Norbert Leinfellner On His Passion For Change Management

In design, interview, medical device, medtech, product development by Alicia CheungLeave a Comment

Norbert Leinfellner has been with Fresenius Medical Care in Concord, California, since 2015. Prior to joining Fresenius, Norbert worked as a Program Manager at other medical device companies in the San Francisco Bay Area, most recently at Carl Zeiss Meditec, Inc. in Dublin, California, for the development of devices in the Carl Zeiss Retina Diagnostics product line. Norbert holds a Ph.D. in Physics from Technical University Graz, Austria. Norbert has a long history of passionately implementing cultural change at companies which are increasingly challenged to deliver value in a rapidly changing market. The cornerstones of such a cultural change include the implementation of effective project management and the transformation to a matrix organization that promotes ownership, transparency and clear roles & responsibilities. Norbert will be speaking about “Organizational Change Management as a Strategic Growth Initiative” at our upcoming 2018 American Medical Device Summit taking place October 23-24, 2018 in Lombard, IL. We spoke with him in advance of the summit to hear more about his passion for change management.

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Industry 4.0 Realized: How BMW is approaching digital transformation

In 3D printing, additive manufacturing, automation, automotive, design, Digital Transformation, emerging technology, Industry 4.0, innovation, manufacturing by Cressida MurrayLeave a Comment

The promise of Industry 4.0 is being realized in the automotive industry, and BMW is at the forefront of the evolution of automated production. At last year’s American Manufacturing Summit, Dirk Hilgenberg, VP, Assembly at BMW shared with us how BMW is incorporating Industry 4.0 concepts to innovate at each stage of the production process, from design to post-market.

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Recent Developments in the Use of Flexible Printed Circuit Boards in Implantable Devices – An Ebook

In automation, Continuous Improvement, design, emerging technology, healthcare technology, Internet of Things, IoT, medical device, medtech by Harshini SrikanthanLeave a Comment

Over the past 50 years, life expectancy has been steadily increasing. The aging population, therefore, has steadily increased both in number and mean age. There are many neurological and cardiovascular diseases that can be best managed using implantable devices, reducing the need for medications. The key challenges for implantable medical devices are how to support low energy consumption, stable performance, and continued miniaturization. Implantable devices are not new. The pacemaker, as an example, has been around for more than 50 years. The early devices were cumbersome, with short battery life, so when the battery was low, the device had to be removed and replaced, putting a burden not only on the patient but also on medical services and the managed care system. Today these same devices are less than 3% of the size and weigh only a fraction of the former weight. The real revolution in the technology is not the size reduction, but the fact that today’s tiny implantable devices can be wirelessly monitored reducing check-up frequencies. Eltek has teamed up with Generis to create an ebook that looks at the history of implantable devices, the miniaturization of the devices, their wireless communications capabilities and their future. For more information on Eltek and to access the ebook, click here.  

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Cognition Ebook: Safety By Design

In compliance, design, healthcare technology, Life sciences, medical device, medtech by Harshini SrikanthanLeave a Comment

Cognition’s latest ebook “Safety by Design: Guided compliance for risk reduction in medical device production and commercialization,” explores how to mitigate risk during the device developmental process. The ebook looks at pressing topics such as understanding the challenges that surround the meeting requirements of the FDA and other regulatory bodies, FDA’s position on risk reduction and automatic traceability. When submitting for regulatory approval, companies need to demonstrate that they have used a well-defined, documented design control and risk management process in place, along with evidence that they are following it. Cognition’s Cockpit Platform provides templates that are configurable to meet common standards and regulations. To access the full ebook, click here.

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Averna’s Q&A Ebook: How the Internet of Things is Transforming the Medical Device Industry

In automation, Continuous Improvement, cost management, cost reduction, design, design engineering, emerging technology, healthcare technology, innovation, Internet of Things, IoT, manufacturing operations, medical device, medtech, technology, testing by Jennifer MiraraLeave a Comment

The ‘Internet of Things’ is transforming the medical world, allowing more patients to be looked after using real time data. Combining Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capabilities with current technology is allowing for a faster, more resourceful and satisfying experience for both patients and employees. With the Internet of Things(IoT) reinventing the technological landscape so rapidly, companies are struggling to keep up with the latest innovations. Companies must now test the wireless capabilities of all their medical devices to ensure their products feature seamless connectivity. With more tests being conducted and the rise of IoT, competing companies have introduced robots to automate processes in order to reduce costs. Robotic-driven production has become more economical, as robots can perform routine tasks without fatigue at a faster pace. So, how can OEMs in the medical world stay ahead of their competition with all this technological development? One way is to work with a company that excels at Design for Test (DFT) and design for manufacturing (DFM). Companies can also capture and analyze up-to-date test data. For more ways to stay ahead of the competition despite the constant changes in technology and for a deeper understanding of IoT and its impact on the medical device industry, read Averna’s Q&A Ebook here. Averna is a worldwide Test & Quality leader. Their talented team includes hundreds of engineers, system architects, developers, project managers and other professionals, as well as a network of partners such as National Instruments, Keysight Technologies …

