Industry Insights

  1. Reimaging UV Laser Beam Profiling
    6/30/2016

    Ophir-Spiricon offers three families of UV converter products designed for the indirect measurements of UV laser beam profiles. This application notes compares and contrasts each family, and covers their basic specifications and applications.

  2. University Research Team Faces Challenges Of Measuring Multiple Lasers
    6/30/2016

    There are often times where several laser sources must be tested, validated, or qualified for a particular project. Unfortunately, by the time scientists realize that these measurements need to be made, the laser systems are typically already in place, the experiments are ready to be conducted, and any delays could be counterproductive. Therefore, laser measurement equipment needs to be cost effective, commercially available, easy to use, quick to set up, and operate at a high level of performance. This application note describes the challenges a university had in measuring three different lasers, and how they solved this problem with the Ophir-Spiricon XC-130 InGaAs beam profiling camera.

  3. The Art Of Kamishibai In Medical Device Manufacturing
    6/29/2016

    The most accurate description of kamishibai as a tool for a Quality Management System (QMS) or lean manufacturing is “the art of checking.” It combines standardized work with accountability and visual control into a golden triangle of sustainability and culture change. 

  4. Reducing Risk Through On-Demand Manufacturing
    6/23/2016

    A critical component of product development, life cycle planning, and risk mitigation is the strategic management of a supply chain. Supply chain management must be able to allow the company to be highly responsive to newly encountered opportunities and challenges at any point in a product life cycle. Many top performing companies are establishing manufacturing supply chain safeguards by partnering with rapid response contract manufacturers in order to mitigate the risks associated with production or shipment delays, and unforeseen events. This white paper presents four scenarios in which manufacturing safeguards provide the mechanisms to prevent disruptions or recover from challenges while capitalizing on opportunities.

  5. Selecting The Right Material For 3D Printing
    6/23/2016

    When selecting materials for a given application, the properties of any given material become increasingly important. The material’s properties can only be evaluated when the manufacturing process is considered, as the combination of the material and the process will dictate how it behaves.

  6. Data, Digital Threads, And Industry 4.0
    6/23/2016

    We are living in what is known as the Fourth Industrial Revolution; the growth in electronics and computer technology over the past few decades with a dramatic increase in low-cost storage data, artificial intelligence, mobile computing, Software as a Service (SaaS), and Cloud-based computer systems.

  7. Electronics Integration Into Disposable/Single Use Medical Devices
    6/7/2016

    The growth of electronics integration into medical devices stems from a wide array of needs ranging from accuracy of the device performance in the surgical suite to a patient’s desire to monitor their own health. One of the challenges that medical device companies face in electronics integration is when the device is a one-time use or a single patient disposable. Both devices can be successful in utilizing integrated electronics, but need to have carefully considered designs and manufacturing requirements. This article discusses the main design and manufacturing concerns for integrating electronics into medical devices such as human factors, battery life, environmental concerns, and costs.

  8. The 6 Sciences Of Micro Molding
    6/6/2016

    The smallest parts often carry with them the greatest importance relative to the functionality and safety of your medical device. MTD refers to its micro molding tools — its road map to success, if you will —as the company’s “six  sciences.” By embracing these steps, you can yield better long-term results, both with part functionality and speed to market.

  9. From “Guess” To “Best”: How Infrared Cameras Are Increasing Accuracy And Insight In Product Testing
    5/25/2016

    This article explores how infrared (IR) cameras deliver a major data-gathering advantage over legacy approaches to temperature measurement, an advantage that can prevent costly product failures and safety hazards, providing an immediate and ongoing return on investment.

  10. Understanding The Difference Between Sterility Assurance Level (SAL) And Log Reduction
    5/23/2016

    Scientists use a unit of measure known as the sterility assurance level (SAL) in order to assess the effectiveness of a sterilization process. This figure is expressed as the probability of a single item in a batch being non-sterile after subjection to a sterilization process. While logarithmic calculations are also used to express the reduction of probability, it’s important to understand that SAL is not the same measurement as log reduction. Log reduction measurements show the amount or percentage of live microbes eliminated after sterilization. This article discusses the difference between Sterility Assurance Levels and Log Reduction, and how to use one measurement to calculate the other.