October 2011

Fast Ceramics Production (FCP) is a proprietary three-dimensional stereo lithography technology that is applied to ceramics to create patient-specific or volume production ceramic bone...

It doesn’t take much of a crystal ball to foresee that the way we deliver health care in the United States is going to be vastly different in the coming years. What is causing this change is...

Products: Medical
Pumphead

Watson-Marlow Pumps Group (Wilmington, MA) offers the 114D pumphead, suitable for multiple individual pumphead installations. The single channel 114 measures 64 × 64 × 41 mm. It features four rollers for reduced pulsation, and...

Products: Electronics & Computers
Implantable Contact System

Bal Seal Engineering (Foothill Ranch, CA) offers the SYGNUS™ Implantable Contact System, which combines electrical contacts and isolation seals in a standardized, platform-ready “stack” configuration. This...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
5-Axis Machining Center

The DMU 60 eVo from DMG / Mori Seiki USA (Chicago, IL) offers a gantry design for rigidity and precision for manufacturing complex workpieces. It includes an improved swivel rotary table, and an optional linear...

NewAge Industries (Southampton, PA) manufactures Silicon® Med-X, silicone tubing that is platinum cured. This version offers the fewest number of extractables, which are compounds that can be drawn out of...

Products: Electronics & Computers
Solder Cup Spring Pin Headers

Single and double row solder cup spring pin headers from Mill-Max (Oyster Bay, NY) offer a convenient method to make connections between wires and mating components such as P.C. boards, batteries, or other...

Products: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Edge Welded Bellows

BellowsTech (Ormond Beach, FL) offers edge welded metal bellows accumulators that are comprised of nested rippled diaphragms, and are capable of completely compressing onto themselves. They can also expand up to 25% of...

Products: Electronics & Computers
Magnetic Proximity Switch

The Series 9Q magnetic proximity switches from Canfield Connector (Youngstown, OH) are engineered to fit “T” slot extruded actuators. The sensors are offered as a flying lead or 8 mm quick connect. Available...

Products: Photonics/Optics
UV-Enhanced SPCM

The SPCM-UV from Excelitas Technologies (Waltham, MA) is a UV-enhanced SPCM (Single Photon Counting Module) with peak sensitivity in the 400–500 nm range. It also offers high photon detection efficiency (PDE) at short...

Products: Electronics & Computers
SMT Key Switches

C&K Components (Newton, MA) has designed the K12S series of robust, IP67-sealed SMT key switches for harsh environment applications. The switches are available with LED illumination or double action and detect versions....

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Cable Labels

CILS International (Burlington, MA) offers 8/9000 ‘wrap around’ labels that can be computer printed to add variable data (barcodes, serial numbers, etc.) from a standard PC and laser or thermal transfer printer. They come...

DISCUS Software Company (Columbus, OH) has released the DISCUS 5.0, an update that further streamlines first article inspection and process planning for quality engineers. The release includes a new product,...

Products: Motion Control
Brushless DC Motor

Maxon Precision Motors (Fall River, MA) offers a newly designed EC16 brushless DC servo gearmotor that offers a 60° winding pattern, NdFeB high-performance magnet, and higher power output. The EC 16 is available in five...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Liquid Silicone Rubber Molding

Minnesota Rubber and Plastics (Minneapolis, MN) offers custom injection molded liquid silicone rubber for thinwalled diaphragms suitable for healthcare related applications from dispensing and fluid...

Products: Medical
Vapor Degreasing Solvents

MicroCare Medical (New Britain, CT) will showcase a vapor degreasing process and its offering of precision cleaners. The low viscosity and surface tension ratings of the precision cleaners, combined with their...

Products: Medical
Quartz Crystal

The CC7A-T1A MHz quartz crystal from Micro Crystal (Grenchen, Switzerland) is designed for implantable medical and medical telemetry applications. The precision timing crystal has a package height of 0.90 mm and a foot print...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
RF Plastics Welding

Genesis Plastics Welding (Indianapolis, IN) specializes in radio frequency (RF) plastics welding of thermoplastic products and components for industries including medical. The proprietary heat sealing technology allows...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Automated Mandrel Straightener

Machine Solutions (Flagstaff, AZ) offers the MS700S Automated Mandrel Straightener, which recycles bent or bowed mandrels through an automated straightening process. It is designed to reduce assembly material...

Products: Imaging
X-Ray/CT System

North Star Imaging (Rogers, MN) has introduced the X25 X-ray/ Computed Tomography (CT) system, which is shielded for up to 160kV and designed to integrate with a number of X-ray tubes and flat panel detectors for various...

Products: Medical
High-Pressure Valve

B. Braun OEM Division of B. Braun Medical (Bethlehem, PA) now offers a high-pressure normally closed back check valve that handles 400 psi for both forward and backward pressure. Designed for intermittent injection of...

