One of the top concerns in medical manufacturing in the United States has been to ensure that wireless communication signals from cell phones and other equipment do not interfere with the machines that are being used in a clinical or medical center. In larger hospitals, it has been a problem for a while because not all equipment in use is brand new, leaving some equipment vulnerable while other equipment will not be affected. In many hospitals, therefore, the signs requesting that visitors do not use cell phones or other wireless equipment remain in place, ensuring that there will not be any problems.
Jobs In A Growing And Vital Sector
Another piece of promising news for medical manufacturers is that growth continues to be robust for companies that can continue to innovate. One example is the expansion of Covidien in the Tampa Bay area. Covidien manufactures both medical supplies and equipment at its factories worldwide. Earlier this year in Tampa Bay, Bristol-Meyers Squibb, another medical giant, also committed to adding factory capacity in the Tampa Bay Area.
Meanwhile, up in Vermont, the state is actively promoting the capabilities of suppliers that serve the medical manufacturing industry. Several companies showed off their wares to medical equipment manufacturers at a recent trade show.
Advancing The Medical Marketplace Online
If Oracle has its way, some of the giant market for medical manufacturers will move online to its one-stop marketplace, a project that was initiated by a company called MedChannel. One of the nice things about having a business-to-business marketplace for buyers and suppliers of medical equipment and supplies is that there are several under-served markets that don’t always get as much attention. The marketplace should make it easy for institutions and clinics that purchase equipment in these areas to find a supplier at very reasonable prices.
3D Printed Prosthetics
Another trend that has been hot for the past few years and continues to make inroads into the traditional manufacturing market is 3D printing. There are a variety of areas in medicine where it is already making its market, such as in printing models of different types of congenital disorders and preparing the next generation of organ transplants.
Medical manufacturers are even utilizing 3D printing to ramp up manufacturing potential in areas such as prosthetic eyes and limbs. One of the most intriguing areas that researchers are looking at is creating models of full organs and printing them for patients who require transplants. While implementation of that type of research is years away, the notion that it remains plausible means that it will likely become a very lucrative business for those involved.
Tissue Engineering and Additive Manufacturing
It isn’t only 3D printing that is growing quickly in the additive manufacturing market for the medical industry. Tissue engineering and stereolithography are also areas that are growing rapidly. Stereolithography continues to make advances as MRIs become more sophisticated, causing the market to continue to respond to the latest features being put forth by manufacturers.
Tissue engineering enjoyed some real-world advancement in the field during the Iraq war, allowing the number of companies engaged in the growing market to increase significantly. The overall market is expected to continue to grow in the United States in double digit percentage points.