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Perspectives on Looking Back and What's Ahead (Part II)

December 11, 2008 7:34 am | by Yeoh Keat Chuan | Comments

This year has presented a variety of important headlines affecting everyone throughout the medical device industry, whether centered around emerging technologies, challenges in finance, or legal affairs. Further, it is exciting to wonder what the coming new year will bring.

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Perspectives on Looking Back and What's Ahead (Part I)

December 11, 2008 7:34 am | by Elfie Schwarzinger | Mega Electronics, Inc. | Comments

This year has presented a variety of important headlines affecting everyone throughout the medical device industry, whether centered around emerging technologies, challenges in finance, or legal affairs. Further, it is exciting to wonder what the coming new year will bring.

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Minimizing Cost in Offshore Product Development Efforts

December 5, 2008 7:04 am | by Audrey Soon | Comments

One of the major factors in deciding to outsource work is to save on costs. This could be achieved at any step in the process, from design to packaging.

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Pneumatics Provide the Backbone to Spinal Testing System

December 5, 2008 7:04 am | by Andrew McCarty | Comments

The Project: Design a spinal implant testing device that can both withstand the rigors of prolonged testing timeframes and also offer extremely precise accuracy The Solution: Use a pneumatic solution that takes advantage of air valve and cylinder technology in place of more traditional servomotors.

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Design Talk: Valves

December 5, 2008 7:03 am | by Ralph Buck | The Lee Company | Comments

VHS Injection Manifold Mounting System By Ralph Buck Ink jet valves have been used in micro dispensing for many years. Their high speed and consistent performance allow for the precise dispensing of fluids.

Electromagnetic Simulation Helps Design Next Generation of MRI Equipment

December 5, 2008 7:03 am | by Dr. Christopher M. Collins | Comments

The Project: Gain a better understanding of how the RF transceiver interacts with the nuclei in MRI systems in order to be able to design the next generation. The Solution: Use electromagnetic simulation software to demonstrate how these interactions occur. By Dr. Christopher M.

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Dispensing the Facts on Valves

December 5, 2008 7:03 am | by Steven Young | Comments

Dispense valves can be a vital tool in the assembly and manufacture of medical devices. However, choosing the correct type to use for a particular application may not always be abundantly clear.

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Boning Up on Spinal Implants

December 5, 2008 7:03 am | by Will Curtis | Comments

The ideal treatment for replacing a part of the body with an implant would be to restore the area to a natural state. Unfortunately, this is not possible with traditional materials used for spinal implants, which can cause issues for the patient in years following surgery.

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Perspectives on Changes in China (Part 3)

November 10, 2008 6:53 am | Helix Medical | Comments

China has been the subject of much debate throughout the manufacturing industry as more companies have considered it an option for reducing costs. However, quality concerns and increasing economic factors have caused some to rethink this outsourcing strategy.

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Perspectives on Changes in China (Part 2)

November 10, 2008 6:53 am | Astrodyne Corporation | Comments

China has been the subject of much debate throughout the manufacturing industry as more companies have considered it an option for reducing costs. However, quality concerns and increasing economic factors have caused some to rethink this outsourcing strategy.

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Perspectives on Changes in China (Part 1)

November 10, 2008 6:53 am | Intertech Development Company, Peridot Corp. Precision Manufacturing | Comments

China has been the subject of much debate throughout the manufacturing industry as more companies have considered it an option for reducing costs. However, quality concerns and increasing economic factors have caused some to rethink this outsourcing strategy.

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Speed to Market or FDA Compliance? It Must Be Both

November 10, 2008 6:52 am | by Noel Sobelman | Comments

Medical device manufacturing companies don’t have the luxury of being able to choose between either focusing on speed to market or FDA compliance. Rather, they must address both equally.

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Keeping Track of Surgical Instruments

November 10, 2008 6:52 am | by John Lewis | Comments

The Project: Effectively read a 2D Data Matrix barcode off surgical instruments that differ in terms of reflectivity and shape. The Solution: Use an ID reader that employs an innovative combination of lighting, software, and optics to achieve success.

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Concurrent Engineering & Outsourcing: Ingredients for Success

November 10, 2008 6:52 am | by Stephen C. Cooper | Comments

Outsourcing using concurrent engineering practices provides the hands-on approach for a company that enables it to gain the most in efficiencies from manufacturing. It can be used by virtually any company of any size and applied to any medical device, product, or component.

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Design Talk: Roadblocks to Managing Supplier Quality

November 10, 2008 6:52 am | by Matthew Kopecky, Product Manager, Sparta Systems | Sparta Systems, Inc. | Comments

In the medical device industry, designers continue to face unique challenges that stem from the broader manufacturing process. These can include anything from shorter product lifecycles and increased regulatory scrutiny to the need to source materials from a myriad of suppliers across the value chain.

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