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Developing the Robotics Industry: Columbia Tech Attends the 2016 AUVSI Trade Show

Between June 7 and June 9, AUVSI New England held the second annual ROBOTICA trade show and conference in Devens, MA. For those of you who are unaware, AUVSI stands for Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International. This event celebrates the continued adoption of robotic technologies that promise to make our lives easier and safer while molding a more productive society in general. Successful Robotics Systems Depend on Expert System Integration Development of successful robotic systems involves the tight integration of a wide range of complicated technologies from a variety of independent vendors. The many components required typically include...

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Advances in Surgical Robotics – Cogmedix Attends TechSandBox Event

by Peter Rizzo, Manager of Positive Client Relations TechSandBox (TSB) is a regional support network that promotes technology companies’ success in the Metro West region of Massachusetts. On May 2nd, TSB hosted WPI Robotics Professor, Gregory Fischer, and Head of Urology at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Dr. Ingolf Tuerk, to present and discuss robotic technology applications in the medical device industry, specifically in robotic surgery. Dr. Tuerk’s presentation included video demonstrations of his own work with Intuitive Surgical’s da Vinci surgical robot, a system that helps provide minimally invasive surgical procedures with exceptional accuracy and decreased risk of complications. Dr. Tuerk has completed over 3500 procedures in his career with the da Vinci robot, and has achieved much better results using the device than by performing similar procedures by hand alone. His experience has contributed to the growing trend among surgeons to adopt innovative new technologies like the da Vinci Surgical Navigation System. Professor Fischer’s presentation spoke to the innovative work being done at WPI to support the advancement of medical robotics. The da Vinci, among other medical robotics projects, received much of its technical development and support through Professor Fischer’s Automated Interventional Medicine (AIM) Laboratory at WPI. AIM Lab’s mission is to design and develop enabling technologies for medical robotics and robot-assisted surgery. The focus of the work is to enable “closed-loop medicine”, which effectively captures information during surgical...

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Live Your Dreams through Constant Re-Invention – Chris Coghlin Speaks to Northeastern MBA Students

by Ryan Mannion Business Development Specialist On the morning of June 2nd, Northeastern University invited Chris Coghlin, President and CEO of Coghlin Companies, to share his business experiences and life lessons with a class of MBA students concentrating in finance and entrepreneurship. He began by reminiscing about his past experience at Northeastern and expressed his belief that their Co-Op Program was a major driver in his early success of learning how to manage and lead people, establish expectations and meet deadlines by implementing an accountable leadership style. Chris proceeded to discuss how he and the businesses he has been...

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MDG Boston: Understanding WEAC and the FDA

by Peter Rizzo, Manager of Positive Customer Relations At Medical Development Group Boston’s (MDG Boston) May 4th forum, representatives from Winchester Engineering Analytical Center (WEAC) presented information on their specific roles and helped clarify WEAC’s relationship as a support facility for the FDA. WEAC provides front-line data collection and analysis, as well as post-market performance investigation for medical devices and more. Faced with a crowd of medical device industry professionals, agents of the FDA can expect a wide array of questions and comments covering many subjects. The team from WEAC represented the FDA exceptionally, emphasizing their role in supporting and providing front-line expertise for OEMs and service providers for medical devices and laser devices. Medical device manufacturers must commit to regulatory compliance and embrace the role of the FDA in enforcing the rules. WEAC is a laboratory overseen by and supporting the mission of the FDA in post-market surveillance of medical devices and other technologies, including lasers and devices with a radioactive footprint. The duties of the engineers and scientists at WEAC include analyzing the safety and performance of medical devices and radiation-emitting equipment in the marketplace. In recent months MDG has experienced rapid growth, and has continuously sought to improve and enhance their program offerings. Peter Madras, President of MDG, has been successful in recruiting new attendees and members, as well as sponsors, which Cogmedix is proud to...

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Columbia Tech President and CEO, Chris Coghlin, Featured in the Inaugural Worcester Business Journal Manufacturing e-Newsletter

At the recent, inaugural Manufacturing Excellence Awards, the WBJ announced that it would be creating a new forum for spreading awareness about manufacturing in Massachusetts: a manufacturing e-Newsletter beginning this month. Columbia Tech took home the award for Collaboration in Manufacturing at the awards ceremony and, with a featured profile of their top executive, is now one of the first contributors to the WBJ manufacturing e-Newsletter. The Central Mass Manufacturing e-Newsletter will be delivered to subscriber inboxes every Tuesday afternoon; it will include breaking news and industry trends that affect local manufacturers. It will also provide weekly spotlight features...

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Coghlin Companies to Globalize Field Service Operations

WORCESTER, MA – FEBRUARY 12, 2013 Coghlin Companies has recently hired a new Director of Global Field Service Operations to take their national field service and support group to a global level. Coghlin Companies’ Field Service Support division is well known and respected for being a 24/7 experienced technical resource group with solid core competencies in deploying equipment and providing custom on-site services associated with preventative maintenance, troubleshooting, repair, refurbishment, installation and asset management.Strong competencies in mechanics, electronics, pneumatics, electro – mechanics computer technology and refrigeration make it one of the most diverse and flexible global resource organizations. Coghlin Companies has the full turnkey capability to deliver capital equip ment and other technology products directly to their customers and assist in the commissioning and continuing support of them without limitation. “This Global Field Service offering is such a great value to our clients, not only to build and engineer their product, but also to be able to install and support it when requested”, stated Michael Triber, Director of Global Field Service Operations for Coghlin Companies. He continued, “Field services can be extremely cost effective for clients because they have access to our expert team and do not need to invest in developing a full-time team of their own. This allows them to focus their time and resources on their core competencies and overall technology and product advancement.” Coghlin Companies...

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