News from Arrotek

Members of the Arrotek Team Raise Over €1,300 in the Annual Movember Fundraiser

by Arrotek Medical Ltd
Members of the Arrotek team grew some debonair-esque facial hair as part of the annual Mo Bro part of the Movember challenge, raising over €1,300 in the process. Other members of the team also took part in the Mo Bro & Mo Sista's challenge this year, where they walked or ran over 60km during the month of November. The money raised during the Movember campaign goes to groups working on men's health issues, such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health, and suicide prevention. Well done to everyone involved!

Video: Learn More About Our Six-Step Medical Device Design & Development Process

by Arrotek Medical Ltd
We use a well-established six-step process here at Arrotek to design and develop new medical device products. The process takes new product ideas from the concept stage through to final prototype production, ready for testing and evaluation. The six steps are: Requirements Concept generation Concept development Stage-1 prototype Concept refinement Stage-2 prototype Watch our video to find out more.

You Have an Idea for a Medical Device – Find Out How Much It Will Cost to Design and Develop

by Arrotek Medical Ltd
One of the most important questions to find the answer to if you have an idea for a new medical device is how much it will cost to design and develop, i.e., how much it will cost to turn the idea into a working, manufacturable product that is ready to go to the next stage. One of the challenges of getting this information is that there are a lot of variables. However, at Arrotek, we have used our extensive experience in the industry to develop a calculator that will give you an estimate of the costs involved to design your...

Workplace Wellbeing Workshop Held at Arrotek

by Arrotek Medical Ltd
As part of the Employee Wellbeing Programme, and to coincide with World Mental Health Day last Saturday, Arrotek has organised a Workplace Wellbeing Workshop for employees. The focus of the workshop is to create awareness of how easy it is to fall into anxiety and negative thought patterns, particularly as COVID-19 continues to impact every part of work and life. The workshop also outlines positive coping strategies for building emotional wellbeing. Some of the areas covered include nurturing quality connections, dealing with unpredictability, and growing self-confidence.

Come See Us at Virtual Careers’ Fairs Taking Place this October

by Arrotek Medical Ltd
Careers’ fairs and events are important dates on the calendar for students, universities, sectors like engineering, and industries like MedTech. Events this year are going to be very different, though, due to the current restrictions, with most careers’ fairs going virtual. Arrotek will be at two of these redesigned virtual events in October, and we can't wait. The first is the Graduate Jobs Fair 2020 at NUI Galway on 12 October. While we can't meet you in person, you can visit us at our virtual stand and chat to members of the Arrotek team. The second is a virtual trade...

The UDI Requirements of the New EU MDR – What You Need to Know

by Fidelma Conway
The new EU MDR (Medical Device Regulation) changes several aspects of obtaining and then maintaining regulatory approval for medical devices. One of the major changes is the introduction of an identification system, or UDI, for medical devices approved for use in the EU. While the implementation of the new EU MDR has been delayed because of COVID-19, everyone in the industry is impacted by this change in UDI requirements. This includes those with products that have been on the market for years, to companies and start-ups developing new medical devices that have yet to go through the approval process. Introduction...

Members of the Arrotek Team Enjoy Team Building Zip Lining Event

by Arrotek Medical Ltd
Some of the Arrotek team headed to Lough Key Forest Park in Boyle, Country Roscommon recently to enjoy zip lining as part of a team-building event. The event was run by Zipit, who have built 1.6km of treetop zip lining activities in this stunning forest. This includes over 909 metres of zip lines and 92 activities between platforms high up in the trees. Team building events are just one of the things that used to be considered normal but are now radically different because of the battle against COVID-19 and the social distancing rules that are in effect. The Zipit team has excellent COVID-19 measures in...

Using Coil Reinforced Polymer Tubes with Ultra-Thin Walls to Develop Advanced Catheter Technologies

by Ger O'Carroll
Coil reinforced polymer tubes have enabled the development of a wide range of minimally invasive medical devices, including catheter solutions. The coil reinforcement increases the flexibility of the device inside the body, preventing the tube from kinking or collapsing. These kink-resistant capabilities make it possible for catheters to access difficult to reach parts of the body. As a result, many coil reinforced catheter solutions have been developed and are currently being used for both diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. Just because there are effective coil reinforced catheter solutions in use doesn't mean the medical device industry can declare mission accomplished, with...

Arrotek’s Jake O’Regan Wins the Grant Thornton Virtual GT5K Challenge

by Arrotek Medical Ltd
The COVID-19 emergency has meant adapting to changes in multiple areas of life, and running races are no exception. They have gone virtual, and in one recent event, Arrotek's Jake O'Regan came out on top, helping to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland in the process. The event was the Grant Thornton Virtual GT5K Challenge, organised by Athletics Ireland. It took place on the weekend of 14-16 August. Those taking part had to run their best 5k over the weekend, submitting their time via an app on their phone or their GPS watch to see where they finished...