In many industries, manufacturers have reduced development times by using COTS (commercial-off-the-shelf) software and hardware. Pressures to bring new, feature-rich products to market quickly affect medical device manufacturers as much as anyone
Whitepaper: Challenges and opportunities for the medical device industry: Meeting the new IEC 62304 standardOctober 26, 2011 12:25 pm | by IBM
This paper explains what IEC 62304 compliance means for manufacturers. It also describes the larger...
Making Sense of the Major Changes in RoHS for Medical Devices and Monitoring & Control EquipmentAugust 31, 2011 10:54 am | by TUV Rheinland
Significant changes are happening to European environmental regulations. While there has been a...
Wireless technologies are bringing about dramatic improvements in the quality of healthcare by...
This paper addresses the capabilities, roles and positioning of systems geared for professional use. Beginning with the most basic information – the definition of 3D printers – this whitepaper positions the two product classes.
A 3D printer is a machine that creates objects from plastic or other materials using an additive manufacturing process. Additive manufacturing produces objects in a succession of layers from the bottom, up. This is the opposite of traditional subtractive manufacturing processes.
White Paper: Embedded Computing Solution for Capturing and Displaying High-Resolution Images in Medical Surgery EnvironmentsNovember 27, 2012 10:24 am | by Portwell
To process the imaging and video feeds during surgical operations, long lifecycle computers are utilized. To handle the demands of real-time image and signal processing, these computers rely on high-performance Intel Core and Xeon processors, along with powerful graphics cards. Portwell provides a critical building block for such a system.
Three trends are driving a dramatic increase in the number and diversity of remote-care medical devices entering the market: aging populations in industrialized countries, pressures to reduce health care costs, and a new focus on primary and secondary care.
Many medical devices must bring together a disparate array of hardware and software components, as well as support a sophisticated, multi-layered Human-Machine Interface (HMI).
Download this whitepaper on choosing an embedded OS for medical devices where reliability, recovery and safety are critical differentiators. It provides a high-level list of requirements that device manufacturers can use to evaluate OSs considerations.
Diagnostic Grifols, a leading medical device provider, is implementing a solution to enhance collaboration throughout its product development cycle, sees significant results in time to market and regulation compliance.
The challenges faced by medical device manufacturers can no longer be solved by examining problems individually. IBM Rational solution for medical devices provides a comprehensive and holistic answer that makes it easier to comply with regulatory mandates, while at the same time improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the product development team.
There are substantial changes in the 3rd Edition of IEC 60601-1, and understanding all aspects of these changes is the key to turning this new standard into a benefit for you as a medical device manufacturer. This paper is designed to explain the philosophy behind the the major changes in the standard, explain how these changes will affect device manufacturers, and share information as to which resources are available to help make the smoothest possible transition to the new Standard.
Integrating Quality by Design (QbD) in Medical Device Manufacturing - Concept, Benefits, and ChallengesAugust 1, 2011 7:15 am | by Igor Veljanovski
The medical devices industry, as well as the pharmaceutical industry, is slowly but indisputably accepting the concept of Quality by Design into its design and development product phases, and is introducing the statistical tools and methods of the concept into its process verification and validation phases as well. The Quality by Design concept or approach has found its implementation in the medical devices life cycle management, under the guidance of risk regulations by the International Conference on Harmonization. Since the importance of successful implementation of this concept is ever more evident in industry, this white paper will therefore discuss the concept and its possible implementation in the medical devices industry, along with the benefits and concerns expressed by the manufacturers.
It is widely known and published that modern sterilization techniques used in the healthcare industry can have a detrimental effect on thermoplastic polymers. In particular, gamma sterilization, which is the most common ionization method, can cause substantial changes to occur in polymeric materials. Polymer chain scission and cross linking can both occur, altering the physical properties and appearance of materials and ultimately affecting the functionality of a device utilizing these materials. RTP Company’s TPE (Thermoplastic Elastomer) Division has initiated a series of projects to measure the effect different sterilization methods have on RTP Company’s standard TPE products used in medical devices. This paper discusses the effect gamma sterilization has on these various TPE compounds produced by RTP Company for the healthcare industry.
Different types of screw threads have evolved for fastening, and hydraulic systems. Of special concern are plastic-to-metal, taper/parallel threaded joints in hydraulic circuits. A discussion and recommendations are provided to create an awareness of different types of threads and how they are used.
Calibration, maintenance, and validation activity, despite operating within the same department in some organizations, have generally been managed separately, each with their own procedures and their own computerized management systems. Since even calibration and maintenance professionals tend to access records differently and track different types of information, these separate and unconnected systems made sense. However with new regulatory pressures and in search of greater productivity and efficiency, leaders in the life science industries have explored and experimented with different ways to harmonize these systems. Until recently, the available options have required significant compromises to be made. This paper discusses the evolution of the driving forces and the available solutions for harmonizing calibration, maintenance and validation, concluding with the latest technologies designed to eliminate the need for the departmental compromises previously required to achieve harmonization.
Teleflex Medical OEM, in conjunction with researchers at the University of Connecticut, has developed a tough, high-modulus composite with potential for bone fixation. Fabricated from a unidirectional, fibrous PLLA/apatite, the composite exhibits excellent mechanical properties which correlate to those of natural bone while featuring excellent surface bioactivity. The entire composite is bioabsorbable whereby a device made from the composite will gradually be replaced by natural bone tissue at the implantation site. Early studies indicate integration can occur firmly and permanently with the surrounding tissue. In addition, such prepared composites may have the potential to be used to control the release of growth factors to enhance bone cell stimulation.
A variety of linear motion devices are available today for performing the function of single-axis movement, whether it be for an assembly operation, testing, packaging or simple motion control. This white paper will seek to define the various types and define the options to be considered when deciding whether to build or buy a single-axis actuator, also known as a linear guide, slide or table in the parlance of particular industries.