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Features : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Why Choose an Ultrasonic Flow Meter?

One of the more common purposes of an ultrasonic flow meter is to measure the velocity of a fluid in order to calculate the volumetric flow rate of a medium through a tube. This can be done through the use of a basic principle involving the transit-time of crystal transducer signals across the medium....

Features : Materials
Laser Material Removal Drives Wire Stripping Production

Many medical device applications require stripping outer layers of polymers from small diameter wire, and a laser is well suited for this material removal task. Offering a non-contact process that is very repeatable, lasers can selectively remove wire layers or areas. Easily automated, the...

Features : FDA/Regulatory
Design Criteria of Power Supplies for Use in Medical Devices

The third edition of IEC 60601-1 has been in effect since June 2012. It replaces the previous version as a basic standard for medical electrical equipment and describes the general requirements for basic safety and essential performance features. The power supply unit can be considered...

Features : FDA/Regulatory
Do or Demise: Why It’s Crucial for Medical Device Manufacturers to Adhere to the FDA’s ABCs

Medical device manufacturers frequently face unique industry challenges, including the need to manage quality processes across disparate sites or business units and increased legal and regulatory scrutiny. The FDA requires that each medical device...

Features : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Domestic Manufacturing & Thermoforming Popular with Medical Device Manufacturers

Late last year, Ray Products, Inc., conducted a second annual thermoforming industry survey. More than half of the survey respondents represented medical device manufacturers. Their answers provide some helpful insight into industry trends.

Features : Wearables
Transforming Healthcare with M2M and mHealth Technology

Modern mobile networks are ubiquitous and accessible virtually everywhere, from remote villages in Africa to deep inside warehouses and hospitals. This universal wireless coverage,...

Features : Information Technology
Secure, Cost-Effective, and Remotely Connected Medical Devices Are Revolutionizing Home Patient Care

Remote medical care is undergoing a revolution and the future is bright. Thanks to wireless networks and cloud connectivity across a growing...

Features : Medical
Plastics Molding: The Path of Least Resistance

According to Henry David Thoreau, “the path of least resistance leads to crooked rivers and crooked men.” But in plastic injection molding, it leads to balanced filling patterns, more uniform shrinkage, less warp, smaller press sizes, and reduced cost when molding enclosures for medical...

Features : Robotics, Automation & Control
Non-Contact, Light-Based Measurements for Medical Balloons and Catheters

One of the most prevalent measurement devices in a medical balloon or catheter manufacturing facility is the micrometer gauge. It is simple and inexpensive. But, this measurement technique is subject to a high degree of operator variability. Another limitation is that it...

Features : Medical
The ‘Hidden’ Tax on Medical Device Start-Up Funding

Starting on Dec. 31, 2012, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) Medical Device Excise Tax began to be applied to the sales of all taxable medical devices in the US. Now, almost two years later, the 2.3 percent tax has ruffled investors and stunted new inventions....

Features : Connectivity
Wireless Pressure Sensor Relays Tumor Pressure

Interstitial pressure inside a tumor is often quite high compared to normal body tissue and may impede the delivery of chemotherapeutic agents as well as decrease the effectiveness of radiation therapy. Medications can temporarily decrease tumor pressure, but identifying the optimal time to initiate...

Features : Materials
Waterproof Wound-Care Adhesives Inspired by Mussels

Inspired by the natural adhesives secreted by shellfish, a team of engineers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, has designed new waterproof materials that could be used to help heal wounds and surgical incisions.

Features : Wearables
Liquid Crystal Device Can Assess Cardiovascular Health

Engineers at Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, have teamed up to create a new wearable medical device that can quickly alert a person if they are having cardiovascular trouble.

Features : Medical
Exploring Batteries for Micromachinery

A team of researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, along with other institutions, has developed a toolset to allow them to explore the interior of...

Features : Medical
Medical Device Coating Repels Bacteria

Any medical device implanted in the body or in contact with flowing blood faces two critical challenges: blood clotting and bacterial infection. Now, a team of scientists at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard, Boston, say they have developed a new surface coating for medical...

