Archive for March, 2009

Collaboration Matches Up Vestakeep Coatings and Flame Spray Process

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

Evonik Industries, based in Essen, Germany, has concluded an agreement with Ibeda Sicherheitsgeräte und Gastechnik GmbH & Co. KG (Neustadt/Wied Germany) that will offer customers a complete solution for the application of Vestakeep coatings by the flame-spray process. The mobile IBEDA system F311 FX-S makes it possible to coat large ...

Phasing out the Lab Rat

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

The Boston Globe reports that bioengineers are striving to topple a scientific icon: the lowly lab rat. At Brown University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and other research centres, new efforts to build complex living "microtissues" from cultured cells represent some of the most promising progress toward reducing the need ...

REACH Substance Declarations Every Six Months

Saturday, March 28th, 2009

Starting from August 2009, the REACH Candidate List of Substances of Very High Concern is to be updated every six months. Member States’ nominations for which substances are to join the list will be published in February and August each year. The requirement in Article 33 of the REACH Regulation ...

The Medtech Sector Withstands the Economic Crisis

Friday, March 27th, 2009

To what extent do medtech companies feel the consequences of the economic and financial crisis? To answer this question, industry trade association BVMed conducted an online survey in early March 2009. The results confirm that on the whole the medtech sector is well placed in the German economy: -One fourth of ...

Siemens Develop Polymeric X-Ray Sensing Panels

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

Researchers at Siemens have discovered a way to print polymer x-ray-sensing panels that reportedly perform as well as expensive silicon ones. By using a new printing method, the researchers believe that the approach could lower the cost of medical imaging systems. In addition, the material could be used to make ...

Extrumed and Vesta Merge

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

Precision medical tubing supplier Extrumed (Placentia, CA, USA) has merged with Vesta Inc. (Franklin, WI, USA), a supplier of silicone components and engineering services. As stated in a recently issued press release, the merger creates a market-leading contract manufacturer of precision thermoplastic and silicone tubing, silicone moulding and device assembly ...

Hannover Messe Will Feature New Trends in Miniaturised Components and Systems

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

At this year's Hannover Messe new trends and applications in miniaturised components and systems will be presented by exhibitors of the IVAM Product Market "Micro, Nano & Materials." The joint pavilion is being organised by the IVAM Microtechnology Network, an international association of companies and institutes in the field of ...

Crisis Management: Seven Simple Steps for Reducing New Product Development Costs

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

While severe economic pressures can result in budget cutbacks and personnel layoffs, these changes fail to produce the organisational, process or product improvements that are necessary for gaining a competitive advantage, writes Milind Dange, President of Optimal Manufacturing Engineering Inc. (Orlando, FL, USA) in the new Crisis Management section of ...

Novel Spinal Device Could Relieve Parkinson’s Symptoms

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

Researchers at Duke University Medical Center have developed a device that lessened symptoms of Parkinson’s disease in preliminary tests on rodents. The device, which applies an electrical charge to the dorsal column in the spine, enabled mice practically immobilised by the condition to move around freely. “We see an almost ...

Motoring and Medical Prowess

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

Maxon motor, headquartered in Sachseln, Switzerland, helps provide innovative solutions for numerous applications in the medical device industry such as hand-held surgical devices and robots, micropumps, dialysis and dosing systems and radiation equipment. The company’s product range includes DC motors, planetary gears, spur gears and special gears, sensors, servo amplifiers, ...

Reimbursement for Dummies?

Sunday, March 22nd, 2009

The Byzantine architecture of national insurance reimbursement schemes can seem impenetrable. To help manufacturers map these mazes, Factory CRO, a provider of clinical research services based in Amsterdam, has launched a fee-based online tool for medical device companies that market and sell products in Europe. The web site contains specific regulatory ...

Remote Monitoring via Mobile Phone Continues Its Momentum

Friday, March 20th, 2009

Evaware Ltd, based in the Isle of Man and England and developer of the Project E-vita electronic patient record system, has expanded its integrated remote telehealth monitoring functionality to include data collection via a Wi-Fi enabled telehealth monitor and BlackBerry and mobile phones. The integration of these two extra hardware ...