ISO gives pharmaceutical industry new management tool to improve patient safety

by Garry Lambert, ISO Focus The benefits of implementing Good Manufacturing Practices and quality management are henceforth made easier to achieve for the pharmaceutical sector thanks to a new standard from ISO (International Organization for Standardization). “The standard is of vital importance to the pharmaceutical industry and its suppliers of pharmaceutical primary packaging materials. For

Watching cartoons could help children overcome anxiety of dental treatment

Watching cartoons through video glasses during dental treatment could help lessen children’s anxiety and distress, as well as reduce disruptive behaviour, according to a randomized controlled trial published in Acta Odontologia Scandinavica. Anxiety about visiting the dentist and during treatment is common in children. Estimates suggest that as many as 1 in 5 school age

What is electropolishing?

Electropolishing is an electrochemical process similar to electroplating, but in reverse. Electropolishing smooths and streamlines the microscopic surface of a metal object, such as 304, 316 or 400 series stainless steel. The resulting surface is microscopically featureless, with no torn surface remaining. In electropolishing, material is removed ion by ion from the surface of the

What is single-use manufacturing?

Single-use manufacturing, or more clearly manufacturing single-use devices, emerged about the mid-1980s and stemmed from single-use systems which were gaining wider use in the pharmaceuticals industry, in particular for the production of specialized drugs. Single-use manufacturing now involves the production of relatively complex disposable devices used in surgical procedures such as electrosurgery. Razor blades and

What is contract manufacturing?

Contract manufacturing is a process that establishes a working agreement between two companies. As part of the agreement, one company custom-produces parts or other materials on behalf of the client. In most cases, the manufacturer also handles ordering and shipment schedules. As a result, the client does not have to maintain manufacturing facilities, purchase raw

What is product development?

Product development is the process of designing, creating, and marketing a product. The procedure mainly focuses on developing systematic methods for guiding all the processes involved in getting a cutting-edge product to market. The product development process can involve improving an existing product or its presentation, or developing a brand-new product for niche market segments.

What is heat treating?

A heat treatment process heats and cools metals to alter their physical and mechanical properties without changing their shape. The process uses extreme temperatures to achieve the required results. Heat treatment is typically a method for strengthening materials, but it can also change some mechanical properties, such as improved formability and machining. The process is

SL Power’s new external power supplies for home healthcare

SL Power Electronics announced its newest addition to its family of medical-grade external power supplies, the ME40 Series. The new 40-watt ac/dc external power supply is specifically designed to meet the unique power requirements of home healthcare devices, such as patient-monitoring equipment and respiratory devices that require a high level of EMC, EMI and AC

What are electromechanical devices?

Almost any single device with an electrical and mechanical component can be referred to as electromechanical (EM). You might even call an electric motor an electromechanical device, because it turns electricity into rotary (mechanical) motion. For this discussion, let’s focus on a few examples of simple designs most often used externally for manufacturing medical devices.

What methods are used to join materials?

The joining of materials is an important technology in many manufacturing industries. Most products, machines or structures are assembled and fastened from parts, and the joining of these parts may be achieved through rivets, seaming, clamping, soldering, brazing, welding and the use of adhesives. With continuing advances in the medical industry, medical devices are becoming

What are minimally invasive devices?

Minimally invasive surgery refers to surgical techniques that limit the size of incisions needed, or has a short recovery time. When a medical device is placed within a patient during such a surgery, it is a minimally invasive device. Many procedures involve the use of arthroscopic or laparoscopic devices, and remote-control manipulation of instruments with

What are disposable devices?

A disposable device is any medical apparatus intended for one-time or temporary use. Medical and surgical device manufacturers worldwide produce many types of disposable devices. Examples include hypodermic needles, syringes, applicators, bandages and wraps, drug tests, exam gowns, face masks, gloves, suction catheters, and surgical sponges. The primary reason for creating disposable devices is infection

New precision linear motion drive features thrust capacity from 7 to 800 pounds

New from Amacoil/Uhing is the Precision Motion Drive System. This is a Model RG rolling ring linear drive integrated with a motion controller for precision linear motion applications. The Precision Motion Drive is fully programmable and meets application requirements for precision winding/spooling, pick-and-place machines, X-Y coordinate tool movement, metrology equipment and other machinery providing fast,

Titan Tool Supply adds diamond and borazon grinding pins to its tool line

Titan Tool Supply, Buffalo, New York announces the introduction of a line of Micro Diamond and Borazon Grinding Pins designed to meet an increasing demand for extremely small precision ID grinding. The grinding pins, starting at a 0.016” diameter, are on a carbide shank which provides extra strength and precision. The working ends of the

Cambridge security seals increases production capacity to reduce lead times

Cambridge Security Seals (CSS) has expanded its manufacturing capacity as part of its effort to combat the trend of growing turnaround times for custom products within the industry. As a key part of Phase II of the New York-based company’s multiyear expansion plan, this enhancement includes expanding the physical footprint of its facilities by more