Features : Medical
Sound-Powered Medical Implants

Engineers at Stanford University are working on a new generation of medical devices that would be implanted deep inside the body to monitor illness, deliver therapies, and relieve pain. But, they needed to develop a way to provide electric power to those implants. Using wires or batteries to deliver power generally...

Features : Medical
Building a Healthier Future, Layer by Layer

The 12th annual “Create the Future” Design Contest for engineers, students, and entrepreneurs worldwide, sponsored by COMSOL and Mouser Electronics, attracted more than 1,074 innovative product ideas from engineers and students in 61 countries. The Medical category itself received 95 outstanding...

Features : Connectivity
Today’s Wearable Medical Devices: A Few Key Design Considerations

Today’s modern medical devices are evolving at a record pace. From small wearable watches and bands worn by health enthusiasts, to portable wireless units for patients to...

Features : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Choosing MEMS Pressure Sensors for Medical Device Applications

Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS), as the name implies, are miniature devices composed of mechanical (springs, deformable membranes, vibrating structures) and electrical...

Features : Medical
Regenerating the Future of Biomaterials in Orthopedics

Musculoskeletal ailments are a primary cause of disability in the United States. As reported by the United States Bone and Joint Initiative (http://www.usbji.org), with a nearly $950-million burden weighing on the healthcare system, there is a considerable and growing need for advanced...

Features : Medical
Where Component Design Functionality and Cost Reduction Converge

The need to control and reduce costs by manufacturers of surgical instruments, medical devices, and healthcare consumable goods has been accelerated by a variety of current persistent trends. These include changes in reimbursement practices, an increasing population of Medicare...

Features : Medical
Novel Polymer Technology Bids Farewell to Tri-layer

Modern medicine has come a long way from the reed catheters of ancient Syria or the metal tubes of Benjamin Franklin’s time. As doctors discover more and more ways to utilize minimally invasive procedures, the demand for lower profile catheters with increasingly greater applications rises....

Features : Medical
Reservoir Seals, Tubing, and LSR Make the Difference for Medical Devices

Medical science has made great strides in advancing the care and treatment of people around the globe. Thermoplastic and elastomeric materials have been an essential part in making different medical procedures and solutions safer and more cost effective. From test fit...

Features : Medical
Safety, Compliance, and Regulation: The Gateway for Laser-Based Products into the Marketplace

Many medical devices, both existing and new designs, are laser-based. For some time, lasers have been designed into medical devices from diagnostic, imaging, and therapeutic systems, to invasive treatment designs like those for cauterization, surgical...

Features : Test & Measurement
Avoiding the Pitfalls of Faulty Test Results

No discipline is as precise as the design and manufacture of medical devices. No other function is as crucial in its precision. Exact measurements and tests are a critical necessity— from heart valves to knee and hip replacements, a fraction of a millimeter can be the difference between life and...

Features : Medical
Form + Function: Interconnect Cable Assemblies for Ambulatory Monitoring

Building on the success of smartphones, mobile gadgets, and wearable sports fitness gear, the medical industry has steadily trended toward improved portability of monitoring devices used in ambulatory patient care. In addition to boasting smaller footprints, many newer...

Features : Medical
The Value of USP Class VI Testing for Medical Device Cable and Wire

To design and successfully sell medical devices, manufacturers must ask themselves a number of key questions. What range of functions should this product offer? In what type...

Features : Tubing & Extrusion
Designing for Success with Molded Silicone Components

This article discusses ways to set up new projects for success and covers ideas for material selection, dimension and tolerance, and critical feature selection. Designing a silicone component can be a challenge when trying to balance design for manufacturability and the optimum design for end...

Features : Medical
Vision Standards Make the Cut for Medical Imaging

From image-guided surgery to vision-equipped service robots, real-time video is enabling new levels of precision and treatment while driving fundamental changes in how healthcare services are delivered. However, as medical imaging applications multiply and systems become more complex, designers...

Features : Medical
Eliminating DEHP Plasticizer in Medical-Grade PVC

The plasticizers used to render PVC flexible constitute about a third of the vinyl compound by weight and have a significant effect on overall properties and performance. The most widely used plasticizer in medical applications, DEHP (di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate), has been shown to engender...

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