Recent Articles

January 28, 2015 8:30 am
Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, PD&D
Over the course of the past decade, wearable technology has become increasingly pervasive in the electronics industry. Fitness trackers, smart watches, and action camcorders are among some of the most prevalent wearable technologies on the market...
January 27, 2015 8:30 am
Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief
There are several significant drivers of innovation in the medical device space. Miniaturization is certainly a major one, while moving technology out of the hospital and enabling it to be used at home and on the go is another. In addition, there...
January 26, 2015 10:46 am
Steve McPhilliamy, Partner and Director of Design, Insight Product Development
The medtech wearables space is an incredibly exciting example of healthcare innovation that’s moving directly into the hands of patients. However, due to a lack of a comprehensive design period for many devices, high abandon rates among... 
January 22, 2015 10:14 am
Crystal Humphreys, Global Market Segment Manager, Vancive Medical Technologies
Materials are the building blocks for every type of medical device. Maintaining a supply base that has a firm handle on new innovations in this space will provide any medical device manufacturer with a solid competitive advantage. This article...
January 21, 2015 11:26 am
Evan Goulet, Director, Sterilization Operations, Noxilizer, Inc.
Sterilization is a necessary process for virtually every type of medical device. Therefore, it is critical for designers to be mindful of how materials will interact with a given process, at what stage the sterilization will be best implemented...
January 20, 2015 10:39 am
Granta Design Ltd
ASM International, the world's largest professional society for materials engineering, and Granta Design, leaders in materials information technology, today announced a new Surgical module in the ASM Medical Materials Database. This new resource...
January 16, 2015 12:04 pm
Peter Engstrom, Managing Director, Maurizio Lauria, Product Manager; STEUTE MEDITECH, INC.
Medical equipment users and OEMs have long expressed an interest in wireless foot switches. Their interest has been kindled by: their desire to eliminate the “tripping” hazard cables may represent in the application, their desire to have greater...
January 15, 2015 9:40 am
Darren Altkinson, PRISYM ID
The recent introduction of UDI requirements has persuaded many medical device companies to review their labeling capabilities. This, alongside other regulatory, technological and market drivers, has led to a growing number of companies issuing...
January 14, 2015 12:40 pm
Dr. Jörg Heerlein and Dr. Tilman Rügheimer, Osram Opto Semiconductors
More and more people are tracking their physical fitness with the aid of wearable gadgets and appropriate apps. Optical sensors are suitable for measuring pulse rates and oxygen saturation in blood. The technology has long been established...
January 13, 2015 9:00 am
Plastics Color Corp.
While counterfeiting statistics are difficult to obtain because it is a “clandestine” industry, one thing everyone can agree on is that counterfeiting is big business. As the world has grown smaller and the supply chains for major corporations...
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