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Polymer Basics for High Temperature Thermoplastics

  High temperature thermoplastics are melt-processable plastics with extreme heat resistance. They are also referred to as high performance or engineering polymers due...

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Sterilization Compatibility for Natural Polymers

Unlike synthetic polymers derived from petroleum, natural polymers occur in nature and can be extracted. These polymers are either formed by addition polymerization or...

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Sterilization Compatibility for Synthetic Polymers

  Synthetic polymers are essential in various medical applications as they are used to make a range of healthcare devices. They replace glass, metal, and other standard...

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Polymer Basics for Elastomers

  In Brief The word elastomer is derived from the term 'elastic polymer.' Elastomers are rubbery materials composed of polymers that can return to their original shape...

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Why Do Medical Devices Need to Go Through Validation?

In Brief The Contract Development and Manufacturing Market is expected to grow to $100 Billion by 2025, an 11.4% CAGR. This growth is primarily fueled by the need for...

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Polymer Basics for Acetals

In Brief Acetals are easy to machine, general-purpose engineering plastics of outstanding dimensional stability. They are high molecular and high crystalline plastics...

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Polymer Basics for Fluoropolymers

In Brief A fluoropolymer is a fluorocarbon-based polymer that has multiple carbon-fluorine bonds. Fluoropolymers boast of high resistance to bases, acids, and solvents....

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Polymer Basics for Polycarbonates

In Brief Polycarbonates are a group of thermoplastics polymers with Bisphenol (A) parts and carbonate groups in their chemical structure. Polycarbonates are strong,...

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Applications of Flexible Materials in Health Care

In Brief Flexible materials combined with emerging technologies are at the forefront of health care innovations. Guiding recent advances are cost concerns,...

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7 Steps to Effectively Dual Source a Supply Chain for Medical Devices

In Brief Dual sourcing is considered a hassle by some traditional medical device manufacturers. After all, the procurement process is faster and more straightforward...

Development of Paper-Based Microfluidics Devices for Point-of-Care Testing

In Brief Developments in the in vitro diagnostics (IVD) industry have been driven by global trends such as the prevalence of chronic diseases, an aging population, the...

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INTRODUCTION: Your “how to” blog post should teach the reader how to do something by breaking it down into a series of steps. Begin your blog post by explaining what...

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Application of Molecularly Imprinted Polymers in POC Diagnostics

In Brief Standard disposable point-of-care diagnostic (POCD) devices are making a positive impact on patient-based healthcare settings worldwide. These devices are...

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6 Filtration Challenges in Downstream Biopharmaceutical Production

In Brief Membranes and membrane processes are efficient filtration tools in the manufacturing of biopharmaceutical products. These tools continue to evolve in response...

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Single-Use Endoscopes: A Trend towards Better Patient Safety

In Brief Design continues to save lives. The disposability designed into single-use medical devices such as surgical masks, syringes, and suction catheters has reduced...

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5 Things to Keep in Mind When Trying to Reverse Engineer Adhesive

In Brief: The process of reverse engineering is demanding work: an analyst initially works with limited information about a product and uses that information to analyze...

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Filtration Solution and Medical Membrane Device Development in IVD Applications: Current and Future Challenges

In Brief The surging trends of an aging global population, the prevalence of chronic diseases, and the rise in outbreaks of infectious diseases have helped to expand the...

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Membranes: Material Characteristics and Applications for In-Vitro Diagnostics

In Brief Industrially manufactured membranes play a vital role in the effectiveness of  in vitro diagnostics instruments and procedures, such as protein assays and...

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Current IVD Industry Trends & Technologies: Faster, Smarter, & More Personalized

In Brief According to a 2016 report in PLoS One, between 60 and 70% of medical decisions are made based on the results of in vitro diagnostics (IVD) testing. Using the...

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Common Material Challenges in Miniaturizing In Vitro Diagnostics

In Brief The miniaturization of diagnostic tests comes with several unique challenges. The aim is to transform the fast turnaround time and specificity of Lab on a Chip...

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Demystifying Failure Mode and Effects Analyses (FMEAs) in Medical Device Manufacturing

In Brief Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA) is a design review tool used to identify and correct all possible failures in a product, service, design or...

