Medical devices must be made of the right materials and chemical components so that their application meets safety and reliability requirements. Continuing innovations are highly desirable: smaller, more efficient and reliable products, innovative designs and technical surprises are worthwhile.


Significance of new materials

An actual example of the importance of the safety of materials used, is the folding robot, which can be swallowed like a pill and performs minor surgery on the stomach wall. However, there is currently no material for the robot to ensure the robot is destroyed by stomach acid. For more information, please visit this link.


This example supports the importance of research and development of new materials. The linking of data within an enterprise is a key success factor in this industry, which is highly influenced by regulations and laws.


WIAM® solutions for managing data

Basically, where LIMS ceases, WIAM® begins! WIAM® can obtain laboratory data and test results either directly from the testing machine or from an existing LIM system, using various interfaces. However, often the raw data has yet to be evaluated and special analysis, summaries and visualisations for departments, management, customers and partners need to be compiled. Rather than going through the trouble to create everything in Excel and PowerPoint by yourself, appropriate masks in WIAM® can directly generate evaluations by automatically pull together data, following the transfer of sample results.


By means of an internally or externally managed user management, specific areas for different user groups can be created. Thus, the laboratory personnel maintain their laboratory data and allow access once the outsourcer, for example, the R & D department, needs to view the data. After verification by the R & D department, in turn, specific characteristics are passed on to purchase, calculation, product development, etc.


In case a company is also experimenting with fibre composites and plastics, the module Managing fibre composites & plastics may be a valuable module to meet the specific requirements.


By linking the various systems and areas within the company, processes become more transparent. Consequently, this has many advantages:

  • Projects / test orders / operations are clearly passed on
  • Characteristic values, documents, etc. are obtained from one data source
  • Approval processes determine the status of a material contract, etc.
  • Duplication, errors, document losses are avoided
  • International, national and corporate standards are compared
  • Trends over long test series can be derived
  • and many more