Manufacturing & Processing Technologies
Contract manufacturing is generally defined as the production of goods or services by one company under the label or brand name of another company. Contract manufacturers (CMs) may provide such services to several organizations based on customer (or CM-generated) designs, formulas, and/or specifications. Contract manufacturing is a form of outsourcing. Companies that use contract manufacturers range in size from one to several thousand employees. CMs are usually hired to perform specialized...
  An integrated MEMS-microfluidics sensor device (actual size). Green printed circuit board layers support a silicon chip and acrylic microfluidic interface. A four-tube (850-micrometer Tygon) interface is attached to the right side. IVD technology is following a path trod by many other industries: as product sizes decrease, the level of integration increases. Integration allows the same machine or person to handle a smaller yet higher-level system using the same or smaller...
Diaphragm metering pump Largely by default, valveless piston pumps historically have reigned as the “pumps of choice” for midrange precision fluid dosing and metering in IVD systems. Other technologies-most notably peristaltic hose pumps and high-precision syringe pumps (the simplest form of a piston pump)-have been available as alternatives. But in comparison to valveless piston types, these alternatives have not made significant headway in IVD applications because of...
  Shopping for parts, components, services, and new technologies at the Clinical Lab Expo next week? You're in luck. Here's just a tiny sampling of what will be on display there. Isolation Miniature Valves Solenoid-operated valves use a flexible diaphragm to isolate the solenoid actuation mechanism from the fluid path. When the valve is energized, the solenoid retracts an armature that is attached to a flexible diaphragm. In a normally closed valve, this raises the diaphragm, allowing...
The Clinical Lab Expo will feature new science and technology in every area of clinical diagnostics, automation, information systems, point of care, OEM, and biotech. Roughly 750 organizations will occupy about 2000 booths. According to Clinical Lab Expo's Website, "You will see more products in every clinical lab discipline than at any other show." Find What You Need The Clinical Lab Expo will have special sections for special products. Visit the special sections for point-of-...
Doing more with less is a goal of manufacturing across all industries, including companies making IVDs. Manufacturers want to make high-quality products in large volumes but with simpler, more-streamlined machinery, and with less waste. To learn more about the current state of manufacturing and processing technologies in the IVD industry, Richard Park spoke with Sharon Bracken, Divisional Vice President, Global Operations, Diagnostics at Abbott. IVD Technology: What have been the most...
The LPSI/LPS2 Series includes ultra-low differential pressure sensors that measure from 0.1 to 5 inches of water in various non-directional or bi-directional calibration ranges. Based on a MEMS thermo-anemometer, the LPSI/LPS2 Series infers differential pressure from a nanoliters-per-second gas flow through an integrated airflow channel. The on-chip circuitry provides analog amplification and temperature compensation to send an accurate linear output over a wide temperature range (±2.5%...
A laser micromachining system was developed for universities and corporate research to fabricate microfluidic, MEMs, and medical devices in a rapid prototype fashion, with tolerances approaching 1 micron. Traditionally, MEMs devices are fabricated using traditional semiconductor lithography, but the multistep process takes significant time. The RapidX250 system uses a multiwavelength excimer laser (193 nm and 248 nm) to directly fabricate the structures in a single step, drastically reducing...
Easy-to-use software keeps track of inventory items by location.  CheckMate Stockroom software can track inventory in the main stockroom as well as at other locations. It tracks inventory by multiple units of measure (ml/sq in) and records lot numbers, serial numbers, and expiration dates. Reports provide replenishment information and usage. When used with CheckMate JobData job tracking and Toolroom tool/equipment tracking, the Stockroom software becomes a production management system....
Many of the world’s greatest inventions have often drawn inspiration from other diverse industries. For example, two-dimensional color flow Doppler imaging, a major breakthrough in cardiac diagnostics, came about through military radar engineers teaming up with Japanese physicians. The Coulter Counter, which revolutionized hematology by enabling the counting of blood cells, was invented as a result of technical experience gained through exposure to a number of global industries....