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Will Bioresorbable Vascular Stents Overtake Drug-Eluting Stents As The Gold Standard In CAD Treatment?
Will Bioresorbable Vascular Stents Overtake Drug-Eluting Stents As The Gold Standard In CAD Treatment?

Despite the success of drug-eluting stents, the cardiology community has long recognized the disadvantages of leaving a metal object in the coronary vasculature.

  • Is Your Device An Attractive Value-Based Purchasing Option?
    Is Your Device An Attractive Value-Based Purchasing Option?

    Traditional Medicare payment to the nation’s 3,500 hospitals is undergoing an historic transition with the Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) Program. The program is not about negotiating price discounts, but rather attempts to address quality while still promoting healthcare cost controls. 

  • Using Risk-Based Thinking To Manage Suppliers
    Using Risk-Based Thinking To Manage Suppliers

    Probably the most significant concern for anyone responsible for implementing, deploying, and maintaining a quality management system (QMS) is the integration of risk-based thinking. While the concepts of risk management are not new, previous practice was more reactionary, primarily focusing on detection after the fact, root cause analysis, corrective actions, and preventing recurrence of the failure. Contemporary thinking places the emphasis on considering risks up front (prevention) and having a solid approach to address risk in planning, managing, and driving actions.

  • Navigating The Ethics Of Product Validation
    Navigating The Ethics Of Product Validation

    Competing priorities can potentially lead to ethical conflict between consultants and device manufacturers, especially when development is near-complete. The keys to avoiding such conflict are a mutual understanding of shared safety and usability goals, and honest communication.

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INDUSTRY INSIGHTS

  • Improving Health Outcomes With Personalized Apps
    Improving Health Outcomes With Personalized Apps

    Advances in sensors, smartphones, communications, and analytics give developers new tools to build creative and powerful applications that promise to improve health outcomes and reduce healthcare costs.  According to the CDC, more than 75 percent of healthcare costs are due to chronic conditions so applications that help manage blood-pressure, diabetes or weight loss can make a significant impact. Technology has an important role to play, but to capture the most value for the patient and providers, the applications need to address three key elements: scalability, relevance, and stickiness.

Micro-MIM Succeeds At Making Precise Micro Metal Parts

As component sizes for medical devices shrink to micron size, conventional machining may not be the most efficient or consistent method for manufacturing. Learn why Micro-MIM is preferred for components with tight tolerances at high volumes.

Plan For Success With Sustaining Engineering In Medical Device Development And Manufacturing

A key aspect to a successful medical device development project is a dedicated outsourcing partner who can provide engineering expertise that includes sustaining engineering. Sustaining engineering enables the developer to plan ahead, getting the development and design of the device done right the first time, and smoothing the transition to manufacturing. This article discusses the importance of sustaining engineering, and KMC's executive director of engineering, Scott Leon, weighs in on the subject.

How To Uncover The Hidden Value Of Culture In Supplier Selection

The business pain of switching suppliers, both in terms of costs and revalidation time, heightens the importance of making the right decision the first time.

Taking Micromolding To the Next Level

Micromolding requires a high level of intimacy and attention to detail to be successful over the long run, so it’s important to work with micromolder with the capability, scalability, and sustainability to get a product from the design stage all the way to high-quality mass production. 

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SOLUTIONS

FluoroPEELZ™ Peelable Heat Shrink FluoroPEELZ™ Peelable Heat Shrink

Zeus offers the FluoroPEELZ™ peelable heat shrink designed with quick and easy peel away capabilities to improve product efficiency and safety, and to accelerate catheter production.

Laser Beam Profilers Laser Beam Profilers

Laser beam profilers are the optimal solutions for increasing chances of success in the design or applications of new lasers, or when a laser system is no longer meeting the desired specifications. Ophir Photonics offers a wide range of beam profiler choices including CCD and CMOS cameras, scanning slit sensors, InGaAs and pyroelectric cameras, and pinhole and knife edge sensors.

Metal Additive Manufacturing Metal Additive Manufacturing

PTI offers metal additive manufacturing to improve productivity and quality for sinks, over-long cycles, and the so called ‘impossible’ cooling challenges. PTI uses a power bed fusion process aided by 3D data that supplies a thin layer of metal powder to the machine base plate. Designers then use a laser beam to sinter the metal powder to form shapes, allowing creation of designs not possible with the subtractive manufacturing process.

Electro-Mechanical Assembly Electro-Mechanical Assembly
Corry Micronics offers a wide variety of electro-mechanical assembly services, including...
Medical Micromolding Medical Micromolding

The margin for error when it comes to critical components for medical device manufacturing is zero. That's why Accumold ensures robust production processes, extremely tight requirements, and part-to-part consistency. 

