October 2016

In late August, short-selling investment firm Muddy Waters issued an alarming report claiming that St. Jude Medical’s pacemakers, ICDs, and CRTs “should be...

The Internet of Things (IoT) has penetrated all sectors of the technological sphere at an accelerating pace. According to Gartner, by the end of 2016, 6.4 billion IoT connected...

The healthcare world today is one that is rapidly changing and ever-evolving. Several dynamics are driving these changes, including an aging population, the increasing...

Stents and hypodermic tubes (hypotubes) are used in countless applications, and the demand is growing rapidly in response to the continued demand for stent applications and...

The latest medical developments typically involve smaller, more precise structures. These can be implants, assemblies, or components and motors in...

The recent emergence of specially designed five-axis grinding machines can now meet the highest expectations of accuracy and machine dynamics within the special demands of...

In the medical device industry, surface texture has become an important aspect of product design. It not only provides the means to refine the physical appearance of an item, but...

Products: Medical
UV Plastic Adhesive

Panacol-Elosol GmbH, Steinbach, Germany, offers a UV adhesive for bonding plastics that is available in three different viscosities. The appropriate viscosity can be chosen depending on the application. Vitralit® 7311 is...

Products: Medical
Photonics Alignment Platform

Aerotech, Pittsburgh, PA, introduced the FiberMaxHP second-generation photonics alignment platform. The noncontact, direct-drive technology is capable of 2-nm linear and 0.05-μrad rotary minimum incremental...

Products: Medical
Stainless Steel Cylinder

Bimba Manufacturing, University Park, IL, added a compact, stainless steel cylinder to its Flat-I® product line. The stainless steel Flat-I cylinders were designed for applications in which frequent, corrosive wash...

Products: Medical
Silicone System

The Silcast 8446 silicone system from EpoxySet, Lincoln, RI, is designed for bonding to metal surfaces. It protects sensitive electronics from environmental conditions, thermal cycling stresses, and vibrational shock. It can...

Products: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Vision Sensors

Festo Corp., Hauppauge, NY, introduced the SBSI series of low-cost vision sensors for code reading and quality inspection. The series offers rugged IP67 housing, built-in lighting, and EtherNet/IP capability. SBSI sensors can...

Products: Medical
Color Concentrates

Foster, Putnam, CT, offers a new line of color concentrates using FDA 21CFR 73 subpart D pigments for medical device applications. MediBatch™ color concentrates will be available in quantities as low as a single pound....

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
High-Volume Manufacturing

J-Pac Medical, Somersworth, NH, announced that it will provide high-volume, automated manufacturing capabilities specifically designed for its on-chip reagent blister technology. The company’s production...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Fiber Optic Microswitch

Micronor, Camarillo, CA, introduced the MR386 ZapFREE® Microswitch — a fiber-optic microswitch for MRI, medical, and industrial applications. It is interchangeable with the industry-standard V15-series electrical...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Temperature Data Logger

Omega Engineering, Stamford, CT, offers the OM-CP-CRYO-TEMP temperature data logger that records temperatures as low as –86 °C (–122 °F). It can be used in applications such as monitoring blood plasma,...

Products: Medical
Universal Code Reader

Pepperl+Fuchs, Twinsburg, OH, announced the MAC335 universal code reader. The stationary barcode imager reads the most common 1D and 2D code symbologies without having to change settings. With 1.3-megapixel resolution,...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Round Actuators

PI, Auburn, MA, introduced a new line of round multilayer actuators in its proprietary PICMA® ceramic series, and expanded its current line of rings and round chips with larger dimensions. The P-088 circular series PICMA...

Products: Motion Control
DC Miniature Motor

Portescap, West Chester, PA added a 16-mm-diameter frame size to its DCP range of Athlonix™ brush DC mini motors. The 12-V 16DCP motor is 26 mm long, and features a coreless design with a self-supporting coil and...

Products: Medical
Sensor Packaging

Remtec, Bristol, RI, has merged its metalized ceramic packaging capabilities with the glass-to-metal packaging capabilities of its parent company, LTI. Additional engineering capabilities include a variety of assembly...

Products: Medical
Confocal Microscope

Zeiss, Oberkochen, Germany, introduced the Smartproof 5 widefield confocal microscope. The microscope system provides 3D reconstructions and roughness measurements for a range of surfaces. Users can install and run...

