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The New ASTM F1929-12: Which Method Is Right for You?

July 11, 2013 2:55 pm | by Jason Simon, DDL Packaging Lab Manager; Tami Presler, DDL Packaging Lab Supervisor; and John Cook, DDL West Lab Manager | Comments

Until recently, there was one method using dye to test for seal leaks in porous medical packaging. Now there are three methods manufacturers can select from for their product’s packaging. Which one should be used and why? This article attempts to tackle that question.

Considerations for Successful M2M Platform Deployments

July 10, 2013 2:42 pm | by Brian Anderson, VP of Marketing, Solutions & Services, Sierra Wireless | Comments

Cellular machine-to-machine communications are opening the door to a world of innovative new healthcare applications. With the ability to collect real-time data from people and devices anywhere, and at any time, healthcare organizations and technology vendors are creating useful applications that improve people’s health and well being.

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Molders Address Biggest Device Issues

July 9, 2013 5:14 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, MDT | Mackmedical/Mack Molding, Rogan Corporation, PolyOne Corp., JunoPacific, Inc., Advanced Molding Technology | Comments

There are many “hot button” issues that are of concern to medical device companies, such as infection control, the UDI rule, or the trend toward home healthcare. Since plastics are such a huge part of the design of medical devices, the molders who work with the OEMs are doing everything they can to address these same issues to help alleviate the challenges faced by designers.

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How MedTech Manufacturers Save by Outsourcing Their Warehousing

July 8, 2013 2:48 pm | by Dennis Deming, Agency Owner, ICAT Logistics, Portland | Anthro Corporation | Comments

Warehousing products can be a costly proposition for medical technology and device manufacturers. It requires leasing and management of a facility, as well as the overhead that goes along with that proposition. Using a warehousing provider can offer a more cost-effective and hassle-free way to fulfill orders.

Bringing Healthcare Home: Telemonitoring Gains Enthusiastic Demand

July 3, 2013 2:35 pm | by Melissa Barnes, Associate Editor, MDT | Comments

The exciting growth the medical telemonitoring sector has seen recently is impressive. According to Frost & Sullivan, the industry is expected to exceed double the revenues of previous years. The reason for this growth is twofold: necessity and innovation.

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Enabling the Next Generation of Implantable Devices Through Fiber Extrusion Processes

July 2, 2013 11:29 am | by Dr. Kevin Nelson, Founder and CSO, TissueGen | Comments

Enabling the delivery of a drug directly to the treatment area significantly enhances effectiveness. Today, innovative new devices incorporating drug-loaded fibers into implantable textile structures have the potential to deliver this type of benefit to an array of therapeutic treatments.

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Implantable Drug Delivery Devices—An Overview

July 1, 2013 4:13 pm | by James Arps, Ph.D., Director, ProMed Pharma LLC | ProMed Molded Products, Inc. | Comments

As more therapies are able to indicate implantable devices for treatment, incorporating drug delivery into them can be a significant additional benefit. Even when drug delivery is the primary function, implantable devices can be preferable. This article reviews some representative applications that device designers can leverage in developing new products for the implantable drug delivery market.

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Device Shrinkage Achieved Through Consideration of Assembly Factors

June 28, 2013 10:49 am | by Yousef Heidari, VP of Engineering, SigmaTron and Andrew Vo, Director of Test Engineering, SigmaTron | Comments

As medical devices continue to get smaller in size, the assembly of the internal electronics becomes more critical. Like a puzzle, fitting all the necessary pieces together in a smaller space is no simple task. When outsourcing is involved, synergy between teams is critical. The earlier a medical device manufacturer’s design team and their contractor’s team begin working together, the better.

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8 Contract Manufacturing Pitfalls to Avoid

June 27, 2013 2:05 pm | by Troy Hanes, Director of Manufacturing Engineering, Sparton | Sparton Medical | Comments

Selecting the best contract manufacturing partner can be a tricky process, especially for start-ups or companies new to the process. Since significant cost savings can be realized from working with a quality service provider, it is important for OEMs to identify key areas to make the process more efficient. This article outlines eight criteria to use during selection proceedings.

Engineering for Change Ambassador Awarded for Global Engineering Efforts

June 27, 2013 10:27 am | by Melissa Barnes, Associate Editor, PD&D | Comments

The Society of Women Engineers, along with the American Society of Mechanical Engineers recently honored Noha S. El-Ghobashy with the Kenneth Andrew Roe Award. El-Ghobashy is an inspiring humanitarian working tirelessly to bring opportunities and advancement to underdeveloped nations.

Powering the Homecare Medical Device Market

June 26, 2013 2:54 pm | by John Benatti, Field Applications Engineer, Astrodyne | Comments

With the 3rd Edition of IEC 60601-1 impacting U.S. design engineers in June, it is critical they are aware of the implications to their medical device designs. For home healthcare devices, there is a collateral standard that will have a specific effect. This article focuses in on powering these products and the items in the standard of significance for that aspect.

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A Comprehensive Look at Balloon Catheter Testing

June 25, 2013 1:52 pm | by David Yanes, Director of Equipment and Catheter Technology, Interface Catheter Solutions | Interface Catheter Solutions | Comments

As balloon catheters are used in critical therapeutic applications, they simply must work as they are intended. Therefore, testing these devices must ensure that failure will not occur. This article looks at the testing process for balloon catheters and what decisions manufacturers need to consider.

Portability Is the Name of the Game

June 24, 2013 2:12 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, MDT | Mega Electronics, Inc., Tdk - Lambda Americas, Analog Devices, Inc., Maxon Precision Motors, Inc., Microsemi Corp./Corporate | Comments

Medical electronic devices are no longer a trend; they are the reality of today’s healthcare environment. Seemingly, the number of powered medical devices far exceeds their non-powered counterparts. Even devices that had traditionally not been powered, such as the stethoscope, are now either being replaced by more effective electronic devices or being updated with electronics to function more efficiently and, more simply, better.

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Simulating Solutions for Molding Challenges

June 21, 2013 4:18 pm | by Tim Lankisch, Director of Engineering, CAE Services | CAE Services Corporation, Arburg Gmbh + Co Kg | Comments

Design and development of a medical device is an exacting process, to say the least, and it assumes even more complexity because it almost always extends across years that encompass multiple iterations of the device. As a result, small things that were satisfactory in the prototype and first production run can grow to be problems that must be solved as production volume rises.

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Innovation Drives Pump Technology to Meet Today’s Medical Designs

June 20, 2013 5:12 pm | by Dave Vanderbeck, Business Development Manager, KNF Neuberger | KNF Neuberger, Inc. | Comments

Given the number of device applications that involve the transfer of a gas or liquid, it is no wonder pump technology is such a significant part of many healthcare-related products. In addition, pumps are not exempt from the trends of miniaturization and cost reduction. As such, this article takes a look at how today’s medical device demands are being answered by advanced pump technology.

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