January 2016

News: Medical
What Should the Next Generation Study?

For students entering college and for those already enrolled, contradictory messages abound in what type of future they will face upon graduation. Politicians talk about college costs and the crippling debt and lack of jobs that some students face versus the need for college at all. American businesses...

Giving attention to regulatory considerations at the earliest stages of product design and development can create a smoother and more successful...

Crowdfunding has without a doubt been a positive disruptor across a wide array of industries: from entertainment and retail, to technology, to non-profits. It is a...

AVX Corporation, Fountain Inn, SC, has released a new series of thin film chip capacitors specifically designed to meet performance specifications for implantable medical...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Updated Sigma Laser Tube Cutter

Amada Miyachi America, Inc., Monrovia, CA, announces its updated Sigma Laser Tube Cutter, which can be used with both microsecond fiber and femtosecond disk lasers. With 3 and 4 axes motion options, and the...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Adaptive Process System for Injection Molding

Milacron Holdings Corp., Cincinnati, OH, announces that its new Adaptive Process System (APS) for its Mold-Masters melt delivery control technologies will now be used in Milacron’s entire core...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
CNC Swiss Machining Capabilities

Sussex Wire, Inc., Easton, PA, has added micro-miniature Swiss Machining services to complement the company’s custom cold forming and roll forming capabilities. CNC Swiss Machining is ideal for...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Platinum-Cured Silicone Hose

NewAge Industries, Southampton, PA, introduces Silbrade® Platinum braid-reinforced silicone hose. Using a platinum-cured silicone thermoset material for the highest degree of purity and the fewest extractables,...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
VCA Developer's Kit

BEI Kimco, Vista, CA, has added new functionality into its popular VCA Developer's Kit. Enhancements to the kit include an upgraded controller with I/O Board and straightforward connections that eliminate soldering. Both...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
TubeShaper Software

Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence, North Kingstown, RI, has released TubeShaper software for the portable ROMER Absolute Arm tube inspection solution. TubeShaper is a completely new product designed specifically to apply...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Highly Integrated Synchronous Buck Regulators

Intersil Corporation, Milpitas, CA, announces five new highly integrated synchronous buck regulators that step-down 5V rails to pointof- load (POL) inputs as low as 0.6V for FPGAs, DSPs, and...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
SMT Spring-Loaded Connectors

Mill-Max Mfg. Corp., Oyster Bay, NY, announces that three additional SMT spring-loaded connectors are now available packaged on tape and reel. The 855 series, from 4 to 40 positions, are double row and on a .050"...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
CANopen Communications Protocol

Crouzet Motors, Vista, CA, introduces the availability of CANopen® technology for its Brushless DC Motors. This new communications protocol allows design engineers to connect multiple Crouzet brushless motors...

Products: Test & Measurement
Wireless EZ-LEVEL-PRO Inclinometer

Advanced Orientation Systems, Inc., Linden, NJ, has released the wireless EZ-LEVEL-PRO dual axis inclinometer suitable for laboratory, QC, or high-resolution production applications and allows users to...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
High Isolation DC/DC Converter

Calex Mfg. Co., Inc., Concord, CA, announces the DPX Series of DC/DC converters. The DPX Series offers up to 3 watts of fully regulated output power with an industry standard DIP footprint. DPX offers a 4:1...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
LED-Optimized Catheter Adhesive

Dymax Corporation, Torrington, CT, now offers 215-CTH-UR-SC, an LED-optimized catheter adhesive for rapid bonding of a variety of substrates including Nylon 12 and PEBA. Formulated with new Encompass™...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Fanless 310 W Desktop Power Supply

Power Partners, Inc., Hudson, MA, announces the 310 Watt desktop power supply. The unit packs performance inside a compact, sealed, fanless case measuring 7.8" × 4" × 2", weighing only 3 lbs. The series...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Premo-Flex Cable Jumpers

Molex, LLC, Lisle, IL, expands its line of Premo-Flex™ Cable Jumpers with the addition of Round Flat Cable and Hot Bar Soldering Cable versions, providing distributors, original equipment manufacturers, and...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Miniature Snap-In Power Rocker Switches

C&K Components, Newton, MA, offers its popular D Series miniature snap-in power rocker switches with gold contacts. Designed for low voltage, low current applications in a variety of circuits, the...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
SAR Analog-to-Digital Converter

Linear Technology Corp., Milpitas, CA, introduces the LTC2380-24, a no latency 24- bit 2Msps successive approximation register (SAR) analog-to-digital converter. The unit features an integrated digital filter...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Spectrum II Premier with IntelliJet Jetting System

Nordson ASYMTEK, Carlsbad, CA, introduces the Spectrum™ II Premier with the IntelliJet® jetting system for dispensing small dot sizes at high frequencies without compromising precision,...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
High-Performance SMD Fuse

SCHURTER Inc., Santa Rosa, CA, expands the rated current range of its popular UMT-H Universal Modular fuse, to 12.5 A and 16 A. With its square, compact design of 5.3mm x 16mm, the UMT-H is well suited for automated...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Gauge R&R Testing

ComScan, Batavia, IL, introduces a new 3D scanning technology for gauge reproducibility and repeatability (R&R) testing. The new system combines optical, 3D scanning measurement technology with traditional gauge R&R...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
PVC-Free Foam

Vancive Medical Technologies, Glendale, CA, unveils a new eco-friendly PVC-free foam. This new single-coated foam is biocompatible, not made using natural rubber latex, and non-irritating to the skin. It offers all the same benefits as traditional PVC foam including conformability, elasticity, cushioning, flexibility, and...

Researchers have developed a novel monitoring system using optoacoustic technology to provide accurate, real-time measurement of cerebral venous blood oxygen saturation in fetuses during...

Demand for miniature motion components follows trends.

Not too long ago, the motion systems used in medical and lab automation equipment had technical requirements that were easy to...

3D printing may be used to custom manufacture electronics.

A group of researchers from the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, DC, has demonstrated that combining two technologies—one...

Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Ingestible Electronics to Measure Vital Signs

Not too far in the future, doctors may be using technology invented by a team of scientists at MIT to monitor patients’ vital signs by having them swallow an electronic device that can measure...

Pacemakers may be getting a power makeover.

The implantable pacemaker, which has helped extend millions of lives since its invention nearly 60 years ago, may be getting a new makeover. First came...

Considering a range of variables that can affect manufacturing.

Engineers at Oregon State University said that they have developed a new “sustainable development methodology” to help...

Batteries can last longer after hydrogen treatment.

Scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) say that lithium ion batteries can operate longer as well as faster when their...

It seems the biggest ideas get the most attention, and nothing could be more true than when launching a new medical technology, and/or devices. The development time...

As the advancement of medical technology continues, it is important to note that progress could not have been made without advancements in signaling, control, and power system interconnect...

Bioengineers at the University of California, San Diego, have developed a method that reduces by half the time needed to make flexible, easy-to-remove medical sensors. The "printing press"...

Researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have built implantable wireless devices that trigger — and may block...

A new "tricorder" technology developed at Stanford University use microwaves and ultrasound to detect early cancer stages and potentially "hear" growing tumors. Moreover, the researchers believe that...

About a million implanted medical devices are infected each year with MRSA and other bacterial species. University of Michigan researchers found that a coating of zinc oxide nanopyramids disrupts...

R&D: Robotics, Automation & Control
'Pop-Up' Sensors Support Robotic Surgery

As complex robots replace hand-held scalpels, an increasing number of today's surgeries are being performed from behind a computer console. Researchers at Harvard University's John A. Paulson School...

A team of researchers from Stony Brook University and Oxford University uses light to control the electrical waves that regulate the rhythm of the heartbeat. The optogenetics-based method could be...

Researchers at the University of Washington’s Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering (CSNE), in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, San Diego State University,...

New research by scientists at the University of Southampton, UK, using an imaging technique called episcopic differential interference contrast (EDIC) microscopy, could lead to treatments to...

In a draft guidance for industry and staff issued on December 31, the FDA proposed notifying the public about medical device “emerging signals that the agency is monitoring or...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Medical-Grade Power Transformers

Triad Magnetics, Perris, CA, introduces the VPM Series of medical-grade toroidal isolation transformers offering both 4KV of dielectric isolation and low-voltage stepdown. The UL recognized VPM Series’...

News: Medical
Whole-Body Imaging Tool Detects Heart Problems

Using patent-pending technology called Coded Hemodynamic Imaging, University of Waterloo researchers can monitor vital signs and improve the detection and prevention of cardiovascular conditions. The touchless, portable system monitors a patient's blood flow at multiple arterial points...

News: Medical
Hybrid Sound Wave Supports Lung Treatment

A team at RMIT University has created a hybrid sound wave that can be used in biomedical devices to manipulate highly fragile stem cells. The "surface reflected bulk waves" reduce the time required for inhaling vaccines through the HYDRA nebulizer device, from 30 minutes to as little as 30 seconds.

News: Medical
January 2016 Mid-Month Industry News

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News: Robotics, Automation & Control
Lightweight, Strong Metal Improves Energy Efficiency

Missouri University of Science and Technology researchers have created a lightweight but very strong structural metal that could improve energy efficiency in biomedical applications. The team mixed silicon carbide into a molten magnesium-zinc alloy that uniformly dispersed and stabilized the...

Cybersecurity threats to medical devices are a growing concern that present a potential risk to the safety and effectiveness of medical devices. To address this, the FDA has...

An adaptive material invented at Rice University combines self-healing and reversible self-stiffening properties. When cracked, the matrix of the self-adaptive composite material (SAC) quickly...

A group of researchers from Russia, Australia, and the Netherlands have developed a technology that reduces Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanning times by more than fifty percent. The new...

Technion-Israel Institute of Technology researchers have used mechanical stimulation to “train” cardiac cells to beat at a given rate. Direct physical contact with the cardiac cells is...

News: Medical
January 2016 Month-End Industry News

Here is the latest batch of news from the medical products community. Please click the link for more.

News: Robotics, Automation & Control
Robotic Arm Supports Duchenne Patients

University of Twente engineers have developed the A-Gear: a robotic arm that supports the daily activities of people suffering from the muscular disease Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. The first prototype, a body-connected support aid, can be worn under the clothing and support independent operation of the...

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