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Breakdown of a Lateral Flow Test Strip

In Brief Lateral flow test strips are simple, easy to use devices that can detect the presence or absence of a target analyte (chemical or substance) in a specimen...

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Lab-on-Chip: an Overview

In Brief Lab-on-chip (LOC) technology has the potential to provide a robust and portable point-of-care (POC) toolset at a fraction of the size and cost of conventional...

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Biocompatibility Testing for Surface Medical Devices: An Overview

In Brief All medical device companies must subject their products to a volley of FDA-approved tests to establish the safety of their devices. A particular series of...

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3D Bioprinting in Orthopedics

In Brief The use of flexible materials in the medical field has revolutionized the treatment of a variety of conditions. Orthopedics, in particular, has the potential to...

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Interview: Following up with Professor Charles Cooney on Bioprocessing

In Brief We had the opportunity to sit down with Charles L. Cooney (Robert T. Haslam Professor of Chemical Engineering, MIT) to discuss what he sees as being on the...

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Challenges and Risks in Batch Bioprocessing

In Brief Batch bioprocessing is the industry standard in biopharmaceutical production. Although the advancements in biomedical technology that have allowed for batch...

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Mutual Dependence: Continuous Bioprocessing and Single-Use Systems

In Brief The rise of continuous biomanufacturing (CBP) is tied to the ascendance of single-use systems (SUS). Single-use disposables enable CBP by providing a high...

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How Recent Innovations to Detectors and Sensors Have Made Continuous Bioprocessing Viable

In Brief It has been known for some time that continuous bioprocessing would be a useful strategy in biopharmaceutical production, but it was not quite possible on an...

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What Does the Implementation of EU-MDR Mean?

In Brief The passing of the EU Medical Device Regulations (EU-MDR) is forcing medical device manufacturers to update their clinical testing practices and reporting...

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Bioprocessing Single-use Technologies - A Primer

In Brief According to BCC Research, the global single-use technology market will reach over $4.3 billion by 2021. The most significant increase will be in the highly...

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5 Characteristics of Successful Medical Device Product Launches

In Brief The creation of a new medical device involves many steps from initial concept to finished product. Every year billions of dollars are invested in research and...

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So, is Aliphatic TPU Foam All it's Cracked Up To Be?

In Brief Polyurethane raw materials themselves have long seen use as dressings in the medical industry, but aliphatic thermoplastic polyurethane (aliphatic TPU) foams...

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Advances in Medical Fiber-Optic Technology May Improve Quality of Care

In Brief Advances in medical fiber optics have proven useful in several areas of medical practice including urology, ophthalmology, and cardiology, to name just a few...

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INTRODUCTION: Your “how to” blog post should teach the reader how to do something by breaking it down into a series of steps. Begin your blog post by explaining what...

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Moisture Management in Wound Care: Highlighting MVTR in Transparent Film Dressings

In Brief A wound can be described or defined in many ways: by its source, anatomical location and appearance, whether acute or chronic, by presenting symptoms, and by...

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Anatomy of Films Used in Bioprocessing

In Brief In the early days of disposable medical devices, the biopharmaceutical industry manufactured single-use films made with "off-the-shelf" materials borrowed from...

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The Top 7 Reasons Why Medical Devices Fail

In Brief Medical device failures are typically the result of deficiencies in safety check procedures or a lack of attention to potential risks in the design process....

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EMI Gasket Materials for Medical Devices: Thin, Small, Lightweight Solutions

  In Brief Medical device designers need gasket materials that resist electromagnetic interference (EMI), provide environmental sealing, and support thin, small,...

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The Evolution of US Medical Device Regulation

In Brief Medical devices are regulated according to the same legislation as food and pharmaceuticals, under the general organization of the Food and Drug Administration...

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What's New With Nonwovens in the Medical Industry?

In Brief The utilization of nonwoven fabrics in the medical field has outpaced woven materials in recent years. Even when traced back to their rapid adoption during...

