January 2012

Reusable devices face significant design challenges that single-use devices do not. A design engineer must think about how the device will...

Today, surgeons face many limitations when it comes to helping a patient who suffers from a severe craniofacial injury, or an injury pertaining to the skull and the face. Most often a result...

Right now, signals from your brain are instructing the muscles around each eye to contract, panning your view left to right and adjusting focus along the way. The...

When a medical product fails in the field, everyone suffers — not just the patient, but also the manufacturer and its employees, investors, suppliers, and even competitors. No one...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Electronics Manufacturing Services

Curtiss-Wright Controls Electronics Systems (Littleton, MA) has announced new additions to its Electronic Manufacturing Services (EMS) capabilities: new, faster flying probe test equipment and new highly...

Products: Motion Control
Miniature Air Motors

Pro-Dex (Irvine, CA) offers miniature air motors for medical, robotic, and industrial use with stall torques from 2.8 in-oz to 1200 in-oz and free speeds of 7 RPM to 40,000 RPM. They feature a ¾" diameter barrel to fit...

Products: Electronics & Computers
Integrated DC/DC Converter

iC-Haus GmbH (Bodenheim, Germany) offers a 4- 36 V buck/boost DC/DC converter with two programmable voltages ranging from 1.5V to 5.5V for the compact voltage supply of industrial sensors and small subsystems. It...

Products: Medical
Digital Oscilloscopes

Rohde & Schwarz (Columbia, MD) has developed the R&S®RTO Series of advanced digital oscilloscopes that feature low frontend noise to allow the analysis of extremely small signals. The scope provides a gain range of...

Products: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Keylock Switches

NKK Switches (Scottsdale, AZ) has introduced the CKM Series of high security keylock switches for panel mount applications. The switches feature high reliability due to a vertically rotating switching mechanism,...

Products: Motion Control
3D Product Catalog

Clippard Instrument Laboratory (Cincinnati, OH) has launched an expanded 3D catalog that includes its electronic and control valve miniature pneumatic lines. Clippard Minimatics are used in control, interface, sensing, logic, and actuation functions in a broad range of applications and industries including medical equipment...

Products: Materials
Clad Composite Wire

Anomet Products (Shrewsbury, MA) offers custom manufactured clad composite wire in 0.002" to 0.060" O.D. sizes with 2% or more cladding thickness. This wire allows for the combination of one or more precious metals and a...

Products: Motion Control
Linear Rail Platform

Haydon Kerk Motion Solutions (Waterbury, CT) has introduced the Kerk® RGS/RGW linear rail platform, now including a 180° folded-over motorized design that allows for a small footprint linear actuator system. The...

Products: Medical
Data Acquisition System

Astro-Med (West Warwick, RI) has introduced the Dash® MX, a lightweight and compact portable data acquisition system designed and engineered for capturing high frequency data and transient signals as well as long...

Henkel (Dusseldorf, Germany) has developed the LOCTITE AssureCure system, designed to detect, measure, analyze, record, and provide a degree of cure metric relative to the transition of specially...

As medical devices increase in functionality, they need more robust and complex embedded software. Handling that complexity usually requires the software to utilize an operating...

An aging population and accompanying demand for wound dressing and stoma care technologies that provide better treatment than conventional techniques have prompted the medical adhesives industry to produce a new...

Briefs: Medical
Quality Control Method for a Micro-Nano-Channel Microfabricated Device

A variety of silicon-fabricated devices is used in medical applications such as drug and cell delivery, and DNA and protein separation and analysis. In applications such as drug delivery from implantable devices, the silicon device structure must have superior precision. In...

Adhesives are often used as the joining compound between substrates in the medical device industry. Typical applications for adhesives include tube-to-connector bonding,...

A new method developed at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) offers a precise way to engineer microscopic cuts in a diamond surface, yielding potential...

Global Innovations: Robotics, Automation & Control
Fast, High-Precision Eye-Surgery Robot
Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), Eindhoven, the Netherlands
www.tue.nl

A smart eye-surgery robot, developed at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) in the Netherlands, allows...

Negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) is a widely used modality to improve healing of acute and chronic wounds though the application of topical reduced...

Mission Accomplished: Medical
Radiation-Free Breast Cancer Detection Device

Currently, mammography is the only FDA-approved independent breast cancer screening method — but it has its limitations, and may be ineffective for women with dense breasts — about 25% of...

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New Bandage Spurs, Guides Blood Vessel Growth

Engineers at the University of Illinois have developed a bandage that stimulates and directs blood vessel growth on the surface of a wound. The bandage, called a “microvascular stamp,” contains living cells that deliver growth factors to damaged tissues in a defined pattern. The new approach is...

News: Medical
Lending a Hand to Hip Implants

The road to better, longer-lasting hip implants may be paved with better lubricants. A team of engineers and physicians recently discovered that graphitic carbon is a key element in a lubricating layer for longer-lasting metal-on-metal hip implants. The ability to extend the life of implants would have enormous...

News: Medical
Natural User Interface Technologies

A Microsoft Research Connections project proposes to develop a contact lens that monitors blood glucose levels for type 1 diabetes patients. Other non-invasive alternatives to the finger-pricking method have also been explored elsewhere — such as this tear-based glucose sensor from Arizona State University,...

News: Robotics, Automation & Control
Open-Source Opens Doors for Surgical Robots

Raven II, a robotic surgery system developed at UC Santa Cruz and the University of Washington, is being shared on an open-source basis with five other universities. Researchers hope that this will enable users to share software, replicate experiments, and collaborate in other ways — and ultimately...

News: Medical
What's the Skinny on Teledermatology?

From delivering care to the developing world, to remote echocardiography, to hearing assessment, telemedicine has opened doors to new and potentially improved forms of diagnosis and treatment. Dermatology is one area in particular that stands to benefit greatly from this technology.

News: Medical
Could a Saliva-Based Biochip Lick the Competition?

The process of monitoring blood glucose levels through finger pricking is an inconvenience at best for the estimated 26 million diabetics in the U.S. It's no mystery why researchers have continued to set their sights on developing more convenient and less invasive methods of monitoring glucose...

News: Medical
T-Rays Take Medical Scanning Gadgets to the Next Level

Researchers have made T-rays into a much stronger directional beam than was previously thought possible — and have done so at room-temperature conditions. This is a breakthrough that should allow future T-ray systems to be smaller, more portable, easier to operate, and much cheaper than...

News: Medical
Portable, Wearable System Improves Prosthesis Fitting, Design

If a prosthesis is not fit or aligned correctly, it can affect a patient's walking patterns, resulting in an asymmetric gait. These abnormal gait patterns can increase the stress on the healthy limb, leading to problems later in life such as arthritis. Researchers at Oak Ridge...

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FDA and Stanford Tackle Med-Tech Education

Since it was established 11 years ago, the Stanford Biodesign Innovation Program has led to more than 200 patents and 24 start-up companies, including Spiracur, the company behind the SNaP Wound Care System (featured in the January issue of Medical Design Briefs). This intensive one-year program helps...

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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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