January 2011

The popularity of games with buzzing joysticks and consumer electronic devices with touchpads has expanded awareness of the role that haptic (touch-enabled) interfaces can play in...

Many of today’s single-use medical devices would not be commercially viable without a lubricant coating. Dry lubricants using PTFE particles provide design engineers with a...

ATI Industrial Automation is a world-leading developer of Multi-Axis Force/Torque Sensing Systems, Automatic Tool Changers, Compliance Devices, Robotic Collision Sensors, Robotic Deburring Tools, and...

Crane Aerospace & Electronics, Microelectronics Solutions, specializes in unique microelectronic packaging for customers requiring innovative approach to resolving size, weight and circuit density challenges while...

Da/Pro Rubber, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of precision, custom molded rubber, plastic, and TPE products. We work hand-in-hand with our customers to manufacture unique precision...

Since 1953, Gorman-Rupp Industries has solved unique fluid pumping problems for OEMs worldwide. GRI’s reputation and success have been built on innovative designs, customer service, and providing...

Interface has been solely focused on the balloon catheter market since 1995, and is the only vertically integrated provider of outsourced solutions for balloon catheter manufacturing. Our...

For 56+ years, Keystone Electronics Corp. has been recognized as a leading global manufacturer of “Hi-Tech” interconnect components and hardware for medical and...

Since its founding in 1948, The Lee Company has pioneered the development of miniature fluid control components for automated liquid handling in medical and scientific...

LEMO (Rohnert Park, CA), a global leader in the design and manufacture of precision custom connection solutions, is introducing the new REDEL® XP at this year’s MD&M WEST 2011 Trade Show and...

Proto Labs is the world’s fastest provider of CNC machined and injection molded parts. Our Firstcut and Protomold serv- ices utilize proprietary computing technologies and automated manufacturing...

Sensirion is a leading Swiss high-tech company with headquarters in Staefa near Zurich and sales offices in the USA, Japan, South Korea and China. Its highly skilled team of...

The VisionGauge® Digital Optical Comparator is The Fastest, Easiest, Most Accurate Way to Compare a Part to a CAD FileTM. It works directly with your part’s CAD data and doesn’t...

STEUTE Meditech, Inc. has been designing and manufacturing “Off-the-shelf-custom” cabled foot-operated controls for medical device manufacturers (OEMs) since the...

Products: Materials
Medical Imprinting Technology

CI Medical (Norton, MA) offers Radiopaque® ink for use on medical implantable devices. When coupled with fluoroscopy, the ink enables surgeons complete visibility of marked medical device components implanted...

Products: Electronics & Computers
Portable Memory Solution

Datakey Electronics (Savage, MN) has introduced the SGT4Kb Gamma-Safe™ memory token, a non-volatile, reprogrammable, portable memory device that survives gamma sterilization with no loss of data. The data...

Products: Motion Control
Low-Vibration Motors

Maxon Precision Motors (Fall River, MA) offers EC 22 motors equipped with preloaded ball bearings and Neodymium permanent magnets. The motors feature low vibration and low noise levels, as well as a nominal torque of up...

Products: Medical
Etch-Free EFEP Co-Extrusion

Teleflex Medical OEM (Kenosha, WI) has introduced an EFEP co-extrusion that eliminates the need for etching. The co-extrusion offers chemical resistance and high clarity for applications where transparency is...

Products: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Orifices and Filters

Bird Precision (Waltham, MA) offers a series of laser drilled, wire-lapped ruby and sapphire orifices. Orifices and filters are packaged in a variety of stainless, brass, and plastic fittings, connectors, and inserts....

Products: Motion Control
Linear Actuator

The SAA06 motorized SplineRailTM linear actuator from Haydon Kerk Motion Solutions (Waterbury, CT) features a Kerk® precision rolled lead screw for applications in pick-and-place mechanisms and robotic assemblies in life...

Products: Software
Compliance Software Solution

Grand Avenue Software (St. Paul, MN) offers a new Equipment Management module that helps companies schedule, track, and complete preventive maintenance, calibration, and qualification activities on their...