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Webinar: MedTech Supply Chain Strategies - How to Grow Faster with Less Risk by Leveraging Your Manufacturing Partners

In today's evolving regulatory environment, supply chain transparency is a game-changing differentiator. Collaborating with manufacturing partners who have excellent...

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Ultra-Low Bleed Septa for Analytical Purity

In Brief Ultra-low bleed septa promote analytical purity by reducing the risk of contamination. They’re made of platinum-cured silicones and free from excess siloxanes,...

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Flexible materials: Applications in Healthcare Today

In Brief Flexible materials combined with emerging technologies are at the forefront of healthcare innovations. Guiding recent advances are cost concerns,...

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Report Shows Medical Foams are Dominating the Wound Care Industry

In Brief Proper wound dressings are critical to the healing process. The right dressing prevents infection and creates an environment that supports healthy healing. The...

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Flexible Materials Preferred in Wound Care & Closure

In Brief In wound care management, the primary objective is complete healing. This is attained through thoughtful planning of patient care for reducing the loss of...

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Silicone Septa: Platinum Curing and Analytical Purity

In Brief Medical silicones for septa can be platinum-cured or peroxide-cured. Silicone septa that are platinum-cured are less likely to interact with samples and don’t...

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New Technologies Combined with Flexible Materials Create a New E-Skin for Prosthetics

In Brief More than two million Americans are currently living with a lost limb. The use of artificial limbs has been around for millennia, dating back to ancient...

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Technical Textiles Gaining Ground in 2018

In Brief According to a report from Textile World, 2018 State of the U.S. Technical Textiles Industry, the outlook for technical textiles is healthy as the U.S. enters...

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USP Class VI Silicone is Independently Certified for Biocompatibility

In Brief Medical devices need materials that are safe for direct or indirect patient contact. SSP-2390 is an FDA USP Class VI silicone that meets the most stringent...

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Vision for the Future: Smart Contact Lenses

    Researchers are working to develop and fabricate soft, smart contact lenses by combining recent advances in wearable electronics with wireless communications. Their...

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Electrospun Nanofibers Take Technical Textiles to a New Level

In Brief "Smart" devices, appliances, glasses, watches, clothing and numerous other items have flooded the market in recent years. The global market for the smart...

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EMI Silicones for Sealing and Shielding in Medical Devices and Equipment

  In Brief  Medical gaskets that are made of particle-filled silicones provide electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding and environmental sealing. Silicone, an inert...

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Biosensors Benefiting from Newly Created Protein Polymer Films

In Brief The biosensor market is seeing tremendous growth, partly due to the aging population and the increasing number of people with diabetes and other chronic...

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Non-Absorbable Sutures, explained

In Brief Suturing is one of the most critical factors in a healthy recovery for surgery patients. Proper suturing is crucial for healing, infection prevention and in...

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Advances in Exoskeletal Materials

In Brief Developments in prostheses and robot technology have advanced rapidly, leading to the manufacture of devices known as 'exoskeletons.' These rigid devices,...

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Thin Silicone Membranes for Medical Devices and Laboratory Products

  In Brief  Thin silicone membranes are used in medical devices and laboratory products such as catheters, valves, thin film parts, and gaskets. These highly-permeable...

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The Rise of Single-use Bioreactors: Why make the Switch?

In Brief The single-use bioreactor market generated $202.5 million last year and researchers estimate it will see another 18.4 percent increase in 2019, reaching $470.9...

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What makes a Material "Medical Grade"?

In Brief Materials used in the healthcare and medical setting must often carry the title "medical grade." But what defines a material as "medical grade"?...

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ASTM Standards and Testing of Flexible Materials Used in Healthcare

  In Brief The ASTM (formerly the American Society for Testing Materials, currently ASTM International) is an organization that develops and publishes consensus...

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Outlook for Wearables and Smart Textiles

In Brief Advances in smart electronics have already produced a number of devices that are currently on the market. Textile manufacturers brought sensor-based smart...

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Anatomy of a Lateral Flow Test Strip

In Brief Lateral flow test strips are simple, easy to use devices that can detect the presence or absence of a target analyte (chemical or substance) in a specimen...

