The MDT Five-Minute Interview
If I wasn’t talking to you right now, what would you be doing?
A typical day would involve working with my team of engineers to refine the innovative designs that they have produced, or reviewing test data from a design v...
Materials Database Incorporates Orthopaedic Devices
Early last year, ASM International (Materials Park, OH, USA) and Granta Design (Cambridge, UK) introduced a comprehensive, cross-referenced materials database supporting medical device design. The initial release was limited...
The Natural Pace of Healing
Injuries are often seen as unfortunate, inconvenient events, the recovery from which, for economic and social reasons, should be accelerated. However, nature is adept at repairing many injured tissues and we should refrain from unnecessary and illogical attempts to interfere with natural processes.
Recently published literature and CD-ROMs
Tape and label dispensers
All of the families of electronic tape and label dispensers that a specialist company manufactures are presented in a 2007 product catalogue that includes 25 new offerings. The full-lin...
Sandvik Acquires Orthopaedic Firm
Sandvik Materials Technology AB (Sandviken, Sweden), an international manufacturer of alloys for medical and dental applications, has announced that it has acquired Doncasters Medical Technologies (DMT), a UK supplier of orthopaedic implants and instruments. The firm...
Recent Developments in Materials, Equipment, and Services for Med-Tech Machining
Builders of machining equipment explain how their systems can help medical device manufacturers fabricate the orthopaedic products of today and tomorrow.
PLM System Puts Spinal Implant Firm on Straight Track to Success
Information infrastructure improves productivity while laying foundation for future growth
The machining issues involved in successful manufacturing of orthopaedic implants are examined together with some of the latest machining techniques being employed.
New Developments in Bioceramic Implant Materials
Bioceramics continue to be vital for bone repair and uncemented implant fixation. Recent advances in bioceramics, including coating techniques and degradable composites, are reviewed here together with the improved properties they offer.
Orthopaedic Instrument Market Surges
Processing equipment is often the forgotten part of adhesives application. Yet the right equipment can improve efficiency and reduce costs for medical device manufacturers. The factors to consider are outlined.
Teleflex Medical OEM Expands Irish Plant
To meet current production needs and to add some elbow room for new product development, Teleflex Medical OEM has spent US$500,000 to expand its facility in Annacotty, Co. Limerick, Ireland. The initiative is described as the first installment in a long-term strategy ...
A new generation of ceramic materials is grabbing a growing share of the European orthopaedic market
Noncontact Form Measurement of Medical Implants
Form measurement is an increasingly critical characteristic for medical implants. The techniques available for doing this are outlined together with some of the latest developments in this area, including noncontact form measurement.
Thread-whirling attachment for subspindle reportedly is industry first
Originally Published EMDM November
Equipment dedicated to screw-threading operations is rendered unnecessary by thread-whirling attachments that can be installed on turning centres and used to achieve burr-free threads on orthopaedic and den...
Experts predict steady growth for this industry segment as advances in materials and surgical procedures improve patient outcomes.
Originally Published EMDM May/June 2005
Experts predict steady growth for this industry segment as advances in
materials and surgical procedures improve patient outcomes.
Did you know that we are in the fifth year of...
Wrist-Fixation Device Gets Extreme Makeover
Originally Published EMDM January/February 2005
A lightweight, radiolucent polycarbonate is credited with enabling a design breakthrough
A polycarbonate resin from GE Advanced Materials helps to bring wrist-fixation ...
Researchers Expand Biomaterials-Related Body of Knowledge
Originally Published EMDM
A less-permeable alternative to silicone rubber and a high-strength bioceramic for
hip implants are among current developments.
A high-strength bioceramic developed by Metoxit AG c...
Materials Supplier Enters Braided Catheter Market
Originally Published EMDM
Fine-diameter specialty wire can be manufactured in thicknesses down to 0.00075 in. The braiding process enhances kink and pressure resistance and offers control and maximization of torque.
A recent investment in improved manufact...
CAM System Slashes CNC Programming Time
Originally Published EMDM
A fabricator of implant components reports an 80% productivity gain
Using DP Technology’s Esprit CAM system, U. Klein GmbH was able to reduce CNC programming time for the machining of a complex implantable part from one week...
Surgical Equipment, Instruments, and Supplies
Originally Published EMDM May/June 2002
Thermal Cautery Unit Model 150
A surgical device coagulates small bleeders during outpatient procedures
The Geiger Thermal Cautery Unit (TCU) is a surgical device designed to coagulate small bleeders and to destroy lesions by ...
Research Centre Links Engineers and Life Scientists
Originally Published EMDM January/February 2002
Peter McHugh, a research director at the National Centre for Biomedical Engineering Science in Galway, examines a biomodel of a human skull segment created on the centre's rapid prototyping machine.
Established as an inter...
Laser Deposition Technique Creates Thin Coatings on Implants
Hip and knee implants are expected to benefit from a company's coating of hydroxylapatite applied via pulsed laser deposition.
Introduced in February at the Micro and Nano Technologies in the Life Sciences conference in Zürich, Switzerland, a company's technique ...
State-of-the-Art Prosthetic Leg Incorporates Magneto-Rheological Technology
Many of the innovations developed in the medical device industry find applications in other industries as well. Likewise, technology developed elsewhere, even for the most seemingly unrelated applications, often finds use in medical devices. When Biedermann Motech (Schwennigen, Germany), a manuf...
Robots Take Up Residency in the OR
Industrial robots that conform to Class 1 cleanroom requirements are the core components of an automated cell that mills patients' femurs to prepare them for the insertion of hip prostheses. Orto Maquet (Rastatt, Germany), a manufacturer of operating tables that has marketed the cell thus far in...