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Pin Fin Heat Sinks: A Sharper Way to Keep Medical Electronics Cool

October 5, 2009 6:19 am | by Barry Dagan | Comments

Keeping electronics cool is critical to ensuring their long life and reliability. Utilizing heat sinks can help achieve this, but determining the proper type and configuration can be a challenge. This article reviews pin fin heat sinks, material options, sparse vs.

Shining a New Light on Surgical Procedures

October 5, 2009 6:19 am | by Paul Scheidt and Dave Medinis | Comments

Maintaining a well-lit field of view during surgical procedures has traditionally been accomplished with Xenon bulb technology. However, this solution brings with it a number of concerns that impacts both the surgical team and the patient.

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Rediscovering the Benefits of Microabrasive Blasting Technology

October 5, 2009 6:19 am | by Colin Weightman | Nitinol Devices & Components, Inc. | Comments

Microabrasive blasting offers medical device manufacturers an effective way to treat the surface of a variety of materials for a wide array of applications. However, many may not be aware of how extensive its benefits are.

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Perspectives on Combination Products, Part 2

August 28, 2009 12:02 pm | Comments

The marriage of a medical device with a drug or biologic has been increasing significantly within healthcare. The combinations have resulted in numerous benefits that could not have been realized with just one of the elements being indicated on its own.

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Perspectives on Combination Products, Part 1

August 28, 2009 12:02 pm | Comments

The marriage of a medical device with a drug or biologic has been increasing significantly within healthcare. The combinations have resulted in numerous benefits that could not have been realized with just one of the elements being indicated on its own.

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Six Pitfalls of Medical Device Packaging Development

August 28, 2009 12:02 pm | by Bill Limmer | Comments

A device's packaging is a critical component as it can protect it, keep it sterile, and help prevent tampering. However, for medical device designers, it is easy to overlook this aspect of the device and either come up short on what's needed or over do it and use too much packaging.

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Flowmeters Are the & quot;Eyes & quot; of Medical Devices During Heart Recovery

August 28, 2009 12:02 pm | by Erik J. Rosaen | Comments

Flowmeters are typically found in machinery and equipment not usually associated with medical devices. However, two companies have determined how they can be used in a circulatory support system that is beneficial during heart recovery.

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Use of Expanded PTFE Membranes in Medical Filtration

August 28, 2009 12:02 pm | by Eric C. Wigner and Keith Fritsky | W.L. Gore & Associates | Comments

PTFE and ePTFE offer medical device manufacturers a range of benefits for their finished products. Using the material as a filtration media, it is ideally suited to several application areas, such as in drug delivery, urine collection, and laparoscopic surgery.

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Handling a Three Molding Process Solution

August 28, 2009 12:02 pm | by Tobey Hayden | Comments

The Project: Design a bed handle that will fit onto existing Joerns beds, increase patient comfort, and enhance caregiver safety.

Coating on EMI Shielding

August 5, 2009 10:45 am | by Andrew Wang | Comments

As hospital rooms become more high tech, an important concern for today's medical device designer is electromagnetic interference (EMI). Much attention has already been given to the infamous cell phone case which highlights interference from radio frequency signals.

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Controversial Devices

August 5, 2009 10:45 am | Astrodyne Corporation | Comments

Most medical devices are designed for the purpose of assisting people who are sick or suffering.

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Staying Ahead of the Pack

August 5, 2009 10:44 am | by Ed Emerson | Comments

In a world of hungry microorganisms, it is critical that medical devices—designed to heal—do not inadvertently do the opposite by infecting the patient.

Design Talk: Compression Improves Data Bandwidth Bottlenecks and Costs in Medical Imaging Systems

August 5, 2009 10:44 am | by Allan Evans, VP of Marketing, Samplify Systems | Comments

By Allan Evans, VP of Marketing, Samplify Systems Allan Evans is VP of marketing at Samplify Systems. Visit Samplify Systems at www.samplify.com .

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Design Talk: Miniaturized Motion for Portable and Home Devices

August 5, 2009 10:44 am | by Dave Beckstoffer | Comments

By Dave Beckstoffer Dave Beckstoffer is a project manager at Portescap. Visit Portescap at www.portescap.com . One example where miniaturization of medical devices and motion solutions is really making an impact is with portable and home devices.

Design Talk: Latching Solenoid Valve for Compact, Portable Medical Equipment

August 5, 2009 10:44 am | by Christopher Marchant | The Lee Company | Comments

By Christopher Marchant Christopher Marchant is product manager of the Control Valve Group at The Lee Company. Visit The Lee Company at www.theleeco.com .

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