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Make Medical Devices Integrated with Patients

August 12, 2013 4:44 pm | by Tony Zarola, Strategic Marketing Manager, Healthcare Group, Analog Devices Inc. | Analog Devices, Inc. | Comments

Tony Zarola, Strategic Marketing Manager of the Healthcare Group at Analog Devices, was a part of the staff written article, “Portability Is the Name of the Game.” He took time to present a full array of responses that were not able to be included in the article, so they are presented here.

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Reliability and Longevity Are Critical for Medical Electronics

August 12, 2013 4:27 pm | by Deepak Hariharan, Business Manager, Electronics Division Adhesives Research Inc. | Adhesives Research, Inc. | Comments

Deepak Hariharan, business manager of the Electronics Division at Adhesives Research, was a part of the staff written article, “Portability Is the Name of the Game.” He took time to present a full array of responses that were not able to be included in the article, so they are presented here.

Material Suppliers Assist in Fight Against HAIs

August 12, 2013 4:02 pm | by Kathy S. Tucker, North America Application Development Leader, Styron LLC | Comments

When it comes to HAIs, material suppliers are assisting device makers in a several ways. First, we’re developing materials with properties to withstand the aggressive cleaners needed to reduce bacteria and fight the spread of infectious diseases. 

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Medical Device Testing…Smartly

August 12, 2013 3:37 pm | by Lisa Olson, Vice President—Testing and Service Development, WuXi AppTec | WuXi AppTec | Comments

Lisa Olson, VP of testing and service development at WuXi AppTec, was a part of the staff written article, “It Begins and Ends with Testing.” She took time to present a full array of responses that were not able to be included in the article, so they are presented here.

Diagnostic Image Viewers Are Not All Created Equal

August 9, 2013 3:12 pm | by Pierre Lemire, President and CTO, Calgary Scientific | Comments

Today, a diagnosis is now possible even if the medical professional isn't at their workstation, or even in the hospital at all. In fact, diagnostic images can be securely reviewed over smartphones, tablets, and laptops from any location in the world. The benefits of this flexibility are endless.

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Targeting Cancer Treatment More Accurately

August 8, 2013 2:19 pm | by Arun Veeramani, Sr. Market Development Manager, Scientific Research & Lead User Programs, National Instruments | National Instruments Corporation | Comments

About 90 percent of tumor treatment successes are due to the efficacy of surgery and radiotherapy. The more familiar forms of cancer treatment often cause severe damage to both healthy and tumor cells. But there’s good news: the use of accelerated particle beams is a step toward developing more targeted and effective cancer treatments that spare healthy tissues.

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Medical Manufacturing Growing in Unexpected Places

August 7, 2013 3:08 pm | by Lauralyn McDaniel, Industry Manager-Medical, SME | Comments

Another surprising location for growth is Ontario—in particular, Toronto. The number of people directly employed in medical device manufacturing makes this Canadian center similar in size to the hot bed of medical technology—San Jose, California. 

With a Testing Partner, Experience Matters (A Roundtable Q&A)

August 6, 2013 4:28 pm | by Dawn A. Lissy, President, Empirical Testing Corp. | Comments

Dawn A. Lissy, president of Empirical Testing Corp., was a part of the staff written article, “It Begins and Ends with Testing.” She took time to present a full array of responses that were not able to be included in the article, so they are presented here.

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Tips for Legacy Medical Device Submissions to 60601 3rd Edition Electrical Safety Testing

August 5, 2013 3:40 pm | by Vincent Crabtree, Ph.D., Project Manager, StarFish Medical | Comments

In Part 1 of this blog, I described the background and approaches StarFish Medical employed for more modern devices with a comprehensive technical file, giving five top tips. In Part 2, I now describe how we recertified for older devices where the available design documentation was less comprehensive.

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Gap Analysis Techniques for Easy Medical Device 60601 3rd Edition Electrical Safety Testing

August 1, 2013 4:45 pm | by Vincent Crabtree, Ph.D., Project Manager, StarFish Medical | Comments

In Part 1 of this blog, I’ll describe the background and approaches we at StarFish Medical took for more modern devices with a comprehensive technical file, with five top tips. In Part 2, I’ll describe how we recertified for older devices where the design documentation was less comprehensive, with seven top tips.

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Made in China…But at What Cost?

July 31, 2013 4:56 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, MDT | Comments

When it comes to business and manufacturing, I have to admit, I’m not always the “Rah! Rah! USA!” guy. As a consumer, I believe in getting the best product for my dollar, regardless of where it is made. My mother used to continue to buy U.S. cars because she believed in “buying American” even though each and every car she got would give her some sort of mechanical problem for a significant amount of the time that she owned it.

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A Drug Delivery Technology Revolution

July 31, 2013 4:18 pm | by Tristan Sedgwick, Marketing Communications Manager, Farm | Farm | Comments

These are exciting times in the drug delivery industry. A host of new delivery platforms is in development, some of which have recently reached the market. The primary goal of these developments is to create systems that optimize a drug’s therapeutic value, but it’s also believed that finding better ways to get a drug into a patient’s system in a safer and more consistent way will lead to better compliance and outcome.

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Surface Mount Technology vs. Workstation Design

July 30, 2013 4:55 pm | by Jim Norton, President, Custom Products & Services Inc. | Comments

In today’s modern electronic SMT assembly facilities, the design and flexibility of the workstation is critical to maintain quality, workflow, and ergonomics. Unlike the old, static, welded frame workstations of the past that were never moved or reconfigured, the modern workstations now incorporate a modular, flexible, adaptable design with a wide variety of options that allow tremendous flexibility.

Color Retention in Materials Can Ease Patients’ Minds

July 29, 2013 12:47 pm | by Gopal R. Saraiya, Global Segment Leader, Medical Devices, Eastman Chemical Company | Eastman Chemical Company | Comments

The highly aggressive sterilization methods used on medical devices to help combat healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) are harsh and can cause color shift. Medical devices that become discolored from sterilization can comprise patient safety and public peace of mind.

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Addressing UDI Compliance with Direct Printing

July 23, 2013 5:10 pm | by Rachel Hammer, Product Manager, Roland DGA Corp. | Roland DGA Corporation | Comments

As a manufacturer, the UDI rule allows us to take more than 30 years of experience in the development of marking and imaging technologies to satisfy a critical need in a new market. In terms of assisting our customers in their efforts to become compliant, we now offer the MPX-90M impact printer.

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