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Speed: Today’s Manufacturing Competitive Edge

July 9, 2009 7:32 am | Comments

Ever since the Venice Arsenal started mass producing ships in the world’s first factory in the 13th century, manufacturers have been driven by the need for speed. In today’s environment, consumers demand for new products is driving ever shorter product lifecycles.

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Development Between Companies Brings a New Product to Market in Record Time

July 6, 2009 11:31 am | Comments

In the fall of 2005, Bob Elson, vice president of engineering at Coapt Systems Inc, wanted to develop their design for a new cosmetic surgical device, known as the Surgiwire Incisionless Dissector, into a finished product ready for shipment to surgeons.

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For Quality Overseas Molds, Don’t Call a Broker

June 8, 2009 6:19 am | Comments

The ideal method of doing business in a fast-growing nation like China is for a firm to place its own personnel on the ground.

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Resin Portfolio Helps Bring a Diabetes Treatment to the Market Quickly and Efficiently

June 8, 2009 6:19 am | Comments

The World Health Organization reports that close to 177 million people worldwide currently suffer from diabetes and this figure is expected to more than double by 2030. However, getting new treatments to patients can be complex and time-consuming, especially for small, specialty companies.

The MEMS Generation Takes Its Place Beside Quartz

June 8, 2009 6:16 am | Comments

Silicon oscillators now offer quartz oscillator performance at a lower cost Firms like Ecliptek, a supplier of frequency control products to the electrnoics industry since 1987, have embraced the fast-growing MEMS resonator timing market.

Molding Raw Material and Know-How Together to Form a Needleless Injector

June 3, 2009 6:30 am | Comments

The Makrolon Rx2530 polycarbonate has proved itself useful within the medical community. Avant Medical, a leading medical technology manufacturer, is currently developing the latest generation of its Pulse Injection technology for needleless injection of medications.

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Fully Automated Inspection for Surgical Implants

June 3, 2009 6:27 am | Comments

Requiring 100% inspection and identification is essential for most products. Low-volume production often goes hand-in-hand with high costs, particularly if the variety of products concerned is also extensive.

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Electronic Device Design, Part V

May 13, 2009 8:19 am | Texas Instruments Inc. | Comments

More medical devices are being designed with electronic components that enhance the overall functionality and/or efficiency of the product. It is interesting to theorize where these electronics may take healthcare.

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Electronic Device Design, Part IV

May 13, 2009 8:19 am | Analog Devices, Inc. | Comments

More medical devices are being designed with electronic components that enhance the overall functionality and/or efficiency of the product. It is interesting to theorize where these electronics may take healthcare.

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Electronic Device Design, Part III

May 13, 2009 8:19 am | Comments

More medical devices are being designed with electronic components that enhance the overall functionality and/or efficiency of the product. It is interesting to theorize where these electronics may take healthcare.

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Electronic Device Design, Part II

May 13, 2009 8:19 am | Omnetics Connector Corp. | Comments

More medical devices are being designed with electronic components that enhance the overall functionality and/or efficiency of the product. It is interesting to theorize where these electronics may take healthcare.

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Electronic Device Design, Part I

May 13, 2009 8:18 am | Comments

More medical devices are being designed with electronic components that enhance the overall functionality and/or efficiency of the product. It is interesting to theorize where these electronics may take healthcare.

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Working Out the Bugs

May 8, 2009 12:19 pm | by Paul Nickelsberg | Comments

Among the most important factor in medical device design is timely launch to market of a quality product. Aiding designers is an extremely useful process—Design Failure Mode Effects Analysis (DFMEA).

Orthotics and Prosthetics Go Digital

May 8, 2009 12:19 pm | by David Chen, Ph.D. | Comments

Digital, 3D systems are enabling orthotic and prosthetic devices that provide a better fit and a shorter manufacturing time over more traditional solutions.

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Lasers Focus on Tubing

May 8, 2009 12:19 pm | by Jim McCormick and Chad Carson | Microlumen, Inc. | Comments

Medical device manufacturers have realized a number of benefits from the use of polyimide tubing. However, due to the obstacles in fabricating components from it, the challenge lies in successfully manipulating the tubing without negatively impacting the end product.

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