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AIMS Metrology Blog

AIMS Metrology Blog

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New E-Book Targets Medical Device Market

New E-Book Targets Medical Device Market

The med tech industry in the U.S. is experiencing an upswing in revenue according to a recent study by the Alexander Group. 

Their findings revealed that year-over-year growth topped five percent last year, “rebounding from a low three percent in 2014". To respond to margin pressures medical device companies are rethinking the way they bring products to market.  One shift in the customer model is focusing on products and solutions that provide tangible outcomes for doctors and health systems versus clinicians.

The Big Three – Planes, Medical Devices and Automobiles

The Big Three – Planes, Medical Devices and Automobiles

 

If you're a regular reader, you know we've recently explored the automobile, airplane and medical device markets and the way these manufacturers use CMMs. We've summarized some of those key points as well as some additional information into a new ebook, which we'd like to introduce with this blog. Let's start with the airline industry!

Measuring Medical Device Surfaces: A Tricky Business

Measuring Medical Device Surfaces: A Tricky Business

 

Medical device makers have a lot to keep up with these days when it comes to measuring parts. Adoption of additive manufacturing is growing. 3D printed parts must meet dimensional integrity standards but may not be suited to conventional measurement methods. Casting, plastic and metal injection molding and electrical and chemical erosion techniques also create components too complex for traditional measurement methods. So what is a manufacturer to do?

Medical Parts: Peeling Back the Layers of Quality Inspection

Medical Parts: Peeling Back the Layers of Quality Inspection

 

These days baby boomers are more active than ever. As 70 becomes the new 50, the demand for medical implants is on the rise. According to the American Joint Replacement Registry,  “hip and knee implants account for more than 85 percent of the joint reconstruction and replacement market.” The American Joint Replacement Registry also notes that more than 7 million Americans have had a knee or hip replacement surgery.

The prismatic or 3D parts that are used in joint replacements - along with other medical devices like stents and their coatings or instruments like scalpels - are tough to manufacture and even more difficult to inspect. Myriad geometries and materials contribute to the challenge of producing parts that meet stiff regulatory requirements. Meeting delivery deadlines can also present another snag if a manufacturer doesn’t have a fast and accurate inspection system.

Medical Device Industry Changes: Insuring Quality

Medical Device Industry Changes: Insuring Quality

The medical device market is moving at the speed of sound. Could quality get left behind?

These days the medical device market reads a little bit like an epic science fiction novel with a large cast of characters. Longer life expectancy coupled with an active lifestyle now defines 70 as the new “middle age.” Increased availability of healthcare, advances in real-time analytics, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and the integration of devices with evolving technologies is driving strong growth and rapid changes for manufacturers. The global market for medical device outsourcing is expected to reach $40.8 billion by 2018. As a result, the pressure to accelerate design and production to move products to market faster, more efficiently and more cost effectively is also growing.

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