Materials & Manufacturing

Custom & Contract Manufacturing

Find the latest news and technical briefs related to custom and contract medical manufacturing. Review how companies are outsourcing the creation of medical devices and medical device components; product concept and development; process validation and verification; and manufacturing and packaging.

No other industry in the US is under more pressure than medical electronics, and those pressures continue mounting each year for greater innovation and products that...

For medical device OEMs seeking compliance to the 3rd Edition of IEC 60601-1 for their power supplies, what is quite clear by now are the regional dates for...

They can release as much energy as tens of billions of hydrogen bombs exploding at the same time. They send protons and electrons rocketing at near the speed of light. They heat gas in the...

Products: Medical
Heat-Cure Colored Inks

NuSil Technology LLC, Carpinteria, CA, launched a new heat-cure colored inks series, MED-6613-X. The two-part, additioncure inks can be used for pad-printing and silk-screening for marking or coloring silicone rubber...

Briefs: Medical
3D Scanning for Post-Mastectomy Custom Breast Prosthesis

Breast cancer is a terrible affliction that affects approximately one in eight women in the US. In 2012, nearly a quarter- million cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed among women. Due to the progress of medicine and associated treatment, the death rate associated with breast...

Speed equates to cost, so faster prototyping and production mean lower costs and faster time to market. Although this statement seems to be fairly easy, there are some considerations to...

ToughWare Prosthetics, an engineering and design group dedicated to developing innovative new assistive technologies, helps satisfy the global need for prosthetic devices that are...

A line of adjustable mounting shaft collars that can be customized for securing sprockets, pulleys, lever arms, and other drive components is available from Stafford Manufacturing Corp. (Wilmington, MA)....

Features: Electronics & Computers
Wireless Power Solutions for Medical Technology

In today’s medical technology field, having a reliable and stable power source is a critical requirement for safe operation. Wireless power provides a unique advantage in that a device can...

Features: Manufacturing & Prototyping
High Power LED Chip Array Packaging

The last few years have seen the development of larger, higher power, higher luminescence light-emitting diode (LED) chips. Prior to this, LEDs were typically 0.020" x 0.020", came in various colors and...

When engineers at a Swiss medical device company began designing an implantable low-flow pump to treat the condition known as ascites, or peritoneal cavity fluid, they knew they were on...

Among medical devices, there is a range of fluid management needs, each with its own unique needs and functions.

The field of fluidics may broadly be divided into macro- and micro-applications....

Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Pre-Validated Medical Packaging Solution

Due to the complex requirements of the medical device industry, the internal resources of device OEMs are drawn primarily to the device R&D and regulatory arenas. However, once the device R&D...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Extruded Film and Rod

Foster Corporation (Putnam, CT) has introduced custom extruded film and rod from drug/polymer blends for implant, patch, and oral drug delivery applications. The company blends polymers with active pharmaceutical...

Features: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Successful Outsourcing from Start to Finish

Medical device OEMs face ongoing pressure to develop and commercialize innovative products faster, at lower costs, and in compliance with increasingly stringent regulatory standards. As in other...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Ultrasonic Cleaning Capabilities

ITW Highland Manufacturing (Waterbury, CT) offers in-house ultrasonic cleaning and testing capabilities to meet specifications for medical applications. Gravimetric, optical, and quantitative analysis of particle contamination is performed after cleaning parts. The gravimetric analysis employs filters, a cleaning...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Electronics Manufacturing Services

Curtiss-Wright Controls Electronics Systems (Littleton, MA) has announced new additions to its Electronic Manufacturing Services (EMS) capabilities: new, faster flying probe test equipment and new highly...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Design & Development

Via Biomedical (Maple Grove, MN) offers SPECTRAL medical balloons fabricated for medical applications using a series of proprietary processes and custom equipment. The balloons are robust, clear, and durable. Other...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Assembly Services

Vesta (Franklin, WI) utilizes advanced capabilities, including encapsulation, bonding, reinforcing and robotics, to assemble finished medical devices. The company has also introduced a Quick Turn thermoplastic extrusion...

Although the concept of nanotechnology (controlling matter on an atomic scale) dates back to 1959, it is only now becoming more commercially realized. It has the potential to challenge...

Engineers have long been aware of the potential of laser sintering to create innovative and beneficial medical products. Because it is an additive (layer-by-layer) manufacturing process,...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Reaction Injection Molding Process

Premold Corp. (Oconomowoc, WI) offers the PREMOLD PROCESS™, an approach that includes design consultation, detailed engineering, and comprehensive manufacturing solutions for medical equipment...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Horizontal SMT Spring Pin

Premold Corp. (Oconomowoc, WI) offers the PREMOLD PROCESS™, an approach that includes design consultation, detailed engineering, and comprehensive manufacturing solutions for medical equipment manufacturers....

A device manufacturer was trying to design a complicated dose delivery monitoring system for an inhaler. The monitoring system is meant to rectify a significant...

In July 2010, the FDA released a warning on a number of fibrin-based bleeding control products that were demonstrated to cause air embolisms in patients when used improperly...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Cable, Wire, and Tubing

Alpha Wire (Elizabeth, NJ) offers a cable, wire, and tubing solution set for the medical device market. It is suitable for applications in diagnostic equipment such as MRI and CAT scanners, laboratory equipment, and...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Custom Molded Parts

Xcentric Mold & Engineering (Chesterfield, MI) offers custom molded parts for medical products using all-electric machines that use 80% less energy than hydraulic oil machines. Press sizes range from 50 ton to 400 ton...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Kink-Resistant Tubing

Vesta (Franklin, WI) has introduced medical-grade silicone kink-resistant tubing, which consists of a silicone inner and outer layer, with an imbedded reinforcing member that includes a spiral wind the length of the...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Connector/Cable Systems

Plastics One (Roanoke, VA) custom designs, molds, and assembles medical connector/cable systems for applications in areas such as body-worn diagnostic testing and monitoring components. Standard connector component products also are available.

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