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Staying Competitive with Closed-Loop Cooling

March 3, 2015 | by Al Fosco, Global Marketing Manager, Frigel North America | Frigel North America | Comments

Faced with an ever-changing product development market, medical device product manufacturers are seeking new ways to optimize their processes and cut costs where possible to remain competitive. Enter closed-loop cooling. Widely adopted in Europe...

A Look Ahead: 3D Printing for Final Device Manufacture

March 5, 2015 8:30 am | by Clive Nicholls, Product Design & Development Manager, Owen Mumford | Comments

The applications of 3D printing in the medical industry will continue to grow throughout 2015 and beyond. Recent research by SmarTrech shows that by 2020 the number of 3D printers being shipped annually for medical use will have almost...

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Making Big Data Little

March 4, 2015 8:30 am | by Carolyn Rose, Director of Strategy and Research, Insight Product Development | Insight Product Development | Comments

As anticipation grows for the seemingly limitless opportunities that big data represents for healthcare, a clear path to leveraging the massive information repository that exists today continues to elude the masses. Enamored with the possibilities...

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Do You Have the Right to Be Disconnected?

February 26, 2015 9:24 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | Comments

We are all connected people, according to panelists brought together for Engineering Live: The Connected Person on Feb. 25, but the way we balance connectivity and privacy is still being determined by our technology and our society. Engineering...

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Making It Smaller Isn't so Simple

February 26, 2015 8:30 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Metrigraphics, LLC, American Swiss Products Co., Inc., Hutchinson Technology, Inc. | Comments

“Smaller” is a word that most medical device designers are hearing more often these days. It keeps in step with a trend that has been happening in this industry for many years. Perhaps getting the biggest initial push from the demand for...

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Making The Case for Pressure Forming Medical Device Enclosures

February 24, 2015 10:52 am | by Jason Middleton, VP of Sales & Development, Ray Products | Comments

In some ways, pressure forming is a niche plastic manufacturing process. In many of the same ways, medical device enclosures are a niche product. It just so happens that the unique capabilities of pressure forming often match up very well...

Developing a New Web of Connected Healthcare Products

February 19, 2015 10:59 am | by Cees Links, CEO and Founder, Greenpeak Technologies | Comments

There are four components to a web connected health care product. Three are obvious – sensors, internet connectivity and a smart phone. The fourth – the analytics for the data itself - is finally getting the awareness it deserves. Today...

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EMS Achieves UDI Compliance, Reduces Print Time to Less than One Second

February 18, 2015 10:38 am | by Loftware, Inc. | Comments

Founded more than 30 years ago in Switzerland, EMS Electro Medical Systems is a manufacturer of micromechanical instruments. The company designs and develops orthopedic, urological and dental prophylaxis devices, and has a multinational...

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Empowering Medical Technology

February 13, 2015 3:41 pm | by Louis Adams, Regional Sales Manager, Tadiran Batteries | Comments

Advanced lithium battery technology is powering the development of a new generation of medical devices. These products are becoming increasingly sophisticated, feature-rich, and miniaturized, necessitating the use of the lithium options. This...

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4 Questions to Ask when Validating Quality Computer Systems

February 11, 2015 8:30 am | by Penny Goss, Penny Goss Technical Solutions | Comments

The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) and IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) requirements for validation of your manufacturing and quality system software can conjure up a lot of questions. Understanding the actual guidelines...

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Mobile Medical Apps: Recreational or Medical Devices?

February 5, 2015 9:50 am | by Seppo Vahasalo, Product Line Manager of Medical Devices, SGS Fimko Ltd, Finland | Comments

Today the trend in healthcare is ‘patient centric care model’. This is an addition to the previous five ‘P’s of modern healthcare: Prevention, Prediction, Personalization, Preemption and Personal Responsibility. The rise of smartphones as a...

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Heart Simulation to Spur Innovation

February 4, 2015 8:30 am | by Steve Levine, Chief Strategy Officer, Dassault Systèmes | Comments

Simulation is something with which many people are familiar, whether from video games, occupational training, or movies. However, it’s not often thought of as being involved with the development of medical device technology. A collaborative...

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Using Next-Generation Design Tools and Telling the FDA About It

February 3, 2015 11:17 am | by Arvind Ananthan, Medical Devices Industry Manager, MathWorks | Comments

Regulators and companies are in a constant tug of war, causing innovation in the medical device industry to be stifled. On one end, companies are feeling the effects of strong market pressure and customer demands to innovate only to run up...

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Single Blood Drop Diagnostics Enhance Healthcare

January 30, 2015 3:10 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

Diagnostics technology is experiencing a bit of an innovation revolution with advances and discoveries impacting the space seemingly more often today than ever before. As research continues, more diseases and medical concerns are being detected...

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Overcoming Patient Leakage Current Issues

January 30, 2015 10:04 am | by Dante De Guzman, XP Power | XP Power | Comments

IEC 60601 is the generally accepted standard for medical electrical and electronic equipment, required for the commercialization of this type of equipment in many countries. To guard against electric shock, the specification defines maximum

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Case Study: CoolSculpting by ZELTIQ

January 29, 2015 10:28 am | by Electron Beam Engineering, Inc. | Comments

When the medical device manufacturer ZELTIQ had trouble producing its new fat-freezing product for the CoolSculpting process, they brought it to Electron Beam Engineering, Inc. (EBE)to help solve the issue. The device - a liquid-cooled heat...

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