Posts categorized as“Engineering”

Susan Bantroch

Consider these 3 areas carefully when testing medical devices in a Biolab

Keep your project on time, within budget  Testing medical devices in a Biolab often requires changing locations from an engineering lab to a Biosecurity Level 2 (BSL2) BioLab that can facilitate specialized tests involving potentially dangerous microorganisms, tissues and biological fluids. Careful pre-planning is required for timely experiments to take place in BSL2 BioLabs. Poorly […]

Luke Mills

Maximizing Efficiency in a Switch Mode Power Supply

Why spend time maximizing efficiency in a switch mode power supply? Higher efficiency switching regulators get you more bang out of your buck. In a world of mobile devices, minimizing power consumption is a must. Don’t waste power in the power supply. This blog looks at the sources of inefficiency one would find in a […]

Kenneth MacCallum

Temperature Measurement and the Application of NTC Thermistors 

When I say temperature sensors, you’ll likely think thermocouples. But today I’d like to discuss NTC thermistors. Medical devices regularly need to measure  temperature. Often engineers overlook or under-estimate the inherent challenges. Whether designing in thermal measurement and control capability or just temporarily instrumenting up a test rig, it’s worth thinking about how the device […]

Astero StarFish

5 tips for a productive EMC lab visit

EMC (Electromagnetic compatibility) compliance is an essential requirement for all electronic medical devices. Usually, designers partner with EMC labs (certified testing) facilities in order to assess device compliance. In this blog members of the StarFish Electrical Engineering team share tips for a productive and successful assessment during your EMC lab visit.

Peter Kazakoff

Silicon photomultipliers: low-light sensing in medical instrumentation

Silicon photomultipliers are an exciting technology enabling applications previously only available with large, bulky PMTs to be implemented in small, low-cost, low-power form factors. If you have demanding low-light detection requirements for an upcoming project where a PMT would be too bulky, expensive, or fragile, I strongly encourage you to take a look at silicon […]

Ryan Field

10 Optics Lab best practices to produce great data

Over many years of working in optics labs, I’ve come across a variety of lab practices ranging from admirable to appalling.  These practices can have a significant impact both on the quality of data and the efficiency with which it’s collected. Below, some optics lab best practices to help create an optics lab environment that […]

Astero StarFish

Insights and observations that spark medtech innovation

Improve your medical device innovation process Everyone has a mental toolkit of innovation – a series of patterns that innovative people find. They take something and they break it into pieces or they take pieces and put them together or they put things upside down or they hollow them out or they turn them inside […]