Ingestible medical devices offer a convenient, non-invasive method of healthcare; however, the sensitive electronics must be protected. "Coating for Consumption" highlights a coating technology that is being used to guarantee such protection is provided.
The remote patient monitoring field is a rapidly growing one given the advantages it offers for home healthcare, remote regions, and elderly care. However, with it comes a long list of considerations and critical issues for designers and engineers to keep in mind. The cover story examines this area.
The 2012 Medical Molding supplement to MDT highlights several very different aspects of the component fabrication process. Ensuring quality results by establishing effective process monitoring is the subject of one article.
The November/December 2012 cover story, "Industry Forecast," highlights the significant topics for the industry in 2013 and shares the thoughts of leaders from the community. In "Meeting the FDA's Mandates for Unique Device Identification," technology is reviewed that can aid in ensuring manufacturers are in compliance to this coming regulation.
MDT's Prototyping supplement covers the advanced technology enabling prototypes today and how it is being used in both the design and development process for medical devices. Additionally, articles cover the benefits of using prototyping technology to fabricate finished parts that can be used in the healthcare industry as a finished product.
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.
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 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.