, 2011 9:56 am | by Mindy Cheng | Comments

Motors and motion control are a critical piece of many medical devices. However, making the right selection can depend on a number of factors. This article reviews the motor windings of stepper motors and highlights the most important considerations that medical device manufacturers need to understand.

Medical Imaging Taps New Levels of Graphics Display Technologies

March 11, 2011 9:34 am | by Nancy Pantone and Christine A. Van De Graaf | Comments

A major growth area in medical device technology, medical imaging is gaining momentum in the number of clinical applications for which it’s being prescribed. Now, new COM Express technology enables multi-display functionality for healthcare applications. This article reviews the new technology.


4G Outsourcing Partnerships

March 10, 2011 11:26 am | by Rich Nazarian | Comments

Outsourcing is a thriving aspect of the medical device manufacturing landscape. However, these partnerships have developed from different “generations.” This article highlights the three generations of current outsourcing partnerships and gives insight into what the fourth generation will likely bring for both OEMs and their partners.

Perspectives on Time to Market—Part 3

January 31, 2011 10:56 am | Comments

For your area of the industry, what is your best recommendation for getting a medical device to market faster?


Perspectives on Time to Market—Part 2

January 4, 2011 11:52 am | Peridot Corp. Precision Manufacturing | Comments

For your area of the industry, what is your best recommendation for getting a medical device to market faster?


Perspectives on Time to Market—Part 1

December 16, 2010 10:33 am | Cirtec Medical Systems, Boyd Coatings Research, Inc. | Comments

For your area of the industry, what is your best recommendation for getting a medical device to market faster? Heather Dunn, Director of Engineering, CIRTEC Medical Systems: CIRTEC Medical Systems is commonly requested to perform accelerated product developments for our clients. The CIRTEC approach in those situations involves a few key tactics.


How Are You Influencing ER and Surgical Devices?

November 17, 2010 11:59 am | Comments

Newton Defaria, Business Development Manager for Life and Analytical Sciences, National Instruments: National Instruments has a comprehensive technological portfolio that is used in the design, development, deployment, manufacturing, and test of many devices involved in surgery.

Roundtable Q & A: Testing

November 17, 2010 10:51 am | by Jeffrey D. Lind, Brandon Tillman, Dave Kralovetz, and Lisa Olson | Nelson Laboratories, Inc., WuXi AppTec | Comments

Participants: Jeffrey D. Lind, President, Compliance West, USA; Brandon Tillman, Sales Manager, Nelson Laboratories; Dave Kralovetz, Medical Account Development Manager, Cincinnati Test Systems; Lisa Olson, Vice President of Testing and Service Development, WuXi AppTec

Powering Modern Medicine

November 12, 2010 11:25 am | by Sol Jacobs | Comments

Primary lithium batteries enable advanced medical devices to be smaller, lighter, and more feature-rich. This article showcases a number of different chemistries and features several real world applications for which these batteries are used.

Company Finds ‘Spine-Tingling’ Alternative to Surgical Device Redesign

November 12, 2010 10:59 am | by Tom Solon and Peter Fatone | Comments

The Project: An accelerated lead was needed on a lead screw in a spinal surgical device that would enable fewer turns to generate the necessary motion without increasing the load. The Solution: A custom assembly consisting of a combination metal-screw, polymer-based nut, and bushing system was provided that fit into the original device, eliminating any need for a redesign.


Charging Forward With Lithium-Ion Battery Technology

November 12, 2010 10:15 am | by Marko Dimitrijevic | Comments

Enhancements in protection methods and power densities, combined with reduced costs have medical device manufacturers looking at lithium-ion battery technology to solve a number of design challenges for their portable devices. This article reviews a variety of advantages of this technology, and examines recent advances that make it well suited for this industry.


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