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Perspectives on Changes in China (Part 1)

November 10, 2008 6:53 am | 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 | 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.

Design Talk: Software Solutions Address Changing Industry Needs

November 10, 2008 6:52 am | by Randy Flamm | Comments

By Randy Flamm Medical device manufacturers operate in one of the world’s most competitive and highly regulated industries where success hinges on time-to-market and traceability.

Design Talk: Where Will Lean Take Us?

November 10, 2008 6:52 am | Comments

By Kevin Duggan Medical device companies have achieved significant improvement using lean techniques. Improvements in quality, productivity, lead time, inventory, on-time delivery, and cost have been obtained and further improvement continues each day.

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Handling the Pressure

November 10, 2008 6:52 am | by Michael Hansen, Ph.D. | Comments

The Project: Create a handle for a defibrillator durable enough to withstand exceptional performance requirements. The Solution: Use computer-aided engineering and various flow simulation software to ensure that the final product met the specific characteristics necessary for success.

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Medical Device Molding: A Commitment, Not a Choice

November 10, 2008 6:52 am | by Brian Wright | Comments

By Brian Wright With more and more jobs heading overseas, a growing number of molding companies have been changing their focus to medical device manufacturing. This can make sense; however, it is usually easier said than done.

Design Talk: Ceramic Injection Molding

November 10, 2008 6:52 am | Comments

By Andrew Nield For the medical device industry ceramic injection molding (CIM) can be an alternative to metals or plastics, especially when conditions demand a more advanced type of material.

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Design Talk: Micro-Molding Devices and Components

November 10, 2008 6:51 am | by Jeff Randall, PE is vice president of engineering for MRPC. Visit MRPC at <a href="http://www.mrpcorp.com" target="_blank">www.mrpcorp.com</a>. | Comments

By Jeff Randall, PE As medical technology advances and the demands on surgical parts increase, the need for high-quality, tight-tolerance components continues to rise.

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Patent Protection 101

October 13, 2008 12:07 pm | Comments

Patent protection is an aspect of business that concerns many, but truly understood by few. It is a critical piece of any new technology development venture and as such, engineers must be aware of the steps they need to take to safeguard an invention against competitors or counterfeiters.

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Protecting Your Portable Products

October 13, 2008 12:06 pm | Comments

Portable, hand-held medical devices are improving patient care, both at home and in medical facilities. However, reliability and safety demand proper use of electronic circuit protective devices.

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Consumer Product Design

October 9, 2008 6:06 am | Comments

Technologies from one industry often drive innovation and design evolution in another. Medical device design is influenced by products that are being used in aerospace and military. The consumer market is also an industry that can impact device design.

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The ‘Ins’ and ‘Outs’ of Parylene Coating

October 9, 2008 6:06 am | Comments

This article reviews the two process alternatives available to users of protective Parylene conformal coating: relying on an external custom coating provider, or establishing in-house coating capabilities.

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