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.
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.
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.
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?