Design & Development Case Studies & White Papers

  1. Protecting Implantable Medical Devices From Moisture With Desiccant-Infused Silicone
    11/19/2018

    Moisture can be harmful to implantable medical devices that operate with electronics. The excess moisture can cause oxidation and dendritic growth in metal parts and wires, and can cause many problems including a fatal electrical shortage or complete device failure as worst case scenarios. 

  2. Understanding Silicone Molding For Implantable Medical Devices
    11/19/2018

    The biocompatibility of silicone is important for medical devices. This article offers a brief overview on the types of silicone that can be used in the different classes of medical devices, the required molding processes, and additional quality considerations.

  3. Are Larger Pixels Always More Sensitive?
    10/16/2018

    A common myth is that larger pixel size image sensors are always more sensitive than smaller pixel size image sensors. To explain that this isn’t always the case, this paper will look at the effect that the pixel size has on image quality, especially for the overall sensitivity, which is determined by the quantum efficiency. 

  4. Cultural Audits: What Are They And Why Are They Essential?
    7/24/2018

    The medical device industry is familiar with quality audits, but is less familiar with the benefits of having a cultural audit to assess the competence, dedication, and passion that each party brings to the table.

  5. Strong Partnerships Propel Innovation For Medical Devices
    7/5/2018

    Collaborating with a lighting expert can help ensure that a medical device’s lighting system is optimized for the instrument design while keeping manufacturing costs down and streamlining the path from product idea to operating room.

  6. 5 Reasons Collaborative Design Produces The Most Innovative Products
    5/9/2018

    Designing robust products with fiber optics components for everything from medical instruments to jet planes not only demands optical considerations, but thermal, electrical, and mechanical requirements. 

  7. Medical Micro Molding: Complex Problem-Solving
    4/5/2018

    Problem solving is what drives the medical device industry.  For OEMs to successfully produce medical solutions, they often need to overcome manufacturing challenges. Whether manufacturing a micro component in-house or working with another molding supplier, sometimes OEMs hit roadblocks.

  8. Biocompatibility Of Plastics
    3/16/2018

    Unique manufacturability and production properties in plastics are increasingly being utilized in the development of medical devices and medical packaging. In the application of any material in a medical device, it must always meet stringent safety requirements and be biocompatible. This article discusses material biocompatibility, as well as the tested biocompatibility of plastics in medical devices.

  9. Understanding Liquid Crystal Polymers And Zeus LCP Monofilament
    3/16/2018

    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.

  10. A New Look At PTFE And Thin-Walled Catheter Liners
    3/16/2018

    ZEUS has improved upon PTFE extrusion technology by producing an ultra-thin-walled PTFE catheter liner for the Sub-Lite-Wall® StreamLiner™ series. These liners make for a sturdier, more robust finished device while retaining sufficient functional properties such as torquability pushability, and flexibility.