October 2014

A team of researchers at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, have created an inexpensive diagnostic device that, they say, can be used by health care workers in the world’s poorest areas to...

The need to control and reduce costs by manufacturers of surgical instruments, medical devices, and healthcare consumable goods has been accelerated by a variety of current...

Products: Medical
QuickMIM Service

Kinetics Climax, Inc. Wilsonville, OR, introduces its new Rapid Prototyping Service, QuickMIM™, where customers are guaranteed to receive Kinetics Quality Parts utilizing prototype tooling at a fraction of the cost and lead time of conventional production MIM components. QuickMIM™ produces prototype parts utilizing high...

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Fine MicroEtch Screens

Tech-Etch, Inc., Plymouth, MA, manufactures Fine MicroEtch® Screens from stainless steel using photo etching technology, which enables designers to specify a straight hole or a tapered hole facilitating...

Minnesota Rubber and Plastics, Minneapolis, MN, offers components custom-molded of PEEK to improve performance while reducing costs. Utilizing proprietary processes and designs, PEEK can be used as an...

Products: Medical
CV-2100N4 and M4 Contracers

Mitutoyo America Corporation, Aurora, IL, announces the addition of new CV-2100N4 and M4 Contracers to their line of Form Measurement Instruments. The new CV-2100N4/M4 models have been redesigned to offer improved...

Products: Medical
FlexiForce Enhanced Stability Sensor

Tekscan, Inc., Boston, MA, announces its latest sensor offering: the FlexiForce® Enhanced Stability Series 301 (ESS301). The sensor is made from pressure-sensitive ink that allows for high quality performance with the added benefit of measuring force in a wider range of temperature and humidity,...

TÜV Rheinland of North America Inc., Boxborough, MA, introduces new security consulting and remediation services for medical device manufacturers to help enhance the security of their devices and...

Miyachi America Corporation, Monrovia, CA, announces its new Sigma Femtosecond Laser Tube cutting system, providing unrivalled edge quality for both metals and plastics, making it ideal for medical device...

Metrigraphics LLC, Wilmington, MA, announces it has achieved large-scale production of micron-scale flexible circuits six or more layers high with traces (circuit lines) as narrow as 3 microns. The circuits are...

Alpha Wire, Elizabeth NJ, is now carrying inventory on all sizes of Variable Frequency Drive (VFD) cable, from 4/0 to 16 AWG. Included is Alpha’s Series V line of VFD cable and the new V-Flex, a flexible...

GlobTek, Inc., Northvale, NJ, introduces its GTM41133-90VV-x.x-T2 medical power supply, for use as desktop/external, with regulated switchmode AC-DC, input rating: 100 to 240V~, 50 to 60 Hz, IEC 60320/C8 AC...

Products: Medical
Hemostasis Valve Y Connector

Qosina, Edgewood, NY, announces its one-handed Hemostasis Valve Y Connector (80448), which allows independent manipulation of multiple guidewires. Its lever action allows for lock and release for three positions....

Teleflex Medical OEM, Gurnee, IL, announces the addition of a continuously-wound, variable-pitch, coil-reinforced shaft technology with a HDPE (high-density polyethylene) liner to its portfolio of...

Products: Medical
Robertsite Male Luer Valves

Halkey-Roberts Corporation, St. Petersburg, FL, announces that its new Robertsite® Male Luer Valves are ideal for flushing and drainage applications, IV solutions, and home healthcare. The valves are...

Products: Medical
Advanced Biomaterials

Secant Medical, Inc., Perkasie, PA, uses advanced polymers, metals, and resorbables to develop implantable component structures for medical devices, and partners with clients to design, develop, and manufacture...

Gems Sensors & Controls, Plainville, CT, reports that its Gems 3100 Series and 3500 Series pressure transducers are commonly specified for critical medical gas pressure level monitoring and control....

Products: Medical
Precision Pumps and Valves

Diener Precision Pumps Ltd., Embrach, Switzerland, and Lodi, CA, introduces its gear pumps, piston pumps, and valves, certified to ISO 13485, and manufactured in an ISO class 7 cleanroom. The gear pumps are...

Keithley Instruments, Inc., Cleveland, OH, introduces its Series 2280S Precision Measurement, Low Noise, Programmable DC Power Supplies, which are also sensitive...

Advantech Corp., Irvine, CA, introduces its AIMB-B12300 series, a new industrial-grade thin barebone system embedded with AIMB-230 Mini-ITX motherboard, supporting the latest Intel® Core™ i5/...