Products: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Capsule Filter Assemblies

ZenPure® capsule filter assemblies from ZenPure (Manassas, VA) are available with a wide range of hydrophilic and hydrophobic filter medias and pore sizes for liquid, gas, and venting applications. They can be...

Products: Connectivity
Wireless Foot Controls

STEUTE Meditech (Ridgefield, CT) offers medical-grade, fully compliant wireless foot controls operating in the ISM 2.4 GHz band. The short-range technology (up to 10 meters) provides continuous monitoring of the...

Products: Motion Control
Diaphragm Vacuum Pumps

KNF Neuberger (Trenton, NJ) offers KNF N860 Series diaphragm vacuum pumps to sample, transfer, or evacuate air and gases. The structured diaphragm promotes optimized pneumatic performance and long service life....

Products: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Thin-Section Bearings

The REALI-SLIM® MMTM Metric Series of thin-section bearings from Kaydon® Bearings (Muskegon, MI) is suitable for applications that require metric envelope dimensions or thin profiles in the medical equipment industry....

Products: Motion Control
Magnetic Drive Pumps

Gorman-Rupp Industries (Belville, OH) has introduced the Integrity Series of integrated magnetic drive pumps. The pump’s components are integrated into a compact design, featuring the impeller assembly as the only...

Products: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Plastic Components

Interstate Specialty Products (Sutton, MA) offers custom engineered plastic components that can be manufactured to specification in thicknesses ranging from 0.0002" to 1.0". Featuring holes from 0.010" to 0.5", with...

Products: Medical
Anti-Reflection Coatings

Laser Components (Hudson, NH) has introduced anti-reflection (AR) coatings for use in applications when high power has to be transmitted across optical fibers using a laser. These coatings are intended to reduce...

Products: Imaging
Linear Positioning Stages

H2W Technologies (Santa Clarita, CA) offers linear positioning stages featuring moving magnet voice coil technology. They offer high resolution (from 50 nm) and can be mounted horizontally or vertically. They are...

Products: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Platinum-Cured Silicone Tubing

APST tubing from the AdvantaPure division of NewAge Industries (Southampton, PA) is available from 0.030" to 1.000" I.D., and is manufactured from low-volatile-grade, platinum-cured silicone. It offers a...

Products: Medical
Process Analyzer

Brimrose (Sparks, MD) offers a miniature high-speed Process AOTF-NIR (Acousto-Optic Tunable Filter Near Infrared) Analyzer 7030-IP55 that performs on-line measurement. The Luminar™ 7030-IP55 can be used for real-time...

Products: Electronics & Computers
Power Supplies

XP Power (Sunnyvale, CA) has launched the AEF and AFM series of external AC/DC power supply units designed for portable medical equipment. The AEF series offers up to 94% efficiency in 100, 120, and 150 W models with single...

Products: Electronics & Computers
Medical Leads

Bioconnect (San Diego, CA), a division of RF Industries, offers replacement leads that feature DIN overmolded DIN sockets that have a positive fit with any brand of AAMI approved cables. The leads are manufactured using...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Vibration Isolators

Advanced Antivibration Components (New Hyde Park, NY) offers vibration isolators including silicone gel pads, sheets, silicone gel, and wire rope isolators for larger applications. Applications include medical equipment...

Products: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Differential Pressure Sensor

Sensirion (Westlake Village, CA) has introduced the SDP2108-R, a sensor solution for measuring air flows in medical ventilation applications. The sensor features an extended measuring range of 0 to 3500 Pa. The...

Products: Electronics & Computers
Common-Mode Chokes

Prem Magnetics (Johnsburg, IL) has introduced a series of common-mode chokes for reducing unwanted common-mode noise signals on a power line. The SPCM series covers inductance values ranging from 65.0 uHy to 120 mHy and...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Flex Assemblies

FCI (Etters, PA) has introduced the Flexible Connections(SM) series, which includes flex assemblies, fine-pitch jumpers, high-density BGA-based flex assemblies, and rigid flexes using press-fit backplane connectors. Signal...

