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Thermal Design Considerations for Medical Devices to Improve Patient Safety

While technological advancements continue to enable medical devices to become more capable and more compact, the use of advanced electronics has also created thermal...

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There’s an App for That?

Recently, an online discussion board broached the subject of FDA approval for a diagnostic app that might be able to predict when a patient’s condition would relapse. The question postulated whether there was a way to circumvent FDA approval by launching the app in another country and making it available online. And,...

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An Overview of Nitinol: Superelastic and Shape Memory

The world population is growing, globalization has resulted in a higher standard of living in many countries, and people are living longer. With increased living standards and choices people make, lifestyle-related illnesses, such as cardiovascular diseases, are on the increase. Companies...

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Advancements in Photochemical Etching Technology Provide Benefits to Medical Device Manufacturers

Many medical devices and applications require small metal components that demand very specific characteristics. These can include:

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Piezo Mechanisms Improve Refractive Eye Surgery

Piezo motion-based precision mechanisms provide a number of features that are highly sought after in medical applications, such as lubricant-free design and sterile, ceramic actuation. Ceramics are also non-magnetic, an advantage in high-energy imaging/scanning based on strong magnetic fields.

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Medical Device Manufacturers Are Relying More on Innovation Brought to Their Doors

Budget cutbacks due to healthcare reform, hospital pricing pressures, and changes to reimbursement are limiting money funneling into the medical device R&D pipeline. Yet manufacturers are still expected to deliver high-performing, cost-saving medical devices....

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Keeping Up with the FDA

In mid-July, the House of Representatives passed HR 6, also known as the 21st Century Cures Act, which expedites research and development on debilitating diseases and makes it easier to get important treatments to the patients who need them. Among other things, it makes research collaborations easier, reforms and...

Features : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Silicone’s History—and Future—in Medical Manufacturing

Silicone, a highly versatile synthetic polymer, seems to show up everywhere from cooking utensils and adhesives to sealants and cosmetics. Its unique properties have contributed to silicone’s traditional appeal in more complex fields as well; for decades, the material has been an...

Features : Materials
New Trends in Orthopedic Implant Coatings

Most orthopedic implant manufacturers still rely heavily on traditional coatings for their implants, such as sintered bead and plasma-sprayed metallic and hydroxyapatite (HA) coatings. These technologies are well-established, very familiar to both surgeons and the FDA, and have accumulated large bodies...

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Safer Surgery Using Intelligent Tools

Pro-Dex Inc., Irvine, CA, is a developer and manufacturer of powered rotary drive surgical and dental instruments. The company’s newest design is a cutting-edge, powered screwdriver that features sensors integrated with software to provide intelligence to the user. Currently in the prototype phase and...

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Under Pressure: Designing Safety and Ease-of-Use into Closed System Transfer Devices

Oncology nurses, compounding pharmacists, and others who handle hazardous drugs, such as chemotherapy drugs, are put at risk of exposure. This is due to the antineoplastic agents with adhesive properties within these drugs that cause contamination of the...

Features : Tubing & Extrusion
Mold Design and Cavitation Strategy: Best Practices in Aligning Tooling with Requirements

Medical manufacturers of single-use products have a dual challenge: achieving high levels of quality while maintaining competitive cost. From an injection molding perspective, mold design and equipment selection ultimately determine whether or not those...

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Toward a Standards-based Framework for E-Health Interoperability

Varied stakeholders in healthcare around the world increasingly share and recognize a requirement for standards-based interoperability.

Features : Electronics & Computers
Researchers Develop Biodegradable Wooden Computer Chips

Portable electronics — typically made of non-renewable, non-biodegradable and potentially toxic materials — are discarded at an alarming rate in consumers' pursuit of the next best electronic gadget. In an effort to alleviate the environmental burden of electronic devices, a team of...

Features : Electronics & Computers
Improving Organic Transistors that Drive Flexible Electronics

A revolution is coming in flexible electronic technologies as cheaper, more flexible, organic transistors come on the scene to replace expensive, rigid, silicone-based semiconductors. But materials scientists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst say not enough is known about how...