Products: Medical
Metal Cables

Carl Stahl Sava Industries, Riverdale, NJ, announced availability of its new Integrated Ball Technique (IBT™) that creates an integrated ball at the end of its precision metal cables. The technique creates a ball position on...

Products: Medical
Wireless Handheld Controls

Steute Meditech, Ridgefield, CT, introduced wireless, medical-grade, handheld controls designed with its proprietary 2.4-GHz frequency-hopping protocol. The bidirectional, 32 RF-channel protocol changes...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Photo Etching

Tech-Etch, Plymouth, MA, provides photo chemical etching of tungsten. Tungsten, which is extremely dense, is used in medical applications such as grids that collimate and attenuate stray x-rays in CT scanners, and ID tags used...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
UV/Vis Spectrophotometer

Laboratory-Equipment, Fullerton, CA, is offering PerkinElmer’s LAMBDA 465 UV/Vis spectrophotometer. It has a visible, near-IR, near-UV spectrum range of 190 to 1100 nm. Data can be acquired in 20 milliseconds,...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Linear Motor and Ballscrew Positioning Stages

Aerotech, Pittsburgh, PA, offers its PRO series industrial linear motor and ballscrew positioning stages in new sizes. Two new sizes — the PRO115LM and PRO190LM — were added to the linear...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Direct Diode Laser Welder

Amada Miyachi America, Monrovia, CA, launched a new 120-W direct diode laser (DDL) welder for soldering and plastic welding. With low power consumption and high efficiency, DDL lasers feature localized heating,...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
3G Laser Welder

Branson Ultrasonics, Danbury, CT, offers a 3G laser welder with the company's Simultaneous Through-Trans mission Infrared® (STTIr®) laser welding technology. STTlr laser weld technology is designed to produce a...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Micro Hardness Testers

Buehler, Lake Bluff, IL, has introduced the Wilson® VH1102 and VH1202 micro hardness testers. The testers are designed to meet the highest accuracy standards and can be used both in quality control and research and...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Laser Welding System

Dukane, St Charles, IL, has introduced a new laser welding system that allows clear-to-clear plastic welding without the need for laser-absorbing additives. The system incorporates a recently developed 2-μm laser with...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Clamping System for Milling

GF Machining Solutions, Lincolnshire, IL, offers the System 3R Delphin Zero Point, a clamping system for use during heavy milling operations on a variety of machine tools. With the Delphin system, manufacturers...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Extrusion Crosshead

Guill Tool, West Warwick, RI, offers a new rubber/silicone extrusion crosshead with mechanically assisted gum space (MAGS) adjustment. The 500 Series is designed specifically for the flow characteristics and unique...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Laser Tracker Software

Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence, North Kingstown, RI, launched its latest system software release and a new Ethernet Real Time Feature Pack (RTFP) for the Leica Absolute Tracker AT960 and AT930. The software offers...

LPFK Laser & Electronics, Fürth, Germany, has introduced a new laser welding system for the production of microfluidic components. Lasers are ideally suited to medical technology applications because they...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
3D Inspection System

Mahr Federal, Providence, RI, has introduced the MarShaft SCOPE 600 plus 3D, which uses a new measurement method for special shaft applications. A combination of optical and touch sensors allow for a functionally...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Combined Auto ID and Machine Vision Platform

Microscan, Renton, WA, offers the MicroHAWK®, an enclosed imaging device for barcode reading and machine vision for clinical instruments. The device includes a fully integrated imaging engine...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Thermoforming Packaging Machine

Multivac, Wolfertschwenden, Germany, has released the R 081 thermoforming packaging machine, an entry-level model for automatically packing small or medium-sized batches. The compact system is ideal for use...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Automated Dispensing System

Nordson EFD, East Providence, RI, has introduced a new four-axis automated dispensing system. The R Series systems are configured for precise fluid dispensing using EFD syringe barrel and valve systems. The...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Application Development Lab

Resonetics, Nashua, NH, has added a Lightspeed ADL™ Application Development Lab in its Dayton, OH, facility to complement the existing lab in Boston. This new 1,100 sq. ft operation is staffed with 11 engineers...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Fiber Punch Laser Processing

Trumpf, Farmington, CT, offers the TruMatic 6000 fiber punch laser machine, which combines the advantages of high-speed solid-state laser processing with high-quality punching and forming technology. This newly...

