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From Orthopedics to Power Transfer—A Bright Future for Implants

June 19, 2013 4:51 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor, ECN | Comments

Much like other medical technology, implants are adapting to a post-depression economy brimming with new materials, new ideas, and ambitious plans for the future. The result is a focus on designing safer, more bio-compatible products for local markets.

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Pressure Balanced Proportional Valve Options

June 18, 2013 4:00 pm | by Jonathan DeSousa, Division Application Engineer, Precision Fluidics Division, Parker Hannifin | Parker Hannifin Corporation | Comments

To meet the needs of today’s healthcare professionals, medical instrumentation is getting smaller and made to be portable. That means the components in them need to be smaller, while still maintaining a high level of precision. This article will look at micro valve technology in portable medical devices.

It Begins and Ends with Testing

June 17, 2013 3:32 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, MDT | WuXi AppTec | Comments

Regardless of the indication, the technology, or the manufacturing process, all medical devices face thorough testing regimens to ensure they function as designed. There’s no room for error with any medical device, whether a low-tech orthopedic knee brace or a life saving pacemaker. The patient relying on the device they are using needs it to work perfectly.

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Bioabsorbable Polymers Will Offer New Possibilities for Drug Delivery

June 14, 2013 3:14 pm | by Uwe Winzen, Ph.D., Global Marketing Manager, Lubrizol LifeScience Polymers | Comments

A new formulation of synthetic, biochemically absorbable polymers is creating opportunities in the medical device and pharmaceutical fields. These “bioabsorbable polymers” are materials designed to dissolve into compounds that the body can safely absorb or eliminate.

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UDI Inspection Guidelines

June 13, 2013 2:06 pm | by Jonathan Ludlow, Machine Vision Promoter, Microscan Systems | Microscan Systems, Inc. | Comments

New unique device identification labeling rules are on the way for medical devices, so it’s best for engineers to be aware of what impact they may have prior to them being mandatory. This article looks at the main points behind the coming rule and the considerations for ensuring proper symbol quality and label/mark verification.

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Adhesives: Managing the Skin/Device Interface

June 12, 2013 11:59 am | by Neal Carty, Ph.D., Research Associate, Vancive Medical Technologies | Vancive Medical Technologies™ | Comments

Medical adhesives are often relied upon to provide the critical linkage between the body and a medical device. To effectively interface the two, adhesives are called upon to manage a host of factors at play at the skin/device interface, such as moisture and movement, and also control the environment with respect to things like microbial flora, odor, or skin hydration.

Diagnostics: A Focus on Imaging, Portability, and Regulations

June 11, 2013 3:59 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor, ECN | Comments

Diagnostic technology covers a broad range of equipment, tests, and medical fields, and recent advancements in technique and materials means that innovations are widespread and growing rapidly. Though economic conditions are preventing huge advancements in diagnostic imaging—if hospitals can’t afford the new technology, there is no point in designing it—the medical imaging community is focusing on refinement, rather than redesign.

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Coating for Consumption

June 10, 2013 2:19 pm | by Lonny Wolgemuth, Sr. Medical Market Specialist, and Juan Gudino, Medical Market Manager, Specialty Coating Systems | Specialty Coating Systems | Comments

Ingestible medical devices offer a convenient, non-invasive method of delivering therapeutics, enabling diagnostic procedures, or performing imaging tasks. However, ensuring that the sensitive electronics within the device are protected is a challenge. This article will highlight a coating technology that is being used to guarantee such protection is provided.

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A Laser’s Role in Medicine

June 7, 2013 3:18 pm | by Tracey Ryba, Product Manager—Lasers, TRUMPF Inc. | Comments

The use of lasers in the development of medical devices through to their actual usage in the devices themselves has been a steadily growing trend. The capabilities and functionality they offer to both design engineers as well as healthcare professionals is varied and beneficial. This article looks at the advantages lasers offer in the development of medical devices.

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Impact of Portable Medical Devices

June 5, 2013 3:27 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor, ECN | Comments

The portable medical devices industry is a fast growing world. With the advent of various smart technology and wireless capabilities, this medical field has become one of the most intriguing with the promise of great potential for future healthcare.

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Designing Micro Parts with High Volume Production in Mind

June 5, 2013 3:16 pm | by Marty Cavegn, Sales Engineer, Top Tool | Comments

Most often, it seems medical device manufacturers are deciding between machining and molding for their component fabrication needs. However, there are alternatives that should be explored. Stamping offers an array of excellent advantages for designers who need micro parts made from metal materials.

The Symphony of Surgical Robotics

June 4, 2013 3:44 pm | by Phil Brown, VP & GM, Pro-Dex Inc. – OMS | Pro-Dex | Comments

Surgical robots are becoming more of a standard in operating rooms. As such, device designers are going to need to understand the motion control technology that makes them function. This article looks at the “sheet music” that offers the guidance to the “conductor” who is instructing the “instruments.”

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Materials Impact Medical Device Design Trends

June 3, 2013 2:22 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, MDT | Eastman Chemical Company, Sabic Innovative Plastics, Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics | Comments

There are an array of factors that impact the design of medical devices, from available components to healthcare trends. In this Roundtable presentation, participants spoke to the way in which healthcare trends are impacting material development and, as a result, how materials are then impacting medical device design.

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The Science of Ceramics in Hip Joint Replacements

May 31, 2013 2:56 pm | by Yannick Galais, Commercial Manager, Morgan Advanced Materials | Morgan Advanced Ceramics | Comments

Ceramic materials have been used for artificial joints since the 1970s, yet the need for smaller medical implants with more complicated structures has created exciting new opportunities for those manufacturing ceramic solutions for the medical market. As a result, detailed and complex ceramic components are becoming increasingly specified for a wide range of applications.

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Ethylene Oxide Versus Radiation Sterilization

May 30, 2013 3:52 pm | by Wendy Wangsgard, Radiation Sterilization Study Director, and Courtney Lang, Ethylene Oxide Sterilization Study Director, Nelson Laboratories | Comments

Ethylene oxide and radiation sterilization make up two of the most common forms of sterilization for medical devices. As the device is prepared for release to market, knowing which type of sterilization to use for each product can save time and money.

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