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Complete Understanding of Device is Key to Testing Success

July 18, 2013 3:00 pm | by Maciej Jakucki, Associate Director of Engineering Operations and Team Leader, Medical Device Testing, Accutek | Accutek Testing Laboratory | Comments

From a test engineer’s perspective, understanding final requirements, application, and quantifiable goals for testing before a protocol or test plan is executed is crucial to the success and efficacy of a device used directly by the patient.  

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Questions to Ask Prior to Designing for Patients

July 18, 2013 2:30 pm | by Al Ng, Director, Engineering—Linear Bearings & Guides, Thomson Industries | Thomson Industries | Comments

One recurring challenge in designing products for use directly by the patient is the difficulty in predicting long term aspects and the impact of a given medical device on a diverse group of users due to their varied characteristics and sensitivities, as most new medical technologies have limited information related to their long term results and side effects.

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Sensing Success: Designing in the Right Sensor

July 16, 2013 3:21 pm | by A.J. Smith, Director of Product Marketing, Honeywell Sensing and Control | Honeywell Sensing And Control | Comments

The biggest challenge for many medical device designers is selecting sensors that can help them optimize designs for size, cost, and complexity. A modular sensor design provides a single device that can be optimized for a variety of markets or customers, enabling a designer to select the right sensor with the appropriate functionality.

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Achieving Design Success via Communication in the Value Chain

July 16, 2013 3:03 pm | by Jonathan Martha, Medical Segment Manager, Portescap | Portescap | Comments

In today’s global market, lack of effective communication through the value chain is the greatest obstacle to successful home device design. To gain an advantage in the market, OEMs are continuously outsourcing component design and procurement. By doing so, OEMs increase the number of different entities involved in the value chain.

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A Breakdown of the Top 10 Critical RoHS2 Requirements

July 15, 2013 3:42 pm | by Katina Kravik, CEO, Northwire-NWI Lab360 | Comments

While legal enforcement dates for RoHS2 compliance is July 22, 2014, Northwire, a leading OEM, is alerting their valued customers in medical equipment manufacturing of the critical details to make certain they comply with CE-mark. Originally published in July 2011, the Recast RoHS Directive dictates that all medical devices, electrical and electronic OEMs comply with new standards.

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Medical Industry and Chip Industry: Let’s Sum Up the Minds!

July 12, 2013 3:20 pm | by Liesbet Lagae, R&D Program Manager, Life Science Technologies, imec | Imec | Comments

Imagine what could happen when medical and chip experts team up. Would it be possible for chips to revolutionize healthcare in the same way they have revolutionized the electronics industry? Let’s dream: a cheap technology that allows accurate and reliable diagnostics for everyone, at any place and at any time.

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Considering the User in Device Design

July 11, 2013 4:34 pm | by Nelson Quintana, Director of Marketing, Renesas Electronics America Inc. | Renesas Electronics Corporation | Comments

As medical systems move from hospitals to homes and onto human bodies, designers need to realize their users are not professionals anymore. These new at-home users do not understand conditions that could impact measurements and the validity of measurements.

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Care Interrupted—Top Five Vulnerabilities in Medical Devices

July 10, 2013 3:17 pm | by Matt Neely, Director of Strategic Initiatives, SecureState | Comments

Putting medical devices on the network provides a large number of benefits, such as supporting telemedicine and the easy transfer of test results to electronic medical records (EMR) systems. However, putting these devices on a network also introduces a number of risks.

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Fighting for the Consumer’s Acceptance

July 10, 2013 9:13 am | by Jason Hayes, Product Development Manager, MiniFAB | Minifab | Comments

Consumer-driven user requirements for home-use devices increasingly require more than just usability, safety, and efficacy; strong insight into why the consumer needs the device is also required. From backyard sheds to universities and research groups to small and large companies alike, bright minds have no shortage of invention of medical products designed for home use.

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Medical Device Leak Testing Technology Innovations Continue

July 8, 2013 3:26 pm | by David Selin, Managing Director, Uson Ltd. (UK) | Uson, L.P. | Comments

I regularly run into manufacturing engineers and other support staff throughout Europe who do not clearly understand the basic principles of leak detection for the medical device industry. As a result, they continue to run compromised assembly lines.

Development Tools Are Critical for Portable Device Success

July 3, 2013 2:58 pm | by Marten L. Smith, Staff Engineer, Medical Products Group, Microchip Technology | Microchip Technology Inc. | Comments

Designers should look for a company that not only provides the right silicon, but also development tools, software, and support that are tailored for two main phases of a typical smartphone/tablet-based medical design. The first phase consists of the smartphone interface, and the second phase is the design of the medical device itself.

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Home Healthcare Presents Design Challenges

July 2, 2013 11:54 am | by Ryan Striker, P.E., Electrical Engineer, Logic PD | Logic PD, Inc. | Comments

To unlock the potential of more frequent therapy, medical devices must move out of the doctor’s office and travel with patients to their homes and offices. But, this great opportunity is not without its challenges. The same patient who stands to reap great benefit from a home medical device may instead endanger themselves by applying the device incorrectly.

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The Obstacles to Design Success for Home Care Products

July 1, 2013 4:38 pm | by Garren Walters, Applications Team Leader, Precision Fluidics Division, Parker Hannifin | Parker Hannifin Corporation | Comments

As Parker sees it, the three biggest obstacles to [design] success for patient care products, such as oxygen concentrators and ventilators, are portability, battery life, and reliability. To make home care products more portable, Parker has reduced the size of some valves up to 75%.

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Developing Devices Anyone Can Use

June 28, 2013 11:32 am | by Jason D. Keiser, Project Manager, Precision Medical Products | Precision Medical Products, Inc. | Comments

The greatest challenge [in designing for the consumer] is recognizing the limited knowledge and abilities of a home user. There needs to be an understanding that the home patient is not a medical professional and is not exposed or practiced with the multitude of technologies the designer may have previous experience with.

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How Small Medical Manufacturers Can Maximize Cash Flow

June 27, 2013 3:24 pm | by Michael Lewis, Writer, Money Crashers Personal Finance | Avicenna Technology, Inc., Lee Spring Co | Comments

The single greatest objective of every business, no matter its size, industry, or history, is to achieve and maintain a positive cash flow, a condition where cash coming in equals or exceeds cash going out. According to Chad Carson, president of the Avicenna Division of Ametek Engineered Medical Components, the primary key to [business] success is cash flow, an opinion shared by most successful business professionals.

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