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Auxetic Materials Offer New Options in the Medical and Life Sciences Fields

In Brief Auxetic materials are characterized by becoming thicker perpendicular to the applied force when stretched. This is caused by the way their particular internal...

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5 Types of Flexible Composites Transforming Your Healthcare

In Brief Simply put, a composite is a material made from two or more materials that have different properties. When combined together, the chemical and physical...

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What's the next step in Fighting Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria? Nanotechnology

In Brief Over the last hundred years, antibiotics have been central to the extraordinary rate of improvement in medical technology. From swiftly curing basic infections...

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Technical Textiles in Bioprocessing Today

In Brief By definition, technical textiles are materials and products manufactured primarily for their technical and performance properties rather than their aesthetic...

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Recent Innovations on Biodegradable Materials and Transient Electronics

In Brief Transient electronics, also known as biodegradable electronics, is an emerging technology being explored across many fields and for various applications. When...

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Innovative Thin Films for Drug Delivery

In Brief Considerations for developing a new drug delivery platform include ease of use (self-administration, convenient to swallow), route of administration (oral,...

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Recent Advances in Bioink Design for 3D Bioprinting

In Brief Despite recent advances in tissue engineering, there remains a lack of tissues and organs for transplantation and a shortage of tissue models for drug discovery...

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Flexible Printed Circuit Boards in Medical Device and Life Sciences Today

In Brief Flexible circuitry has been around for 115 years and its versatility across industries is unparalleled. Its uses and applications seem almost limitless. In...

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Leachables and Extractables in Flexible Medical Devices - A regulatory overview

In Brief Many factors affect the safety, suitability, and efficacy of the various medical devices used every day in the healthcare setting. Flexible medical devices are...

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Hurricane Harvey's Disruption and Ongoing Impact to Film Supply Chain

In Brief Almost six months after Hurricane Harvey made landfall in the Houston, Texas metro area, countless business and economic sectors are still trying to recover....

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Functionalizing Foams Used in Medical Applications

In Brief Many factors drive the advancements in wound care and the use of flexible materials in the medical field. Three major sectors are the aging population,...

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Choosing the Best Medical Tape - Silicone Vs. Acrylic

In Brief Wound care presents many challenges to the medical professional. From the sheer variety of wound types to the differences among patients, a critical factor in...

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New Challenges to The Shrinking of Medical Devices

In Brief The sizes of medical devices are consistently trending smaller, a trend that is making a huge difference in the healthcare industry. These devices, including...

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Technical Paper: A Key Component in Revolutionizing the Blood Draw Process

  In Brief Drawbridge Health has developed a new way to draw blood. The company founded by GE Ventures is in the final testing phases of an innovative blood collection...

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Wearable Technology and Flexible Materials

In Brief Wearable technology is no longer the wave of the future. It's the wave of the present--and flexible materials are playing an incredible role in the wearable...

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Single-use Technologies in Biopharma

In Brief According to BCC Research, the global single-use technology market is forecasted to grow to more than 11% by 2019. The most significant increase will be in the...

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The State of In Vitro Diagnostic Industry & Trends

In Brief It is estimated that around 60 percent of all medical decisions are made with the support of in vitro diagnostic (IVD) testing. In vitro diagnostics are used to...

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Single-Use Medical Disposables Smarten Up

In Brief As a result of the demand for sterilized materials, increased data, and high quality health care, the medical industry has an enormous demand for single use...

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Emerging Foil Applications: Medical Industry, Wearables, Electronics & More

  Foil can be used to hold, protect, decorate, or dispense a wide range of materials and applications. Its unique properties facilitate its use for storage,...

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Forex & Commodities Report: October 2017

In Brief Trends in the prices of commodities and major currencies can help supply chain managers understand how prices of their sourced materials may change in the...

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Platinum-Cured Silicones for Medical Devices and Equipment

Abstract Medical device and medical equipment manufacturers need high-purity silicones for tubing, cables, seals, gaskets, and other components. Specialty Silicone...

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Forex & Commodities Report: September 2017

In Brief Trends in the prices of commodities and major currencies can help supply chain managers understand how prices of their sourced materials may change in the...

