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Plastic Material Innovations Help Shape Healthcare Industry

June 30, 2005 6:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

An example of the successful application of wear-resistant compounds is this glucose meter. It contains internally lubricated, color-matched polycarbonate to reduce wear and motion-induced noise.

LISTED UNDER: Thermoplastic Elastomers | Injection Molding | Flow

New Catheter Tipping Process Aids Tubing’s Accuracy and Throughput

June 30, 2005 6:40 am | Beahm Designs, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Tube tipping is accomplished by heat-treating the tube end to the point that it softens. This softened plastic is conformed into detailed dimensions. The Project: To resolve inconsistency and waste issues associated with manual tipping method.

LISTED UNDER: Tubing-Processing Equipment | Multilumen Tubing | Product R&D

New Package Reduces Material Waste and Increases Sterilization Speeds

May 31, 2005 5:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Project: To create a surgical drape and gown package that improves material and production efficiencies. The Solution: Develop automated thermoform fill-seal equipment to implement a new thermoformed pouch with a linear-tear feature.

LISTED UNDER: Product R&D
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Coatings Guide

May 3, 2005 8:19 am | Product Releases | Comments

The second edition of the standard industry text “Powder Coatings Chemistry and Technology” is now available from Plastics Design Library. This is a complete update containing the latest innovations, trends, and developments which have taken place in chemistry and technology over the last 13 years.

LISTED UNDER: Device Coating

Emphasis on QA/QC Streamlining Quality Assurance and FDA Compliance

May 3, 2005 7:27 am | Product Releases | Comments

AT A GLANCE • CARs and CAPA defined • 21 CFR Part II initiatives • Part 820's GMP

LISTED UNDER: FDA Compliance | Product Design

Emphasis on Sterilization Validating Sterilization in a Global Market

April 1, 2005 5:17 am | Namsa | Product Releases | Comments

How should manufacturers complete validation in order to be in compliance with current standards? In this report, two experts answer some of the most frequently asked questions involving medical device testing standards and how they affect the process of validation.

LISTED UNDER: Other Contract Services | Biocompatibility Testing | Medical Device Testing

Products for Tomorrow

April 1, 2005 4:54 am | Product Releases | Comments

Nova Biomedical needed high-volume production capability to produce disposable strips for its glucose monitoring system, which is currently distributed as the Logic Blood Glucose Monitor by BD. An outside engineering firm designed and built manufacturing equipment to fit its requirements.

LISTED UNDER: Full Service Contract Manufacturing | Product Design

Release Coatings

February 28, 2005 8:49 am | Product Releases | Comments

Non-silicone release coatings are designed for applications where a residue cannot be left behind that might contaminate a material or process. Available on a variety of films and papers up to 82 in. W, these non-silicone release coatings will not change the properties of an adhesive.

LISTED UNDER: Films | Silicone | Device Coating
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An Evolution in Coatings

February 28, 2005 7:49 am | SurModics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

What began with drug-eluting stents has progressed to coatings with multiple actions and beyond. The following article, based on interviews with leading medical device coating companies, offers insight into the latest advancements.

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

Researchers Keep Blood Flowing in Cardiac Pumps Designed With CFD

February 28, 2005 7:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Project: To improve catheter and rotary pumps used by patients waiting for a heart transplant. The Solution: Use analysis software to see inside the pump and minimize potential blood-flow problems.

LISTED UNDER: Product Design & MFG Software | Medical Device Testing | Air Pump

Prototyping Service

February 4, 2005 10:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

Microfabrica Inc. and MOSIS have introduced EFAB Access&#151a 3-D micromanufacturing service offering MEMS and microdevices via multi-project runs through MOSIS. EFAB Access offers easy, low-cost access to Microfabrica's EFAB process.

LISTED UNDER: Prototyping

Tubing and Extrusion Trends Yield More Material Options

February 1, 2005 7:13 am | Pexco, LLC | Product Releases | Comments

The growing demand for minimally invasive medical devices is creating the need for more high-tech tubing and extrusion alternatives. This article examines the challenges facing medical product manufacturers and offers some clear solutions.

LISTED UNDER: PVC Tubing | Silicone | Multilumen Tubing

Manufacturing Rx: Partnerships Add Developmental Strength

February 1, 2005 7:13 am | Product Releases | Comments

Medical device manufacturers can maximize innovation and business investments by partnering with companies who share a parent entity. Such supplier partnerships can help solve problems and speed products to market.

LISTED UNDER: Pressure Sensitive | Microbiology/Chemical Testing | Medical Device Testing

What’s Ahead for Medical Device Companies

January 13, 2005 6:21 am | Product Releases | Comments

While prospects look promising, tough issues must be resolved to ensure that patients and caregivers have access to innovative technologies. Failure to address the anticompetitive practices of certain GPOs or to modify MDUFMA will result in long-term problems for the industry.

LISTED UNDER: Business Planning | Full Service Contract Manufacturing | Product R&D

Online Product Configurator

January 6, 2005 9:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

Alden Products Company, makers of the patented Pulse-Lok auto-coupling circular connector, has launched an entirely new website and online product configurator. The completely renovated site reflects Alden’s newly renovated branding seen in the company’s offline marketing and advertising efforts.

LISTED UNDER: Connectors | Product Design

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