  PolyJet 3D Printing Services PolyJet 3D Printing Services

Proto Labs is proud to introduce PolyJet technology to their 3D printing capabilities. PolyJet technology is used to provide designers and engineers with the ability to manufacture elastomeric and overmolded prototypes without investing in tooling. This technology can create 3D-printed parts comprising both elastomeric and rigid materials, as well as multiple colors.

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Heatron, Inc. Heatron, Inc.

Heatron was founded in 1977 and established a solid business in heating component design and manufacturing.  Our mission to help our customers accelerate their product development process by offering high performance products that differentiates them. With expertise in a multitude of key thermal technologies, our products are engineered to withstand the extraordinary demands placed on them.

FMI, Inc. FMI, Inc.

FMI is dedicated to producing medical-grade silicone components for Class II and Class III medical devices. In fact, custom silicone moldings are the only products we manufacture and health care is the only industry we serve. That singular focus allows us to provide the highly customized components that medical device manufacturers depend upon for patient safety, efficacy and reliability.

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  • MKS Announces Ophir® BeamSquared™ 2.0, Laser Beam Propagation System for Continuous Use Applications
    MKS Announces Ophir® BeamSquared™ 2.0, Laser Beam Propagation System for Continuous Use Applications

    MKS Instruments, Inc., a global provider of technologies that enable advanced processes and improve productivity, announces Ophir® BeamSquared™ 2.0, the newest version of the company's M2 laser beam propagation system designed to help users optimize laser performance. A robust, portable device, BeamSquared automatically measures the propagation characteristics of CW and pulsed lasers quickly, in less than one minute.

  • MKS Announces Ophir® Laser Power Sensors With Very High Damage Threshold, Very Low Reflection
    MKS Announces Ophir® Laser Power Sensors With Very High Damage Threshold, Very Low Reflection

    Munich, Germany - MKS Instruments, Inc. (NASDAQ: MKSI), a global provider of technologies that enable advanced processes and improve productivity, has announced a new line of high damage threshold laser power/energy sensors designed for CW lasers with high power densities, as well as long as for pulse lasers. The Ophir® 1000W-LP2-34, L1500W-LP2-50, 5000W-LP2-50, and FL600A-LP2-65 feature a new LP2 coating that provides the highest damage threshold in the industry, 10kW/cm2 at 1kW power.  

  • Medtronic, Aetna Ink Agreement That Ties Insulin Pump Payment To Patient Outcomes

    Medtronic plc, the global leader in medical technology, recently announced a new outcomes-based agreement with Aetna for type 1 and type 2 diabetes patients currently on multiple daily insulin injections for their diabetes management.

  • Philips Releases Intellivue X3 Monitor In Europe
    Philips Releases Intellivue X3 Monitor In Europe

    Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG AEX: PHIA), a global health technology company, today announced the release of the IntelliVue X3 in Europe.

  • Philips To Acquire Brain Monitoring Company Electrical Geodesics, Inc.

    Royal Philips , a global leader in health technology, recently announced an agreement to acquire Electrical Geodesics, Inc. (EGI), a US-based medical device company that designs, develops and commercializes a range of non-invasive technologies used to monitor and interpret brain activity. EGI’s portfolio of EEG hardware, software and acquisition sensors will complement Philips’ existing portfolio of imaging technologies (e.g. MRI and PET-CT) and advanced informatics (e.g. IntelliSpace Portal) for neurological applications.

  • FDA Grants Merit Medical’s Embosphere Microspheres de novo Classification For Prostatic Artery Embolization)

    Merit Medical Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:MMSI), a leading manufacturer and marketer of proprietary disposable devices used in interventional, diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, particularly in cardiology, radiology and endoscopy, today announced that it has received 513(f)(2) (de novo) classification from the FDA to expand indication for Merit’s Embosphere® Microspheres.

     

  • FDA Clears First RF Ablation Treatment For Osteoarthritis Knee Pain
    FDA Clears First RF Ablation Treatment For Osteoarthritis Knee Pain

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the first and only radio frequency (RF) treatment to be cleared specifically to alleviate chronic knee pain due to osteoarthritis.

  • MKS' Ophir® Business Unit Announces Large Array Laser Beam Profiling Camera With Quick And Easy USB Interfacing
    MKS' Ophir® Business Unit Announces Large Array Laser Beam Profiling Camera With Quick And Easy USB Interfacing

    MKS Instruments, Inc., a global provider of technologies that enable advanced processes and improve productivity, has announced the Ophir® Pyrocam™ IV USB, a laser beam profiling camera that allows users to see their laser beam for dynamic alignment and proper operation. The camera features a 320 x 320 pixel pyroelectric array that can profile beams up to 1 inch (25 mm) without the need for reduction optics. It also includes a new USB 3.0 interface that provides a quick and easy connection to PCs for beam analysis, 2D and 3D beam display, as well as trending, data logging, and storage.

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