Dip molding medical device products: What you need to know

When it comes to dip molding products with emulsions of liquid rubber, it is necessary to complete a series of process steps to assure proper formation, vulcanization and finish treatment to meet the customer’s needs in the final application. Mark Agee, Kent Elastomer Products Dip molding can enable the creation of durable medical device parts in

PEEK formulations for new implantable devices

Since the late 1990s, polyether ether ketone has become a go-to material for companies that manufacture orthopedic implants, thanks to its radiolucency and anatomical properties. Now, custom formulations of PEEK are enabling new potential applications for the polymer. Lawrence Acquarulo, Foster Corp. Polymers have always played a role in modern implantable medical devices. But until

Repeat sterilization for adhesives in reusable and non-disposable devices

Here’s a review of the common adhesive materials and their reaction to sterilization processes. Christine Marotta, Henkel Intricate medical devices are often constructed of thermoset and other engineered plastics, which require advanced adhesive technology. In addition to considerations of bonding, sealing, gap filling, and manufacturability, developers need to consider the sterilization plan that all materials, including

3 ways to integrate UVC LEDs into medical devices

Adding disinfection with UVC LEDs is a viable alternative to chemicals, according to Crystal IS. Here are three examples of how they can make a difference. Rajul Randive, Crystal IS In 2017, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) reported significant progress in many areas commonly associated with hospital acquired infections (HAIs). However, on any

Everything you need to know about medical device creation

Medtech development is hard. Medical device creation can require manufacturing know-how in areas as wide-ranging as electrical components, high-performance polymers, molding and machining – and that doesn’t even include the required expertise in design, regulatory requirements and achieving reimbursement. The good news is that the companies serving the medical device industry have become specialized experts. Through

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How to make kink-resistant tubing work in smaller medical devices

Today’s implantable medical devices require bio-friendly silicone that keeps fluids flowing even when space is tight. Dan Sanchez, Trelleborg Sealing Solutions Combining highly biocompatible silicone with the elasticity and durability of nylon creates a class of durable, crush- and kink-resistant tubing that’s ideal for today’s small yet highly complex medical devices. That’s because small is the

4 ways multiphysics simulation can boost medical device design

From the simulation expert to the device designer, it’s never been easier to access the power of multiphysics simulation. Valerio Marra, Comsol Because the human body is such an extraordinarily complex system to model and such a hostile environment for medical devices, their design must push the limits of technology. The adoption of multiphysics simulation

How to ensure patient centricity in drug-delivery system design

Now more than ever, it’s critical for drug-delivery systems to address usability needs and patient safety. Here are three key takeaways to ensure that patients stay central to the development process for drug-delivery devices. Kennedy Clark, West Pharmaceutical Services For the treatment of many chronic conditions, such as Crohn’s disease, diabetes, multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis,

How to best collaborate with a product design firm

There are a number of things that medical device companies can do to ensure that their partnerships result in well-designed devices. Here are a few tips for successfully navigating a partnership with a product design firm. Sonja Takatori, Product Creation Studio So you’ve successfully interviewed, evaluated and selected a design firm to partner with on your

Comparing EO and VPA sterilization

As medtech advances, device makers need to consider sterilization methods that won’t compromise electronics, drugs or biologics. Matt Conlon, Revox Sterilization Solutions The medical device industry has undergone an impressive transformation over the last several years, resulting in new and innovative devices and solutions. As companies continue to innovate, they are finding that commonly used sterilization

How to work with a preclinical contract research organization

When outsourcing medical device laboratory testing, knowing what the regulatory and business requirements are up front is critical to the success of your testing program. Amy A. Schade, Felice Randi LaMadeleine and J. Heléne Andersson, Toxikon Requests such as unusual application of technical or regulatory guidelines, shortened timelines, nonstandard study designs and custom reports are

Simplifying product testing and validation with fastener torque auditing

Capturing data during a product’s manufacturing process can help ensure the quality and consistency of that product. Here’s how that process plays out with fastener torque. Thomas Moore, Futek One of the scariest phases of product design is testing & validation. That’s when any unknown flaws or manufacturing defects will see the light of day.

How to select sterile barrier systems for reusable medical devices

Sterile barrier systems are key components in medical device sterilization, so selecting the right barrier is essential. Jason Pope, Nelson Labs Reusable medical devices, prior to use in healthcare facilities, must undergo validation testing to demonstrate the effectiveness of the cleaning instructions and the microbiocidal instructions that will be provided to the healthcare facility. Often, the

How a versatile epoxy is enabling brain stimulation

In but another example of how useful and critical epoxies can be, researchers in Israel used a two-part epoxy to construct a magnetic coil to stimulate animal brain neurons via a magnetic field. Rohit Ramnath, Master Bond Designers of medical electronics assemblies have many options to choose from when selecting one or more compounds for

Middleware: How it’s changing medtech

Medtech developers can take advantage of middleware technology to gain a competitive advantage. Tim Gee, Medical Connectivity Consulting Two macro trends are affecting how medical devices and systems are designed: Adoption of off-the-shelf (OTS) computing technology to extend the power and capabilities of traditional embedded system medical devices; and the evolution of software architectures that greatly