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BioBarb Adapters

BioPure Technology Ltd., Waterlooville, UK, announces its BioBarb® hose tail to Tri-Clamp adaptors. Fully traceable with molded in production lot and size identification, the adapters are manufactured and...

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Systems for Packaging

igus, Inc., East Providence, RI, presents a range of new products developed to meet stringent demands of the packaging industry. Its tribo-tape material, made from proven self-lubricating iglide® A160...

MICROMO, Clearwater, FL, introduces the FAULHABER FDM0620 series of small high performance stepper motors. All components fit in a housing that’s 9.7 mm x 6 mm. With a holding torque rating of 0.25 mNm and a...

Products: Medical
Seven-Layer Lightweight Film

Davis-Standard LLC, Pawcatuck, CT, announces a seven-layer blown film line that features next generation technology for manufacturing precise lightweight barrier films ranging from 0.80 mil to 10 mil in...

Products: Medical
Low-Loss, Flexible Cables

High Speed Interconnects, Scottsdale, AZ, announces a new range of flexible cable assemblies that outperform semi-rigid cable performance. Combining flexible, advanced coaxial cable and proprietary VP90™ expanded...

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Biocompatible PVDF Coatings

Boyd Coatings Research Co., Inc., Hudson, MA, announces that its fully-validated, biocompatible, FDAcompliant PVDF (Polyvinylidene Difluoride) coatings are now available in 15 colors. Due to its durability,...

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3D Printing Services

Crescent Industries, New Freedom, PA, introduces its new 3D printing services to produce ultra-fine details for parts with complex geometries, smooth surface finishes, and thin walls. Components are produced using...

DSM Dyneema LLC, Stanley, NC, launched its Dyneema Purity® Radiopaque fiber, the only radiopaque ultra-high-molecular-weight-polyethylene (UHMWPE) medical fiber in the world. The...

Edmund Optics®, Barrington, NJ, introduces its new Radial Polarization Converters. The S-waveplates are designed to convert linear polarization to radial or azimuthal polarization to reduce laser...

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DELO-FLEXCAP Foil Cartridge

DELO, Windach, Germany, introduces the 10 ml DELO-FLEXCAP, a new foil cartridge that offers fast, reliable, bubble-free dispensing of adhesive with a broad range of viscosities. Adhesive is dispensed at an even,...

Littelfuse, Inc., Chicago, IL, introduces the SPHV (unidirectional) and SPHV-C (bidirectional) Series 200W Discrete TVS Diode Arrays (SPA® Diodes), designed to protect sensitive equipment...

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Hercules Microcontrollers

Texas Instruments, Houston, TX, introduces its latest 32-bit dual-core lockstep Hercules™ RM57Lx and TMS570LCx microcontrollers (MCUs) for developers’ functional safety applications, including motors, drives,...

Excelitas Technologies (OmniCure), Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, announces its new OmniCure® AC8 Series of high power, large area UV LED curing systems, which deliver a robust, high output...

Master Bond Inc., Hackensack, NJ, introduces MB250NT, a single-component ethyl cyanoacrylate that cures rapidly depending upon atmospheric humidity. It can be used for a variety of applications ranging from...

Additive manufacturing can be used to create faster, more flexible, and more cost-effective development and production methods. Direct metal laser sintering (DMLS) is an additive...

When eInfochips was commissioned by a client to build a next-generation portable endoscopy system, the company had to invest considerable thought in choosing the...

According to the World Health Organization, more than 17 million people died from cardiovascular diseases globally in 2008, representing 30 percent of all global deaths. The American Heart...

Pathogens that cause healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), for example, central line-associated bloodstream infection, catheter-associated urinary tract infection, surgical site...

Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics ITWM, Munich, Germany www.fraunhofer.de/en

Quality control of component surfaces can be very complex. Researchers at the Fraunhofer...

From the Editor: Medical
From the Editor — Medical Tricorder Coming Closer

One of the largest design contests dollar-wise to improve healthcare in the US is focused on creating a medical diagnostic device inspired by Star Trek®. The Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE is a $10 million multi-year global competition to stimulate innovation and integration of precision...

Mission Accomplished: Medical
Patient Simulators Train Emergency Caregivers

Medical training is one of the most important aspects of preparing astronauts for space. Every crewmember must become proficient in basic emergency skills, such as CPR, ventilation, and...

