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Innovative Technology for Small Space and Higher Efficiency Motors

March 11, 2011 9:56 am | by Mindy Cheng | Comments

Motors and motion control are a critical piece of many medical devices. However, making the right selection can depend on a number of factors. This article reviews the motor windings of stepper motors and highlights the most important considerations that medical device manufacturers need to understand.

Medical Imaging Taps New Levels of Graphics Display Technologies

March 11, 2011 9:34 am | by Nancy Pantone and Christine A. Van De Graaf | Comments

A major growth area in medical device technology, medical imaging is gaining momentum in the number of clinical applications for which it’s being prescribed. Now, new COM Express technology enables multi-display functionality for healthcare applications. This article reviews the new technology.

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4G Outsourcing Partnerships

March 10, 2011 11:26 am | by Rich Nazarian | Minnetronix, Inc. | Comments

Outsourcing is a thriving aspect of the medical device manufacturing landscape. However, these partnerships have developed from different “generations.” This article highlights the three generations of current outsourcing partnerships and gives insight into what the fourth generation will likely bring for both OEMs and their partners.

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Perspectives on Time to Market—Part 3

January 31, 2011 10:56 am | Comments

For your area of the industry, what is your best recommendation for getting a medical device to market faster?

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Perspectives on Time to Market—Part 2

January 4, 2011 11:52 am | Peridot Corp. Precision Manufacturing | Comments

For your area of the industry, what is your best recommendation for getting a medical device to market faster?

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Perspectives on Time to Market—Part 1

December 16, 2010 10:33 am | Cirtec Medical Systems, Boyd Coatings Research, Inc. | Comments

For your area of the industry, what is your best recommendation for getting a medical device to market faster? Heather Dunn, Director of Engineering, CIRTEC Medical Systems: CIRTEC Medical Systems is commonly requested to perform accelerated product developments for our clients. The CIRTEC approach in those situations involves a few key tactics.

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How Are You Influencing ER and Surgical Devices?

November 17, 2010 11:59 am | Anthro Corporation | Comments

Newton Defaria, Business Development Manager for Life and Analytical Sciences, National Instruments: National Instruments has a comprehensive technological portfolio that is used in the design, development, deployment, manufacturing, and test of many devices involved in surgery.

Roundtable Q & A: Testing

November 17, 2010 10:51 am | by Jeffrey D. Lind, Brandon Tillman, Dave Kralovetz, and Lisa Olson | Nelson Laboratories, Inc., WuXi AppTec | Comments

Participants: Jeffrey D. Lind, President, Compliance West, USA; Brandon Tillman, Sales Manager, Nelson Laboratories; Dave Kralovetz, Medical Account Development Manager, Cincinnati Test Systems; Lisa Olson, Vice President of Testing and Service Development, WuXi AppTec

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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 | International Components Corporation | 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.

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.

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