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Enabling a Device to Breathe

October 11, 2006 7:56 am | W.L. Gore & Associates | Comments

Creating a contaminant and/or vacuum-free drug delivery device, such as an inhaler, nasal pump, or eye dropper, is a difficult task. This article examines a venting option that enables a closed, equalized system for multiunit-dose drug packaging.

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Innovation Plus Collaboration Equals a Successful Combination

October 11, 2006 7:37 am | Comments

Companies need to move rapidly to take advantage of developing trends in healthcare treatment modalities. This article examines many of the factors combination product manufacturers need to consider to accelerate their product’s time to market.

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Helping Hand From Computer Giant Enhances Drug Delivery

October 11, 2006 7:37 am | Comments

This article describes how a design-centered company leveraged its innovative consumer design expertise from the audio-visual world and transferred this knowledge to its drug delivery device affiliate, while receiving the collaborative assistance from a computer technology leader.

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Films That Dissolve Diagnostics Manufacturers' Needs

October 10, 2006 6:15 am | Comments

Dissolvable films are currently used in a variety of applications such as consumer breath freshener products and as vehicles for over-the-counter drug delivery. Manufacturers are also exploring the technology’s unique characteristics for use with in vitro diagnostic devices.

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Assembling the Perfect Design Team

October 10, 2006 6:15 am | Comments

Since most manufacturers do not staff experts in every area of technology they may need to create a finished medical device, collaborating with professionals who are can be the ideal formula for success.

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Fabricating Components . . . Rapidly

October 10, 2006 6:15 am | Comments

Medical device manufacturers require device components to be produced quickly to ensure their products are available to the marketplace as soon as possible. However, quality cannot be sacrificed in this effort. Rapid prototype tooling is a unique option that satisfies both of these two criteria.

Measuring Up Lean: The Journey Towards Operational Excellence

October 10, 2006 6:06 am | Comments

Lean manufacturing is commonly associated with automotive manufacturers but medical device makers are rapidly discovering the advantages of using it in their marketplace.

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ISO 9001:2000 Certification

October 10, 2006 5:48 am | Comments

Thomas Engineering Company’s Quality Management System has been certified as compliant with ISO 9001:2000. Bureau Veritas Certification (NA) has been chosen as the company’s partner in this process.

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Metric Custom Mechanical Components

October 9, 2006 12:31 pm | Comments

The Misumi website features enhanced product search capability. Parts can be searched by part number prefix(type), part categories as presented in the 2006 Metric Custom Mechanical Components catalog, and by part families.

Optomechanical Instrument Register

October 9, 2006 12:31 pm | Comments

The Optomechanical Instrument Register is an information database for Optmechanical Instruments (scientific, medical, technical, and others) with text descriptions and functional illustrations, as well as industrial products.

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Online Seminars

October 9, 2006 12:31 pm | Comments

Makino offers free, easy-to-view online seminars that focus on cutting edge machining techniques and processes such as machining Compacted Graphite Iron, titanium, large molds and lean cellular automation.

Tools and Downloads

October 9, 2006 12:31 pm | Comments

Bosch Rexroth Corp. has developed a “Tools and Downloads” website with downloadable CAD files, calculators, configurators, literature, software, and more to help engineers save time in their design work.

Flowmeter Technology Selection Chart

October 9, 2006 12:31 pm | Comments

On its website, Universal Flow Monitors Inc. provides a chart that enables site visitors to select the appropriate flowmeter technology for the type of fluid they are using. The flowmeter technology selection chart shows the technology that provides best value in a typical application of a fluid.

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“Off-Road” Rehab Wheelchairs Now a Stable Ride

October 9, 2006 12:31 pm | Comments

Technology might finally be keeping pace with rehab patients whose spirits and energy require a sturdier wheelchair to explore the world and enjoy the outdoors, beyond the confines of a smooth hospital hallway.

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Metal Helps Give Patients Sweet Dreams

October 9, 2006 12:31 pm | Comments

When Airway Management Inc. wanted to improve its flagship product, the Thornton Adjustable Positioner (TAP)—a device for people who suffer from sleep apnea and snoring—it turned to Smith Metal Products for Metal Injection Molding (MIM) and BASF's Catamold feedstock.

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