MD&M West: 10 technologies you should know

MD&M West is one of the largest medical device manufacturing events in the world, so it’s easy to get lost on the show floor. Even if you were in Anaheim, Calif., for the event last week, you may have missed a lot. From a new robotics insights display from Rethink Robotics to a disinfectant-resistant plastic

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MasterControl thinks it can speed up validation: Here’s how

MasterControl officials are touting cloud-based software-as-a-service as a way for medical device manufacturers to speed up validation processes. Their first validation excellence tool (VxT) involves risk-based software validation. The VxT — which MasterControl (Salt Lake City) showed off last week at MD&M West in Anaheim, Calif. — is a value-add on top of MasterCloud’s software solutions.

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.

Medical device cybersecurity: Here’s how you verify and validate it

Cybersecurity is becoming an essential pillar of medical device design, and it’s important to find the right strategies to validate and verify your products are secure. Michael Lynch and Delmar Howard, Intertek The growth of connected environments has put medical devices at the forefront of the cybersecurity and patient data movement. As more of these

DeviceTalks West: Expertise you need to know

Medical device suppliers are light years away from the days when they merely filled orders to spec for medtech OEMs – as a visit to the upcoming DeviceTalks West will quickly confirm. From incorporating steerability into catheters to getting validation and testing done right, the companies serving the medical device industry have become specialized experts in

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Validation and testing: What you need to know

In an increasingly competitive medical device industry, it’s still important that validation and testing is done right. Here are four things to keep in mind. James Woods, Jordi Labs Medical device industry leaders these days are driving results at an ever-increasing pace. Amid patent limitations, intense competition and acute regulatory scrutiny, there’s a rush to

Validation: 8 things you need to know

Validation of manufacturing processes is extremely important, given our highly regulated environment. Here’s a primer to get you started on the subject. Steve VanderKooi, Kyle Kulwicki, Kevin Roberts, PTI Engineered Plastics Validation uses objective evidence to prove that a process is capable of consistently producing a product that meets pre-defined requirements, including customer and user needs, functional

11 companies with interesting technology at MD&M East

Thousands of engineers and executives are expected to descend on the Javits Center in New York next week for MD&M East, the largest medical device manufacturing event on the East Coast. Fun attractions include Apple co-founder Steve “Woz” Wozniak delivering a keynote speech, the 19th annual Medical Design Excellence Awards, robot battles and a 3D printed

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What is validation and why is it perceived as so complex?

Oscar Ford/Business Development Manager/Preh IMA Automation Evansville Inc. Many perceive validation as complex, ill-defined, and fear-inducing. The question is, “Why?” Why does the mere mention of the word “validation” stimulate fear and anxiety for some people? The following might provide some insight into this perception:  In many cases validation is not consistently described and understood because

What does the FDA say about validating software?

Kevin Ballard/Director of Software Validation/MasterControl Software validation is required by law for companies that operate under the purview of the FDA and EMA. Companies must validate their systems (such as those for quality management and compliance) to comply with a number of regulations including 21 CFR 11, 21 CFR 210-211, 21 CFR 820, 21 CFR 600, and 21

Speeding up software validation

The process of software validation is fraught with long lead times, redundancy and expense. The tools most commonly used are good ones, but by making better use of technology they could be improved – at least according to Kevin Ballard, director of software validation at MasterControl. But let’s back up a bit. To start, software regulation

NN, Inc. Precision Engineered Products Group announces validation of equipment and material properties for additive manufacturing processes

NN, Inc. Precision Engineered Products Group (PEP), a global manufacturer of highly engineered precision customized solutions serving the medical market, announced it has completed the validation and production readiness qualification of its direct-metal laser sintering (DMLS) process technology. In keeping with its strategy of innovation and providing engineered solutions, NN, Inc. PEP has secured the

MasterControl launches industry’s first transfer performance qualification solution

MasterControl has again set an industry benchmark by being the first company to deliver a Transfer Performance Qualification (TPQ) solution, which automates a previously cumbersome portion of the software validation process—a requirement for highly regulated companies. Software validation establishes documented evidence that demonstrates an organization has a high degree of assurance that the software it

NN, Inc. Precision Engineered Products Group announces validation of additive manufacturing machines and more

NN, Inc. Precision Engineered Products Group (PEP), a global manufacturer of highly engineered precision customized solutions serving the medical market, today announced that both its EOS M280 and EOS 290 additive manufacturing machines have successfully completed validation based on installation qualification (IQ), operational qualification (OQ), and performance qualification (PQ) standards.  The company performs industry-leading additive manufacturing (ASTM

ValGenesis Ventures its Validation Lifecycle Management System into the Blood Industry and Collaborates with a Leading Plasma-based Product Company

ValGenesis opened a new avenue of opportunity with a leading Plasma based product company that has implemented the paperless Validation Lifecycle Management System (VLMS) into their plasma donor collection centers. The Blood Services industry must ensure compliance with several agencies including the Food & Drug Administration, (FDA), the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER),