January 2014

Medical devices manufactured today require significant attention to safety and human factors engineering that has not always been exercised in medical device design. IEC safety...

The cardiovascular device market is growing, with research forecasting that the cardiac implant medical device market alone will exceed $27 billion...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Product of the Month: Kynar Rx 752 Copolymer for Catheters

Arkema Inc., King of Prussia, PA, introduces Kynar Rx® 752 polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) copolymer for use in minimally invasive medical catheters exposed to bodily fluids for...

Products: Electronics & Computers
Battery Gas Gauge

Linear Technology Corpora tion, Milpitas, CA, announces the LTC2943 multicell battery gas gauge, which makes direct measurements of 3.6V to 20V battery stacks. The LTC2943 is a true high voltage gas gauge that measures...

Coilcraft CPS, Cary, IL, has released its new AE425PJB Series of low-profile power inductors that are just 1.8mm high with a footprint of 3.9mm square. It features a special suspended core construction,...

Master Bond Inc., Hackensack, NJ, formulated EP79FL with a silver- coated nickel filler, as a twopart, electrically conductive epoxy for bonding, sealing, and coating applications. It has low volume...

Spellman High Voltage Electronics Corporation, Valhalla, NY, introduces X-Ray sub-systems, featuring its industry leading XRV high voltage generators, available in unipolar and bipolar, 160 to 450kV, 1.8-6kW. Combining the...

Products: Electronics & Computers
MELF Resistor Series

Stackpole Electronics Inc., Raleigh, NC, announces that its surface mount metal film MELFs, the MLF and MLFM Series offers cooler operating temperatures at full rated power. The cylindrical shape provides a termination...

Thomas Division, Sheboygan, WI, announces that its Model 1420 miniature diaphragm pump with an innovative twin-head design achieves higher flows than conventional standard diaphragm pumps of the same...

Products: Motion Control
Servo Class Couplings

Zero-Max, Inc., Plymouth, MN, precision machined ServoClass couplings are available with hub taper adapters for use on servo motors with tapered shafts in high speed applications. The hub adapters fit precisely in the...

Products: Motion Control
Speed Control Option for Linear Drives

Amacoil, Inc., Aston, PA, released a linear speed control option for Model RG rolling ring linear drives that lets users fix a specific speed in one or both directions. Medical equipment designers may...

KD Scientific, Holliston, MA, introduces its new Allegro Peristaltic Pump System, the only touch screen peristaltic pump that displays flow rate, dispensed volume, and flow direction. This innovative new pumping...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
180 Watt AC-DC Power Supplies

XP Power, Sunnyvale, CA, announces its ECP180 series of low profile high efficiency “green power” open frame 180 Watt AC-DC power supplies. The medically approved units have an average active mode efficiency...

Products: Electronics & Computers
Square Gas Discharge Tube

Littelfuse, Inc., Chicago, IL, annnounces the SE Series of Gas Discharge Tube (GDT) devices in a miniature EIA 1206 package, making it the smallest GDT device on the market. The ultra-low capacitance helps ensure...

Kaman Precision Products, Colorado Springs, CO, introduces the first eddy current sensor for position/displacement/ proximity sensing with a self tuning bridge, eliminating the need to connect...

Products: Software
Embedded GUI Development Tools

Express Logic, San Diego, CA, introduces GUIX™, a new graphical user interface (GUI) development framework. GUIX is a small-footprint, low-overhead runtime engine and development tool that targets the ARM...

Products: Motion Control
PCM4806E Encoder-Ready IDEA Drive

Haydon Kerk Motion Solutions, Waterbury, CT, announces its latest addition to the IDEA Drive™ line of sophisticated stepper motor controllers. The RoHS-compliant PCM4806E drive allows an encoder input to...

Products: Medical
EOS NickelAlloy HX

EOS, Novi, MI, is expanding its portfolio of additive manufacturing metals with NickelAlloy HX. The heatand corrosion-resistant nickel- chrome-iron-molybdenum alloy has a high degree of strength and resistance to...

Products: Electronics & Computers
First NC/NO Tactile Pushbutton Switches

MEC, an APEM Inc. company, Vista, CA, is launching its Multimec® 5 Series NC/NO switches, the market’s first NC/NO tactile pushbutton switch, to simplify design, increase functionality, and enhance...

Products: Test & Measurement
High-Precision Capillary Tubes

Goodfellow Corporation, Coraopolis, PA, introduces a new line of glass capillary tubes available with inner diameters as small as 0.005mm and in a range of materials that can be sterilized, are inert, and are...

No, “CSI: Ocean” is not the next installment of the television franchise that investigates crime scenes. Nevertheless, one group of scientists and engineers combine their access to...

Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Rehabilitation of Visual and Perceptual Dysfunction after Severe Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

The aim of this work is to conduct preliminary evaluations of new rehabilitation strategies and new functional assessment methods for homonymous hemianopia (HH) and spatial neglect (SN), two disabling visual and cognitive perception conditions that...

Healthy joints and cartilage are exposed to mechanical loads during everyday motion and activity. While normal joint loading can help maintain joint tissues, high loading due to obesity, or abnormal...

Biosensor Could Help Detect Brain Injuries During Heart Surgery

A team of engineers and cardiology experts at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Children’s Center have teamed up to develop a biosensor that...

We’ve all learned in Wire & Cable 101 that poly(vinyl chloride) (PVC) reigns supreme for its low cost, high temperature ranges, and multipurpose...

Technology Leaders: FDA/Regulatory
Managing Risk in Medical Connectors

Every day, medical device manufacturers are getting better and better at managing risk. They know they have to. Changes have been introduced into international regulatory schemes that impact device design...

Global Innovations: Electronics & Computers
Electronic Bodysuit Could Treat Neurologically Impaired
KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden,
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A specially-designed elastic bodysuit covered with electrodes, which was designed at Stockholm’s...

From the Editor: Medical
From the Editor — The Future Is Here

About a month ago, I had a chance to watch the award-winning documentary “The Incredible Bionic Man,” built entirely of prosthetic parts and implantable synthetic organs by leading scientists and roboticists, and hosted by the Smithsonian Channel. I was transported a future that was barely envisioned by...

Mission Accomplished: Imaging
Superconductors Enable Lower Cost MRI Systems

The future looks bright, light, and green—especially where aircraft are concerned. The division of NASA’s Fundamental Aeronautics Program called the Subsonic Fixed Wing Project is aiming to...

R&D: Electronics & Computers
Robotics Technology Advances Artificial Legs

Recent advances in robotics technology enables prosthetics that can dramatically improve the mobility of lower-limb amputees, allowing them to negotiate stairs and slopes and uneven ground, and...

A team of engineers and cardiology experts at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Children’s Center have teamed up to develop a fingernail-sized biosensor that could alert...

R&D: Electronics & Computers
Metamaterial May Improve Depression

A new headpiece for brain stimulation technique, designed by engineers at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, may considerably improve treatment of tough cases of depression. Computer simulations have...

Researchers at The Ohio State University (OSU), Columbus, and their partners are building a database of new titanium alloys that, they say, will be used to reduce the stress that pins, plates,...

Approximately two million people, including 400,000 children, in the US are being treated for epilepsy, and, despite treatment, one-third continue to have seizures. In response, RTI International,...

The ankle is a complex joint, supported by muscle, tendon, and bones, and maintaining stability and locomotion. Characterizing how it works, however, is not so straightforward says a group of researchers...

News: Medical
Easy Scanning Detection of Eye Diseases

A new optical device about the size of a hand-held video camera, developed by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, can scan a patient’s entire retina in seconds and could aid primary care physicians in early detection of many retinal diseases, including diabetic...

News: Electronics & Computers
Micro-Muscle Breakthrough

While vanadium dioxide is already known for its ability to change size, shape, and physical identity, a team of researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory say that super strength can now be added to that list of attributes. They demonstrated a micro-sized robotic...

News: Medical
Optimized Implant Coatings Can Reduce Infection

A team of researchers at Aalto University, Finland, developed a method to select new surface treatment processes for orthopaedic and dental implants that may reduce the risk of infection. Implants are commonly made from metals, such as titanium alloys, which are made porous during processing used...

News: Photonics/Optics
2D Materials for Printable Electronics

A team of scientists from the National University of Singapore has successfully developed a method to chemically exfoliate molybdenum disulfide crystals into high quality monolayer flakes, with a higher yield and larger flake size than current methods. These flakes can then be made into a printable...

News: Medical
Wireless Patch Outperforms Holter Monitor for Tracking Heart Rhythm

A study conducted by the Scripps Translational Science Institute, San Diego, has found that a small adhesive wireless device worn on the chest for up to two weeks does a better job detecting abnormal and potentially dangerous heart rhythms than the traditional Holter monitor,...

News: Medical
FDA Provides 510(k) Communication Timeline

The Emergo Group reports that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently added a new timeline to its 510(k) premarket notification webpagesummarizing typical communications between agency reviewers and medical device applicants for the period between submission and final clearance.

News: Medical
Electronics Thin Enough to Wrap Around Single Hair

Researchers at ETH Zurich, Switzerland, a leading technology university, say they have developed electronic components that are so thin and flexible they can even be wrapped around a single hair without damaging the electronics. This may open up new possibilities for ultra-thin, transparent...

News: Medical
Adhesive Shows How to Mend a Broken Heart

When babies are born with congenital heart defects, like a hole, time is of the essence to quickly and safely secure a device inside the heart. Sutures take too long and can cause damage to fragile heart tissue, and currently available adhesives are either too toxic or lose their sticking power in the...

News: Aerospace
Funding Opportunity for Biomedical Product Companies

Administering health care in space demands innovative biomedical solutions. Small companies developing products that can be modified for use in space may be eligible for a unique funding opportunity offered through the National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI).

News: Medical
January 2014 Mid-Month Industry News

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News: Medical
New Material for Thin, Light-Weight Electronics

Scientists from SLAC, Stanford University, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s Advanced Light Source, grew sheets of an exotic material in a single atomic layer and measured its electronic structure for the first time. They discovered it’s a natural fit for making thin, flexible...

News: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Creating Low Cost 3D Printed Prosthetic Sockets a World Away

A University of Toronto lab is partnering with an international NGO and a Ugandan hospital to use 3D scanning and printing to speed the process of creating and fitting sockets for artificial limbs. While 3D printing has been around for some time, a new generation of fast, cheap 3D...

News: Medical
Smart Hydrogels Deliver Medicine on Demand

Researchers at the University of Delaware, Newark, have developed a “smart” hydrogel that can deliver medicine on demand, in response to mechanical force. What’s new about their material, is its ability to release medicine in response to force, a major challenge for people with osteoarthritis,...

News: Medical
Google's Smart Contact Lens

Google is currently testing a smart contact lens built to measure glucose levels in tears by use of a tiny wireless chip and miniaturized glucose sensor embedded between two layers of soft contact lens material.

News: Medical
Maximizing Mobility with Minimum Energy

Studying how primitive man learned to walk upright, say researchers in the College of Engineering at Oregon State University, Corvallis, could lead to improved prosthetic lower limbs. Their findings outline a specific interaction between the ankle, knee, muscles, and tendons that improve understanding of...

News: Medical
January 2014 Month-End Industry News

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