Archive for July, 2010

Gerresheimer Newsletter Reports on Development of Fifth-Generation Lancing Device

Monday, July 26th, 2010

A revamped lancing device for a blood sugar measurement system contains a band with test fields for 50 tests instead of individual test strips and can be docked onto a measurement device. Patients benefit from the combined pricking and measurement functions. The development of this fifth-generation device is described in ...

Irish Medical Devices Association Announces Flagship Conference

Sunday, July 25th, 2010

The Irish Medical Devices Association's biennial conference devoted to quality assurance and regulatory affairs issues will be held on 29 and 30 September at the Strand Hotel in Limerick, Ireland. The programme will feature a number of influential speakers including: Tim Ulatowski, Director, Device Compliance, US FDA Christy Foreman, Acting Director, Device ...

Resin Toughens Up Sterilisation Container

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

When Ritter GmbH needed to design a sterilisation and transport container tough enough to withstand the alkalinity and high temperatures of updated chemical cleaning and sterilisation requirements, the manufacturer of labware and medical products turned to Sabic Innovative Plastics. The materials supplier didn't miss a beat: Sabic developed a special grade of ...

World First: Wipro Technologies Achieves IEEE 11073 Certification for Five Device Classes

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

The x73 Manager USB Reference System developed by Wipro Technologies has received IEEE 11073 certification from industry organisation Continua Health Alliance. Wipro is the first healthcare IT services company to achieve this certification for five device classes: blood pressure monitors, pulse oximeters, weighing scales, thermometers and glucometers. The IEEE 11073–based ...

Sensor Film Reveals Flash and Decreases Defects in Moulded Plastic Medical Devices

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

[caption id="attachment_16145" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="The sensor film reveals and corrects defects along the parting line."][/caption] Staying abreast of technology and exhibiting discipline in production operations are key to ensuring moulded plastic medical devices remain internationally competitive in price and quality, says plastics processing consultant John Bozzelli, owner of Scientific Molding. “Processes ...

Saarland Forms New Healthcare Cluster

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

Germany has a new medical cluster in the state of Saarland. Cooperation between industry and researchers combined with the short driving distances in Germany's smallest state are expected to advance medical device technology. "Medical device technology in Saarland is a growing sector," says Dr Christoph Hartmann, Minister for Economic Affairs and ...

Reflection Diagnosis Helps Quality Assurance for Laser Plastic Welding

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

[caption id="attachment_16016" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="LPKF can measure higher reflection values in the case of incomplete welding."][/caption] Although laser plastic welding generally produces fewer errors, full reliability requires dependable verification. LPKF LaserWelding division has now added reflection diagnosis to its existing range of quality assurance methods. Reflection diagnosis makes use of the ...

The Case of the Three-Legged Dog

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

How does a three-legged dog move? That question will consume a number of European scientists over the next four years, reports E-Health Europe. The research on canine locomotion and compensation techniques will be used to develop robots that can help animals and humans continue to function when they lose a ...

Updated EU Reimbursement Reports Now Available

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

The entire catalogue of country-specific medical device reimbursement reports published by Factory Reimbursement has been updated. Additionally, reports are now available for two new markets: the Netherlands and Belgium. Formerly known as the Jacoti Reports, the ready-to-download documents offer comprehensive information about medical device reimbursement regulations in seven European Union countries. All ...

Researchers Investigate Medical Applications of Graphene

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

[caption id="attachment_16108" align="alignleft" width="165" caption="A new form of paper made of super-thin sheets of carbon could help fight disease-causing bacteria in applications including anti-bacterial bandages."][/caption] A new form of paper with the built-in ability to fight disease-causing bacteria. Potential medical applications of the material include anti-bacterial bandages. A report about the ...

Canon Communications Releases Survey of Media Preferences of the Global Medical Device Community

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

Canon Communications LLC’s Medical Device Brands has released the findings of its Global Medical Device OEM Survey. The study, which includes responses from nearly 4000 members of Canon Communications’ worldwide audience of medical device professionals, surveyed medical device professionals in North America, Europe, Asia, and other emerging markets about their ...

Economy Has Turned the Corner for Germany’s Micro and Nanotechnology Industry

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

[caption id="attachment_16074" align="alignleft" width="291" caption="The business outlook for Germany's micro- and nanotechnology and advanced materials has improved. Click to enlarge."][/caption] The microtechnology, nanotechnology and advanced materials industries in Germany are seeing some light at the end of the economic tunnel, according to a survey conducted by the IVAM Microtechnology Network. More than ...