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Covidien Issues Recalls For Two Medical Devices

Covidien recently issued voluntary recalls for certain lots of its Pipeline embolization device and its Alligator retrieval device, due to a polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) coating delamination and detachment issue on their delivery wires. The company is not yet aware of any patient injuries or deaths as a result of the life-threatening flaw.

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Choosing The Right Resin For Your Design — A Reference Guide

There are more than 85,000 commercial options for plastic materials listed in materials databases, and within those, there are 45 polymer families which can be broadly classified into two categories: thermosets and thermoplastics.

10 Tips For Successfully Addressing FDA Warning Letters

Each year, the FDA issues hundreds of warning letters to medical device companies for reasons ranging from manufacturing practice violations to breaches in labeling and misbranding. By Maria Fagan, President, Regulatory & Quality Solutions LLC

LED Component And Assembly Miniaturization

The trend towards miniaturization in the electronics world is on‐going and is fueled by a variety of factors including the consumer’s desire for portability as well as improved efficiency and reductions in costs. By Vincent C. Forte, Chief Technology Officer, Marktech Optoelectronics

How To Choose The Right Marking Technology For Your Application

Choosing the right part marking technology is becoming more and more important in manufacturing, in response to a growing desire among original equipment manufacturers to trace products over their complete lifecycle. The general thinking among manufacturers is that cradle-to-grave traceability will improve product quality, ensure that suppliers meet quality standards, prevent part counterfeiting, and minimize part recalls. By Dr. Geoff Shannon, Miyachi Unitek Corporation

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  • The Toxic Killers Of Innovation — And 3 Simple Rules For Avoiding Them
    The Toxic Killers Of Innovation — And 3 Simple Rules For Avoiding Them

    Meet Pete Rosencrans. Pete's an R&D design engineer at a medical device maker, and he’s been tasked with overseeing the research, ideation, and design for a new medical device. He’s faced with gathering input from numerous stakeholders and incorporating it into a final design that pleases everyone. Oh, and his boss wants the device to look great and be fully functional within a matter of months. Sound familiar?

  • Photonics And The Future Of Medicine
    Photonics And The Future Of Medicine

    Photonics West serves as the perennial indicator of market trends for the photonics and optics industries. At this year’s event, held last month in San Francisco, one of the pervasive themes I observed in both the technical conference and the exhibition was the increasing role photonics and optics are playing in the development of advanced biomedical technologies. That trend is poised to continue well into the future. 

  • 3D Printing In Medicine: 4 Questions That Need To Be Answered
    3D Printing In Medicine: 4 Questions That Need To Be Answered

    Almost everyone would agree that 3D printing has a bright future in the medical device industry. So what’s holding it back? This article poses four questions the industry must answer before 3D printing can reach its full potential in medicine.

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Optical Thickness Gauge: 157 Series

Optical Thickness Gauge: 157 Series

The Model 157 Optical Thickness Gauge uses proven optical interferometer technology to measure the absolute thickness of specialty plastic films, medical membranes, and ophthalmic products. High accuracy and exceptional repeatability results in the most reliable measurement available. Straightforward operation and rugged design satisfy the needs of the R&D scientist and the manufacturing engineer.

Imaging Couplers

Imaging Couplers

These imaging couplers are designed to connect to an endoscope in order to provide high resolution and high definition images. This is particular useful in medical procedures like surgery, gastrointestinal and respiratory tract observation, and more.

Benchtop Laser Controller: EM595

Benchtop Laser Controller: EM595

The EM595 is a benchtop device used to control Gooch & Housego’s line of 14-pin DFB lasers or single-mode lasers. It combines a laser driver and a TEC controller into a 111 mm x 73.5 mm x 169.2 mm (with elements) package and weighs just 1.0 kg.

Micro Optics

Micro Optics

Ross Optical’s line of micro optics includes achromats, plano convex lenses, and bi-convex lenses. They’re typically used in compact or miniature optical systems, medical devices, and in optical fibers. These optical components allow for shorter focal lengths in compact systems and feature diameters from sub-millimeter to 6mm.

Laser Rotary Encoders For Highly Accurate Angle Sensing

Laser Rotary Encoders For Highly Accurate Angle Sensing

Canon USA has developed laser rotary encoders that can provide 81,000 pulses with a 36mm diameter. This is done through the use of the light-diffraction interference method in conjunction with a semiconductor laser acting as the light emitting element. The result is a family of laser rotary encoders that provide highly accurate angle sensing for applications involving robotic engineering, stage position control, direct motor control, measurement instruments, and more.

Medical RF & Microwave Semiconductors

Medical RF & Microwave Semiconductors

Skyworks offers low noise amplifiers, power amplifiers, general purpose amplifiers, mixers, modulators, demodulators, switches, attenuators, detectors, directional couplers, and other components and subsystems from the antenna connection to the baseband input. These products are used in blood sugar (glucose) monitoring, defibrillators, hearing aids, heart monitors/pacemakers, MRI scanners, patient monitors, and other medical devices.

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