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.

Features : Materials
Medical Device Market Pushes the Limits of Tubing

Medical device manufacturers are being challenged by strong market demand for tubing that delivers increased functionality, lower profiles, and lower costs—pushing the limits of material behavior and manufacturing science. Next-generation balloon catheters are expected to deliver significantly...

Features : Medical
A New Way to Control Imaging Equipment

Medical imaging technology is improving at a remarkable speed, but most imaging technicians and physicians still use a mouse and keyboard to manipulate in two dimensions the complex ultrasound, computed tomography (CT), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) images generated from this technology.

Features : Electronics & Computers
The Evolution of Miniaturization Within Medical Instrumentation

Recent demands from hospitals, practitioners, and even patients themselves calling for more functions and increased portability, has created a market for upgraded surgical, diagnosis, and monitoring equipment. Coupl ed with increasing medical costs, the push for shorter hospital...

Features : Electronics & Computers
Circuit Protection Critical to Safeguarding Both Medical Devices and Patients’ Health

Agrowing array of electronic devices are available to healthcare providers, patients, and their families, including glucose meters, blood pressure monitors, automated external defibrillators (AEDs), and many others. To ensure safe, reliable performance of...

Products : Medical
First 20nm All Programmable Device

Xilinx, Inc., San Jose, CA, Xilinx has now taped out the semiconductor industry’s first 20nm device, and the PLD industry’s first 20nm All Programmable device. Xilinx has also implemented the industry’s first ASICclass programmable architecture called UltraScale™. These milestones expand on Xilinx’s...

Features : Electronics & Computers
Tips for Selecting Insulating Materials for Medical Electronics

Insulating and jacketing material options for wire and cable are innumerable, even if the field is narrowed to those with some qualification for use in medical electronics. Material selection for medical electronics is a complicated decision that begins with defining...

Features : Medical
DFx: Designing for Success

What is DFx? DFx is an acronym used often in reference to concepts or guidelines involving design for manufacturability, test, and production readiness. In the world of innovative and complex medical devices, DFx can be an invaluable tool for meeting business objectives by ensuring an emphasis during development on...

Features : Materials
Custom Compound for Catheter Combines Flexibility, Radiopacity, and Color

Plásticos y Materias Primas S.A. (PyMPSA), part of the PiSA Farmacéutica Mexicana group, manufactures medical devices and components for use in hospitals and healthcare facilities throughout Mexico and around the world. They have been leaders in the healthcare device...

Features : Motion Control
The Pursuit of Power for Surgical Instruments

As an increasing number of patients enter the operating room, more and more orthopedic surgeons are becoming orthopedic patients themselves. According to a survey entitled “Occupational Hazards Facing Orthopedic Surgeons,” featured in the March 2012 issue of The American Journal of Orthopedics,...

Features : Materials
Valve Selection for Disposable Devices: Beyond the Specifications

Valves are critical components of many disposable medical devices. They are responsible for controlling the movement of fluid, which could be a pharmaceutical or nutritional product, saline solution, blood, or other fluid. Almost all liquids must pass through a valve before...

Features : Materials
Injection Molding Principles for Bioabsorbable Polymer Materials

The use of bioabsorbable polymer materials in modern medicine is a major innovation. Known for their unique ability to safely exist in the body and eventually absorb without causing adverse interaction, bioabsorbable polymers have had a dramatic impact on device design and...

Features : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Replacement Ear with Right Look and Feel

The shape of a human ear is very individual, usually symmetrical, and, like a fingerprint, so characteristic that one can identify us by them. The outer portion of our ears has a complex structure that surgeons have a hard time replacing when disease or accident robs us of an ear. Researchers at ETH...

Products : Medical

Temp-Flex LLC, South Grafton, MA, designed its MediSpec™ micro extrusion primary wires to meet tight tolerance requirements for invasive and implantable applications in the medical industry. MediSpec micro extrusion primary wires feature a range of gauges (36-52 AWG) and a wide selection of biocompatible...

Products : Materials
PolyFLEX Flexible Substrates

Polyonics, Inc., Westmoreland, NH, has expanded its PolyFLEX line with new sizes, functions, and performances including ultrathin amber and high-opacity black polyimide films. A variety of white, clear, and matte black top coats are available including a new harder and more durable white top coat and anti-static and...

Products : Medical
High-Purity Medical Elastomers

Teknor Apex Company, Pawtucket, RI, introduces three new thermoplastic elastomer wire and cable compounds that combine the rubber-like durability and flexibility and the high degree of purity required for meeting stringent medical standards. Medalist® 8421, 8431, and 8451 elastomers can be used for insulation,...

