Newsletter | May 21, 2019

05.21.19 -- How The USMCA Could Impact Medtech

 
Featured Editorial
What Will The USMCA Mean For MedTech?
 
By Zaid Al-Nassir, Decision Resources Group (DRG)

Despite the contentious nature of the negotiations, as well as criticism leveled at some of the new provisions, analysts appear to agree that the USMCA represents an upgrade — albeit a modest one — over NAFTA for all parties included.

Industry Insights
Soothing Lighting Technologies
Article | By Thilo Horvatitsch, SCHOTT North America, Inc. - Lighting and Imaging

The human body's inner clock synchronizes with the 24-hour light cycle in the earth’s environment, which can affect emotions and other health aspects. This article discusses ways to incorporate different types of lighting into medical environments to make a more positive environment for patients and doctors.

Why Predictability Matters In High-End PCB Manufacturing
White Paper | By Dr. Hans-Peter Klein and Uwe Kramer, Micro Systems Technologies

Predictability is essential for PCB manufacturing. Without it, a product’s reliability cannot be assured. Conventional approaches to predictability often fall short. Inspection, for example, only reveals superficial flaws. Micro sectioning is destructive in nature and inadequate for complex PCBs with thousands of vias. 

Understanding Liquid Crystal Polymers And Zeus LCP Monofilament
White Paper | By Kevin J. Bigham, Ph.D., Zeus

Liquid crystal polymers (LCPs) have been adapted to a variety of uses, including the development of catheters in the medical industry. This article discusses the use of LCPs and how ZEUS has exploited their properties to produce a monofilament fiber for the construction of a fully MRI-compatible catheter.

Molding Process Validation for Medical Devices: Five Things to Know
Article | By Gregory E. Dziomba, Caplugs

Understanding what is involved in injection-molding process validation and why it is important will help you choose a molding partner who can provide you with the confidence that your plastic parts will work well every time.

Why On-Demand Manufacturing Works Like Amazon Prime For Medtech Companies
Article | Protolabs, Inc.

The world’s growing on-demand economy and the idea of real-time fulfillment of goods and services now drive business, whether it’s a business-to-consumer transaction at Amazon Prime or a business-to-business exchange at companies like Protolabs.

Developing The Right Strategy To Assure Compliant Labeling Inspection
White Paper | PRISYM ID

Understandable concerns about the cost and consistency of new technologies have convinced many companies to maintain traditional methods of labeling inspection. However, much of the industry appears oblivious to FDA regulations around quality requirements for label inspection.

FLIR Thermal Cameras Help To Reduce The Invasiveness Of Cochlear Implant Surgery
Application Note | FLIR Systems, Inc - Research & Science

The surgical placement of Cochlear hearing implants behind the human ear requires a highly trained surgeon and can result in facial nerve damage, meningitis, tinnitus, infections, cerebrospinal fluid leakage, and potentially more.

Resources
High-Resolution, LWIR, Scientific-Grade Infrared Camera: FLIR A655sc
FLIR Systems, Inc - Research & Science
Materials R&D & Development
Carclo Technical Plastics
Scientific CMOS Cameras: pco.edge 4.2 bi
PCO-TECH Inc.
Safecan Safety Introducer Needle
B. Braun OEM Division
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