Medical Device Assembly

Short reports on issues affecting medical device manufacturers.


Sterilization processes can influence medical device design

Medical device engineers have many considerations when designing an assembly. Safety and effectiveness are top priorities, of course, followed closely by cost.

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Design controls help prevent medical device failures

 Medical device engineers are great at designing innovative, life-saving gizmos.  

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Failure Modes Analysis Aids Design of Medical Devices

In 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration received more than 400,000 reports of adverse events related to medical devices. More than 12 percent of those events resulted in hospitalization.

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New Conformal Coating Has Antimicrobial Properties

The new coating produced a log 5 reduction on 14 common microorganisms.

The conformal coating Parylene has long been known for its excellent dielectric strength, high thermal stability (up to 450 C), dry-film lubricity and outstanding chemical resistance. Those properties have made the material a staple for coating printed circuit boards and electronic devices exposed to environmental extremes.

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Usability Tests Lend Insight Into Medical Device Design

Engineers sometimes fail to account for who will be us-ing the device and where it will be used.

Each year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration logs some 100,000 reports of adverse events related to medical devices. More than a third of those are due to human error.

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Opposition Mounts to Tax on Medical Devices

“Implementation of the medical device tax will cost our economy thousands of high-paying jobs.” —Gail Rodriguez, MITA

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Clean Room Robots Assemble Medical Devices

EPSON’s new robot can withstand exposure to vapor-ized hydrogen peroxide gas.

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Prototyping Improves Design Of Medical Devices

Doctors rarely make house calls, but if you give them a chance to see their technology ideas become reality, they won’t hesitate to pay you a visit.

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Medical Device Assemblers Pin Down Savings

Simple changes saved the manufacturer more than $2.3 million annually.

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Medical Device Assembly:Top 10 Reasons Medical Devices Fail

More than 90 percent of electronic medical devices initially fail to comply with standards.

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