Women in Medtech 2021: Kira Switalla, CPC (Colder Products Company) Custom Applications Engineer

Kira Switalla [Photo courtesy of CPC]

“After completing a co-op program with CPC and graduating from the University of Minnesota with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in 2017, I accepted a position as a test engineer for CPC’s biopharmaceutical business,” said Kira Switalla.

“During this time, I also completed my MBA. Recently, I transitioned into a new role as a custom applications engineer where I work on custom solutions for another rapidly growing business unit within the company. I’m also an active member of the CPC Green Team, which leads initiatives that promote environmental sustainability. Outside of work, I volunteer for TC Food Justice, which reduces food waste and hunger within the community.”

What first drew you to medtech? When did you first know you wanted to be in the industry? Switalla: My interest in medtech began while I was undergoing physical ther…

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Three factors to consider when choosing connectors for low-pressure fluid handling

Selecting the right connector can have a noticeable impact

By Colder Products Company (CPC)

From in vitro diagnostics to drug delivery, surgical tools to wound therapy, support surfaces and patient monitoring to home health and rehabilitation, fluid transfer through tubing is a critical function in medical devices throughout the patient experience.  While tubing connectors may seem like a minor component in the overall device design,  they are often a primary point of interaction for users and can have a big effect on product reliability, performance and ease of use. Therefore, it’s best to give them thoughtful consideration early in the design process.

There are thousands of connector options for design engineers to choose from and they offer different capabilities, materials and types. So how do design engineers make an informed decision? Start with these three major considerations.

Consideration 1: Define the functional needs of the applicatio…

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