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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
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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

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

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 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

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
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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

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

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