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Next Generation Disposable Medical Products

In Brief According to research, the demand for disposable medical supplies in the United States is expected to rise 4.2 percent each year, reaching $54.1 billion by the...

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Sustainable Barriers in the Medical Industry

In Brief With the medical and pharmaceutical industries facing compounded challenges when it comes to corporate social responsibility, the transition to environmentally...

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Articles & Supplier Highlights (Example)

Abstract Highlight new technologies and material developments directly on the  Boyd Technologies Knowledge Center with Articles & Supplier Highlights. They can be...

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Medical Technologies Emerging from the Technical Textile Industry

In Brief Technical textiles encompasses a vast array of textiles manufactured for strictly nominal purposes where utility is the primary principle.  Technical textiles...

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Sterilization Compatibility for Natural Polymers

Abstract The FDA regulates four critical forms of sterilization: autoclave, dry heat, ethylene oxide, and irradiation. Irradiation includes both gamma ray and electron...

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Sterilization Compatibility for Synthetic Polymers

Abstract The FDA regulates four critical forms of sterilization: autoclave, dry heat, ethylene oxide, and irradiation. Irradiation includes both gamma ray and electron...

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Sterilization Methods Reference Guide

Abstract The FDA regulates four critical forms of sterilization: autoclave, dry heat, ethylene oxide, and irradiation. Irradiation includes both gamma ray and electron...

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FDA Regulated Sterilization Methods

Abstract The final stage in the manufacturing process for medical devices and life sciences products is sterilization. When it comes to sterilizing your equipment, you...

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Wearables Stretching Innovation & Imagination

Abstract Today, flexible-material-based wearables find themselves in a myriad of medical applications and increasingly in consumer applications as well. These new smart...

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Standard Testing Methods for Flexible Films

Abstract Material testing that conforms to international standards is a means by which a products’ integrity is maintained throughout the supply chain. Though there are...

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How Flexible Materials Innovation Advances Wound Care and Closure

In Brief The cutting-edge of wound care is a progressively flexible one, where textiles, foams, and films are applied to wound management technology with the goal of...

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Graphene Dialysis Membranes

In Brief One application's material defect is another's path to functionality. This is true of graphene, when taken beyond the realm of electronics and applied within...

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Bio-inspired Next-Generation Textile Laminate

In Brief Biomedical Engineers at the University of New South Wales have successfully created the prototype for a new functional textile based on the interwoven...

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PVC Films Used in Medical Device Applications

In Brief Anyone who lives in a part of the world that has access to running water, electricity or sanitation services, has enjoyed some of the benefits of polyvinyl...

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Demand for Cell Foam Applications Increasing with Medical Innovations

In Brief Analysts predict that the worldwide demand for medical foam will reach $31 billion by the year 2025. While many industries have used foams for years the medical...

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Cooling Technical Textile Developed by Stanford Engineers

In Brief Technical textiles are being constantly developed to innovate the way medicine is practiced and to reshape patient experience. However, textiles are something...

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How Archived Projects in Sourcebook Save Time

In Brief We’ve all been there - you’re the new person on a research team and you need to get up to speed on the past and present projects, but the information you need...

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The Impact of Flexible Materials Sourcing on Supply Chain Management

In Brief Getting from a raw material to a final product is a multifaceted process that is prone to errors, inefficiencies, and delays. In the advanced flexible...

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How Online Videos Have Optimized Researching Manufacturing Equipment

In Brief Technology is developing at a rapid rate in the Life Science and Medical Industries. Processes that were once carried out by hand, or developed with slow and...

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Thoughts From a Material Sourcing Millennial

In Brief It’s Monday morning and I have 5 material sourcing projects laying on my desk that I need to work through before my 10 AM sales call where I need to deliver...

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The Material Sourcing Paradigm Shift - 2016

Abstract Advanced flexible materials represent a large global market that spans a wide variety of industries and applications. As a result, the market is influenced by...

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5 Tests Critical to the End Use Applications of Nonwovens

In Brief Nonwovens testing of physical and mechanical properties are essential to determining their end-use applications. For example, if a nonwoven has high absorptive...