Products: Electronics & Computers
Electronic Valves

The EW Series electronic valves from Clippard Instrument Laboratory (Cincinnati, OH) feature wire leads out of the top of the valve and are available in 2-way or 3-way, normally closed or fully ported. The series offers...

Products: Medical
Image Processing Solution

National Instruments (Austin, TX) has introduced the NI 1483 Camera Link adapter module in combination with the NI FlexRIO field-programmable gate array (FPGA) board, offering a solution for embedding vision and...

Akron Coating and Adhesives (Akron, OH) offers the ACA60-140, a radiation sterilization process indicator that changes color at 25 kGy of gamma radiation and is suitable for use with the...

As hospitals and surgical centers add more portable medical equipment, the precision and positioning of digital displays become critical to staff efficiency, comfort,...

An integrated seal and electrical contact system for medical implantable pulse generators (IPGs) has been engineered to help large and small OEMs accelerate the development...

An optical phantom enables dynamic changes in the physiological state of muscles, the brain, and blood flow to be measured. The medical diagnostic and treatment equipment...

Briefs: Medical
Self-Assembling Hydrophobin Useful for Coating Surfaces

This technology provides isolated polynucleotides comprising a nucleotide sequence encoding a mature thermophillic hydrophobin polypeptide suitable for a recombinant DNA technology production process. This compound self-assembles at interfaces and is applicable to a broad variety of...

Medical device manufacturers are experiencing an ever-increasing emphasis on process accountability. ADAM (Advanced Data Analysis Monitor) is a technology developed for resistance welding...

When vision system integrators are designing systems for hospital operating rooms, they have a number of technologies to choose from. The video interfacing technology with...

Shifting work schedules can wreak havoc on a person’s ability to get enough sleep, resulting in poor performance on the job. Researchers funded by the National Space Biomedical...

Mission Accomplished: Software
Moving Ahead With Eye Power

Eye trackers have literally opened up the world to many disabled people who suffer from limited movement and speech. The sophisticated devices track eye movements — distinguishing the viewer’s precise...

On an exploration mission, an astronaut has an accident and appears to have serious injuries as the spacecraft speeds to its destination. The ensuing scene is hectic...

The MED-SEG™ system, developed by Bartron Medical Imaging LLC, a New Haven, CT-based company, was recently approved by the FDA for use by trained professionals to...

News: Medical
Speedier Brain Scans

An international team of physicists and neuroscientists has reported a breakthrough in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) that generates brain scans more than seven times faster than currently possible. The improvements allow full 3D brain scans in less than half a second, instead of the typical 2 to 3 seconds.

News: Medical
'Liquid Pistons' Could Drive Advances in Lenses and Drug Delivery

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute engineering researchers have developed pistons, in which oscillating droplets of ferrofluid can be used to pump small volumes of liquid. They can also function as liquid lenses that vibrate at high speeds and move in and out of focus as they change...

News: Medical
New Microscope Records Firing of Thousands of Individual Neurons in 3d

UCLA neuroscientists have collaborated with physicists to develop a non-invasive, ultra-high-speed microscope that can record in real time the firing of thousands of individual neurons in the brain as they communicate, or miscommunicate, with each other.

News: Medical
Researchers Refine Breathalyzers for Medical Diagnostics

Researchers at Purdue University and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have overcome a fundamental obstacle in developing breath-analysis technology to rapidly diagnose patients by detecting chemical compounds called "biomarkers" in a person's respiration in real...

News: Medical
Glaucoma Self-Test Instrument Allows Earlier, More Accurate Detection

University of Arizona engineers have designed a new probe that allows for simple self-testing of glaucoma. It can also be used in situations that are either difficult to address or impossible to test with current procedures. The probe works by gently rubbing the eyelid to...

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Dan Sanchez on How to Improve Extruded Components

Improving extruded components requires careful attention to a number of factors, including dimensional tolerance, material selection, and processing. Trelleborg’s Dan Sanchez provides detailed insights into each of these considerations to help you advance your device innovations while reducing costs and speeding time to market.

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