Medical

10 Essential Questions for Reevaluating Your Medical Device Assembly Process

Medical device manufacturers that assemble devices and equipment must meet stringent FDA regulations for quality and product consistency, which makes rigorous process control essential. Fluids for medical device manufacturing can be extremely expensive. It is vital to have quality assembly equipment that generates consistent and accurate results, without fluid contamination, to avoid costly waste.

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A Computing Platform Based on 4th Generation Intel® Core™ Processors That Provides Flexible and Expandable I/Os for In Vitro Diagnostics Instruments

In the medical world, In Vitro Diagnostic (IVD) instruments are ubiquitously used in hospital labs, doctor offices, and at home. IVD instruments are designed for various qualitative or quantitative diagnostic procedures, commonly called assays, in assessing or measuring the target entity out of the samples. For different assays, IVD instruments are designed with the goal to automate the process, combining and streamlining labor-intensive steps. Based on their applications, these steps could be combined in one self-contained platform, in several discrete platforms, or a combination of both, depending on the application’s needs. Furthermore, some platforms use modularization, starting with minimum modules and then adding modules as the needs grow. This enables laboratories to pick and choose optional modules as needed. With modular design in mind, most IVD instrument providers start with a small footprint platform, and enhance the design with an expandability mechanism to accommodate more modules for future product enhancements. In order to be most effective, an embedded computing platform used in an IVD instrument needs to be easy-to-configure and easy-to-expand.

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100 Percent Solids: Superior Adhesive Technology for the Medical Industry

Adhesives using 100 percent solids coating act fast, without need for solvents. In the medical industry, adhesives play a crucial role in applications ranging from diagnostics and device assembly to transdermal and wound care. There are varying methods by which an adhesive can be coated onto a substrate, but solvent coating has dominated in the medical industry for many years. Solvent-coated silicone, acrylic, and rubber-based adhesives are widely used as medical adhesive solutions. Despite their popularity, solvent-coated adhesives are far from a perfect answer to the medical market’s needs. Solvents may contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and even carcinogens that can be dangerous to humans. There are also major concerns regarding outgassing or leaching from solvent- coated adhesives in medical settings. As a process, solvent coating is not especially efficient with adhesives requiring drying, which can limit speed and cost-effectiveness of processing.

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Humanlike Articulated Robotic Headform for Respirator Fit Testing

The testing of individual respiratory protection (IRP) devices is now accomplished with panels of human wearers. Historical attempts to simulate the human face and head have been unsuccessful for a variety of reasons that include imprecision in reproduction of facial dimensions and unrepresentative textures of the surfaces applied to headforms.

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Visual Image Sensor Organ Replacement

This innovation is a system that augments human vision through a technique called “Sensing Super-position” using a Visual Instrument Sensory Organ Replacement (VISOR) device. The VISOR device translates visual and other sensors (i.e., thermal) into sounds to enable very difficult sensing tasks.

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Wireless Body Area Networks for Health Monitoring

A wireless personal health monitoring system using smartphones to upload data could revolutionize US healthcare. Faculty in the departments of electrical and computer engineering are leading research in mHealth at The University of Alabama in Huntsville. mHealth capitalizes on what Dr. Emil Jovanov, associate dean for graduate education and research in the College of Engineering, calls “major revolutions” in computer informatics, smartphones, and energy-efficient and miniaturized electronics and sensors. It can provide health information to the patient directly, to the physician via the Internet, and to researchers as aggregated databases.

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Integrating Force Sensors into Robotic Surgery

Force sensing resistors provide tactile feedback during robotic surgery. Due to advances in electronics and technology, robotic surgery has become increasingly popular. Surgeons no longer have to operate directly on a patient, but instead can control a robot to carry out the procedure. Robotic surgery has benefits to both the surgeon and the patient. For the surgeon, robots display 3D visualization for enhanced viewing of the operative area and improve the control, precision, and range of motion of smaller instruments. While robotic surgery may seem like the future of the medical industry, it still has obstacles to overcome. One significant disadvantage to robotic surgery is the lack of haptic technology, which provides physical sensations that enable electronics to give their users force feedback.

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