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Powering the Homecare Medical Device Market

June 26, 2013 2:54 pm | by John Benatti, Field Applications Engineer, Astrodyne | Comments

With the 3rd Edition of IEC 60601-1 impacting U.S. design engineers in June, it is critical they are aware of the implications to their medical device designs. For home healthcare devices, there is a collateral standard that will have a specific effect. This article focuses in on powering these products and the items in the standard of significance for that aspect.

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A Comprehensive Look at Balloon Catheter Testing

June 25, 2013 1:52 pm | by David Yanes, Director of Equipment and Catheter Technology, Interface Catheter Solutions | Interface Catheter Solutions | Comments

As balloon catheters are used in critical therapeutic applications, they simply must work as they are intended. Therefore, testing these devices must ensure that failure will not occur. This article looks at the testing process for balloon catheters and what decisions manufacturers need to consider.

Portability Is the Name of the Game

June 24, 2013 2:12 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, MDT | Mega Electronics, Inc., Tdk - Lambda Americas, Analog Devices, Inc., Maxon Precision Motors, Inc., Microsemi Corp./Corporate | Comments

Medical electronic devices are no longer a trend; they are the reality of today’s healthcare environment. Seemingly, the number of powered medical devices far exceeds their non-powered counterparts. Even devices that had traditionally not been powered, such as the stethoscope, are now either being replaced by more effective electronic devices or being updated with electronics to function more efficiently and, more simply, better.

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Simulating Solutions for Molding Challenges

June 21, 2013 4:18 pm | by Tim Lankisch, Director of Engineering, CAE Services | CAE Services Corporation, Arburg Gmbh + Co Kg | Comments

Design and development of a medical device is an exacting process, to say the least, and it assumes even more complexity because it almost always extends across years that encompass multiple iterations of the device. As a result, small things that were satisfactory in the prototype and first production run can grow to be problems that must be solved as production volume rises.

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Innovation Drives Pump Technology to Meet Today’s Medical Designs

June 20, 2013 5:12 pm | by Dave Vanderbeck, Business Development Manager, KNF Neuberger | KNF Neuberger, Inc. | Comments

Given the number of device applications that involve the transfer of a gas or liquid, it is no wonder pump technology is such a significant part of many healthcare-related products. In addition, pumps are not exempt from the trends of miniaturization and cost reduction. As such, this article takes a look at how today’s medical device demands are being answered by advanced pump technology.

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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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