Crack under pressure – mitigating environmental stress damage
Environmental stress cracking is a huge issue for medical device manufacturers. It can affect any device containing polymers, especially those that will be implanted in the body or need to be heavily disinfected. What are manufacturers doing to mitigate the problem, and what can other industry stakeholders do to help? Abi Millar speaks to Professor James Runt of Pennsylvania State University to find out how this issue can be resolved.
Sterilant showdown – sterilisation speed and safety
The use of peracetic acid, ethylene oxide and other low-temperature steam-sterilisation techniques could benefit high-volume sterilisation of medical devices. But the problems of steam sterilisation are many, and it’s is often regarded as a challenging endeavour. Medical Device Developments explores several industry techniques being trialled, and how they could improve the speed and safety of sterilisation, particularly with endoscopic tools.
Complete unknown – the potential impact of Brexit
As Article 50 is triggered, Dr Gabriel Adusei discusses the challenges and benefits that the medical device industry in Europe, the US and, of course, the UK will face when Brexit comes to fruition. Will there be less or more regulatory burden on manufacturers, and what are the best ways to approach the forthcoming changes in the ways your company will trade?
Going platinum – new medical device materials
Platinum offers lightweight, safe, more affordable and easier to use options for surgical matters – so it’s no wonder the product is a growth area for medical device manufacturers. Steve Larsen, senior research and development manager at Boston Scientific, and Dr Ian Menown, consultant cardiologist and director of interventional cardiology at the Craigavon Cardiac Centre, talk about the latest advances and where research will go next.
Automated imaging – radiology motor control technology
Motor-control technology is rapidly expanding in the world of radiology machinery. Ergonomically advanced, automated machines, high-tech robotics with gesture recognition, and every other whizz and bolt you can think of are being introduced. Jay Hill, general manager of imaging technology and VCP at GE Healthcare talks to Medical Device Developments about how motor and motion control is going to change in the medical device industry with the use of robotics.