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How to Improve Manufacturing Workflow: 5S and Gemba Walks

In Brief Every medical production facility strives to provide a safe and efficient work environment for its operators to succeed. When it comes to process improvement,...

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5 Essential Activities of Current Good Manufacturing Practices

In Brief Medical Device manufacturing has to comply with FDA guidelines and regulations for tracking each and every step of the manufacturing process, including raw...

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Unleash the Power of Parametric Search

Abstract The typical material sourcing cycle takes three-and-a-half to four-and-a-half months, with 52% of that time dedicated to material research and discovery,...

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Cutting to the Chase: Testing End-Use Performance of Flexible Films

In Brief From shipping to storage to end-use, flexible films across multiple industries such as in medical, packaging, building and consumer products will see their...

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Evaluating Barrier Properties in Key Material Decisions

In Brief Barrier properties often drive decisions on the selection of flexible polymer barrier materials for applications. One of the best ways to make key material...

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3 Parameters to Consider When Testing Durability of Flexible Materials

In Brief If you have been performing property evaluations on flexible film materials using single point tests such as impact, puncture, tear, and tensile, consider a...

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3 Keys to Strong Supply Chain Management

In Brief Supply chain management plays a key role in the success of any business. Building a strong relationship with your suppliers within your supply chain will allow...

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Continual Improvement Driven by Quality

In Brief If you are familiar with medical device manufacturing, certainly you have heard the phrase, “Quality over Quantity.” This phrase is commonly used to denote that...

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Identifying & Understanding the 8 Wastes

In Brief When considering potential waste in a medical manufacturing facility, most precision manufacturer’s first thoughts are only on the material waste. In fact,...

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Working with a Manufacturer to Create Solution Cast Films (Part II)

The Importance of In-Line Control and Inspection Precision, multi-layer solution coating methods are well suited for the custom manufacture of high-performance cast...

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Working with a Manufacturer to Create Solution Cast Films (Part I)

Scaling Up Production: Determining Optimal Formula and Process Conditions Precision, multi-layer solution coating processes are ideally suited for the manufacture of...

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Effective Guidelines to Launch a Medical Device Product

In Brief Developing and commercializing a new product is an exciting and dynamic process. Unfortunately, more products fail to launch than actually do launch and many...

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The FDA Regulatory Pathway for Premarket Notification 510(k)

In Brief The FDA regulatory pathway for Premarket Notification 510(k) is required by anyone who intends to market a Class I, II, or III device in the United States...

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Planning and Allocating Resources to Facilitate Master Scheduling

In Brief In order to facilitate a robust and sustainable master schedule for medical device manufacturing and biotech manufacturing, you must first develop and implement...

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Working with Flexible Foam in Medical Device Manufacturing

In Brief Flexible foam is readily used in medical device manufacturing ranging from simple shapes of single layer foam to more complicated adhesive bordered foam or...

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Successfully Implementing a CAPA Process

In Brief The framework of corrective and preventive action (CAPA) can be intimidating to tackle; especially if you are in a new organization or one that does not already...

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Don’t Let Your Supplier Write Your Material Specification

In Brief This seems obvious doesn’t it.  After all, it's your specification so why would you let another interested party define something so critical to you and your...

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Understanding Composite Materials: Tapes

In Brief At first thought tapes sound like a simple concept; a long, narrow piece of material that is sticky on one side and used to hold things together. However in the...

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How to Successfully Search Online for Advanced Flexible Materials

In Brief The process of online search and discovery has become a daily part of our lives. The days of walking blindly into a shop, picking through some things, and...

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Effectively Dual Source a Supply Chain for Advanced Flexible Materials

In Brief In advanced flexible materials markets dual sourcing is frequently discussed and commonly required, but how well it is executed is often times a different...

Sourcing advanced flexible materials | flexible foams, flexible composites, etc.
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5 Simple Rules to Source Advanced Flexible Materials More Effectively

In Brief Material sourcing is a challenging task.  It is both time consuming and difficult to identify high quality vendors of advanced flexible materials - such as...

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Understanding Composite Materials: Classifications

In brief Composites can be a tricky material to classify and standardize because by their nature they are not very standard at all. This can be a challenge for sourcing...