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.
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.
High maintenance – the importance of TPM
Total productive maintenance, an often overlooked part of the lean toolkit, is being applied not just to devices on the factory floor but also in a clinical setting. Medical Device Developments finds out more.
Coating against bacterial colonisation – toward a safer hospital environment
Media panics around superbugs and hospital infections are nothing new, but what is the true extent of the problem, and how is the medical device industry working to solve this issue? Sophie Peacock speaks to Dave Hampton of Camstent about how developing new products is paving the way for a safer hospital environment.
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.