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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.

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...

Features : Manufacturing & Prototyping
An Overview of Additive Manufacturing Considerations

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 make when thinking of additive manufacturing, also called 3D printing, where a three-dimensional object is...

Features : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Configuring Complex Part Designs for Prosthetic Devices

ToughWare Prosthetics, an engineering and design group dedicated to developing innovative new assistive technologies, helps satisfy the global need for prosthetic devices that are inexpensive, designed to enable intense physical activity, labor, self-reliance, and are easy to maintain. The...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Adjustable Mounting Shaft Collars

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). Accu-Mount™ Collars are available in steel, stainless steel, and aluminum, in 11 sizes from 1/2" to 2" I.D....

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 now be completely sealed, thus allowing a device to be safe, robust, and simpler to maintain. And with...

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 were used primarily as optical indicators. This new breed of LEDs come in various colors, including white...

Features : Materials
Seal Improves Life of Implantable Pump, and of Patient

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 the verge of a therapeutic breakthrough. But protecting their pump’s inner workings from exposure to...

Features : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Fluid Handling in Medical Device Design

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. The former encompasses situations where moderate or bulk quantities of material must be moved through an...

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 : Medical
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 ingredients with twin screw extrusion technology in a cGMP clean room environment. Custom blends are provided in...

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 industries, device manufacturers often look to partner with outsource providers to fulfill both core and...

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 efficient Automated Optical Inspection equipment. The new equipment provides additional test capabilities...

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 services include R&D, product development, project management, and design control and manufacturing.

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 program for designers and engineers with short lead times. Typical Quick Turn lead times in commonly...

Briefs : Medical
Die Extrusion Technology for Medical Tubing Applications

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 the way all products are extruded in almost every type of medical tubular or related industrial product...

Briefs : Medical
Laser Sintering for Customized Medical Applications

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, laser sintering can build parts free of the traditional constraints imposed by machining or...

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 manufacturers. Design consultation offers guidance on how to make part designs more efficient for the Reaction...

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. Design consultation offers guidance on how to make part designs more efficient for the Reaction Injection...

Features : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Solving a Complicated Medical Design Problem With a Single Metal Stamping

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 problem: the incorrect tracking and reporting by patients of the amount of medication consumed and the intervals...

Features : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Human Factors Engineering in the Design of Surgical Instruments

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 during surgery. The article reported that the embolisms, though rare, could be caused by the clinician using...

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 other noninvasive testing and treatment equipment. Xtra-Guard® 1 cables feature tough PVC insulation 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 clamping forces and shot sizes from .1 ounce to 34 ounces.

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 extrusion. The tubing is available with inner diameters from 1 mm to 6 mm.

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.

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Data-Matrix Marking

Avicenna Technology (Montevideo, MN) offers data-matrix marking services for the medical device industry, including laser, mechanical, and organizational energy services. Laser machining capabilities include data-matrix marking that allows data to be stored in a very small space. The process typically is used for marking...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Custom Rubber Parts

ProtoFast custom medical parts from Rubber Industries (Shakopee, MN) are available in custom rubber and liquid silicone rubber. The ProtoFast service uses production-grade tooling and dedicated molding equipment to produce prototype quantities. Various silicone and rubber formulation options for color and performance can be...

Features : Medical
Rebuilt Body Parts: Technology Puts a New Face On Disease and Disability

Soldiers returning from the conflict in Iraq, accident victims, cancer patients, or those with muscle-wasting diseases often end up with grossly misshapen bodies for which there is no off-the-shelf prosthetic. For these individuals, obtaining reconstructed, rebuilt body...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Medical Device Manufacturing

Texcel (East Longmeadow, MA) offers custom medical device development and manufacturing, including surgical, interventional, and implantable devices such as endoscopic instruments, spinal/orthopedic implants, and artificial hearts and neurostimulators. The company specializes in bone-fastening devices, cardiac assist...


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