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Arrotek Sponsoring Sligo Rovers F.C. U15s team

by Arrotek Medical Ltd

We’re absolutely delighted to sponsor Sligo Rovers F.C. U15s on their trip to Germany. It was great to meet the squad in person and we wish them the best of luck on the trip!  Arrotek have supported Sligo Rovers over the years to help the club with their continued success. 

Benefits of an Iterative Design Process

by Ger O'Carroll

The best approach to developing a new medical device product is to use an iterative design process. Iterative design is a methodology used to create products in all industries, from physical products to software. What is iterative design, however, and what are the benefits?

What is Iterative Design?

Iterative design involves the development of a new medical device product using a cyclical process. This involves bringing the design to a certain point and then analysing, evaluating, testing, and getting feedback on that design.

This is all fed back to the design team to inform and shape the next stages of the process before repeating the cycle again.

Those stages include the basic concept stage, 3D modelling, and the creation of prototypes.

Why Use Iterative Design When Developing a New Medical Device Product?

An iterative design process ensures the product you want to develop goes through constant refinement and improvement as it is being designed. It involves multiple members of the design team working on your product.

At Arrotek, for example, we have people who specialise in various fields who contribute at crucial stages of our iterative design process.

An iterative design approach also involves you as the client.

In addition, it’s important the iterative design process starts at the very beginning of the development of a new medical device product. This is because changes are easiest and the least expensive to make when you identify and implement them at the beginning of a project.

The further into the development you go, the more expensive alterations become, even if the change is minor.

Benefits of Using Iterative Design

If you have an idea for a new medical device product, an iterative design approach to its development will deliver a range of benefits. This includes:

  • Highlights and helps to resolve misunderstandings, expectation issues, and requirement inconsistencies as early in the process as possible
  • Helps to ensure the product is fit for purpose and meets its functionality, usability, and reliability objectives
  • Speeds up the design process, particularly of complex medical device products
  • Keeps the design team focused on critical issues, helping them avoid distractions and diversions
  • Improves the safety of the product
  • Identifies previously unpredicted user behaviours which can lead to design changes. These user behaviours are almost impossible to spot without the 3D models and physical prototypes that are part of the iterative design process.
  • Essential in the optimisation of DFM (Design for Manufacturing) which, in turn, ensures your product can be efficiently and cost-effectively manufactured at scale
  • Identifies a range of usability and practical issues that are hard to identify early in the product design process without using an iterative approach.
  • Ensures you are fully aware and up to date with the progress of the design and how your medical device idea is starting to shape up in reality
  • Reduces the amount of reworking required, particularly in relation to clients not being happy with the design. As mentioned above, you as the client should be involved in the iterative design process from the very beginning, giving feedback and signing off on the design as it progresses through the various stages. By using this approach, major reworking of the product is avoided, reducing the overall design time.
  • Helps ensure the product design process adheres to regulations by, for example, improving design control documentation

Get More Information

The specifics of an iterative design process depend on a range of factors including how you want to work, who is involved in the approval process, and the nature of the medical device product you want to develop.

To find out more about how those specifics relate to you, please contact us at Arrotek today.

GALT ACQUIRES ARROTEK MEDICAL

by Arrotek Medical Ltd

GALT ACQUIRES ARROTEK MEDICAL

Combination of Arrotek’s Product Development with Galt’s Manufacturing Capabilities will Benefit Customers and Provide Access to New Segments of the Interventional Market

GARLAND, TX – May 20, 2019 – Galt Medical, a subsidiary of Theragenics Corporation® and a global supplier of access and procedure products for a range of interventional and endovascular procedures, today announced it has acquired Arrotek Medical Limited. Arrotek, located in Sligo, Ireland, develops and designs minimally invasive medical devices supporting a range of catheter-based, interventional applications. Arrotek’s capabilities include concept, design, product development, regulatory approval, and certain manufacturing services. Mark Pugh and Ger O’Carroll, co-founders of Arrotek, will remain with Arrotek in Sligo as co-Managing Directors.

Frank Attardo, President of Galt Medical commented, “The capabilities of Arrotek and Galt are highly complementary to each other. Arrotek’s product development capabilities, combined with Galt’s manufacturing and processing capabilities, will allow the combined company to better serve existing customers and address and serve a wider segment of the interventional market.”

Mark Pugh and Ger O’Carroll commented, “Galt provides Arrotek with access to markets, capabilities and expertise previously unavailable to us. The combination with Galt will benefit existing customers of both companies, as well as provide Arrotek with opportunities to serve new segments of the market in Europe, North America and other global markets. Becoming part of the larger Theragenics organization also provides the resources to accelerate our growth and continue to expand.”

IMR Supply Chain and Manufacturing Awards

by Arrotek Medical Ltd

Thank you to Irish Manufacturing Research for shortlisting us for Manufacturing Team of the Year and Small/Medium/Large Manufacturing Company! We’re absolutely delighted to be part of Ireland’s inaugural Manufacturing and Supply Chain Awards.

We owe these nominations to the hard work of our expert team and the continuous quality service we have provided over the past 12 months. Congratulations to all nominees and fingers crossed for January!

https://www.awards.manufacturingevent.com/finalists/

Medica 2018

by Arrotek Medical Ltd

Thank you to all who participated this year at MEDICA. It was a fantastic experience to be part of the world’s largest medical trade fair and the show was a great success.

A special thanks to Enterprise Ireland​ for doing such a good job creating the Irish Pavilion, and to Minister Pat Breen and Ambassador Collins, who honoured us with a visit during the week. We were delighted to be representing the #irishadvantage

Medtech Rising 2018: The Irish Medtech Awards

by Arrotek Medical Ltd

We are absolutely delighted to announce that Arrotek Medical has been selected as one of the finalists in ‘Medtech Rising: The Irish Medtech Awards 2018’.
The ‘Medtech Rising’ awards are organised by the Irish Medtech Association, the Ibec group that represents the medtech sector, with Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland.

Arrotek Medical is one of only three companies shortlisted in the Medtech Partner/Supplier of the Year award. We believe our nomination is due to our proven track record of serving the leading medical device companies in the world, bringing their visions and ideas to life.

Since setting up in 2005, we have grown from a small premises in Strandhill with a handful of clients to a company with 30 employees and between 30 and 40 clients at any one time.

This nomination fits in with our long-term vision which is for continued, sustainable growth – keep tuned in for some exciting news on that front in the not-to-distant future!

Nominations like this one from the Irish Medtech Association validates the standard of services we are providing and the expert work being carried out by our dedicated employees.

The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on December 6 in Cork which we will be excited to attend. We are also looking forward to meeting our fellow nominees in the Medtech Partner/Supplier of the Year category – Design Partners and Sanmina Ireland.

Warrior’s Run 2018

by Arrotek Medical Ltd


A huge congratulations to Arrotek design engineer Jake O’Regan, who took the momentous 1st place spot at this years Warrior’s Run! Jake has very kindly donated his trophy to Arrotek and we’re delighted to have such a fantastic piece of Sligo culture in the office.