Products: Materials
Fluorosilicone Grease

The MED-6731 silicone grease compound from NuSil (Carpinteria, CA) can be used in applications that require a solvent-resistant grease and may be used as a high-vacuum grease around glass, ceramic, and ground glass...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Design & Development

Via Biomedical (Maple Grove, MN) offers SPECTRAL medical balloons fabricated for medical applications using a series of proprietary processes and custom equipment. The balloons are robust, clear, and durable. Other...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Assembly Services

Vesta (Franklin, WI) utilizes advanced capabilities, including encapsulation, bonding, reinforcing and robotics, to assemble finished medical devices. The company has also introduced a Quick Turn thermoplastic extrusion...

Recalls for medical devices are at an all-time high, and defective software is one of the top causes. FDA data indicate that one in every three medical devices that makes use of...

When it comes to critical, life-saving care for animals, veterinarians rely on accurate, timely blood analysis to help them make treatment decisions. Thanks to new...

Applications: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Molding Technology Pays Off for Medical Manufacturer

Medical device manufacturers that collect and analyze patient data are developing innovative ways to integrate electronics and wireless technology into their products. These innovations often present new design and production challenges. That was the case for American TeleCare Inc. (Eden...

Manufacturers of orthopedic implants take great care to ensure that their products are of the highest quality. One way they do this is by performing numerous...

Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness worldwide; they affect more than 20 million people and result in ~1.3 million operations annually in the United...

From R&D in the laboratory to production process control, from disposable component assembly to OEM diagnostic instrumentation, a broad array of medical and medical support...

CardioMEMS (Atlanta, GA), a graduate of Georgia Tech's ATDC startup accelerator, is pioneering a new class of heart monitoring devices, based on a sensor that measures intracardiac...

Human blood is a precious resource. Because stored blood has a very limited shelf life, keeping every available unit of it suitable for medical use is a crucial function at...

News: Medical
Robo-Rat: Implanted Robot Brain Restores Movement in Rat

Researchers at Tel Aviv University were recently able to implant a robotic cerebellum into the skull of a brain-damaged rodent — and effectively restore its capacity for movement. Could robotic cerebellums benefit humans with motor control disorders, too? That's the plan, researchers...

News: Medical
Hearts and Minds: Reading Between the Lines of ECGs

In the months after a heart attack, certain patients are particularly vulnerable to sudden death due to irregular heart rhythms. The problem is not a shortage of information about those heart rhythms, but rather, that doctors need a better way to sift through the patterns to detect danger...

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Can the FDA Successfully Spark Innovation in the U.S.?

At an estimated $105.8 billion, the U.S. medical device market may be the world's largest, but it could do with a healthy boost of innovation.* According to a recent White House blog post, "In trying to understand why the country’s pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device sectors seem to...

News: Medical
Great Scott! Yet Another Use for Ultrasound

The list of potential applications for ultrasound is impressive, ranging from non-invasive surgery, to pain therapy, to Alzheimer's treatment. Most recently, doctors in Glasgow, Scotland — the city in which ultrasound was pioneered as a diagnostic tool in the 1950s — started using the technology to...

News: Software
A New Use for Tablets: Braille Writers

Tablets are taking the world by storm, as they offer both beautiful displays and ease of use. But as aesthetically pleasing as these devices may be, their greatest potential may lie in their touch-based capabilities, which are now being utilized to serve as a key tool for the blind. A team of Stanford...

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Biomedical Devices Powered by Human Respiration

The same piezoelectric effect that ignites a gas grill could one day power sensors in the body via human respiration. Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are using polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF), a piezoelectric polymer, to develop a host of biomedical devices that could monitor...

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Doctoring up iPhones for Microscopy and Spectroscopy

A team of researchers from the University of California, Davis has transformed everyday iPhones into medical-quality imaging and chemical detection devices. Though they are not the first to tweak the smartphone in this way, this represents a simpler and more affordable method. Using materials...

News: Medical
Pediatric Devices are No Kidding Matter

The concept of a "one size fits all" medical device sounds attractive in theory, but in practice, it isn't very likely that one device can be developed to meet every patient's unique needs. This is particularly true when it comes to pediatric devices, which may not receive as much attention or funding as...

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Low-Power Microchip for Medical Diagnostics

Researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and University of Colorado Boulder (CU) have developed a low-power microchip that uses a combination of microfluidics and magnetic switches to trap and transport magnetic beads. This chip may have applications in biotechnology...

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Bringing Diagnostic Imaging to Doctors’ Offices

Researchers at Cornell are exploring the possibilities of a well-established imaging technology called multiphoton microscopy, as they work toward developing a next-generation endoscope that would minimize the need for biopsies altogether, and also allow doctors to examine surgical margins at...

News: Software
Intel and Universities Take on Mobile Health Apps

Imagine a smartphone that could act as your counselor in stressful situations, advising you on how to measure and deal with stress in your life. Researchers at Cornell University are developing just such an application, and their work is just one example of hopefully many projects that will come...

News: Medical
Ease of Use Makes the Medicine Go Down, Study Finds

A recent patient study from Cambridge Consultants indicates user experience and satisfaction are particularly important in the success of drug delivery and combination devices. Furthermore, investing time and effort into increasing the ease-of-use of these devices can pay off — 77% of...

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