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Numerous Considerations when Molding for MedTech

October 28, 2013 3:08 pm | by Jim Ritzema, Director of Operations and Technology, Rogan Corporation | Rogan Corporation | Comments

Molders have several ways to help device manufacturers meet UDI requirements. In-mold decorating capability can make the unique identifying code and any necessary part identification codes an integral part of the component. Permanent engraving ...

Cost vs. Price in Medical Molding

October 28, 2013 2:56 pm | by Jason L. E. Meslin, Senior Industry Manager, Healthcare—Thermoplastics, PolyOne Distribution | PolyOne Corp. | Comments

Too often a designer goes from a strategic perspective to tactical one by concentrating on price. We often talk with our customers about comparing the overall cost or impact of a using one polymer versusanother. Price represents one point in time...

Animal-Derived Component Free Molding for Medical Devices

October 25, 2013 3:38 pm | by David Johnson, Engineering Manager; Steve Fischer, Senior Manufacturing Engineer; Ryan Fuhr, Senior Manufacturing Engineer; Sven Nelson, Project Manager; and John Haley, VP of Operations | Advanced Molding Technology | Comments

A group of representatives from Advanced Molding Technologies was a part of the staff written article, “Molders Address Biggest Device Issues.” They took time to present an array of responses that were not all able to be included in the article...

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Polarity Thinking in Medical Device Development

October 18, 2013 3:44 pm | by Annelies Tjebbes, Biomedical Electrical Engineer, StarFish Medical | Comments

Polarity thinking is the management of interdependent, usually conflicting values or issues in a way to create a complementary effect. The medical device environment is full of polarities which often come into conflict or tension. Take for example...

Hydrogels: Building a Better Wound Dressing

October 17, 2013 2:14 pm | by Gregory Robb, VP Operations, Alliqua, Inc. | Comments

If you look up the term “hydrogel” in a medical dictionary, you’ll probably find a definition that runs something like this: “A three-dimensional cross-linked network of water-soluble polymers capable of numerous chemical configurations.” Although strictly speaking...

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Test Equipment Critical for Successful Kidney Dialysis Devices

October 16, 2013 4:47 pm | by Gene Grilli, Director of Global Sales, Uson | Uson, L.P. | Comments

Most people know that a major function of the kidneys is to remove waste products and excess fluid from the body. These waste products and excess fluid are removed through the urine. When the kidneys become damaged or diseased, it becomes...

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Antimicrobial Materials Can Aid with Patient Safety

October 16, 2013 4:39 pm | by Lawrence Gabriel, Business Development Manager, Molding Compounds/Performance Polymers, Evonik Corporation | Evonik Cyro, LLC | Comments

As a leading supplier of acrylic-based thermoplastic products, Evonik Cyro is continually working with its end-users on the identification of current and future product needs. Citing the demand for products that have antimicrobial capabilities...

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Enhancing Safety with Human Factors Design

October 16, 2013 4:34 pm | by Zach Marks, Director of Strategic Marketing, Pharmaceutical Delivery Systems, West Pharmaceutical Services | West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. | Comments

Human factors design and testing, combined with improved instructions for use, can greatly enhance patient compliance and health outcomes. Many well-intentioned devices are underutilized because the patient cannot understand the proper way...

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Driving Patient Safety Throughout the Development Process

October 16, 2013 4:02 pm | by Jonathan Martha, Medical Segment Manager, Portescap | Portescap | Comments

At Portescap, we supply motors and gearing that go into critical care home medical devices. To ensure patient safety, we use prevention, containment, and OEM feedback. During product design, we use a stage-gate system that incorporates multiple...

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What Big Data Means for Medical Devices

October 16, 2013 2:15 pm | by Chris Loughnane, Senior Mechanical Engineer, Farm | Farm | Comments

The term "Big Data" is a few years old, but its implications for medical devices is at an inflection point. As the reader may know, Big Data refers to data sets of enormous scope (think terabytes of data). Historically, many of these databases...

How Will Proposed ISO 10993-1 Change Impact Your Biocompatibility Plans?

October 15, 2013 3:42 pm | by Mark Drlik, Mechanical Engineer and Project Manager, StarFish Medical | Comments

Document UCM348890 (FDA’s April 2013 proposal to change the guidance document for ISO 10993-1) seems pretty straight forward—with things like testing details associated with genotoxicity and how to go about labeling your device as “BPA-free”...

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Suggestion: Incentives for Medical Device Manufacturers Using Indiana-Based Subcontractors

October 11, 2013 4:55 pm | by Tom Ryder, CEO, Genesis Plastics Welding | Comments

It wasn’t just another day in the office at Genesis Plastics Welding. Today I was honored to participate in the Medical Technology Industry Roundtable with Indiana Governor Mike Pence held at the Greatbatch manufacturing facility in Indianapolis...

It’s a Man’s World

October 10, 2013 2:28 pm | by Melissa Barnes, Associate Editor, MDT | Comments

The lack of women in engineering has been an ongoing issue for some time. In terms of progress, we have seen some marvelous improvements and change for the better. But according to the National Science Foundation’s most recent statistics, an astonishing gender disparity remains...

The Truth about Reshoring, Productivity & Today’s Manufacturer

October 10, 2013 11:01 am | by Jim Shepherd , Vice President of Strategy, Plex Systems | Comments

There’s been a lot of buzz about the reshoring of American manufacturing business that had previously been lost to other regions. The talk seems to center on three areas: Is reshoring actually happening? Are we really going to make up...  

Compliance Conscious Suppliers Enhance Patient Safety

October 9, 2013 5:10 pm | by Seth Stewart, PASE System Designer, Watlow | Watlow Electric Manufacturing Company | Comments

As a strategic supplier to medical OEMs, it is vital that Watlow remains knowledgeable of changes in market needs and regulations. This allows us to design and develop products in a rapid fashion that meet the unique requirements of the medical equipment market.

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