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Sterilization

Meet your manufacturing, regulatory, and quality-assurance standards. Know your medical device sterilization options, including steam, ethylene oxide (EtO), gamma rays, and electron beam (E-Beam) methods.

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News : Packaging & Sterilization
Venting Technology Improves Sterilization of Surgical Instruments, Helps Fight HAIs
Venting Technology Improves Sterilization of Surgical Instruments, Helps Fight HAIs

Porex, a developer of porous polymer solutions, and Guangdong Xianfeng Medical Technology Co., Ltd. have teamed up to develop a sterile container that will...

Venting Technology Improves Sterilization of Surgical Instruments, Helps Fight HAIs
Features : Packaging & Sterilization
Advancing the Evolution of Skin-Contact Adhesion Technology
Advancing the Evolution of Skin-Contact Adhesion Technology

Whether used in wound care products, ostomy applications, or for adhering wearable devices to skin, advanced pressure-sensitive adhesives are being created to improve breathability,...

Advancing the Evolution of Skin-Contact Adhesion Technology
Technology Leaders : Materials
Tubing and Hose Buying: Top 20 Tips
Tubing and Hose Buying: Top 20 Tips

It can be challenging to make sure you've covered all the bases during the tubing and hose selection process for medical instrumentation. For each application, there are many elements to consider,...

Tubing and Hose Buying: Top 20 Tips
News : Test & Measurement
Inside Story: Eurofins Medical Device Testing

Ensuring Reusable Devices Are Safe for the Next Patient

Advances in manufacturing technologies are fostering an age of unprecedented innovation in the development of reusable medical devices and instruments. As designers develop smaller, more-complex, and increasingly intricate devices,...

Features : Test & Measurement
Four-Step Plastic Testing Protocol: Making Informed Design and Material Decisions
Four-Step Plastic Testing Protocol: Making Informed Design and Material Decisions

Medical devices across the United States must not only keep pace with advances in technology but also with the increased use of harsh solvents and...

Four-Step Plastic Testing Protocol: Making Informed Design and Material Decisions
Features : Medical
RFID for Medical Device and Surgical Instrument Tracking
RFID for Medical Device and Surgical Instrument Tracking

Ensuring patient safety and quality of care has become an increasingly technology-reliant process for most healthcare providers. With 4,000 reported “retained surgery items” cases...

RFID for Medical Device and Surgical Instrument Tracking
Features : Medical
Reusable Medical Devices: BI Selection, Overkill Validation Approaches, and First-Time Validation Pass Rates in Common Healthcare Steam Sterilization Cycles
Reusable Medical Devices: BI Selection, Overkill Validation Approaches, and First-Time Validation Pass Rates in Common Healthcare Steam Sterilization Cycles

When validating the steam sterilization instructions for a reusable medical device,...

Reusable Medical Devices: BI Selection, Overkill Validation Approaches, and First-Time Validation Pass Rates in Common Healthcare Steam Sterilization Cycles
Features : Medical
E-beam Sterilization: The Impact on Skin-Contact Adhesives for Medical Applications
E-beam Sterilization: The Impact on Skin-Contact Adhesives for Medical Applications

The performance of adhesives used for wearable medical device applications is critical to the efficacy of the final product, as an improperly affixed device...

E-beam Sterilization: The Impact on Skin-Contact Adhesives for Medical Applications
Features : Packaging & Sterilization
Package Engineering for Sterilization
Package Engineering for Sterilization

After years of research and development, surveys and polls, functional device testing, and countless other preparatory actions, your medical device is almost ready to go to market. You have determined...

Package Engineering for Sterilization
News : Test & Measurement
Sterigenics International Changes Name to Sotera Health

Sterigenics International has changed its parent company name to Sotera Health. Its three operating companies — Nelson Labs™, Nordion®, and Sterigenics® — will continue to maintain their current names. The new parent company name signals a more integrated and...

News : Packaging & Sterilization
Sterigenics and Noxilizer Partner to Provide NO2 Sterilization

Noxilizer, Inc. (Baltimore, MD) and Sterigenics International LLC (Broadview Heights, OH) have signed a global agreement that will make Sterigenics the exclusive worldwide provider of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) contract sterilization services, as well as feasibility and...

