November 2012

Features: Medical
Creating a Healthier Future

The 10th annual “Create the Future” Design Contest, attracted more than 950 innovative product ideas from engineers and students in 65 countries. The Medical category itself received 92 outstanding entries...

Features: Medical
Grand Prize Winner
Sensordrone Tricorder Platform for Consumers and Mobile Device Developers
Mark Wagner
Sensorcon, Inc., Buffalo, NY

The Sensordrone, an invention that dramatically extends the sensing capabilities of...

Features: Medical
Medical Category Winner
Prosthetic Leg Connector
Dave King
Kelowna, BC, Canada

The Medical winner was simply named Prosthetic Leg Connector. Its simplistic name belies the amount of thought and care that went into the...

Features: Medical
Honorable Mentions
SwipeSense
Yuri Malina and Mert Iseri
Evanston, Illinois

According to the Centers for Disease Control, the best way to prevent the two million annual cases of hospital-acquired infections is by increasing...

Features: Medical
Most Popular Entries
Virtual Walking Stick for the Visually Impaired
Jonathan Tolstedt and Maxwell Tolstedt
Fargo, ND

Current navigational aids for the visually impaired include global positioning systems (GPS) and other...

Features: Electronics & Computers
Wireless Power Solutions for Medical Technology

In today’s medical technology field, having a reliable and stable power source is a critical requirement for safe operation. Wireless power provides a unique advantage in that a device can...

The medical area has long required specialized materials be utilized to treat patients, and the processes of drug delivery and fluid handling are no exception. Hospitals across the...

The last few years have seen the development of larger, higher power, higher luminescence light-emitting diode (LED) chips. Prior to this, LEDs were typically 0.020" x 0.020", came in various colors and...

Renesas Electronics America (Santa Clara, CA) has developed three mid-size color LCD modules based on projected capacitive (PCAP) touch panel technology. The 10.4-inch XGA, 10.6-inch WXGA and 12.1-inch...

The GT-43006 Series 40W desktop power supplies from GlobTek (Northvale, NJ) can deliver 12V at 3.3A with no minimum load required for output regulation. The Level-V Energy Star RoHS-compliant...

Products: Medical
Dual Check Valves

Qosina (Edgewood, NY) has added several new Dual Check Valves in their catalog of stock components. Dual Check Valves enable injection and aspiration from separate ports of a single connector. They are molded from medical...

Instrument Co. (Novato, CA) collaborated to improve Sutter’s MP-225 Motorized Micro - manipulator by replacing its metal enclosure with a custom-made plastic one that is lighter...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Sigma XY Fiber Laser Cutting System

Miyachi Unitek Corp., (Monrovia, CA) announces its new Sigma XY fiber laser cutting system, which enables high speed precision laser cutting of thin metals using a rigid linear drive, gantry-based motion...

Products: Medical
Lens Design Software

The latest version of OSLO lens design software from Lambda Research (Littleton, MA) is available. The OSLO 6.6 release is now fully compatible with Windows 7. Program improvements include STEP file export, TOPS merit...

Ironwood Electronics, (Eagan, MN) introduced a new MicroSD socket (SBTMicroSD- 01) addressing high performance requirements for Speed Class Rating, which guarantees a minimum rate at which data can be...

METCASE (Bridgeville, PA) has extended its UNIDESK range of aluminum terminal enclosures with three new models with external dimensions from 7.87" × 7.87" × 4.01" to 15.74" × 7.87" × 4.01". The front...

Galil Motion Control, (Rocklin, CA) released its latest drive option for the DMC-30000 Pocket Motion Controller Series. The new DMC-30016 combines a single-axis motion controller with a 1.4A/phase stepper drive...

Machine automation Ethernet systems can now benefit from integrated motion, using MDrive® motor+driver serial products over Ethernet via the new Ethernet Gateway from Schneider Electric Motion USA...

PI LP, the US operation of Physik Instrumente (Auburn, MA), a leading manufacturer of precision motion control equipment, piezo systems, piezo motors and actuators for bio-nano-technology, semiconductor,...

SL Power Electronics (Ventura, CA), has added the MINT1275 to its high-density, single output, open frame AC/DC medicalgrade power supply family. The MINT1275 models are ideal for a variety of medical devices...

Value Plastics (Ft. Collins, CO) introduces its BPL Series of tubing connectors, an alternative to Luer fittings. These connectors incorporate a quarterturn design commonly used in blood pressure cuffs....

Applications: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Seal Improves Life of Implantable Pump, and of Patient

When engineers at a Swiss medical device company began designing an implantable low-flow pump to treat the condition known as ascites, or peritoneal cavity fluid, they knew they were on...

Selecting an adhesive is often a difficult task because it involves give and take between the end-use and manufacturing requirements. When it comes to bonding applications in the...

Global population aging is unprecedented: the global population of children under age five is expected to fall by 49 million by midcentury, while the number of people...

Briefs: Medical
Developing Physiologic Models for Emergency Medical Procedures Under Microgravity

Several technological enhancements have been made to METI’s commercial Emergency Care Simulator (ECS) with regard to how microgravity affects human physiology. The ECS uses both a softwareonly lung simulation, and an integrated mannequin lung that uses a physical...

Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Lithium Batteries for Medical Applications

The element lithium possesses fundamental properties that make it ideal for use as the anode in both primary and rechargeable batteries. Vendors have paired the popular lithium anode with a variety...

While clear imaging is extremely important in diagnosing breast cancer from mammograms, there is also concern about exposing the patient to too much radiation from repeated...

Briefs: Electronics & Computers
VA Developing New Heat-Enhanced Pulse Ox Device

Pulse oximetry has gained widespread clinical acceptance as a standard patient vital sign measurement because it can give clinicians an early warning of low arterial blood oxygen saturation...

