In the October issue, the cover feature, Balloon-Forming Innovations Improve Quality and Reduce Cost, highlights a number of innovative technologies that are being offered to help balloon manufacturers ensure their products are defect-free the first time.
In the September issue, the cover feature compares the component fabrication methods of extrusion and molding and highlights the advantages of each for fabricating medical tubing.
“Miniaturization in Medical Devices” In the July/August "Miniaturization" issue, there are three features that highlight challenges involved with trying to make medical devices smaller.
Inside: Read about the impact of the 3rd edition of IEC 60601-1 will have on medical device products in "60601 3rd Edition Transition Solutions;" and read about the change of technology available for leak detectors and automation in "5 Factors to Identifying the Best Leak Tester for You."
Inside MDT’s 2012/2013 Buyers’ Guide find a manufacturer and product directory, with a product index. Categories include: component fabrication; design/manufacturing services; electronic components; facility equipment/software; fluid/air transfer; hardware; materials; packaging/sterilization; and testing.
Inside: “How Low Can You Go?” Read about low power design options from the Microcontroller Solutions Group at Freescale. Shared are embedded design techniques that can lead to a significant extension of the usable lifetime of a product. An emphasis on Molding can be found in Medical Murray Inc.’s “Injection Molding Small Complex Bioabsorbable Implants;” Phillips Plastics’ “Conformal Cooling Using DMLS;” and Proto Labs’ “Living in the Material World.”
Inside: “Pinch It: Contamination-Free Fluid Management Using Pinch Valves” Read about transferring fluids in healthcare applications with no contamination from outside surfaces via a pinching mechanism from Bimba Manufacturing. Also, extrusion by balloon tubing can be found inside, as well as self-lubricated polyisoprene. Shared are professional’s opinions on battling HAIs and orthopedics. In addition, check out the selection of products.
Inside: Read about medical device coatings in “Hydrophilic Environments may Promote Easier Device Delivery,” about hydrophilic coatings on device delivery from DSM Biomedical; and “Practical Challenges for Medical Device Coatings” about sterilization methods, shelf life, and aging impacts on coatings from Biocoat Inc. Shared are professionals’ opinions on design challenges, diagnostics, and testing and inspection.
Inside: Read about laser micromachining in “Laser Micromachining for Manufacturing of Medical Implants,” about the advancement of medical implants, minimally invasive procedures, and biocompatible materials due to laser micromachining technology from Resonetics LLC. Shared are professionals’ opinions on prototyping, materials, and portable medical.
MDT and ECN present the 2012 Medical Electronics Resource Guide. Inside: Find a list of products with contact information for numerous companies. Categories include: boards and modules; electromechanical and mechanical devices; integrated circuits; optoelectronics and displays; packaging and interconnects; passive and discrete components; power sources; sensors; test and measurement; and wireless system components.
Inside:Read about handling many tasks in the product development process in “An Outside Perspective: Joining Forces to Bring New Technology to Market,” from Stratos Product Development. Shared are professionals’ opinions on miniaturization, implantable devices, and machining. Additionally, read about motion control, connectors, pumps, and test, measurement, and sensing.
Inside: Read about silicone for component fabrication in “Challenges and Rewards of Molding Silicone,” from Nolato MediTech. Shared are professionals’ opinions on balancing development success and medical electronics. Additionally, read about batteries and holders, power, anodized device delivery, tubing, orthopedic implants, and antimicrobials. Check out the selection of products, as well as the offerings for engineers in Design notes.
Inside: Read about making connections easy and safe with single-use tubing connectors in “Making the Change: in Single-Use Tube Connections,” from Value Plastics. Shared are professionals’ opinions on home healthcare, medical packaging, and ER/Surgical. Additionally, read about design, packaging and interconnects, biomedical textiles, and medical molding. Check out the selection of products, as well as the offerings for engineers in Design notes.
Inside MDT’s supplement “Medical Molding”: Read about reaching out to all parties involved in the molding supply chain from Styron; using a polycarbonate plastic in an OTC sinus therapy device from Bayer material Science LLC; basic fundamentals of injection molding process from Promold Plastics; securing low volume run of components for testing from Healthsense; and more about the field of medical molding.
Inside:Read about the challenges and solutions for wearable medical devices in “Designing Cutting-Edge Wearable Medical Devices,” from Microchip’s Medical Products Group. Shared are professionals’ opinions on wireless medicine, contract, and manufacturing. Additionally, read about testing, extrusion, sensors, and welding. Check out the selection of products, as well as the offerings for engineers in Design notes.