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.
Hit the mark – the process of laser marking
What benefits will the spread of laser marking bring to medical device manufacturers? Medical Device Developments looks into how the process can aid the industry in providing better traceability for its products, and the ways in which manufacturers can use the process to ensure safety and security are easily achieved. Andrew Putwain speaks to Professor Peter Ogrodnik from Keele University, who has written about laser marking’s effect on medical devices, how the process works and what manufacturers need to know.
Major laser – the miniaturisation of the machining process
As the demand for miniaturised parts continues to strengthen across the medical sector, lasers have assumed a pivotal role in the machining process. Greg Noone talks to Professor Duncan Hand, director of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Laser-Based Production, about the current state of the field.
Partner up – building a global manufacturing network
Regional manufacturing can bring big benefits for medical device companies looking to get closer to their markets, but it’s not an easy model to implement. Elly Earls meets Johnson & Johnson’s Andreas Rühe to find out more about the advantages of building a global contract manufacturing organisation network, and how to do it right.
Bionic human – the evolution of 3D-printed medical devices
From stretchable electronics compatible with human skin to functioning ears, there seems to be no end in sight for 3D-printed medical devices. With technology progressing at a dizzying pace, Michael McAlpine, associate professor of engineering at the University of Minnesota, tells Bradford Keen how to regenerate nerves, the importance of biocompatibility, the need for high-speed, plug-and-play 3D medical printers, and what this could mean for manufacturers.