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Machining Critical Features into Stamped Parts can be a Cost-Effective Option

July 10, 2012 1:27 pm | by Mike Vanadestine and Robert Allen | Connecticut Spring & Stamping | Comments

For one Connecticut manufacturer of close tolerance precision stamped and coiled metal parts, an 8-year journey to provide its customers with higher precision parts from progressive tools has reached a happy ending, with the incorporation of in-house CNC machining that allows them to stamp parts at a very low cost, and then machine crucial features into them.

A Guide to Forming Strategic Partnerships to Gain a Competitive Edge

July 3, 2012 1:42 pm | by James Field | Comments

Fierce competition, economic pressures and increasingly stringent regulatory requirements are motivating medical device manufacturers to uncover new ways to introduce products efficiently while remaining tightly focused on the innovations that drive success. At the same time, manufacturers want to cost-effectively extend the lifecycle of product lines to maximize return on investment.

Low-mass solution to 'tombstone' dilemma is identified

July 3, 2012 1:29 pm | by Eric Reno | Suntron Corporation | Comments

Electronics manufacturers share a common goal: to produce the highest-quality product possible. What they don't always share are the processes required to achieve that goal. To ensure that quality is maintained from start to finish, the cost of marginal quality is constantly monitored and evaluated, especially with regard to internal process controls. Recently, component "tombstone," a recorded internal process control defect, has emerged as a matter of growing interest.

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Manufacturing Source Provides Product Enhancements And Precision Machining Of 22 Different Components

July 2, 2012 4:36 pm | by Liam Quirke | Comments

Marshall Manufacturing Company was chosen by Dr. Emil Verban to manufacture the patented Drillstops®, which increase the safety and precision of dental implant procedures. In use, a tiny set-screw locks the stop to the drill bit, the stop rotates with the drill bit while avoiding tissue damage as the drill penetrates the bone.

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Reduced Cabling Means No Signal Error for Ultrasonic Equipment Testing

July 2, 2012 4:05 pm | by Hack Summer | Comments

From prenatal exams to torn ACLs, ultrasound imaging for medical purposes is used to visualize muscles, tendons, fetuses and internal organs. The technology for imaging has been around more than fifty years and has become one of the most common, non-invasive diagnostic tools in the medical industry. Testing the ultrasound machinery is an intricate process with a high need for accuracy. For this reason, one of the largest international medical diagnostic equipment manufacturers for ultrasound imaging machinery trusts the Moog Animatics SmartMotor on their testing equipment. The SmartMotor was able to supply the precision motion control with the least amount of electrical noise (electrical noise interferes with ultrasound beam alignment).

Laser Seam Sealing of Electronic and Opto-electronic Packages: A welder’s tips for getting beyond 99 percent yield

July 2, 2012 9:39 am | by Dr. Geoff Shannon | Miyachi Unitek Corp. | Comments

Seam sealing is the process that permanently bonds the package and lid of a device, providing a barrier for the internal components for the device’s operational lifetime. This is typically the last critical step in the package manufacturing process, so it is among the most important.  The completed product performs a vital function and has a high dollar value, so creating a barrier to contamination ingress is essential. The stakes are high – optoelectronic packages for fiber optic cables transmitting signals sometimes in the middle of the ocean must last for a very long time since replacement is difficult and costly. Similarly, aerospace RF/microwave packages perform essential functions, making it imperative to prevent external environmental conditions from penetrating the package, even in extremely aggressive environments.

Applying Tech: Cardiovascular

June 27, 2012 5:38 pm | Comments

How are you influencing cardiovascular devices?

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RTP Company's Glow-in-the-Dark Masterbatch Helps Medics Save Lives

June 27, 2012 8:46 am | by Tim Duncan | Comments

When the inventors of the Rip Shears Ripper received feedback from medics in the field that their life-saving product would be even more effective if it glowed in the dark, they and co-developer ICON Injection Molding, sought assistance from custom...

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Buy it or Build it? The Great Start-up Dilemma

June 20, 2012 11:23 am | by Pat Pickerell | Peridot Corp. Precision Manufacturing | Comments

Whether venture capital or angel-funded, medical device start-up companies are often brought to life by doctors with big ideas who have found a quicker or more effective way to treat a particular pathology. Many of these doctors are entrepreneurs at heart and are most happy when immersed in the adrenaline rush of a new start-up. But no matter how novel the device, the passion and zeal behind that drives these new medical innovations must be channeled into a process that will make the idea a commercial success.

Use of Project Status Reports for Patent Application Deadlines

June 20, 2012 5:01 am | by Keith Haddaway | Comments

Clients new to intellectual property management and patenting frequently comment that the patent application process is “puzzling” especially with respect to timing and the amount and type of information that should be included. Particularly in smaller or newly formed organizations, patent professionals are often asked to address issues...

SaniUV: Antimicrobial Coating

June 19, 2012 1:00 pm | by Huu-Tuan Nguyen | Comments

Subsidiary of  Surfaces Synergie Holding, Ionitec has developed a new antimicrobial and self-cleaning coating (TiO2) called SaniUV. This coating is deposited by PVD (Physical Vapor Deposition) and the process parameters for obtaining such efficiency are the subject of a patent.

Quickparts Provides PediaVision with Single Source Solutions To Develop Breakthrough Vision Screening Device

June 19, 2012 12:29 pm | by Patrick Hunter | Quickparts | Comments

PediaVision® is a medical device company providing comprehensive vision assessment technology to adults and children as young as 6 months old. Their latest innovation, Spot, is a patent-pending technology that can assess a child’s vision quickly and objectively, eliminating the subjective analysis that results from many of today's vision screening tools.

Texas Tech and TI partner on research to develop fall-prevention system

June 19, 2012 12:14 pm | by Allen Bowling | Comments

About one-third of individuals over 65 fall at least once each year – and that increases to two-thirds for those who have already had a prior fall (Report from the Annals of Internal Medicine). Injuries from a fall are often severe and can lead to long-term disability and even premature death. With an aging baby-boom generation, this is of increasing significance to the health of this population and to greatly rising health-care costs.  

Machine Vision Improves Surgical Tubing Quality

June 19, 2012 11:39 am | by Jerry Fireman | Comments

Surgical tubing is extruded at rates on the order of 600 feet per minute. It’s critical to detect inclusions and other flaws that can cause blockages in the tubing. A laser inspection system was used in the past but the tubing manufacturer was concerned that it was missing many inclusions. The manufacturer evaluated the Integro Anaconda tube inspection system which is based on Cognex machine vision technology and provides very sensitive flaw detection at production speeds. When the machine vision system was first installed on a trial basis, it generated alarms every few minutes.

Virtual mold & process development for medical parts

June 13, 2012 5:00 am | by Christof Heisser and Matt Proske | Comments

Simulation has established itself as an invaluable tool for design engineers in developing new parts and deciding what materials to use in metal casting or plastic injection molding manufacturing processes serving the medical device industry. In the past, such simulation tools were used by analysis groups and the operators of such tools were specialists who would “setup and run” simulations. Today, however, leading design and manufacturing engineers need to be able to provide answers to questions regarding all areas of the manufacturing process, requiring communication between all members of the product development and production team, as well as management and procurement. Conventional design simulation tools, however, do not cover the simulation of the manufacturing process.

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