Features : Medical
Sterilization, Packaging, and Materials: CRITICAL CONSIDERATIONS
Sterilization, Packaging, and Materials: CRITICAL CONSIDERATIONS

Single-use medical devices, pharmaceuticals, components, and packaging that need to be sterile must be treated with an appropriate and validated technique. It is also...

Sterilization, Packaging, and Materials: CRITICAL CONSIDERATIONS
Features : Materials
Disposables

The potential for environmental stress cracking is a common concern when plastics are used in medical devices. According to materials expert Jeffrey Jansen of The Madison Group, environmental stress cracking (ESC) is considered a leading cause of plastic part failure. “It is the premature embrittlement and subsequent cracking of a...

Features : Materials
Silicone Adhesives for Medical Device Assemblies

Medical device assemblies present unique challenges beyond those associated with manufacturing and assembly of products for consumer and industrial applications. While sharing the need for ensuring reliable, robust seals or bonds with these industrial applications, medical applications are subject...

Features : Packaging & Sterilization
Current Trends in Sterile Medical Packaging and How They’re Impacting OEMs

The medical device industry often gets attention for its innovation and constant evolution. However, even the most innovative medical device technology is of no use if its integrity and functionality aren’t protected. The expanding medical packaging industry is in...

Briefs : Packaging & Sterilization
Ensuring Your Medical Device Meets Sterilization Standards Throughout the Supply Chain

Ensuring that device packaging meets specifications.

Considering the complex science and research that goes into developing medical devices, it is important to take time to consider the detailed process and requirements in place for safely delivering...

Features : Medical
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...

News : Robotics, Automation & Control
Plasma Sterilizer Protects Medical Instruments

A Ruhr-University Bochum researcher has developed a plasma sterilizer that is specifically suited for ridding medical instruments of germs efficiently, without damaging the material.

Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Why Using the Right Rubber Compound Is Important for Medical Seals

Industrial-grade materials commonly find their way into medical designs due to the R&D time crunch. My experience has shown that industrial-grade O-rings are more readily available than their medical- grade equivalents, so engineers will tend to obtain industrial-grade...

Features : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Sterilization with Nitrogen Dioxide Gas: A New Tool for Designers and Manufacturers

Noxilizer has developed a room temperature sterilization process for medical devices that is based on nitrogen dioxide (NO2) gas. Currently, industrial sterilizers and contract sterilization services using NO2 gas are being offered to medical device...

Features : Materials
Advances in Polycarbonate Color Compensation Technology to Withstand Sterilization by Irradiation Methods
Advances in Polycarbonate Color Compensation Technology to Withstand Sterilization by Irradiation Methods

Single- and multiple-use medical devices typically require sterilization prior to their use in order to provide for patient safety....

Advances in Polycarbonate Color Compensation Technology to Withstand Sterilization by Irradiation Methods
Features : Robotics, Automation & Control
How Autoclavable Brushless DC Motors Can Simplify Surgical Instrument Design
How Autoclavable Brushless DC Motors Can Simplify Surgical Instrument Design

Today, powered surgical hand tools are used in almost all surgical specialties: ENT, Orthopedics, Neurology, Eye, and Plastics. Initially pneumatic powered,...

How Autoclavable Brushless DC Motors Can Simplify Surgical Instrument Design
Features : Packaging & Sterilization
Cleaning, Disinfection, and Sterilization Validations: Considerations in Reusable Device Design

Reusable devices face significant design challenges that single-use devices do not. A design engineer must think about how the device will perform not only during the first use, but for every subsequent use. Many medical devices need to be able to...

Products : Materials
Radiation Sterilization Process Indicator

Akron Coating and Adhesives (Akron, OH) offers the ACA60-140, a radiation sterilization process indicator that changes color at 25 kGy of gamma radiation and is suitable for use with the sterilization of medical devices. The labels reveal the extent of radiation exposure to the product, changing from a...

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