In the not too distant "Internet of Things" reality, sensors could be embedded in everyday objects to help monitor and track everything from the safety of bridges to the health of your heart....

A team of scientists at Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, report that they have developed a way to measure people's blood glucose using a portable laser that could one day...

A team of scientists at Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla, developed a one-step approach to growing germanium nanowires from an aqueous solution. They say that their process may...

Engineers at Washington University, St. Louis, Mo, say that they have developed algorithms that can identify weak spots in tendons, muscles, and bones prone to them tearing or breaking. Their...

A team of engineers at the University of Illinois, Champaign, have developed a new continuous glucose monitoring material that changes color as glucose levels fluctuate. They say that...

Musculoskeletal ailments are a primary cause of disability in the United States. As reported by the United States Bone and Joint Initiative (http://www.usbji.org), with a nearly...

Industrial-grade materials commonly find their way into medical designs due to the R&D time crunch. My experience has shown that industrial-grade O-rings are more readily...

Human thumbs are amazing things, adding abilities for grasping that most other mammals don’t have. Now, mechanical engineers at MIT have developed a robot that enhances the grasping motion of the...

News: Medical
'Create the Future' Medical Winner Announced

The winners of the Create the Future Design Competition were announced this week. The Medical Category winner was the HemeChip for Early Diagnosis of Sickle Cell Disease, designed by a team from Case Western Reserve University, who have created a biochip that can rapidly, easily, and conclusively...

News: FDA/Regulatory
FDA Finalizes Guidance to Manage Medtech Cybersecurity

To strengthen the safety of medical devices, the FDA has finalized recommendations to manufacturers for managing cybersecurity risks to better protect patient health and information. On October 1, the agency issued a final guidance on the content of premarket submissions for the management...

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Feeling Sensations Across Prosthetic Limb

Researchers at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, and the Louis Stokes Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center have discovered that patterns of electric signals sent by a computer into nerves in a patient’s arm and to his brain, can give distinct sensations of touch to the patient’s...

News: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Sensor Detects Brain Pressure Changes Using Radio Waves

A team of engineers at Stanford University, Stanford, CA, has invented a wireless pressure sensor that can measure brain pressure in lab mice with brain injuries. But that’s not all. The technology, they say, could one day be used to create skin-like materials that can sense pressure,...

News: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Mapping 3D Surfaces Remotely for Manufacturing

A team of researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Gaithersburg, MD, has demonstrated a laser-based imaging system that creates high-definition 3D maps of surfaces from as far away as 10.5 meters. They say that this method may be useful in diverse fields, including...

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October 2014 Mid-Month Industry News

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

News: Medical
World Medical Disposables Demand to Increase

According to a recent report by the Freedonia Group, world demand for disposable medical supplies will increase 6.6 percent yearly to nearly $245 billion in 2018. The upgrading and enforcement of infection prevention standards, coupled with an expanding volume of hospital, surgical, and outpatient...

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Dissolving Metal for Implantable Medical Devices

A team of scientists at the University of Pittsburgh, along with collaborators at the University of Cincinnati, and North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, are developing implantable medical devices made from biodegradable metals that can dissolve within a fixed time period,...

News: Medical
Less Invasive Brain Surgery Through the Cheek

Treating those most severely affected by epilepsy traditionally meant drilling through the skull intothe hippocampus area of the brain where the seizures originate, which is invasive, dangerous, and requires a long recovery. A team of engineers at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, wanted to find...

News: Medical
Transparent Sensors Offer Better View of Brain

A team of engineers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is developing see-through implantable medical sensor arrays, in order to help neural researchers study the brain. The technology, they say, has potential applications in neuroscience, cardiac care, and even contact lenses.

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October 2014 Month-End Industry News

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

News: Medical
Creating a Standard for Diagnostic Brain Imaging

Scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, in collaboration with the National Cancer Institute and the Radiological Society of North America, have designed and developed image-calibration technology to study the effects of traumatic brain injury (TBI). The...

News: Medical
New Imaging Method Might Mean Earlier Cancer Detection

Engineers at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, say that a new medical imaging method they are developing may help physicians detect cancer and other diseases earlier than before, speeding treatment, and reducing the need for invasive, time-consuming biopsies. Their technique uses...

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3D Printed Facial Prostheses Offer Quick, Affordable Solution

Researchers from the University of Miami reported at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology that they have developed a fast and inexpensive way to make facial prostheses for eye cancer patients using facial scanning software and 3D printing. Their process can...

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