Medical Device Design & Development


Medtronic Fighting For Minutes…While Losing Hours
Medtronic Fighting For Minutes…While Losing Hours

We’ve all seen or heard commercials from the American Stroke Association (ASA) encouraging people who suspect they might be having a stroke to call 9-1-1 right away, because “time lost is brain lost.”. Stroke is the No. 5 cause of death in the United States, killing nearly 130,000 people a year. That’s one in every 20 deaths, according to the ASA. But even if you survive a stroke, you are not even close to being out of the woods.

  • Want Better Devices? Send Your Engineers Into The OR
    Want Better Devices? Send Your Engineers Into The OR

    Before he was an “Outdoor Man” marketing sporting goods in the Rocky Mountains as the Last Man Standing, Tim (“The Tool Man”) Taylor did most of his work indoors — on a little show called Home Improvement. Fortunately for the often accident-prone know-it-all, he had a competent sidekick in the mild-mannered Al Borland, who often knew a better way to get things done properly.

  • Incorporating Accessibility Into Medical Device Design
    Incorporating Accessibility Into Medical Device Design

    When incorporating human factors into medical device development, conducting user testing and gathering feedback from the device’s target end users is critical. To do this properly, the end user groups must be appropriately defined.

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Strong Partnerships Propel Innovation For Medical Devices

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.

5 Reasons Collaborative Design Produces The Most Innovative Products

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. 

Medical Micro Molding: Complex Problem-Solving

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.

Biocompatibility Of Plastics

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.

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Medical Device Design Services: PTI Design Medical Device Design Services: PTI Design

PTI has been assisting medical device companies with product design and development for over 30 years. Their design and development studio combines state-of-the-art technology with experience in bringing medical devices to market in order to deliver the most progressive and innovative designs.

Anti-Reflective (AR) Optical Coatings for Biomedical / Life Sciences Applications Anti-Reflective (AR) Optical Coatings for Biomedical / Life Sciences Applications

Precision Glass & Optics (PG&O), global experts in optical manufacturing and precision thin film coatings, offer anti-reflective (AR) optical coatings for biomedical and life sciences applications. Ideal for coating on quartz, BK-7, glass, and a wide variety of other optical materials, the reliable AR coatings improve performance in optical systems, increasing transmission and enhancing contrast.

Hybrid Connectors Hybrid Connectors

The new Hybrid from Colder eliminates the need for multiple connections and simplifies the user interface between remote tools and a device. It features an easy-to-use twist latch to securely connect everything in one simple motion.

High Sensitivity Spectrometers - AvaSpec SensLine High Sensitivity Spectrometers - AvaSpec SensLine

Avantes’ AvaSpec SensLine family of high Sensitivity, high performance spectrometers are designed for demanding spectroscopy applications such as fluorescence, luminescence and Raman. This new line currently includes six high performance spectrometers that provide high stability, high sensitivity, high speed acquisition and low noise.

Flexible Heaters for Medical Devices Flexible Heaters for Medical Devices

Heatron designs, and manufactures highly engineered flexible heaters and heating solutions for the medical device industry. These flexible heaters and heating elements are found in some of the world's most innovative and award-winning medical devices.  Heatron offers a range of flexible heaters designed to meet any challenge your engineering team is facing with product design.  If there is not a flexible heater solution, Heatron’s engineering team will work directly with you to develop a customized solution that fits your need.  The lines of flexible heaters for medical devices are:

Cermax VQ Xenon Lamps - Metal Body Parabolic Cermax VQ Xenon Lamps - Metal Body Parabolic

Cermax Short Arc Xenon - metal body parabolic reflector lamps have operating power ranges from 300 to 400 W. and are typically used for fiber optic illumination, analytical instrumentation, endoscopy/laparoscopy, and microscopy.

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Medical device design and development is the cyclical process of creating a device for a specific task or set of tasks, and then continuously reevaluating its effectiveness and improving upon it until the device reaches obsolescence. Design and development begins with ideation and the creation of a concept that, if found to be both fiscally and clinically viable, is then designed, engineered, and prototyped. This preclinical period includes bench testing — accomplished through simulated use of the product — and animal testing, along with any necessary redesign work.

Throughout the process, the proposed medical device, and the process by which it will be manufactured, is examined for flaws that may negatively impact the device’s safety, market viability, regulatory acceptance, customer satisfaction, usability, or profitability. Any shortcomings are corrected, and the improvements applied to the final design. Due to the wireless connectivity capabilities of many modern medical devices, cybersecurity and interoperability also must be incorporated into the design. Clinical testing is conducted, using human subjects, to further expose flaws and confirm product strengths. Once both the product design and the manufacturing process have been validated and approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), production and commercialization of a device may begin.


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