Products: Software
CT Measurement Software

Werth, Old Saybrook, CT, has introduced WinWerth® measurement software, which takes two computed tomography (CT) measurements with spectra tuned to a specific material and computationally combines them into a single...

University of Washington (UW) engineers have introduced a new way of communicating that allows devices such as brain implants, contact lenses, and smaller wearable electronics to talk to everyday...

Engineers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have created microscale solar cells that could power a multitude of personal devices, including wearable medical sensors, smartwatches, and autofocusing...

Polylactic acid, or PLA, is a biodegradable polymer commonly used to make a variety of products, from disposable cups to medical implants to drug-delivery systems. A team of Brown...

A device commonly found in living rooms around the world could be an inexpensive and effective means of evaluating the walking difficulties of multiple sclerosis (MS) patients. The Microsoft Kinect is a 3D...

University of California, Berkeley engineers have built the first dust-sized, wireless sensors that can be implanted in the body, bringing closer the day when a Fitbit-like device could...

As U.S. industry develops smaller mechanical systems, they face bigger challenges — microscopic parts are more likely to stick together and wear out when they make...

Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Electrochemical Etching Improves 3D printing of metals

Researchers at Arizona State University have made potentially game-changing progress in the emerging realms of 3D printing and additive manufacturing — an advance that could have a...

Technology Leaders: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Medical Device Outsourcing: Intellectual Property Considerations

Outsourcing can save costs and provide other commercial benefits. With outsourcing efforts related to medical devices, it is important to understand some aspects of U.S....

R&D: Medical
Superconducting Coil Improves MRI Performance

A multidisciplinary research team led by University of Houston scientist Jarek Wosik has developed a high-temperature superconducting coil that allows magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners to produce higher resolution images or acquire images in a shorter time than when using conventional coils....

R&D: Materials
Researchers Develop 'Gold' Standard for Artificial Joints

Rice University physicists have discovered that a combination of titanium and gold provides a new standard for artificial knee and hip joints.

Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a flexible wearable sensor that accurately measures an individual's blood alcohol level from sweat and transmits the data wirelessly to a...

Researchers at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have developed a dielectric elastomer with a broad range of motion. The soft material requires...

A self-destructing, lithium-ion battery from Iowa State University delivers 2.5 volts and dissolves or dissipates in 30 minutes when dropped in water.

Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AeroAstro) and the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory are developing a new space boot with...

How metals can be used depends particularly on the characteristics of their surfaces. A research team at Kiel University has discovered how they can change the...

A University of Rochester researcher is helping develop next-generation miniature batteries that would expand the use of medical implantables and other...

UCLA researchers working with a team at Verily Life Sciences have designed a mobile microscope that can detect and monitor fluorescent biomarkers inside the skin with a high...

For well over a decade, electrical engineer Holger Schmidt has been developing devices for optical analysis of samples on integrated chip-based platforms, with...

Blood testing is the standard option for checking glucose levels, but a new technology could allow noninvasive testing via a contact lens that samples glucose levels in tears....

MIT researchers have developed a technique for recovering visual information from light that has scattered because of interactions with the environment — such as passing through human...

A new imaging technique has been developed that can help predict who is most at risk for stroke. This breakthrough could lead to better treatment and outcomes for patients with atrial...

Researchers from several US and Mexican institutions are developing a transparent skull implant that will allow doctors to deliver laser-based treatments to the brain on demand and on a...

Visiongain predicts the global medical devices market will reach $398 billion in 2017.1 To win share in this growing market, device companies need to...

A 3D printable ink produces a synthetic bone implant that rapidly induces bone regeneration and growth. This hyperelastic “bone” material, the shape of which can be easily customized,...

A new sensor hub integrated as a system-on-chip (SoC) is designed for a broad range of wearable health devices and applications. The SoC combines an unprecedented number of...

Organic electrochemical transistors (OECTs) are designed to measure signals created by electrical impulses in the body, such as heartbeats or brainwaves. However, they are...

A neural interface connected to a robotic arm allows an individual to experience the sensation of touch directly in the brain. By enabling two-way communication...

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