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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.

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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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Next Generation Power Packages for Implantables

November 10, 2010 11:12 am | by Tom Zemites | Comments

When it comes to implantable medical devices, space savings is one of the most critical design concerns. This article reviews packaging concepts available to reduce the space required by electronic power components so that the overall implant can shrink and/or more features can be added without enlargement.

Data Analysis Helps Reduce Product Failures

November 10, 2010 10:06 am | by Andrew Lux, Ph.D. | Comments

One of the critical goals of a medical device manufacturing project is to eliminate the occurrence of product failure. While there are a number of methodologies to implement in order to help increase the chances of success, this article highlights one technique that relies on multi-variate data analysis to achieve the goal.

12 Tips to Outsourcing Development Success

October 26, 2010 12:47 pm | by Tim Bosch and David Ennen | Comments

More medical device OEMs are outsourcing a portion or the entire product development process than ever before. However, when relying on a vendor partner to achieve a successful outcome, OEMs must ensure clear communication is established and maintained. This article provides 12 tips to accomplish this.

In-Molding the Details

September 21, 2010 11:47 am | by Al Hoeschele and Todd Geisser | Comments

Providing easy to follow instructions on a medical device can be a significant challenge; when coupled with ensuring the solution does not create cleaning concerns and will not wear, that obstacle to success becomes even greater. This article examines the benefits of in-mold decorating/labeling for medical devices and how they resolve these, and other, challenges.

Four Tips to Avoid Molding Mishaps

September 21, 2010 11:09 am | by Brian Hayes | Comments

Design engineers can sometimes get so caught up with the technical specifications of a molding project that they overlook the non-technical processes and miss out on an opportunity to improve production throughput. This article lays out four tips that the design engineer should follow when taking part in their next molding project so as to get the most out of the project.

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Sophisticated Disposables

September 21, 2010 10:29 am | by David Fink and Andre LaFreniere | Comments

A growing number of medical device disposable products are looking more like traditional sophisticated reusable instruments. There are a number of trends, both technical and non-technical, that are driving this prevailing change. This article looks to briefly discuss some of those trends and their influence on the emergence of smarter, more functional disposables.

Connections at the Heart of the Matter

September 21, 2010 10:03 am | by Mark D. Halloran | Comments

Ensuring proper connection of leads into implantable cardiac devices can be challenging, especially for small start-ups whose specialty may not focus on this area. As a result, one company is offering a solution that can be completely integrated easily into a device to help satisfy the requirements of this component and enable a faster time to market.

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Parts Without Limits

September 21, 2010 8:19 am | by Brian Ford | Quickparts | Comments

Medical device manufacturers are constantly seeking new and better methods with which to design and manufacture medical devices. Recently, they are looking to a traditional prototype process that is enabling the fabrication of commercially ready components. This article looks at low-volume layered manufacturing.

How are you influencing medical devices related to military?

September 21, 2010 7:57 am | Omnetics Connector Corp., Emerson Network Power Connectivity Solutions | Comments

Applying Tech: How are you influencing medical devices related to military?

Ten Surface Treatments that Improve the Performance of Biomedical Components

September 2, 2010 11:49 am | by Surface Solutions Group | Comments

Surface treatments are available to improve function, ease of use, service life, and patient comfort of medical devices and products. Surface Solutions Group of Chicago specializes in solving a wide range of functional problems at the surface of devices, from guide wires to needles to tubing to cannulas. Here is an overview of successes using coatings to improve the surface function of devices.

Opportunities in the Brazilian Market for Medical Products and Devices

September 2, 2010 11:19 am | by Marcelo Sicoli and Thaise Mrad | Comments

The market for medical products and devices in Brazil, estimated at R$ 8 billion (US$ 4.5 billion) continues to expand. From 2008 to 2009 the market grew by 6% and is expected to increase by more than 10% in 2010 according to estimates by ABIMO - Brazilian Medical Devices Manufacturers Association. The optimism of the industry takes into account the prospects of growth in the Country, which might surpass 6,0% this year. In the pharmaceutical market for example, predictions point to a 13% evolution in 2010. 

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How Are You Influencing Emergency Medical Technology?

September 2, 2010 9:51 am | Comments

How Are You Influencing Emergency Medical Technology?

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