October 2015

News: Medical
There’s an App for That?

Recently, an online discussion board broached the subject of FDA approval for a diagnostic app that might be able to predict when a patient’s condition would relapse. The question postulated whether there was a way to circumvent FDA approval by launching the app in another country and making it available online. And,...

The world population is growing, globalization has resulted in a higher standard of living in many countries, and people are living longer. With increased living standards and choices...

Many medical devices and applications require small metal components that demand very specific characteristics. These can include:

MICROMO, Clearwater, FL, introduces the MCST 3601 series of programmable motion controllers, which are compact, flexible, and designed to fit the full range of FAULHABER...

Products: Medical
3M Steri-Vac Sterilizer

3M, St. Paul, MN, introduces the Steri-Vac™ Sterilizer/Aerator GSX Series ethylene oxide sterilization system, with state-of-the-art mechanical design, real-time cycle information on the high-resolution color touch...

NewAge Industries, Southampton, PA, announces its new Clearflo Ag-47 antimicrobial tubing. Suitable for a variety of fluid transfer applications, Clearflo Ag-47 is manufactured from a clear, flexible PVC...

Branson Ultrasonics, Danbury, CT, introduces a new addition to its 2000X series of Ultrasonic Assembly Systems. The new 2000Xc ultrasonic welding system combines consistent high quality welds with the...

NB Corporation of America, Hanover Park, IL, announces that its FIT Series of slide bush and shaft assemblies optimize clearance between shaft and bush. Precision manufacturing assures customers the best...

Products: Medical
Platinum-Clad Tantalum Wire

Anomet Products, Inc., Shrewsbury, MA, introduces Platinum-Clad Tantalum Wire that is custom manufactured to be biocompatible, strong, and corrosion-resistant for use in fabricating implantable medical devices....

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Power Entry Module 5707

SCHURTER Inc., Santa Rosa, CA, announces that its power entry module, series 5707, now offers IP 54 protection with V-Lock cord sets at the power input, in addition to IP 65 protection to the equipment. The sealed...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
DIP-24 DC-DC Converters

TDK-Lambda Corporation, National City, CA, introduces the PXC-M series of DC-DC converters. Operating over a 4:1 input range, the 3W, 6W, and 10W products are enclosed in the industry standard 1.25 x 0.8 x 0.4 inch...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
In-House Tooling Capablities

GW Plastics/GW Silicone, Bethel, VT, has expanded its in-house Liquid Silicone Rubber tooling at its affiliate, GW Silicones. GW Silicones’ team has developed a robust LSR tooling standard to ensure that very...

Sonobond Ultrasonics, West Chester, PA, announced that its Tube Drawing System and components are specially designed to accommodate manufacturers of fine metal tubing used in syringe needles, as well as for...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
EB-315 Custom Epoxy

EpoxySet Inc., Lincoln, RI, has added EB-315 low thermal expansion epoxy to its line of low expansion/thermally conductive products. This versatile material can be used as an adhesive or encapsulant for semi-conductors...

Products: Medical
Multi-Purpose Terminal Pin

Mill-Max Mfg. Corp., Oyster Bay, NY, introduces a new terminal pin, 3622-0-32- 15-00-00-03-0, suitable for use in a variety of board-to-board and wire-to-board applications. It features a compliant press-fit tail,...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Universal Temperature Sensor IC

Linear Technology Corporation, Milpitas, CA, introduces the LTC2984, a high performance digital temperature measurement IC that directly digitizes RTDs, thermocouples, thermistors, and external diodes with...

Avago Technologies, San Jose, CA, announces a new series of high resolution 3-channel industrial-grade optical incremental encoder modules, the AEDT-981x, designed to enable a new generation of...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
AM801x and AM811x Servomotors

Beckhoff Automation LLC, Savage, MN, expands its AM8000 line of compact, dynamic servomotors. The new AM801x and AM811x servomotors offer a low rotor moment of inertia as well as quadruple overload capacity,...

Power Partners, Inc., Hudson, MA, announces the release of its new 115 Watt medical grade open frame AC/DC power supply. The PMAM115 Series has a compact footprint with superior compliance and safety...

Products: Medical
Thermoplastic Versa Rack

Nexen Group, Inc., Vadnais Heights, MN, introduces the Versa thermoplastic rack, an alternative to traditional metal racks that delivers high corrosion resistance and durability, low maintenance requirements, medium...

Minimally invasive surgery depends on small, flexible tools with reliable actuation and consistent performance. Robotic devices have entered the operating room...

Slit lamp biomicrography is paramount to the practice of ophthalmology, allowing for an inside look at various areas of the eye with a range of magnification levels and light sources. The...

Visualization technology for medical usage has advanced rapidly, from analog to digital to high definition to 3D and now 4K. High-quality displays will continue to be invaluable medical tools,...

According to a new NIH-funded study, five men with complete motor paralysis were able to voluntarily generate steplike movements using a new technology that non-invasively delivers electrical...

A team of computer scientists from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) say that they have created a 3D printer that uses machine vision and 3D scanning to self-correct and...

Physicians at Boston Children’s Hospital report that four children with life-threatening cerebrovascular malformations posing surgical challenges have benefited from surgeons having 3D-printed...

A team of scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Gaithersburg, MD, has demonstrated the first calibration system for positron emission tomography (PET)...

R&D: Robotics, Automation & Control
Tiny Mechanical Wrist Supports Needlescopic Surgeries

A tiny mechanical wrist from a team of engineers and doctors at Vanderbilt University’s Medical Engineering and Discovery Laboratory will be used on needle-sized surgical robots. The wrist is less than 1/16th of an inch (2 mm) thick.

