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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Press ‘print’ – the 3D printing revolution

    Additive manufacturing – also known as 3D printing – is one of those rare technologies that has transformed an entire industry. Using a digital template, the technique makes it possible to create an object of almost any shape by adding successive layers of material. Kim Thomas speaks to Lewis Mullen, manager in advanced technology at Stryker, about how the technology is changing as it becomes mainstream.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • United we stand – how partnerships drive technological innovation

    In the past, medical device OEMs turned to CMOs for outsourcing labour and manufacturing. Now, they are partnering in record numbers at the design and development stage too. Lars Hahn and other experts provide insights into why this is happening and how these partnerships can help drive technological innovation in med-tech.

  • 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.