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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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Tergajet: Low-Foaming Powdered Detergent

Tergajet: Low-Foaming Powdered Detergent

Concentrated to save you money. Phosphate-free, biodegradable, and readily disposable. Low foaming heavy duty detergent for high performance results. Free rinsing to give you reliable results and no interfering residues. Ideal for under-counter and floor standing lab washing machines.
Heraeus Optical Plate – New Approach to Plano Optics Manufacture

Heraeus Optical Plate – New Approach to Plano Optics Manufacture

Optical Plates made from Heraeus Spectrosil 2000 and Heraeus TSC-3 Fused Silica benefit from the unique optical, thermal, mechanical, electrical, and chemical properties that fused quartz and fused silica provides.

Cost Effective plate forming - Heraeus combines a near-net-shape material manufacturing process and efficient large area wire saw and double sided polishing with these materials to produce optical plates with unique performance benefits and other differential advantages over other bulk fused silica & fused quartz products and in some cases other materials.

Nanopositioning System For Super-Resolution Microscopy

Nanopositioning System For Super-Resolution Microscopy

The P-545.R7 Plnano® XY(Z) Piezo System is a low-cost nanopositioning system for super-resolution microscopy. It features a cost-effective design due to its piezoresistive sensors, easy integration with its 20 mm profile, up to 200 x 200 x 200 µm travel ranges, and much more.

Custom Manufactured Lenses

Custom Manufactured Lenses

Our customers design lenses to meet their system requirements. Our expertise is determining the most efficient way to manufacture them. Depending on attributes and quantity, our manufacturing engineers will determine whether to use a conventional, CNC or hybrid method to make the lenses.

Liquid Silicon Rubber Injection Molding

Liquid Silicon Rubber Injection Molding

Liquid silicone rubber (LSR) molding is a thermoset process that mixes a two-component compound together, which is then heat cured in the mold with a platinum catalyst to produce a final part. Liquid Silicon Rubber parts are formed through an injection-molding process similar to that of conventional plastic injection molding with one major difference — the material delivery system is cooled and the mold is heated. Liquid silicone rubber possesses thermal, chemical and electrical resistance, plus biocompatibility. Also, Liquid Silicon Rubber parts can withstand sterilization while maintaining physical properties at extreme temperatures.

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.

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