Briefs : Materials
Fifty Years of Small Diameter High Quality Precision Tube Technology

Over the past fifty years, thin wall small diameter precision metal tubing has undergone quite a transformation. From its use in the mid-1960s as pointers for analog meters, tubes have become essential components in the most cutting edge medical devices. To make that...

Features : Design
Early Team Integration Leads to Market Success

Developing a medical device requires sensitivity to the delicate balance between usefulness, usability, desirability, and manufacturability. Every medical device must be useful (meet a need) and usable (easy to understand and manipulate properly) in order to gain regulatory approval. The elements of...

Features : Materials
Preventing Hospital-Acquired Infections with Active-Loaded Silicone Materials

Hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) are a major area of concern for providers, payers, and patients alike. These infections play a significant role in the estimated 44,000 to 98,000 preventable health care-associated deaths in America each year. Plus, with new...

Features : Electronics & Computers
Reverse-Engineering Design Corrects Performance Failures in Laser Flow Cytometers

With numerous developments in medical equipment and software, physicians no longer have to wait three to five days for lab results for accurate and timely blood analysis. Now, specifically designed compact laser flow cytometers (blood analyzers) can conveniently...

Products : Materials
Medical Grade Polyurethane Resists Stress Cracking

Parker Hannifin Corporation, Salt Lake City, UT, a global leader in motion and control technologies, has created a medical grade polyurethane that not only displays characteristic polycarbonate resistance to oxidation and alcohol swelling, but also demonstrates expanded resistance to...

Products : Materials
Ultrasonic Sealing Technology

Rinco Ultrasonics, Danbury, CT, a leading manufacturer of ultrasonic welding equipment, was awarded a US patent for its PPS0145 film sealing technology for ultrasonic film sealing of flexible packaging. This technology, with its interlocking tooling design, increases seal strength, improves aesthetics, allows seals...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
FlexShield Medical Device Pouch

UFP Technologies, Georgetown, MA, introducesFlexShield™, a medical device pouch for screws, rods, plates, and other instruments that provides puncture and abrasion resistance in order to safely ship medical instruments without incurring damage to external packaging. Made from a durable plastic film, FlexShield...

Briefs : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Choosing Chiller Pumps to Cool Medical Lasers

Laser systems continue to grow in application use throughout the medical industry. Applications for laser systems include diagnostic analysis systems, DNA sequencing systems, dental cleaning and surgery, skin care, eye surgery, tattoo removal, and much more. These systems commonly require cooling of...

Features : Medical
Eight Things to Look for in a Medical Device EMS Provider

Today’s medical device OEMs live in an age of abundance: both abundant options and abundant regulatory requirements. With so many options and so many restrictions, it can be very difficult to select the right contract manufacturer (CM) or electronics manufacturing services (EMS)...

Features : Photonics/Optics
Laser Technologies Support Diverse Applications in Medical & BioPhotonics

Today, a wide array of laser technologies support an amazingly diverse range of medical and biomedical applications. In fact, it would take a large volume to discuss all the current uses of lasers in medicine. This article selects just four representative examples, and...

Products : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
New Generation Pumps for Medical Applications

The Watson-Marlow Pumps Group, Wilmington, MA, introduced a new range of 400RXMD panelmount pumps designed specifically for medical device specialists serving the surgical ablation market. A range of precise pressure settings tailors products for specific customer applications, and the pumps are...

Products : Medical
Resins for Medical Equipment Housings

Styron, Berwyn, PA, introduces new resins for medical equipment enclosures, which can be used with all types of therapeutic and diagnostic equipment applications. The EMERGE™ PC/ABS 7700 Advance Resins blend provides a well-balanced, cost-effective solution for powered medical devices, with a UL...

Briefs : Medical
Using CT Scanning to Test/Inspect Medical Devices in the Design or Production Phase

The rapid advance of medical technology has created a growing need for ever more precise technologies to measure and inspect medical components. One of the most accurate scanning technologies, and one whose use is growing in the medical equipment community, is CT...

Features : Medical
Eye on the Medical Device Industry: Technology Is Key to Compliance

The medical device industry is a highly competitive arena, and earning market recognition depends on the ability to keep innovating. To remain competitive, medical device companies are pushing products out the door to be the first to market while working on the next best...

Features : Materials
Move to Rapid Prototyping Cut Costs by Millions

Instrumentation Laboratory, Bedford, MA, is a worldwide manufacturer of in vitro diagnostic instruments, related reagents, and controls for use in hospitals and independent clinical laboratories. The company’s product lines include critical care systems, hemostasis systems, and information...

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