Tradeshows are certainly nothing new to most industries as they provide an excellent means of communication for both the attendees and exhibitors alike. What makes the Medical Design & Device show stand out is its focus on the Northern California medical device manufacturing market.
Recognizing potential synergies and maintaining close relationships with technology experts is proving to be a successful equation in medical device manufacturing. This article examines how it is impacting the endoscopic marketplace, specifically examining one technology supplier.
An inhaler is a very simple device for patients to use and one that is easily identifiable by those who require it. However, concerns with gauging the remaining amount of doses have caused device manufacturers to revisit its design.
In an effort to enhance safety, sterility, and convenience, device manufacturers are seeking solutions to enable them to create disposable medical instrumentation. New sensor technology and innovative modular design are helping to make these types of devices a reality.
Adhesives are a key component in the assembly of a variety of medical devices. Unfortunately, specific curing requirements of certain types have caused difficulties for manufacturers using traditional adhesive options.
How does one redesign an 18,000 pound, 12 MeV electron linear accelerator that typically requires
Electrosurgical devices require an energy platform to generate the power necessary to function properly. Working closely with surgeons on the design, a device maker has introduced a unit to provide exactly the type of control and power needed for these surgical tools.
Nanotechnology is still very much in the development phase in terms of having a meaningful impact on healthcare treatment options.
Inhalation therapy has proven to be an effective method of administering a number of pharmaceuticals for more than a century. However, achieving the optimal particle size for a treatment with particular pharmaceutical formulations has been a troublesome task.
On August 31, 2006, an operation took place at the Royal Perth Hospital in Australia which could lead to a complete change in surgery for hip joint endoprosthesis.
Designers of today’s sophisticated medical devices need to use whatever tools they can to help ensure their project results in a successful product that meets all expectations.
While traditional positioning systems offer an adequate motion control solution for devices such as OR tables and hospital beds, they create other concerns related to their effect on the surrounding environment.
The Project: Identify a method with which to determine whether or not chest compressions are being performed properly on a CPR mannequin. The Solution: Attach cable extension transducers (i.e., string pots) to the chest area to measure the movement of the chest compression being applied.
Trends being observed now in medical device manufacturing are expected to create an increase in the demand for sterile packaging through 2010, according to a report from The Freedonia Group. This article summarizes the findings of the group’s study.
Quest Product Development, with partner University of Colorado, has completed Phase I research
On the cover: Smith & Nephew's Condor System functions as a command center for the Digital OR. It offers voice-activated control. (Photo: Smith & Nephew) Minimally invasive procedures offer tremendous advantages over more traditional techniques.
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.
Hydrophobic polymeric membranes are widely used in medical devices to sterilize gases which pass through them or to provide sterile barriers between the atmosphere and device interiors.
Aluminum gas cylinders are available for medical O2 applications. The aluminum cylinders are as much as 50% lighter than traditional steel cylinders, making them easier to carry and handle.
Medical connectors need to be small, lightweight, and comfortable in use, but built for rugged handling and extended performance and reliability. These miniature medical interconnects suit those needs. Standard and custom designs and shapes have been applied to catheters, probes, and instruments.
The state-of-the-art Aisys Carestation anesthesia delivery system from GE Healthcare is a demonstration of sophisticated technology in a versatile device.
As more portable electronic medical devices are introduced to monitor and treat patients, manufacturers are seeking technologies with which to reduce the complexity involved in the design of the finished product.
The Project: Verify that geometry and surface texture of the housing for a heart pump will facilitate smooth functioning while not adversely affecting blood. The Solution: Use extremely accurate instrumentation to measure form and surface to ensure they are compliant with specifications.
There have been a number of changes in the last decade, which have raised questions as to how manufacturers should design cleaning and sterilization validation in order to be in compliance with new standards.
At the Society for Computer Applications in Radiology's (SCAR) annual meeting, Royal Philips Electronics announced that it has entered a strategic partnership with EDDA Technology to provide advanced digital radiography solutions to assist in the detection of lung lesions.