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Here you'll find expert advice for industrial design engineers, including tips and strategies related to mass production, automation, and product features.

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Learn why stainless steel fixtures and equipment are the best choice for high-traffic and high use installations.
For wearable devices to function as intended, they need to have a secure, reliable hold for the desired duration of use.
Here are five medical device specific strategies UEGroup recommends to make stronger products with stronger FDA submissions.

Danish hearing aid maker Widex has developed a hearing aid that combines the latest in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning with two ultra-fast signal pathways to...

“Seventy-five percent of all fatal motorcycle accidents globally involve brain injury, with rotational forces acting on the brain being the primary cause of death,” According to NHTSA....

Nearly half of all adults in the United States have some type of cardiovascular disease. This group of over 121 million people are often diagnosed with potential...

While the regulatory and validation burden can be high, it's not surprising that the medical device industry is one of the earliest adopters of additive manufacturing (AM, aka...

Many medical devices — from robotic surgery to autonomous delivery robots in hospitals, to dialysis equipment — use motion control products to operate. Allied Motion’s long and successful experience as a...

Researchers have compiled a massive dataset that enables an AI system to recognize objects through touch alone. Signals are collected by a user wearing a sensor-packed glove while handling a...

The Medical Design Excellence Awards (MDEAs) announced the 2019 winners across nine product categories at its annual awards ceremony that took place on June 11, in conjunction with Medical Design and Manufacturing (MD&M) East.
Features: Robotics, Automation & Control
The Ergonomics of Robotics: Part 2

In this two-part series on robotics and wearable devices, part 1 highlighted the wearable device product category. Part 2 moves the discussion from wearable devices to how robotic surgery is changing the...

The wearable device product category is exploding in healthcare design. Wearing these sensory devices that continuously collect, measure and report the user's physiology, exercise behavior,...

A U.S.-based training program has been launched for Versius, a next-generation surgical robotic system that uses biomimicry to perform like a human arm. CMR Surgical has...

Features: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Customizing Implants With 3D Image Processing

Long-term patient comfort is a key part in any implant surgeries. Accurate placements of implants, of knees, hips, and other medical devices, is crucial to reducing the risk of discomfort and the...

Bring to mind your last straight-out-of-the-box experience with a disposable medical device of any kind. Without a doubt, everyone has experienced the same frustrations:...

Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Addressing Challenges in Personalized Medicine

Modern medicine has been able to drastically improve the quality of life of the global population. Diseases such as polio, syphilis, tuberculosis, or the plague have been almost eradicated and...

Because atrial fibrillation (AF) often does not present symptoms, stroke is too often its first manifestation. For effective stroke prevention, timely diagnosis of AF is crucial. Mobile devices...

Dexterity, precision, control and comfort — without them, no handheld or hand intensive medical device is a success, for either the medical professional using...

An at-home Pap smear test is designed to reduce anxiety associated with the procedure and give women more control over their health without interfering with their work or social life. The Domi Care,...

Digital design tools — computer modeling and realistic simulation — have emerged as key contributors to success in medical device product design and manufacturing, and increasingly in the...

Small, intelligent medical devices worn on the body and/or kept in the home — in addition to those used in hospital networks — are not just saving lives....

Engineering thermoplastics are widely used to manufacture a broad range of medical devices, from single-use syringes and applicators to...

The qualities that make skin an incredible organism are the same ones that make it a challenge to stick to. Engineers may know all too well the headaches that can come with selecting adhesives...

Features: Packaging & Sterilization
Validating IFUs for Reprocessed Medical Devices

Incidents of nosocomial or healthcare acquired infections (HAIs) and bacteria that have become resistant to antibiotics (“superbugs”) are a concern for U.S. FDA. These ongoing incidents...

Electronic human machine interface (HMI) technology goes back as far as the 1940s with the punch card batch interfaces from IBM. Today, when you think of user interfaces, you may...

Look around you. Doesn’t it seem like everyone is sporting a Fitbit® or other wearable technology? The fact is, consumers are quickly embracing devices that help them monitor...

R&D: Medical
Studying How Power Prosthetics Fail

While powered lower limb prosthetics can greatly improve the mobility of amputees, errors in the technology can also cause users to stumble or fall, say researchers at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. They are examining what happens when these...

Briefs: Design
Biofeedback System for Optimal Athletic Performance

ZONE (Zeroing Out Negative Effects) is a method of biofeedback training for optimal athletic performance. ZONE is designed to improve athletes’ responses to stress, anxiety, and loss of concentration during competition. In the training environment, when the user successfully attains an...

A group of engineers and students at Kansas State University, Manhattan, is developing technology to improve the health and quality of life for children with severe developmental disabilities....

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Ralph Bright on the Power of Power Cords

Understanding power system components and how to connect them correctly is critical to meeting regulatory requirements and designing successful electrical products for worldwide markets. Interpower’s Ralph Bright defines these requirements and explains how to know which cord to select for your application.

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