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Flexible Circuit’s Ebook: Information and Applications for the Medical Device Market

In automation, business, cost management, cost reduction, costing, design, design engineering, emerging technology, Engineered Plastics, healthcare technology, manufacturer, manufacturing, manufacturing operations, medical device, medtech, operational excellence, product design, product development, production efficiency, wearables by Jennifer MiraraLeave a Comment

Flexible Circuit’s ebook explores and identifies solutions to the following industry challenges: How have intelligent devices(and the ability to share realtime data) driven significant growth of electronics within the medical device market? What is driving the significant use and growth of Flexible Circuits (FPCs) in the medical device market? What are the key considerations in choosing an FPC manufacturer? How can organizations attain cost savings when using flexible printed circuits? To view their full e-book, click here.  

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Let Solid Designs help you develop new products & create manufacturing solutions!

In automation, automotive, business, cost management, cost reduction, design, design engineering, Design Thinking, healthcare technology, industrial, industrial markets, logistics, manufacturer, manufacturing, manufacturing operations, medical device, medtech, product design, product development, production efficiency, Uncategorized by Jennifer MiraraLeave a Comment

Solid Design Solutions provides assistance with the development of new products and creates manufacturing solutions for a number of industries, which include: consumer, medical, specialty machines and industrial. Some of their areas of expertise include: Control engineering Project management Manufacturing engineering Industrial design Software Engineering Mechanical Engineering Electrical Engineering Product Development Research Drafting More details on the type of services they offer can be found here: https://generisgp.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Inforgraphic-final.pdf Solid Design Solutions Website: http://bit.ly/2eMae5b  

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Qt QML vs HTML5

In business, design, Internet of Things, IoT, product development, system design, technology, testing by Jennifer MiraraLeave a Comment

The Qt Company‘s latest whitepaper “Qt QML vs HTML5,” explores the results of a test where “one man takes 160 hours to create a demo application of an embedded system using Qt & QML and the same number of hours to create the very equivalent application using HTML5. Discover how he compares the two technologies and shared the findings during the evaluation in terms of – Development comparison between HTML5 vs Qt – Development experience – Performance results – Software management and sustainability.” Download the white paper here. › 

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Sonoco ThermoSafe Expands Range of LD7 Pallet Shippers for Temperature-Sensitive Bulk Air Shipment

In additive manufacturing, commercialization, design, design engineering, Design Thinking, Generis, generis group, logistics, manufacturer, manufacturing, manufacturing operations, medical device, operational excellence, product design, product development, production efficiency by GenerisLeave a Comment

Sonoco ThermoSafe, a unit of Sonoco (NYSE:SON) and a leading global provider of temperature assurance packaging, leverages award winning technology to expand its line of pallet solutions with the launch of the LD7 Half PAG pallet shipper. The Half PAG solution is designed to ship multiple pallet loads, while reducing the cost and operational complexity of bulk shipments by optimizing the use of aircraft ULDs (LD7 air pallets). The Half PAG is available for 2-8°C or 15-25°C temperature ranges with durations in excess of five days. Each solution has a universal pack-out design to be used in both hot and cold seasons while also accommodating the demands of cross-hemispheric shipments. To learn more about LD7 Half PAG Pallet Shippers, Check out this article by Sonoco! 

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Novel Single-Use Systems Allow Faster Powder Transfer and Higher Recovery Rates

In biomanufacturing, biotechnology, design, Generis, manufacturing, mfg, quality by GenerisLeave a Comment

Single use powder containment practices are still in their infancy but keeping your product from cross contamination and reducing airborne particulates is important. Understanding how more modern bag designs can increase safety and speed is a concern to the industry. We looked at the ease of fill along with dispensing times and product loss. ILC Dover’s EZ-Biopac shows a 71% decrease in filling times when measured against an industry standard 2D bag. Due to the non-static film we saw an almost 20% reduction in powder discharge times. In addition, it demonstrates a 33.3% improvement in powder recovery showing reduced waste. Choosing the proper containment system can have a significant impact on plant productivity and profitability. This case study by ILC Dover will delve into: the issues of powder handling; the keys to efficient powder transfer and containment; evaluating potential systems; results; and discharge trials. Find out more about ILC Dover’s EZ-Biopac below!

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