Creganna Launches Meridian Technology

– Faster and more efficient design of metal delivery shafts –

Creganna launched Meridian Technology today at the industry’s premier conference and exhibition, MD&M West at Anaheim, CA. Meridian Technology is a design tool, that enables development engineers design delivery systems faster and more efficiently than ever. Meridian is facilitated by Finite Element Analysis to enable design engineers rapidly find the optimum metal shaft design for their product application.

The powerful Meridian database and design tool is the output of an eighteen month R&D program at Creganna. The objective of the program was to develop a software solution that would enable product designers to find the optimum cut geometry for a metal shaft rapidly and cost effectively. Complex cut geomotries enable metal shaft designs for flexibility, torque transmission and resistance to external compression.

“Meridian Technology defines a new era in the design of metal delivery shafts,” said Michael Howe, Manager of the Creganna Innovation Centre. “We have virtually eliminated the design bottleneck that is associated with the traditional iterative design cycle of prototyping and testing. With Meridian, the design engineer simply defines his/her performance requirements, Creganna consult the Meridian database and output a cut geometry that meets exact specifications. The time and cost savings associated with the Meridian Technology approach are enormous.”

Head of the Meridian Technology development program at Creganna, Dr. Alan McKiernan said “Meridian Technology harnesses the power of Finite Element Analysis and translates it directly into a language understood by all design engineers – physical prototypes of metal shafts that are manufactured within days of order and meet performance requirements.”

The R&D program to develop Meridian Technology is the subject of a technical feature in the January/February 2008 edition of Medical Device Technology, a Canon Publication.

Meridian Technology is now available to the market.

About Creganna
Creganna create, design and build products and technologies for medical device and lifescience companies. Creganna specialises in solutions for catheter and specialty needle applications. Components and sub-assemblies in a range of metals, polymers and composite materials are provided. Creganna is a trusted supplier to the world’s leading medical device manufacturers. The company has manufacturing facilities in Galway, Ireland and Marlborough, Massachusetts. More information can be found at

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