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Managing Electronic Component Obsolescence in Medical Devices

December 16, 2013 3:07 pm | by Larry Bell, VP Sales & Marketing, Enercon Technologies | Comments

Many electronic components have lifecycles that are shorter than the lifecycle of the end product itself. This is especially true for healthcare medical devices. For example, most consumer electronics have lifecycles of 18 months whereas...

Designing Medical Devices to Meet FDA Security Guidelines

December 13, 2013 3:18 pm | by Alan Grau, President and Co-Founder, Icon Labs | Comments

The FDA and Department of Homeland Security recently issued an alert urging medical device makers and medical facilities to upgrade security protections to protect against potential cyber threats. This was issued in response to an ICS-CERT...

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Lighting the Way to Surgical Precision

December 11, 2013 4:11 pm | by By Vijay Shanbhag, Medical Sales Manager, Lighting and Imaging, SCHOTT North America | Comments

Medical technology has evolved to the point that surgeons can complete medical procedures through incisions less than an inch long. For practitioners, these less intrusive methods mean faster procedures and lower pre- and post-operation...

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A New Optical Technique to Improve Diagnostic Accuracy of Dehydration in Young Children

December 11, 2013 3:09 pm | by Brian Imhausen, Electro-Optics Design Engineer and Project Manager, Bodkin Design and Engineering LLC | Bodkin Design & Engineering, LLC | Comments

One clinical measure of dehydration in young children relies on Capillary Refill Time (CRT). The doctor visually evaluates the time it takes for the patient’s finger to refill with blood after a squeeze is released. This subjective assessment...

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Power Management Systems for Mobile Medical Carts

December 10, 2013 2:21 pm | by Michael J. Mardis, Technical Sales, Hoffman Engineered Systems | Comments

Most mobile carts feature onboard power systems equipped with single or multiple batteries intended to provide enough energy to run computers, displays, scanners and other devices for extended periods of time without recharging. Power systems...

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Developing a New Process for Hypotube Stripping

December 9, 2013 3:12 pm | by Paul Ogden, Director of Sales, Syneo | Syneo, Comco, Inc. | Comments

Syneo was already familiar with Comco Inc’s microblasting technology, but had never used it. A customer who had experimented with manual microblasting asked if a system could be developed that incorporated all the benefits of the Syneo’s...

What Can Home Healthcare Teach Greater Manufacturing?

December 3, 2013 1:11 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Comments

The home healthcare market is a burgeoning one, and is already shaping up to be a major arena for companies who have long been in the medical device manufacturing arena. With the Affordable Care Act pushing more long-term treatment to be...

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Addressing ‘Priority Confusion’ to Speed New Product Development

December 2, 2013 2:48 pm | by Jeff Elliott, Technical Writer | Comments

Even the most successful corporations in the world frequently miss new product development launch windows. The primary reason is confused, shifting and unclear priorities, resulting in inefficient multitasking between these priorities. The losses...

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NFC-Enabled Sensors Provide Promise for Diabetics and Others

November 22, 2013 2:15 pm | by Oluf Alminde, Senior Marketing Manager (Power & Wireless), ams AG | Comments

With more than 350 million children and adults afflicted with diabetes globally, both healthcare professionals and patients welcome ways to make the treatment process easier and less painful. Today, patients typically self-administer blood glucose...

First 510(k) Clearance for Customized 3D-Printed Polymeric Cranial Implants

November 21, 2013 2:56 pm | by Kip Hanson, Technology Writer | Comments

Oxford Performance Materials (OPM), South Windsor, Conn., made medical history in February when they received the first Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance for their polymer laser-sintered OsteoFab Patient-Specific Cranial Device...

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A Hard Decision: Selecting the Best Hardware Platform for Your Imaging Practice

November 20, 2013 2:19 pm | by Daniel Hägg and Emil Styrke, ContextVision | Comments

Medical imaging modalities come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. Regardless of size, from multi-ton, multi-kilowatt MRI machines to battery powered handheld ultrasound units, all modalities require processing of the original images (or...

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The Story of Design: Thrombodynamics Analyser T2

November 19, 2013 12:29 pm | by B. Weidmann, Business Developer, velixX GmbH | Comments

Launching a new medical device can be a daunting task for any company, especially for a young startup. Innovators are becoming increasingly aware of the gaps and missing links in their knowledge for entering today's highly competitive markets...

Safe and Secure: Medical Device Packaging

November 18, 2013 1:51 pm | by Tom Egan, Vice President, Industry Services, PMMI | Comments

As any manufacturer knows, product packaging plays several prominent roles. It encases a product, preventing it from damage once it leaves the manufacturing facility, while also serving as a canvas for vital product information and brand...

Lasers Play Critical Role in Machining Micron-Sized Components

November 15, 2013 2:13 pm | by Custom Laser Systems | Comments

As medical devices and their internal components continue to decrease in overall size, diameter and wall thickness, medical device manufacturers are increasingly turning to custom built laser systems designed to cut, weld, drill, ablate and...

Designing for Critical Environments

November 14, 2013 3:55 pm | by Erik Moses, Director of Insights, Product Development Technologies | Product Development Technologies, Inc. | Comments

When developing products for critical environments, product managers have a lot to balance: building a reliable solution and ensuring the safety of those affected by it, meeting the need to differentiate the product in the market, and meeting...

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