Industry Insights

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

     

  3. 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.

  4. Applying Quality Systems Approach To Improve Supply Chain Management
    7/15/2016

    When designing a medical device with a desired function, every component must be developed with the highest standards in order to get optimal final results. A strong supply chain management system is needed in order to ensure the highest quality materials and components. In order to establish, maintain, and improve a supply chain, companies will need a structured, methodical approach to supplier selection, qualification, segmentation, and monitoring. This article presents a quality systems technique that is ideal for improving trust between a manufacturer and a supplier, as well as improving the overall quality of medical devices.

  5. Cultural Audits: What Are They And Why Are They Essential?
    7/15/2016

    The medical device industry is familiar with the practice of quality audits, but is less familiar with the advantages of practicing cultural audits. This article discusses the most important things to look for in a formal cultural audit, as well as the benefits of having one to assess the competence, dedication, and passion that each party brings to the table.

  6. Broadening User Requirements When Selecting Valves For Medical Devices
    7/15/2016

    Choosing the right valves for specific medical device applications can be as frustrating as the process of buying a new car. These small, highly sophisticated components are many times chosen just for their specifications and end up not being the optimal choice for the device. The idea is to broaden the scope of requirements beyond the specifications to include considerations such as material compatibility, valve criticality, sterilization methods, what country it will be used in, and the required shelf life.

  7. 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.

  8. A PEEK Into The Future
    7/8/2016

    With the paradigm shift in patient treatment from surgical-based procedures to minimally invasive surgeries, extrusion advancements in invasive medical devices and procedural-based innovation are occurring on a daily basis, and Zeus is leading the way. Zeus scientists have recently engineered a process to enhance the lubricity on the inner diameter surface, outer diameter surface, or both surfaces of a complete range of polymers. Their high-performance PEEK polymer has higher lubricity, decreased drag, and natural material strength. This article covers PEEK engineered surface tubing and how it has the potential to bring in a new era of reduced patient trauma.

  9. How Tubing Innovators Are Changing the Landscape Around Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS)
    7/8/2016

    Clinicians and medical device technology leaders are constantly trying to find more ways to employ minimally invasive surgery (MIS) in diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. The challenge is to create a different path to access anatomy that was previously accomplished in open procedures and surgeries.  This is driving the need for advancements in polymer extrusion technology and other processes and components for minimally invasive devices. This article discusses advancements in polymer science and extrusion technology such as bioabsorbables, and what this means for the future of MIS.  

  10. Putting On A Show: Suppliers Find New Ways to Draw An Audience And Educate Customers
    7/8/2016

    As the consumer market changes from sales driven marketing to the demanding, more meaningful content and engagement exchange with suppliers, polymer tubing suppliers have needed to change their traditional business methods. . Customers are now searching for the right content to help them make important decisions, and are looking for companies who will share their knowledge freely. This article discusses six trends that many polymer tubing and other medical suppliers use to provide relevant and meaningful content wherever and whenever the customer wants it.