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Cold Deck to Reduce Volume of Material

October 29, 2014 8:30 am | by Jim Ritzema, Director of Operations, Rogan Corporation | Comments

To reduce costs and increase productivity, we have added a cold deck to our vertical liquid silicone rubber (LSR) molding machine. The cold deck reduces the volume of LSR material we use during molding by eliminating the sprue and runner...

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The 2020 Vision: Graphene’s Impact on Heart Health and Other Diseases

October 28, 2014 1:31 pm | by Victoria Tsai, Graphene Frontiers | Comments

There’s a better way to monitor and track heart health. Medical practitioners have vocalized it, scientists understand this, and together many forward-thinking people are working to improve early detection of heart and other diseases...

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Savings Comes from Unexpected Places

October 28, 2014 8:30 am | by David Morse, General Manager, Tube Hollows International | Comments

Cost savings often come from unexpected places. Two examples that come to mind involved the design and processes used to achieve high precision holes in cannulated parts. Tube Hollows International can drill extremely precise holes (as low...

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Decide Where and How it is Best to Reduce Costs

October 27, 2014 8:30 am | by Robert Kim, Strategic Marketing Director, Honeywell Sensing and Control | Honeywell Sensing And Control | Comments

In today’s medical equipment market, one path towards increased competitiveness is to reduce component costs. However, OEMs must be thoughtful and think holistically about where and how to cut costs. For example, sensors are often critical...

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Examining the Physician Office Lab Market: Germany and Switzerland

October 24, 2014 3:44 pm | by Richard Park, Contributing Editor | Comments

A few more observations of the U.S. physician office lab (POL) market. According to the report, non-physician practice test users represent ancillary markets for POL test products. Community clinics are not expected to grow appreciably as an IVD...

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Don't Leave It Until the Last Minute

October 24, 2014 8:30 am | by Scott Levy, Senior Packaging Editor, DDL Inc. | Comments

The “Just-in-Time” mentality that has become more pervasive within the medical device industry has also resulted in many more package validation testing projects being rushed and left to the last minute. This situation can pose a significant...

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NFC Power in a Pin-Sized Package

October 23, 2014 3:11 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

In a recent blog, I highlighted a rapidly charging battery technology that was being developed for electric vehicles, but would certainly have applications in the medical device space as well. Unfortunately, that technology is not here yet, and...

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How Do We Make the Breast Pump ‘Not Suck’?

October 23, 2014 10:28 am | by Melissa Barnes, Associate Editor | Comments

When I read the recent news item about MIT’s “Make the Breast Pump Not Suck Hackathon,” I thought it couldn’t have come at a more relevant time in my life. Having just had a baby under seven months ago, and trying to continue a regular...

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A Virtually Effortless Doctor's Visit

October 23, 2014 10:19 am | by Sam Brusco, Editorial Intern | Comments

The doctor is in! Virtually, that is, in the confines of your phone or computer screen. Companies like HealthTap are now providing virtual house calls to patients who may not be able to schedule a same day appointment. These companies...

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Make Cooperative Decisions and Provide Incentives

October 23, 2014 8:30 am | by Anthony Kalaijakis, Strategic Medical Marketing Manager, Molex | Molex | Comments

Healthcare reforms are driving Medtech companies to re-evaluate how they go to market and, at the same time, protect their heavy investment in current architecture. In the regulated Medtech industry, manufacturers must ensure products are...

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Taking 'Charge' of Your Mood

October 22, 2014 9:51 am | by Sam Brusco, Editorial Intern | Comments

As we go about our daily activities, we’re at the mercy of whatever mood we’re in. That’s all well and good when in a favorable mood, as productivity peaks, any obligation becomes more enjoyable, and whistling or singing accompanies your work...

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CLM Machine for Conservation and Maximization of Resources

October 22, 2014 8:30 am | by Walter Zic, Chief Operating Officer, EDM Department Inc. | EDM Department | Comments

I believe the solution to cutting costs in the development of medical devices lies within the technology of CLM (closed loop manufacturing). Traditional measurement procedures can be both elaborate and error-prone as they necessitate constant...

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Establish Cost Based on Time and Materials

October 21, 2014 8:30 am | by Chris Zandstra, Engineering Manager, Rose Technologies | Rose Technologies | Comments

As a contract manufacturer, when we quote development projects to our customer, we prefer to use a time and materials basis instead of a flat rate. This method gives the developer the flexibility to keep the project moving when the scope...

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Leverage a Quality Function Deployment Tool

October 20, 2014 8:30 am | by Brian Handerhan, Business Development Manager, Parker Hannifin | Comments

I personally subscribe to the concept that 80% of the cost optimization opportunity of any product is frozen at the point of the design freeze, leaving only 20% of the opportunity to be addressed through conventional cost reduction efforts...

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Congress Tackles LDT Regulation: Labs Acting Like IVD Manufacturers

October 17, 2014 4:38 pm | by Richard Park, Contributing Editor | Comments

A couple of weeks ago, FDA released its two draft guidances on the regulation of laboratory-developed tests (LDT): Framework for Regulatory Oversight of LDTs and FDA Notification and Medical Device Reporting for LDTs. With the release of these...

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