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Gas Flow Sensing Technology in Medical Ventilation Devices

August 26, 2013 4:01 pm | by Dr. Daniel Träutlein, Market Manager Medical, Sensirion AG | Comments

Sensors are used to measure gas flows for various purposes in modern medical ventilation technology. A variety of measuring principles are used, depending on the manufacturer and the intended use, and as such, many different sensor products are now available on the market.


Zebrafish Test Toxicity for Medical Device Manufacturers

August 23, 2013 5:05 pm | by Steven Richter, Ph.D. President & Chief Scientific Officer Microtest Laboratories | Microtest Laboratories, Inc. | Comments

A new test has been developed for medical device manufacturers and biomaterials researchers to screen plastics, composites, and polymers for toxicity. This ZET test utilizes zebrafish (Danio rerio). Zebrafish are extensively used in drug development studies due to their transparent embryos and fast development times.

Lending an Arm in Workstation Design

August 21, 2013 12:55 pm | by Philip Kempson, General Manager, Southco Manufacturing | Comments

With the launch of the new Olympus WM-P2 series of workstations, Olympus KeyMed has created an ergonomic and efficient platform design, including a flexible arm to support the viewing monitor, in partnership with Southco. It was the company’s new patented positioning technology AV arm series that was to provide the key to the creation of a cutting edge monitor mounting solution.


A Closer Look: RoHS 2 Compliance Process

August 21, 2013 12:28 pm | by By Joe Langton; Senior Consultant and Program Manager; Health, Environmental, and Regulatory Services Unit, Intertek | Comments

Regulations for the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) 2 impact the ways in which companies do business, especially in the medical device industry. On July 22, 2014, when a company places a CE mark on medical devices, they are confirming all appropriate measures were taken to ensure each product meets the RoHS 2 directive...


Medical Body Area Network: Regulatory & Technical Requirements

August 20, 2013 5:02 pm | by Robert Buczkiewicz, Director of Hardware Development, LS Research | Comments

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulatory requirements are generally present in Subpart E of Part 95, which sets forth technical requirements that apply across all Personal Radio Services. The existing MedRadio provisions in Subpart E were amended in September 2012 to include the 2360-2400 MHz band requirements...

Material Testing of Miniature Samples: Solving a Biomedical Problem

August 12, 2013 3:17 pm | by Vincent Milano, Sales Engineer, ADMET | Admet, Inc. | Comments

Few materials testing systems are able to measure low capacity and small displacement movements on samples that can often be difficult to hold. Furthermore, many researchers have a need to record microscopic material behavior while the sample is subjected to forces. In this article, three examples that demonstrate how the Microtester was deployed in the market are featured.

Strategy for Success to Comply with IEC 60601-1

August 12, 2013 2:19 pm | by Robert Dostert, Director of Business Development, TÜV SÜD America | Comments

Ensuring compliance with IEC 60601-1 is simply a must for every medical device manufacturer. However, with revisions and updates, it’s difficult for a company to ensure they are constantly in compliance unless they have a dedicated expert on staff. Therefore, an excellent solution for this challenge is to partner with a company that is exactly that—an expert on the standard.


The Quest for Minimally Invasive Surgical Devices and Robotics

August 12, 2013 2:02 pm | by Melissa Barnes, Associate Editor, MDT | Comments

The demand for less invasive devices is persistently growing, putting the pressure on engineers to put forth quality, innovative products, all while staying ahead of the competition. ER and surgical robotics and minimally invasive devices are currently holding the spotlight, seeing some of the most promising growth and innovation.


Not All Contract Manufacturers Are Created Equal

August 12, 2013 12:56 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, MDT | Xeridiem, SMC, Ltd., Crane Aerospace & Electronics, Donatelle Plastics Inc., Plastics One, Inc. | Comments

In an environment that requires ever increasing cost cutting measures, supply chain stability, and manufacturing flexibility, the contract manufacturer can be a critical partner in the financial success of a legacy device that is still enjoying profitability or in the launch of a brand new innovation that has beat the competition to market.


A New Dimension in Diagnostics

August 12, 2013 12:29 pm | by Robert Kerner, R&D Manager, Grayhill | Grayhill, Inc. | Comments

Innovative control technology offers medical professionals and technicians the potential to do much more with diagnostic imaging equipment. This article looks at intuitive controls that can be used for radiological applications that offer an interface much closer to familiar consumer devices.


Filtering Out All the ‘Noise’

August 9, 2013 3:51 pm | by Bob Ydens, President, EMI Solutions | Comments

As processing speeds in electronics continue to rise and packaging continues to shrink, sensitive internal components are located closer and closer together. Higher clock speeds coupled with increased density of components leads to increasing amounts of electromagnetic interference and radio frequency interference noise.

Carving Machines Help Otto Bock Shape Its Future

August 8, 2013 3:36 pm | by Ryan Legg, Product Manager, Siemens Industry | Comments

Through the use of advanced CNC machine technology, one manufacturer of prosthetic and orthotic devices is making substantial improvements to its production. Otto Bock, a leading supplier of these devices based in Germany, worked in cooperation with the CNC carving machine builder, Bornemann, to produce a series of machines...


Bioprinting: From Concept to Reality

August 7, 2013 2:24 pm | by Stephen L. Pentoney Jr., PhD, MBA, and Sharon C. Presnell, PhD, Organovo | Comments

The field of Tissue Engineering, an interdisciplinary field focused on building or regenerating functional three-dimensional tissues, has deployed several fabrication strategies aimed at bringing cells and structure together to generate tissue.  


Addressing Power Needs for Compact Medical Devices

August 6, 2013 3:41 pm | by Alex Bynum, Business Development Manager, Lithium Battery Division, Saft | Saft | Comments

Medical technology continues to grow smaller, yet remains robust, delivering an array of features that help enhance the level of care provided. One challenge is in powering these devices while keeping in mind the trend toward miniaturization. This article looks at lithium technology options and reviews the offerings of each type for medical devices.

Precision Laser Welding of Clear Thermoplastics Without Additives

August 5, 2013 4:53 pm | by Josh Brown, Laser Plastic Welding Sales, LPKF Laser & Electronics | Comments

The welding of plastics using laser technology enables the rapid, clean result medical device manufacturers want. However, when welding clear or translucent plastics, additives must be used in order for the bond to occur. That is, until now. New laser technology enables these types of plastics to be welded without any additives being used.


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