The Open Door
What's Next for the Medical Device User Fee and Modernization Act?
by Mark B. Leahey, executive director, Medical Device Manufacturers Association
When Congress passed the Medical Device User Fee and Modernization Act (MDUFMA) in the fall of 2002, the goal of the user fee program was to provide the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with the resources it needed to review the safety and effectiveness of new medical devices in a timely manner. More than 2 years have passed since the inception of MDUFMA, and now many in the medical technology industry are evaluating whether the program is working as originally intended.
IATC 2005 Best Paper
Major Appliance Teardowns: A Review of Electrical Interconnection Results
by Brian J. Stumm, director of Engineering, Engineered Products Division, ETCO, Inc.
IATC 2005 Best Paper: The following is an edited version of the winning paper presented at the International Appliance Technical Conference (IATC), held March 28-30, 2005. The author was awarded the Dana Chase, Sr. Memorial Award for the best paper presented at the conference.
IRC Inc. of Boone, NC, U.S. has developed the NT Series of wirewound resistors to provide design engineers with a non-inductive power resistor capable of withstanding repetitive high energy pulses.
Integrated Digital Decoders
Two highly integrated MPEG-2 digital decoders have been developed for digital set-top box, personal video recorder, and integrated digital television applications.
Smart Power Modules
A new series of compact Smart Power Module (SPM™) products are said to provide efficient motor control for energy-restricted white goods such as washing machines and air-conditioners.
Engineering Cooking Appliances
Digital Sensors Enhance Brand Image
By David Simpson, Contributing Editor
Three years ago, Whirlpool Corporation began working on new electric freestanding range models with glass touch control panels. Glass is easy to clean, and panels can be produced to match the “visual brand language” established by the company. Switches mounted under glass panels typically use capacitive technology, which allows for customized sensing through the glass surface.