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How to Avoid Costly Mistakes in Scaled Manufacturing

July 21, 2010 12:30 pm | by Lianne Coppinger | Comments

What is scaled manufacturing? Scaled manufacturing takes a medical device idea or concept from prototype to production in quantities required to meet customer demand with absolute consistency and reliability. Because of the competitive advantage scaled manufacturing offers, product designers can expand or retract supply with minimal effort, cost, or infrastructure—creating an efficient response to unpredictable industry and customer demands.

Electroactive Polymer Based Cardiac Ablation Catheters For Greater Flexibility

July 21, 2010 12:15 pm | by Strategic Polymer Sciences | Comments

Mapping/ablation catheters are used to treat atrial fibrillation. Current mechanical catheters can be difficult and time consuming to operate and hinder reproducible and consistent ablation. This article describes new electroactive polymer (EAP) technology that provides the basis for the development of electronically controlled steerable actuators. The EAP technology will enable standard catheter platforms to incorporate advanced micro-steerability, reduced procedure times and advanced automation capabilities. The innovative electrically steered catheters will benefit millions of Americans who are suffering from atrial fibrillation.

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Improving Patient Safety: Automating Specimen Collection and Transfusion Management Reduces Errors

July 21, 2010 10:36 am | by Kelly Feist | Comments

Diagnostic laboratories have an important role to play in ensuring patient safety. The chance for human errors and omissions is high in specimen collection, testing, and blood transfusions because these processes have so many manual steps. Automating specimen collection and transfusion management can create closed loop systems that virtually eliminate errors in labeling of specimens, incorrect patient draws, and incorrect transfusions.

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Uses and Advances of Computed Tomography for Medical Device Analysis

July 21, 2010 7:30 am | by Julien Noel | Comments

Computed tomography (CT) has come a long way since its public inception in 1972. The rapid improvement of computer technology and the increasing capabilities of CT scans have gone hand in hand. CT scans that used to take hours are now being completed in seconds. This increase in capabilities has led to CT scans being used more often and in more ways than ever before. The use of CT in the medical nondestructive testing (NDT) field is one example that has grown tremendously in the past few years, and it is also the focus of the following article.

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Intersection of Patents and Medicine: 5 Tips to Maximize the Inventor’s Rights

July 15, 2010 12:00 pm | by William G Abbatt, Shareholder and Registered Patent Attorney, Brooks Kushman law firm | Comments

As the medical industry evolves and technology in medical devices becomes more advanced, it is necessary to protect those ideas. Medical device engineers and manufacturers often look to the physician to improve such devices and make related...

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The Medical Device Industry’s Biggest Challenge: Innovation or Taxes?

July 15, 2010 9:57 am | by Paul Steiner | Comments

In the last few months, the medical device community has found itself amidst a political fallout that threatens any forthcoming economic improvements. To fund the healthcare reforms set forth by Congress, medical device manufacturers will soon be charged a 2.3 percent excise tax on the sale of most medical devices.

Robotic Surgical Assistants: New Robot Controls and Operating Methodology Allow Robots to Assist Surgeons

July 15, 2010 7:06 am | by Adept Technology | Comments

Robots have been assisting surgeons since 1985 for remote surgery, unmanned surgery and minimally invasive surgery. Robotic surgical assistance has many advantages including smaller incisions, decreased blood loss, less pain, quicker healing time and the ability to pinpoint locations very precisely. Automated systems that support surgeons in procedures such as the implantation of prosthetics used in hip replacements are becoming a more common fixture in the operating room.

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Perspectives on Global Design

July 7, 2010 7:35 am | Comments

For your area of the industry, what is the most significant consideration when designing a device for use both domestically and internationally?

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Positioner assembly tool for back and spinal surgery

June 30, 2010 10:26 am | by Par3 Technology | Comments

The new design used to complete the surgery is named the Positioner Assembly Tool. The single tool design assembly includes details within the assembly which work with individual tools to complete all the necessary functions. During the product development process, Par3’s Analysis Driven Design Process was used to create features and functions to enhance and optimize the product. This process uses computer aided analysis software to optimize the design of a product and reduce the need for costly sample building and speed up the development cycle.

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Designing a Power-Down Tester for Solid-State Storage Products Used in Portable Medical Devices

June 30, 2010 7:47 am | by Gary Drossel | Comments

  Portable, space-saving medical devices are the trend in today’s health care industry. Several popular storage solutions have been adopted by medical equipment manufacturers, including solid-state storage due to its space and power savings characteristics. Solid-state drives (SSDs) offer, in most cases, significant power savings which translate into longer battery life for mobile applications. This also makes them especially well-suited for portable medical devices.

Unbreakable: A Totally Unique Switch Technology Offers Unparalleled Performance

June 24, 2010 12:13 pm | by ITW Active Touch | Comments

The Design Challenge Imagine for a moment that you are asked to design a pushbutton switch for the most challenging applications. The pushbutton needs to be extremely rugged, capable of surviving abuse and vandalism. It needs to function perfectly

New Uses for Deep Drawn Stampings

June 24, 2010 11:43 am | by Pete Evans | Comments

Deep drawn and progressive stamping has long been valued because it can form shapes impossible with any other kind of metalworking. It has also been valued as an economical, labor saving alternative to machining and assembly. The serrated internal rotating

Determining the Most Effective Approach to EMI Shielding for Flexible Circuits and Cables

June 24, 2010 8:45 am | by Doug Walz | Comments

When electronic devices are being used in the medical field, electromagnetic interference is not merely a nuisance, it is a serious hazard that threatens the lives of the patients whose health relies upon these devices. This article presents specific advances made in the production of protective shielding to provide l

Biomechanics: Research on the middle ear helps develop new hearing aids

June 24, 2010 6:19 am | by dSPACE | Comments

The ability to communicate is an elementary part of our lives, and without good hearing, communication becomes difficult if not impossible. This is why researchers continue to work on optimizing prostheses that improve hearing. Now researchers at the Universität Stuttgart in Germany have opened up a new avenue of

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World Precision Instruments Gains Added Precision with SYSPRO Software

June 23, 2010 10:45 am | by World Precision Instruments | Comments

World Precision Instruments (WPI) is a global leader in TEER measurement, nitric oxide sensing, and other sophisticated instrumentation vital to physiological and medical research. The privately held company began operations in New Haven, Conn., in 1967 as a small manufacturer

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