R&D: Robotics, Automation & Control
Novel Fibers Maintain Electrical Resistance When Stretched

University of Texas at Dallas researchers have made electrically conducting fibers that can be reversibly stretched to over 14 times their initial length. Electrical conductivity of the fibers increases 200-fold when stretched.

R&D: Medical
Low-Cost Prosthetic Knee Mimics Walking Motion

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology designed a low-cost prosthetic knee that mimics normal walking motion. The MIT team's prototype generates a torque profile similar to that of able-bodied knees, using only simple mechanical elements like springs and dampers. The team is...

R&D: Medical
Lightweight Metal Foam Blocks Radiation

A strong, lightweight metal foam created by a North Carolina State University researcher absorbs the energy of high-impact collisions and effectively blocks X-rays, gamma rays, and neutron radiation. The device offers new shielding possibilities for use in CT scanners.

R&D: Medical
Sensing Device Separates Simultaneous Sounds

A new technology developed at Duke University uses metamaterials and compressive sensing to determine the direction of a sound and extract it from the surrounding background noise. Once miniaturized, the device could have applications in hearing aids, cochlear implants, and ultrasound medical...

R&D: Medical
Implantable Device Improves Optogenetics Methods

An implant built by Stanford University engineers produces light to stimulate nerves of the brain, spinal cord, or limbs in mice. The technology is powered wirelessly, using the mouse's own body to transfer energy. Scientists will use the new optogenetic nerve stimulation methods to investigate a...

An exciting trend in drug delivery is underway: the movement toward smaller, smarter, wirelessly connected electronic devices that allow...

This article addresses how implantable devices can be de - signed to modulate drug infusion safely and...

Ludwig-Maximilians University and Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics Munich, Germany
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A team of physicists at Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich and the Max...

News: Medical
Low-Cost Patch Monitors Vital Signs

Researchers in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin produced inexpensive wearable patches that continuously monitor the body’s vital signs. Their repeatable, “cut-and-paste” method cuts manufacturing time from several days to only 20 minutes.

News: Medical
Engineers Develop Non-Toxic Flame Retardant

Inspired by a naturally occurring material found in marine mussels, researchers at The University of Texas at Austin have created a new flame retardant to replace toxic commercial additives. The engineers' use of synthetic polydopamaine could prove valuable for a number of health-related applications,...

INSIDER: Medical
3D-Printed Guide Regrows Complex Nerves

Nerve damage is often permanent, and according to the Mayo clinic, regrowth of nerves is very rare. A 3D-printed guide built by University of Minnesota researchers regrows both the sensory and motor functions of complex nerves after injury.

News: Medical
Prosthetic Heart Valve Restores Blood Flow

VeloX, a prosthetic heart valve developed by National University of Singapore researchers, can be implanted through a small incision for the treatment of a serious heart valve disorder called mitral regurgitation. The device is particularly beneficial to patients who are of high surgical risk or are...

INSIDER: Medical
New Algorithm Tunes Powered Prosthetics

Biomedical engineering researchers at North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have built software that allows powered prosthetics to tune themselves automatically. The development lowers costs and makes the devices more functionally useful.

INSIDER: Medical
Brain Implant Re-Encodes Memories

Researchers at the University of Southern California and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center have developed a brain prosthesis that is designed to help individuals suffering from memory loss. The prosthesis includes a small array of electrodes implanted into the brain.

News: Medical
October 2015 Mid-Month Industry News

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News: Medical
Scientist Creates Bio-Inspired Robotic Finger

Inspired by both nature and biology, a Florida Atlantic University scientist has built a lifelike robotic finger. The design required shape memory alloy (SMA), a three-dimensional CAD model of a human finger, a 3D printer, and a unique thermal training technique.

INSIDER: FDA/Regulatory
FDA Issues Draft Guidance for Animal Studies for Medical Devices

On October 14, the FDA issued a draft guidance document to assist industry in designing evaluation strategies for, and reporting the results of, animal studies for medical devices. The studies utilized for the assessment of these devices typically provide initial evidence of device...

INSIDER: Medical
Virtual Models Improve Aortic Aneurysm Treatment

Researchers at the University of Montreal Hospital Research Centre (CRCHUM) have developed virtual models that can be used in angiography rooms to address aortic aneurysms and help medical professionals visualize the area being treated. To provide more personalized treatments, the new software...

INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control
UV-Light Robot Reduces Hospital Infection Rates

New research from Penn Medicine infection control specialists found that ultraviolet (UV) robots helped reduce the rates of transmission of the common bacterial infection known as Clostridium difficile. The robots flash UV lights across a hospital room to lock onto DNA of organisms and kill...

News: Robotics, Automation & Control
Anti-Corrosive Coating Strengthens Steel

A new surface coating developed by researchers at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences make steel stronger, safer, and more durable. The new anti-corrosive and anti-fouling surface material, made from rough nanoporous tungsten oxide, repels any kind of liquid, even after...

News: Medical
October 2015 Month-End Industry News

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

INSIDER: Medical
Artificial Skin Registers and Transmits Sensation

A plastic skin-like material created by Stanford University detects pressure and delivers a Morse code-like signal directly to a living brain cell. The development could add a sense of touch to prosthetic limbs.

INSIDER: Medical
New Memory Foam for Prosthetic Parts

Cornell University researchers have developed a lightweight, stretchable material that has potential for use in prosthetic body parts, artificial organs, and soft robotics. Air and liquid can be pumped through connected pores, allowing the material to change its length by up to 300 percent.

INSIDER: Medical
Laser-Based Imaging Could Ensure Safer Brain Surgery

A stimulated Raman scattering (SRS) microscope currently being tested at the University of Michigan allows surgeons to quickly spot the difference between tumor tissue and normal brain tissue. Since June, the SRS microscope has imaged more than 60 patient samples from the operating room.

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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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