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Getting Inside: Implantables and Technologies that Deliver Them

January 27, 2015 | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Ximedica, Interface Catheter Solutions, Bal Seal Engineering, Inc., Avalon Laboratories, LLC | Comments

There are several significant drivers of innovation in the medical device space. Miniaturization is certainly a major one, while moving technology out of the hospital and enabling it to be used at home and on the go is another. In addition, there...

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How Needs Characterization Helps OEMs Win the Wearables Race

January 26, 2015 10:46 am | by Steve McPhilliamy, Partner and Director of Design, Insight Product Development | Insight Product Development | Comments

The medtech wearables space is an incredibly exciting example of healthcare innovation that’s moving directly into the hands of patients. However, due to a lack of a comprehensive design period for many devices, high abandon rates among... 

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How to Leverage Materials as a Competitive Advantage

January 22, 2015 10:14 am | by Crystal Humphreys, Global Market Segment Manager, Vancive Medical Technologies | Vancive Medical Technologies™ | Comments

Materials are the building blocks for every type of medical device. Maintaining a supply base that has a firm handle on new innovations in this space will provide any medical device manufacturer with a solid competitive advantage. This article...

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The Proposal: Making a Commitment to Labeling

January 15, 2015 9:40 am | by Darren Altkinson, PRISYM ID | Comments

The recent introduction of UDI requirements has persuaded many medical device companies to review their labeling capabilities. This, alongside other regulatory, technological and market drivers, has led to a growing number of companies issuing...

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Light Sensors for Fitness Tracking

January 14, 2015 12:40 pm | by Dr. Jörg Heerlein and Dr. Tilman Rügheimer, Osram Opto Semiconductors | Comments

More and more people are tracking their physical fitness with the aid of wearable gadgets and appropriate apps. Optical sensors are suitable for measuring pulse rates and oxygen saturation in blood. The technology has long been established...

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Securing the Medical Supply Chain: How to Prevent Counterfeit Plastic Parts and Products

January 13, 2015 9:00 am | by Plastics Color Corp. | Comments

While counterfeiting statistics are difficult to obtain because it is a “clandestine” industry, one thing everyone can agree on is that counterfeiting is big business. As the world has grown smaller and the supply chains for major corporations...

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Enforcing Rather than Encouraging Hand Hygiene in Healthcare

January 12, 2015 9:13 am | by George Emery, Pure Hold Limited | Comments

Against the backdrop of media and public focus on infection, there is an increasingly prominent market nowadays for hygiene products. Most hospitals now have sanitizing gel dispensers attached to the wall next to ward entrances and doorways...

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Inhalable Insulin Devices Offer Diabetics Alternative to Injections

January 9, 2015 8:59 am | by Luis Tissone, Life Sciences Director, Trelleborg Sealing Solutions | Trelleborg Sealing Solutions | Comments

Diabetes is a condition that is on the rise. Currently there are 29 million sufferers in the US alone, up from 26 million last year according to figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Statistics show that one in four people...

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Making Small Quantity/High Mix Tubing a Profitable Business Model

January 8, 2015 8:59 am | by John O’Brien, A.T. Wall | A.T. Wall Company | Comments

In the US, many high volume tubing suppliers have moved production facilities overseas to low cost producers like China or Mexico. Minimum buys are now the rule, leaving many US manufacturers with a quandary – How to get small quantities of...

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Microfluidic Device Manufacturing

January 7, 2015 9:13 am | by Hermann Ultrasonics, Inc. | Comments

Welding with ultrasonic vibrations is a cost-effective and safe method for joining the two halves of a polystyrene microfluidic test chip in such a way that the function is assured. The cross-section in the test channel has to remain constant...

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The Benefits of AMR Sensor Technology

January 6, 2015 9:22 am | by Josh Edberg, Global Product Marketing Manager, Honeywell Sensing & Control | Honeywell Sensing And Control | Comments

Design engineers in the medical field understand that position sensors can have a big impact on the durability and longevity of medical devices and other healthcare systems. These sensors measure position in a variety of applications ranging...

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Wirelessly Charged Microchip Expands Opportunities for Implantables

December 17, 2014 9:51 pm | by Melissa Barnes, Associate Editor | Comments

In their quest to integrate microchip technology with internal medical devices, a team of Stanford engineers, led by Professor Ada Poon, and John Ho, electrical engineering student, have invented a groundbreaking solution for wirelessly charging devices implanted in the body...

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How to Choose the Right Couplings for Plastic Tubing

December 17, 2014 9:34 am | by Tearssa Ramirez, Marketing Coordinator, LinkTech Couplings | LinkTech Couplings | Comments

Quick disconnect couplings are used by many different industries and applications that use plastic tubing. It can be very difficult to decide which type of connector would work best with your application. Quick and easy couplings are produced...

CAM Software Enhances the Quality of Orthopedic Implants

December 16, 2014 10:04 am | by Helene Horent, DP Technology | Comments

To provide minimally-invasive equipment and high-quality products, it is essential to acquire the best technology for production. To meet these objectives, Stryker chose to use ESPRIT, a computer-aided-manufacturing (CAM) software that comes equipped...

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CAD Solution Enables Faster Redesign of Advanced Brain Surgery Technology

December 15, 2014 11:04 am | by Siemens | Siemens PLM Software | Comments

Based in Israel, Alpha Omega is in the brain surgery business, developing products such as the Neuro Omega, an advanced micro-electrode recording (MER) system used in neurosurgery. The system provides electro- physiological recording and deep brain...

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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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