Expanding design horizons with gas-assist molding

Scott Rishell, Mack Molding Gas-assist molding, the process of using nitrogen gas pressure to fully form a part, increases design and manufacturing options for injection molded components. Traditional plastic processing brings design and manufacturing benefits through repeatable, high-volume and high-quality part production coupled with cost reductions, but its versatility can be expanded in certain scenarios

Why a global footprint is a medtech business imperative, not a buzzword

Oscar Ford, Preh IMA Automation A global manufacturing footprint can help medical device companies capture value for their businesses by accessing talent and reducing costs. Here’s how to successfully execute this strategy without falling into a reactionary offshore initiative. In the last two decades there was an undeniable shift in the U.S. toward offshoring manufacturing

Patient with complete spinal cord injury regains voluntary motor function

Patients who have lost mobility in their legs due to complete spinal cord injury could soon regain lost motor function below the level of injury, thanks to new research out of the University of Louisville. Motor function was recovered after study participants received long-term activity-based training and spinal cord epidural stimulation (scES). After approximately 34.5

Insightec wins most innovative medical technology of 2017

Insightec’s Exablate Neuro has won the Galien Foundation’s award for most innovative medical technology of 2017 at the 11th Annual Prix Galien USA Awards. The award ceremony took place on Oct. 26 at the American History Museum of Natural History in New York City. The Exablate Neuro is an ultrasound device that is FDA-approved to treat

Medtech stories we missed this week: Oct. 27, 2017

From RadiaDyne’s FDA expansion to NuVasive launching its new implants, here are seven medtech stories we missed this week but thought were still worth mentioning. 1. FDA expands indications for RadiaDyne’s OARtrac dose monitor RadiaDyne announced in an Oct. 24 press release that it has received additional FDA clearance for its upcoming OARtrac. The OARtrac allows

Raumedic to present polymer solutions at Compamed and Medica

Raumedic will be presenting its polymer solutions for medical and pharmaceutical applications at Compamed and Medica on Nov. 13-16 in Düsseldorf, Germany. The company is showcasing its highly flexible, high-pressure tubing that is used for angiography as well as its disposable cartridges for wearable drug delivery systems. High-pressure tubing for angioplasty needs to have optimal

Navigating the FDA for connected devices

As connectivity features become increasingly prevalent, developers are tasked with accounting for regulatory implications in increasingly long-term plans. Aidan Petrie, Ximedica Let’s imagine a product that dispenses a drug for eczema. At its most basic, the dispenser is little more than a package for the primary drug container and so falls under some medical packaging

Tegra Medical touts toolmaker apprentice program

Tegra Medical is touting its toolmaker apprentice program to help build its skilled manufacturing workforce. The apprentice program is a four-year program that requires participants to be enrolled in a local engineering program. Tegra Medical will pay their tuition and salary in return. The opportunity allows for apprentices to start their careers in toolmaking. Nick

Factory CRO acquires MileStone Research Organization

Factory CRO announced that it has acquired MileStone Research Organization. The financial details of the deal were not disclosed. “The merger with MileStone is an important step in building Factory’s operational strength and service range in North America,” Dirk Meijer, Factory CRO’s CEO, said. “MileStone is an excellent fit therapeutically, as well as culturally, and

Overmolding silicone onto thermoplastics: what you need for success

Overmolding silicone onto thermoplastics can be challenging, but offers advantages over TPEs that include chemical resistance, tensile strength and compression set. Here are some best practices to maximize your success. David Mulera, MedPlast Overmolding has become a fundamental technique for medical component manufacturers in recent years. It reduces assembly costs, improves quality and expands the limit

Imagining the future of heart pump technology

Since its introduction more than 50 years ago, the left ventricular assist device has evolved from being a temporary solution to a long-term option for patients recovering from heart failure. Now, companies are engineering the LVAD of the future to be smaller and more adaptable for individual patients. Dr. John O’Connell, Abbott For more than

How advanced lithium batteries enable medical devices to be miniaturized

Lithium batteries are allowing medical devices to become smaller and more ergonomic without sacrificing power or performance. Sol Jacobs, Tadiran Batteries Modern medical devices are become increasingly sophisticated and miniaturized, demanding more for advanced battery-powered solutions. Lithium batteries are paving the way by powering a wide variety of medical devices, including automatic external defibrillators, surgical

Sager Electronics announces open frame power supplies availability

Sager Electronics, a North American distributor of interconnect, electromechanical and power components and provider of value-add solutions, has announced that it is now stocking TRACO Power’s TPP 15 and TPP 30 AC/DC power supply series. These 15 and 30 Watt AC/DC power supplies feature a reinforced double I/O isolation system according to latest medical safety

Solar Atmospheres announces expansion of scope at South Carolina facility

Solar Atmospheres has announced the expansion of its current scope of Boeing approval at its Greenville, S.C. facility to include the processing of precipitation hardening, corrosion resistant and maraging steel parts to the requirements of Aerospace Material Specification AMS 2759/3.  The Greenville facility now has an approved scope of processing for Boeing that includes the

Incorporating steerability into your catheter: Here’s what you need to know

Here are seven key design and development considerations you need to keep in mind for catheters with steerability. Anthony Appling, Freudenberg Medical As medical technology continues to advance, physicians who specialize in minimally invasive procedures also have advancing expectations. They want better performance and improved functionality in the catheters and delivery systems they use. One