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Apply Toyota’s Innovation Excellence to Accelerate Your Product Development

December 11, 2014 | by David Jacobs, Boston Engineering | Comments

Toyota’s success as the world’s largest automaker is largely attributed to its Toyota Production System, which is rooted in Dr. Edwards Deming’s research to improve quality and business processes. Car brands and medical device companies are both...

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Nucleosomics Epigenetic Blood Tests to Revolutionize Cancer Detection

December 12, 2014 11:23 am | by Jake Micallef, VolitionRx | Comments

Cancer, which touches the lives of many, has remained a leading cause of death in the United States. While most cancers are treatable if caught before it has become locally invasive and has spread through the body, many cancers are not diagnosed...

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Integrating Patient Devices into Health IT Systems

December 10, 2014 11:20 am | by Charles Settles, Product Analyst, TechnologyAdvice | Comments

The launch of Apple’s HealthKit platform was the first real sign the fitness and health tracking movement had legs; Apple has always been intentional about its moves, and its fans are usually quick to adopt new offerings. They’ve already announced...

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Addressing the Top Five Software Validation Questions

December 9, 2014 9:48 am | by Penny Goss, Consultant, Penny Goss Technical Solutions | Comments

The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) and IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) requirements for validation of manufacturing and quality system software can conjure up a lot of questions. Understanding the actual guidelines and best...

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6 Tips to Leverage Production Efficiency Using Design for Manufacturability

December 8, 2014 10:19 am | by Gaurang Trivedi, Engineering Consultant, Hi-Tech Outsourcing Services | Comments

Design for manufacturability is an approach utilized to minimize manufacturing time by incorporating the design process along with the manufacturing processes. To meet the continuous shifting market trends, manufacturers are forced to shrink their...

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3D Scanning Improves Prosthetic Design

December 5, 2014 10:20 am | by Andrei Vakulenko, VP of New Markets at Artec Group | Comments

The medical field has truly started to embrace 3D printing. Scanning the headlines, one finds stories about 3D printing providing a cancer victim a new angle, a 3D printed heart that helped save a baby’s life and more. However, every story that ended with 3D printing...

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Medical Equipment Design’s Competitive Advantage: One-Stop OEM Precision Metal Fabrication

December 4, 2014 12:27 pm | by Del Williams, Summit Steel and Manufacturing | Comments

With rising material costs, government regulations, and customers resisting price increases, today there is no room for waste in the medical equipment design, metal fabrication supply chain. While once medical equipment OEMs had the time, margins...

Characterizing Tomorrow’s Medical Devices

December 3, 2014 12:07 pm | by Robert Green, Senior Market Development Manager, Keithley Instruments | Comments

Accurately measuring the load current of an implantable medical device can be quite a challenge. Although an implantable defibrillator might draw just 0.5 microamps of current in sleep or standby mode, the current draw could jump to 5A or higher...

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Saving Your Skin

November 26, 2014 9:56 am | by Will Martin, Proto Labs | Comments

Modern science has allowed surgeons to fix the human body amazingly fast, yet leave behind only small traces that repairs were performed. One of the more commonly used methods to achieve this is by  a minimally invasive technique called laparoscopic surgery...

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An Introduction to Medical Device Prototyping

November 25, 2014 10:27 am | by David Foshee, Principal Design Engineer, Gilero, LLC | Comments

As product design consulting engineers, we do a lot of prototyping at Gilero. Many of our clients understand prototyping very well, but there are some clients for whom prototyping or manufacturing is entirely outside their experience...

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Q&A: Injecting Smarter Design into Diabetes Management Device

November 21, 2014 9:44 am | by Melissa Barnes, Associate Editor | Comments

Vaishali Kamat, Associate Director and Head of Digital Health of Cambridge Consultants participated in a brief Q&A on the KicoPen, a new injection pen design that incorporates smart technology for precise glucose monitoring and insulin delivery...

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Making the Case for Reusable Custom Cases

November 19, 2014 5:11 pm | by Tim Jennings, CEO, EPS | Comments

Customized cases provide medical device manufacturers and health care professionals with durable, sustainable and secure options for the transport, storage, and end use of expensive medical equipment. Available in countless configurations...

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Tech Advances in Medical Alert

November 19, 2014 4:11 pm | by Charlie Kimball, MedicalCareAlert.com | Comments

As humans, we’re always trying to push the envelope. We want all of our gadgets to be bigger than the last, better than two versions ago, faster than all incarnations put together, and possess as many features as possible. In many cases, those added...

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Placing Medical Devices in a Position to Succeed

November 18, 2014 7:30 am | by Jim Ford, Manager of Corporate Product Management, Southco | Southco, Inc. | Comments

Positioning technologies — the adjustable mechanisms that safely support or suspend displays, doors, and panels for optimal use — are a key component of successful medical equipment. Though a smaller piece of the overall design, from the end...

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Moving Molding Forward

November 17, 2014 7:30 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Sil-Pro, LLC, ProMed Molded Products, Inc., JunoPacific, Inc., Proto Labs, Inc. | Comments

Molding for the healthcare industry is a preferred staple among available component fabrication methods. With the advantages plastics can offer, along with the flexibility in material selection and physical characteristics, it’s no wonder why...

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6 Things to Tell Your Piezoceramics Supplier

November 14, 2014 7:30 am | by Russell Petrucci, Director of Business Development, and Roger Nessen, Development Manager; Exelis Electronic Systems | Comments

Any technology that supports the delivery of medical care must be designed to the highest possible standards of quality and efficacy. To device makers, this is obvious. What is often less obvious is just how challenging it can be for a company...

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