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Briefs : Packaging & Sterilization
Ultraviolet Rays Quickly Bash Bacteria on Mobile Devices
Ultraviolet Rays Quickly Bash Bacteria on Mobile Devices

Ultraviolet light has been used for more than 30 years as a source of disinfectant. A newly introduced product uses the technology to eliminate bacteria on cell phones, tablets and...

Ultraviolet Rays Quickly Bash Bacteria on Mobile Devices
Features : Packaging & Sterilization
Clean Design: Reducing Patient Infections Starts with Design for Cleanability
Clean Design: Reducing Patient Infections Starts with Design for Cleanability

Although the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has reported progress on reducing overall infection rates with enhanced safety measures and better disinfection...

Clean Design: Reducing Patient Infections Starts with Design for Cleanability
Features : Packaging & Sterilization
Guide to Package Integrity & Validation Testing under ISO 11607 and MDR
Guide to Package Integrity & Validation Testing under ISO 11607 and MDR

Updates to ISO 11607, Parts 1 and 2, have left many medical device manufacturers wondering about the future of their packaging designs. These changes come at a stressful...

Guide to Package Integrity & Validation Testing under ISO 11607 and MDR
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 : Materials
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
Products : Test & Measurement
New Products & Services: April 2019 Medical Design Briefs
New Products & Services: April 2019 Medical Design Briefs

Heat Pipes

Advanced Thermal Solutions, Norwood, MA, has expanded its line of high-performance, off-the-shelf, flat and round heat pipes from 33 to 350. The high-performance...

New Products & Services: April 2019 Medical Design Briefs
Features : 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,...

News : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Medbio Expands Manufacturing Capacity
Medbio Expands Manufacturing Capacity

Medbio, Grand Rapids, MI, has opened a second manufacturing facility. The company is an outsource manufacturer offering design and engineering, manufacturing, assembly, and packaging solutions for the...

Medbio Expands Manufacturing Capacity
Features : Packaging & Sterilization
Medical Device Design: The Importance of Thoughtful Adhesive Selection
Medical Device Design: The Importance of Thoughtful Adhesive Selection

Selecting an adhesive when designing a wearable medical device is not a trivial exercise. Too often the adhesive selection process is executed with the mindset “tape is...

Medical Device Design: The Importance of Thoughtful Adhesive Selection
Features : Materials
Design for Manufacturing: Tips for Molding Components in Silicone
Design for Manufacturing: Tips for Molding Components in Silicone

Device functionality is usually the starting point when designing devices. Another element that needs to be considered when designing devices and their subsequent components...

Design for Manufacturing: Tips for Molding Components in Silicone
Features : Design
Thinking Ahead Thermally: A Guide to Thermal Management Considerations for Medical Devices, Part 2
Thinking Ahead Thermally: A Guide to Thermal Management Considerations for Medical Devices, Part 2

As the medical device and engineering industry grows, there is also demand for better devices and equipment. Trends such as smaller and more...

Thinking Ahead Thermally: A Guide to Thermal Management Considerations for Medical Devices, Part 2
Features : Test & Measurement
Biaxial Testing of Medical Devices, Consumer Products, & Drug-Delivery Devices
Biaxial Testing of Medical Devices, Consumer Products, & Drug-Delivery Devices

Globally, the use of medical consumables continues to rise due to an aging population and the increasing prevalence of day surgeries. As the use of medical...

Biaxial Testing of Medical Devices, Consumer Products, & Drug-Delivery Devices
Features : Manufacturing & Prototyping
MIM and 3D Printing: Precision Cleaning and Product Finishing of Medical Devices
MIM and 3D Printing: Precision Cleaning and Product Finishing of Medical Devices

As the miniaturization trend continues to take the medical device world by storm, manufacturing with metal injection molding (MIM) and additive processes such...

MIM and 3D Printing: Precision Cleaning and Product Finishing of Medical Devices
News : Medical
Mindray North America Selects Eastman Medical Polymers to Enhance Patient Monitors

In an effort to improve patient safety and device durability, Mindray has incorporated Eastman’s medical polymers into its current generation of patient monitors. Used in healthcare facilities throughout North America, the Passport Series of bedside monitors,...

Features : Design
Improving Cancer Screening by Design
Improving Cancer Screening by Design

Every year, 50,000 Americans die from colorectal cancer, a common cancer that is easy to detect and can be effectively treated if caught in its earliest stages. Unfortunately, 38 percent of Americans...

Improving Cancer Screening by Design
Features : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Tailoring Plastics Joining Methods to DIVERSE Medical Device Needs
Tailoring Plastics Joining Methods to DIVERSE Medical Device Needs

The European Commission defines personalized medicine as, “a medical approach tailored to the patient or a group of patients for prevention, prediction and treatment . . ....

Tailoring Plastics Joining Methods to DIVERSE Medical Device Needs
Features : Packaging & Sterilization
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 : IoMT
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 : Packaging & Sterilization
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
Disposables Lead the Way to Fighting HAIs, Preventing Errors
Disposables Lead the Way to Fighting HAIs, Preventing Errors

A key driver of the medical disposables market is the desire to minimize the risk of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). Healthcare providers are turning to disposable...

Disposables Lead the Way to Fighting HAIs, Preventing Errors
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
From the Editor : Photonics/Optics
From the Editor — And the Winners Are ...

In December, we asked Medical Design Briefs readers to cast their ballot to choose from our 12 Products of the Month the technology they felt was the most significant new introduction to the design engineering community in 2017. This year, our two winners address two critical needs in medical device...

Features : Medical
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
Products : Electronics & Computers
New Products & Services: January 2018 Medical Design Briefs
New Products & Services: January 2018 Medical Design Briefs

Packaging System

CleanCut Technologies, Anaheim, CA, has added a new packaging system to the company's portfolio of packaging products. The Vault packaging system is...

New Products & Services: January 2018 Medical Design Briefs
Features : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Orthopedics: Springs Provide Precision, Cleanability
Orthopedics: Springs Provide Precision, Cleanability

When engineers develop orthopedic surgical devices, they must often think beyond the design of the device, and find a way to make its installation easier, safer, and more accurate....

Orthopedics: Springs Provide Precision, Cleanability
Technology Leaders : Medical
Designing for Mechanical and Signal Integrity in Handheld Medical Treatment Applications
Designing for Mechanical and Signal Integrity in Handheld Medical Treatment Applications

Handheld medical devices must perform across a wide range of device specifications and end-user environmental conditions. Mechanical and signal...

Designing for Mechanical and Signal Integrity in Handheld Medical Treatment Applications
Features : Electronics & Computers
CMOS Imaging Sensors: Direct, Real-Time Color Imaging in Cardiovascular Devices
CMOS Imaging Sensors: Direct, Real-Time Color Imaging in Cardiovascular Devices

Advances in CMOS (complementary metal oxide semiconductor) imaging sensor (CIS) module technology are shrinking pixel size, allowing more pixels to fit into a...

CMOS Imaging Sensors: Direct, Real-Time Color Imaging in Cardiovascular Devices
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...

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FEP 2:1 Heat Shrink Tubing

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