The myths of agile project management debunked

Justin Kelleher, Project Management Consultant, Cora Systems George Orwell once said: “Myths which are believed in tend to become true.” Of course, a story can become a myth or indeed the myth often becomes a good story. This particular story has its genesis in the mountains of Utah, in February 2001, when a gathering of

Medical device requirements management: Here’s what it is

Rebecca Haag and Gary Seim, Minnetronix The total number of requirements for a project is generally correlated with the complexity of the system under development (i.e. how many functions and qualities it needs to have). For even moderately complex projects, this can become overwhelming. It can be difficult to keep track of where specific requirements

SolidWorks training mistakes and how to avoid them

The way designers and engineers are taught to use SolidWorks apparently has some fundamental flaws, according to Matt May, director of sales for SolidProfessor . SolidWorks is a solid modeling CAD and CAE program that runs on Microsoft Windows. The traditional training model for SolidWorks is that a company will purchase software and go through training in

3 ways you can accelerate your innovation

Accelerating innovation is an easy-to-say, hard-to-do concept. In many ways, product development has sped up to a breakneck pace in the last 20 years due to CAD advances, automation, 3D printing, rapid protoyping, to name only a few technologies. Toolkits and methodologies have also expanded to include lean and agile principles, for example. The way

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5 Golden Mousetrap winners and finalists you need to know

Updated February 8, 2017 Some of the latest and greatest design and manufacturing innovations were highlighted this week at Design News’s annual Golden Mousetrap Awards,  held at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. Here are five award winners and finalists that medical device industry insiders should especially pay attention to: Next>>

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Hold still: fixing touchscreen drift

Todd Schwanger, Global Product Manager, Southco Inc. The latest development in the digitization of healthcare infrastructure is the accelerating migration from traditional computer monitors to touchscreen devices. The transition is from a static device that simply displays information into one that is continually touched, tapped, and swiped. Different types of touch screens present new equipment design

Medtech components: 5 p’s you need to embrace

By Mike Bolduc, Global Marketing Manager, Industrial & Medical Segments, C&K When it comes to medical device performance, it’s no secret that accuracy and reliability are top of mind. Whether it’s a blood glucose monitor for a diabetic patient or a surgical robot for a cardiac procedure, lives are at stake if these devices fail

These mind-controlled robotic arms don’t need brain implants

Researchers from the University of Minnesota have developed a non-invasive way to control robotic arms by purely thinking about how to move them. This innovation is a breakthrough and trumps previous brain-computer interfaces that required implants in the brain to record brain signals and control robotics. “This is the first time in the world that

Raumedic signs exclusive Chinese distributor for neurosurgical catheters

Raumedic and Woke Medical signed a partnership and distribution agreement at the end of November, pertaining to the exclusive distribution of Raumedic Neurovent neurosurgical catheters in China over the next years. The East Asian giant is one of the strongest growing markets in medical engineering. A significant growth can also be recorded for special products

What high-performance polymers drive growth in specialty healthcare applications?

Jeff Hrivnak/Global Business Development Manager – Healthcare/Solvay Engineering polymers have helped make healthcare simpler, safer and more cost-effective for decades, and together they helped to drive a global market that was valued at $9.69 billion in 2013, according to analyst firm Grand View Research. Further, Grand View projects that the versatility of medical polymers will

Laser-based composite manufacturing using LAP’s solution COMPOSITE PRO

The solution LAP COMPOSITE PRO includes perfectly harmonized components to simplify and accelerate manual composite lay-up: LAP CAD-PRO laser projectors and the LAP PRO-SOFT laser projection software have been designed to meet the requirements of corporations from the aerospace industry, wind energy industry, automotive industry and shipbuilding industry in order to ensure the high quality

Healthcare’s new culture code

Roy Smythe wants you to know he is not some hippy, New Age guru. But he does want to apply some New Age and pop psychology to the changing healthcare system, and offer a new way to think about the industry using culture code. Smythe, who is the chief medical officer for Valence Health, a

Unpacking ‘value’ in medical device development

The word “value” is a loaded term. At every stage of healthcare, it takes on different meanings. But above all, it has become, alongside the term “innovation,” the most sought after attribute for medical technology. “Most doctors are looking for value to patients and outcomes,” explains Bill Evans, SVP Innovation at Bridge Design, a Ximedica

SDP/SI solves high-speed application challenge

Each component in a design impacts its future direction. Make sure your choices are the best to achieve your desired objective. In today’s high-speed and lightweight applications plastic components succeed where metal formerly served. Cam Followers using plastic, high-load capacity composite rollers are a maintenance-free, clean and quiet running alternative to traditional metal designs. Established

New smart textile is the muscle behind next generation devices

Researchers have for the first time, developed a smart textile from carbon nanotube and spandex fibers that can both sense and move in response to a stimulus like a muscle or joint. Lead researcher Dr. Javad Foroughi from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science (ACES) explains that the key difference between this, and previous