Design & Development Case Studies & White Papers

  1. Five Steps To Ensuring Bond Strength In Silicone Overmolding Applications
    8/25/2016

    The process of overmolding, or insert molding, requires silicone to be bonded to a substrate, which is usually made of metal or plastic. Silicone molder engineers work with the manufacturer to ensure the bond strength will meet application requirements, as well as ensure biocompatibility of the finished part. 

  2. DFM Steps To Scale-Up And Commercialize Medical Silicone Molded Components
    8/25/2016

    In order for a medical silicone molded component to have the most success in the long run, three phases are critical in its delivery to market. This article discusses these three important phases – Design for Manufacturability (DFM), process capability and validation, and production planning for scale-up.

  3. Considering Medical Device Regulations In Heater Design
    8/25/2016

    A customer recently came to Heatron with a cartridge heater redesign project that was intended to be implemented into a medical device undergoing a cyclical upgrade. This article describes the process that Heatron went through to offer a viable solution to the customer’s challenge.

  4. As High-Tech Biomedical Devices Shrink, So Do The Optics
    8/24/2016

    As the uses for optical technology for biomedical research and healthcare continue to grow, the desire for smaller light-based devices has manufacturers looking at micromoulding.

  5. Introduction To Liquid Crystal Polymers
    8/23/2016

    Liquid polymer crystals are important in day to day use, especially in medical device fields and applications. This article introduces liquid crystal polymers and discusses their origin, structures, behaviors, and uses in thermoplastics and fibers with potentially broad applications.

  6. Cutting Production Costs Without Sacrificing Quality
    8/22/2016

    Medtechs that have pursued foreign markets are having success in terms of both production costs and product quality. The key is finding the right partners to assist in the venture. This article discusses examples of medical device companies who have expanded their markets worldwide.

  7. How To Select A Pump For Surgical Ablation Applications
    7/21/2016

    Radio frequency (RF) ablation uses RF energy to ablate or destroy unwanted tissues. When delivered via a catheter, it offers a minimally invasive treatment for a wide variety of conditions, including atrial fibrillation (AF). These systems typically include a peristaltic pump to provide cooling or temperature control, and this pump must be able to produce and control the high pressures (up to 130 psi) required in this application.

  8. Redefining Reliability In Medical Electronic Devices
    7/20/2016

    Reliability is mandatory for medical devices used in monitoring and therapeutic applications. Conventional approaches to reliability can be limited by a lack of historic data that is typical of new technologies, low signal-to-noise ratio related to low production volumes, and long product lifetimes.

     

  9. 5 Antimicrobial-Related Trends In Medical Device Design
    7/19/2016

    Shifts in healthcare have essentially changed suppliers’ role in the industry – especially when it comes to infection prevention. And, they’ve greatly impacted how both providers and suppliers think about the use of antimicrobials.

  10. 7 Considerations For More Effective Medical Device Labeling And Overlays
    7/14/2016

    Labels often are an afterthought, because they don’t directly affect the capabilities of a medical device. However, they certainly affect the functionality of the device and users’ ability to effectively utilize all of its features. Consider these factors — and their importance — as you design your medical device overlay or inventory stickers.