Features : Electronics & Computers
Computing at the Speed of Light

University of Utah engineers have taken a step forward in creating the next generation of computers and mobile devices capable of speeds millions of times faster than current machines. The Utah engineers have developed an ultracompact beamsplitter — the smallest on record — for dividing light waves into two...

News : Medical
Six Words that Can Kill Innovation

While the late great comedian George Carlin had his infamous “Seven Words”, only six words are needed to kill innovation in any industry: “We’ve always done it this way.” How much more might be accomplished if those six words could be replaced with “what if”? What if we tried it this way? What if...

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How High-Performance Polymers Help Medical Device Designers Work Smarter and Sleep Better

Hospital acquired infections (HAIs) represent one of the key challenges facing today’s healthcare industry. According to a recent study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Network, total costs associated with HAIs reached...

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Pre-Treatment Process Solves Adhesion Issue

Prior to 2006, commercially available aqueous-based polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) coatings utilized perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) as a principal surfactant. PFOA was a highly efficient additive and allowed PTFE applicators to coat a wide variety of substrates.

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Considering Manufacturability in Early Phase Product Development: Successful Scalability for Medical Device Innovation

An experienced, recommended, custom furniture professional came over to my house to bid on building a low-profile cabinet...

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Silicone: Expanding the Horizon for Today’s Medical Devices

Silicone materials have been around for more than 70 years and since the 1960s have played an important and evolving part in products designed for the medical field. Since that time, silicone materials have been developed in various medical grades for skin contact, as well as...

Features : Medical
Incorporating Aesthetic Design into Medical Products

In medical product design, proper, robust functionality is paramount. The product simply has to work. In this market, is aesthetic design of any importance? And if so, how can designers incorporate aesthetic design into their highly engineered products? This article will attempt to answer both...

Features : Electronics & Computers
Thermal Management Solutions for Medical Electronics

Electronic devices used in the medical industry have thermal management needs similar to those in other fields. Their electronics must stay cool enough to run continuously and correctly within their operating temperature range. Sound thermal management allows excess heat to be efficiently...

Features : Packaging & Sterilization
A “Particle” of Prevention Is Worth a Pound of Cure: The Significant Benefits of Premarket and Postmarket Particulate Testing of Cardiovascular Devices

Particulate testing of cardiovascular medical devices is an important and valuable step on the road to regulatory clearance, market success, and patient safety. Device manufacturers that...

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Everything’s Connected: Strategies for Testing New Medical Devices

Imagine you are recovering from an operation and are fitted with wireless body sensors that allow you to move in the hospital bed or around the room in comfort. Once past...

Features : Medical
A Recipe for Electroforming Success: Making Ultra-Precise, Ultra-Small 3D Structures

Precision electroforming is an additive process in which two and three-dimensional (3D) microstructures are formed by electrochemically depositing metal into a precisely formed photoresist mold. Electroforming is ideal for fabricating micron-scale, metallic...

Features : Electronics & Computers
DOEs Rescue Questionable Medical Electronics PCBs

Board cleaning is perhaps one of the most overlooked aspects of printed circuit board (PCB) assembly. But savvy medical electronics original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) have a keen sense of the importance it plays to ensure their products are free of miniscule flaws, defects, debris, and dust....

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Using Surge Testers for Design Verification and Production Testing

Not only are medical devices expected to function as intended, they must meet ergonomic, safety, FDA and functional requirements. They must be designed to function in adverse environments; sometimes in the operating room; sometimes in an emergency vehicle for example. If a device...

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How to Simplify Medical Device Software Integration and Certification

Medical device manufacturers operate in a challenging environment filled with stringent regulatory requirements and industry pressures. With a rise in mainstream...

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Inside Story: Mike Boivin, Manufacturing Manager - New England Catheter

To get a better idea of the importance of New England Catheter’s capabilities for medical device customers, Medical Design Briefs spoke with Mike Boivin, manufacturing manager at New England Catheter.

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