Global Innovations: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Seeing the Light
Bionic Vision Australia
http://www.bionicvision.org.au

The main cause of inherited blindness is retinitis pigmentosa, which affects 1.5 million people worldwide and is characterized by the progressive loss of vision....

Global Innovations: Materials
Harnessing Stem Cells for Orthopedic Implants
University of Glasgow
http://www.gla.ac.uk/

Researchers at the University of Glasgow’s Colleges of Science and Engineering and Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences in Scotland are...

Mission Accomplished: Photonics/Optics
Catching Sneaky Biofilms Behind the Eardrum

Ear infections are so common that three out of four children have at least one by the time they reach age three, says the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, part of...

News: Medical
Exoskeleton Provides Hope for Paraplegics

According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, somewhere between 236,000 to 327,000 people in the US are living with serious spinal cord injuries. About 155,000 have paraplegia. But being able to stand and walk again is something that may someday come to be realized, say engineers at...

News: Medical
Proteins, Not Torque Cause Surgical Screw Problems

For decades, overtightening was blamed for causing surgical screws and plates used in bone repair to irreversibly fuse together, making subsequent removal difficult for the surgeon and traumatic for the patient.

But a new study from the University of Dayton Research Institute, Dayton, OH,...

News: Medical
Global Medtech Remains Positive Despite Economy

A newly released annual report from Ernst & Young, Pulse of the Industry, reveals that publicly traded medtech companies in the US and in Europe turned in a solid performance in 2011, with revenue growth outpacing 2010 rates and delivering a third consecutive year of double-digit net income...

News: Medical
Quick Release Tape Won’t Harm Fragile Skin

Currently available commercial medical tapes work well to keep medical devices attached to the skin. But removing them can sometimes lead to skin tissue tearing, especially in babies and the elderly — those with the most fragile skin. Skin tears in babies and the elderly can range from skin...

News: Medical
New European Medical Device Regulations Overview

The long awaited proposed Regulations for Medical Devices (and active implantable medical devices) and IVDs were released by the EU Commission. A new free white paper from the Emergo Group, Austin, TX, which provides regulatory consulting, explains several detailed items in the proposed...

News: Medical
Nanofibrillar Cellulose Film for Medical Testing

Researchers at Aalto University, Otaniemi, Espoo, Finland, have developed a durable and affordable nanofibrillar cellulose(NFC) film platform to support medical testing. New environmentally friendly, reliable NFC platforms are more diverse than plastic films, they report.

The new type of...

News: Medical
FDA Sets New Review Timetables and Goals

The US Food and Drug Administration has set new review timeframes and performance goals for 510(k) premarket notification reviews of medical devices following Congressional approval of the Medical Device User Fee Amendments of 2012 (MDUFA III) earlier this year. By 2017, the agency intends to reduce the...

News: Materials
Building Stronger Polymers

Within all polymers, there are structural flaws at the molecular level. In an ideal network, each polymer chain would bind only to another chain. In reality, though, many of the chains bind to themselves, forming floppy loops that can weaken the network.

A team of chemical engineers at Massachusetts Institute of...

News: Medical
Cleveland Clinic Names Top 10 Innovations for 2013

The Cleveland Clinic, a nonprofit multispecialty academic medical center in Cleveland, OH, has announced its list of Top 10 Medical Innovations that will have a major impact on improving patient care within the next year. The list is made up of devices, including a handheld optical scan for...

News: Medical
Pacemaker Powered by Heartbeat

Engineers at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, tested an energy-harvesting device that uses piezoelectricity — an electrical charge generated from motion — to convert energy from a beating heart to provide enough electricity to power a pacemaker.

As reported in a study presented at the American...

News: Materials
PVC Organizations Unite to Promote Medical Usage

In Brussels, Belgium, the PVCMed Alliance was launched to promote the use and value of PVC in healthcare applications. PVC, or polyvinyl chloride, is the third-most widely produced plastic. The PVCMed Alliance is a coalition of PVC resin and plasticizer producers and PVC converters.

The...

News: Medical
Disposable MEMS Market Growing, Study Says

The market for microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) used as pressure sensors in medical electronics is likely to grow by 7 percent this year, aided by the use of disposable devices as well as respiratory monitoring, according to iSuppli, El Segundo, CA, a global leader in technology value chain...

News: Electronics & Computers
Defibrillator Setting Change Leads to Health Gains

A new study shows that many implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs), which are designed to detect and correct dangerous heart rhythms, are programmed to too low a setting, delivering painful shocks for heart rhythms that aren’t dangerous. Making a simple change in the way physicians...

News: Medical
Top 10 Healthtech Hazards Report

While health technology advances provide new ways to improve patient care, some may also create new opportunities for harm. To help minimize the risk of technology-related adverse events, the ECRI Institute, an independent nonprofit that researches the best approaches to improving patient care, has released its...

News: Medical
November Mid-Month Industry News

Our thoughts are with those who were affected by Hurricane Sandy and its aftermath. The storm's destructive force was felt across the East Coast, but none were more directly impacted than those within the tri-state area—New Jersey, New York, Connecticut. We recognize that the storm's torrential rains, powerful...

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November Month-End Industry News

Here’s hoping that your Thanksgiving holiday was festive and that everyone at your table found at least one reason to be thankful. Heading into December, here is the latest batch of news from the medical products community. Please click the link for more.

News: Medical
FDA Moves Up Deadline for UDI System

The US Food and Drug Administration released an amendment seeking to speed the deadlines for establishing a unique device identification (UDI) system, or numeric or alphanumeric code on certain medical devices. Specifically, the amendment would apply to “implantable, life-supporting, and life-sustaining”...

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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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