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Forecast Series PresentsMarket Trends Buzz

January 6, 2006 9:23 am | Product Releases | Comments

On the cover: This completely in-the-ear hearing aid is a product of miniaturization, one hot sector for medical device manufacturers in 2006.

LISTED UNDER: Injection Molding | Micro Molding | Biocompatibility Testing

Emphasis on Innovation: Precision Particle ReductionEnables New Drug Delivery Methods

November 2, 2005 6:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

With the ability to reduce drugs to sub-micron particles of uniform size, exciting drug therapies and delivery methods are emerging. In fact, precision particle reduction processes are becoming as essential to 21st century medicine as the mortar and pestle were for the 19th century pharmacy.

LISTED UNDER: Product Design | Control | Flow

Operating Room Robotics

November 2, 2005 5:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

Robots are starting to move into the OR. This article presents an overview of how the pioneers in this evolving field are bringing innovative techniques to surgeons. On the cover: The majority of surgical robots are better described as teleoperators.

LISTED UNDER: Other Motors | Actuators | Actuators
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Emphasis on Coatings:Processing Considerationsfor Surface Modification Technologies

November 1, 2005 11:32 am | SurModics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Performance, manufacturability, safety, and overall cost are crucial when selecting coating technologies, while ease of application, use of hazardous solvents, cycle time, and scrap rates are key when evaluating a coating’s manufacturing process.

LISTED UNDER: Device Coating | Surface Modification Coatings | Surface Modification

PTFE Coating

September 30, 2005 11:43 am | Product Releases | Comments

Promising high lubricity, superior chemical resistance, and excellent electrical insulating characteristics, PTFE is available to be selectively coated onto small diameter wire components such as pins, needles, and electrodes as well as plain wire.

LISTED UNDER: Device Coating | Device Coating

Customized Kits

September 30, 2005 11:38 am | Product Releases | Comments

The “Customization By Your Design” program improves the efficiency and effectiveness of device creation by meeting specific customer requirements. The program features design quotes in 72 hours; over 2,000 product designs customizable to specifications; and quick turnaround times.

LISTED UNDER: Transfer Devices | Product Design | PVC Tubing

Why Device Makers Must Addressthe Emotional Needs of Consumers

September 1, 2005 7:34 am | Product Releases | Comments

As research confirms a direct correlation between a patient's emotional and physical health, designers have to create devices that will make patients and healthcare workers feel confident. The following article shows why this approach is crucial to a device manufacturer's bottom line.

LISTED UNDER: Design Services

Ceiling Filter Module

August 31, 2005 12:04 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Series 109BL motorized ceiling filter modules are designed for use in tee bar ceiling grid systems and allow ease of installation where overhead space is limited.

LISTED UNDER: Air Pump | Cleanroom Assembly | Metal Filter
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EMI/RFI Shield Clips

August 31, 2005 11:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

SMiT Shield Clips eliminate the hassles and inefficiencies of secondary hand soldering operations for mounting EMI/RFI shields while accommodating virtually any product design.

LISTED UNDER: EMI/RFI Shielding | Product Design

Moving Toward a More ElegantOrthopedic Device Development Path

August 31, 2005 10:05 am | Product Releases | Comments

Emphasis on Testing & Inspection By Luther Johnson and Steve Trout This exclusive report examines the importance of testing and modeling as an integral part of a structured design process.

LISTED UNDER: Product-Safety/Performance Testing | Medical Device Testing | Medical Device Testing

Precision Voltage Divider Network Sample Kit

August 31, 2005 9:19 am | Product Releases | Comments

Providing design engineers with a supply of precision resistive devices for prototyping and design work, TT Electronics BI Technologies Electronic Component Division has developed an engineering sample kit of its SOT-23 packaged precision voltage divider networks.

LISTED UNDER: Prototyping

Self-Locking Design Safeguardsthe Reliability of Medical Lasers

August 31, 2005 5:34 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Project: Prevent warranty issues by eliminating the possibility of laser misalignment during shipping or handling. The Solution: Use a self-locking fastener designed to resist loosening even under heavy loads and severe vibrations.

LISTED UNDER: Fasteners | Microbiology/Chemical Testing | Medical Device Testing

Rapid Injection Molding Reduces Prototype Process Risks for Oximeter

August 12, 2005 12:47 pm | Proto Labs, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The Project: Quickly manufacture prototypes for the outside bumpers of a new pulse oximeter. The Solution: Use rapid injection molding to evaluate three part batches for $3,000 per batch in 10 days per order.

LISTED UNDER: Prototyping | CNC Machining | Injection Molding

Polymerized Thin Film Coatings

August 11, 2005 10:41 am | Product Releases | Comments

Contract processing services for thin film coatings and gas plasma surface treatment offer a variety of beneficial features.

LISTED UNDER: Device Coating | Hydrophilic Coating | Device Coating

High-Tech Extrusions

August 9, 2005 6:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

Medical extrusions are meeting higher standards, becoming more responsive to customer demands, and providing increasingly sophisticated product. If material costs can be kept in line, there is no telling how far technological advancements will go.

LISTED UNDER: Extrusion | Injection Molding | CNC Machining

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