November 2013

Grand Prize Winner ChemoPatch Alydaar Rangwala, Nikhil Mehandru,
Aaron Perez, and Brandon Sim
Theratech, Loudonville, NY

Existing methods for...

Polycarbonate (PC) is one of the engineering thermoplastic materials most commonly used and most widely tested in the medical device industry today. Its inherent strength,...

Stringent product quality and process capability requirements confront producers of precision medical tubing used in medical device applications. This includes final tubing...

Texas Instruments, Dallas, TX, unveiled the industry’s first inductance-to-digital converter (LDC), a new data converter category that uses coils and springs as inductive sensors...

Products: Communications
Wireless Foot Controls

Steute Meditech, Inc., Ridgefield, CT, announces its medical-grade, fully-compliant, wireless foot controls. Each customized unit features proprietary technology to achieve safe, interference-free performance....

NuSil Technology LLC, Carpinteria, CA, unveils R-2614, a transparent, flowable silicone encapsulant and potting material uniquely designed for easy processing and long-term reliability. As a liquid...

Lumenera Corporation, Ottawa, Canada, offers Lt225 and Lt425, highly innovative USB 3.0 cameras offering low noise, high speed, and high sensitivity. A proven high resolution 1” CMOS sensor with a...

Clippard Instrument Laboratory, Inc., Cincinnati, OH, introduces new HVHTV 3-way and 4-way configured valves featuring proven reliability, compact size, economical pricing, precision machining, and more....

Products: Materials
Flame-Retardant TPU

Lubrizol Corporation, Wickliffe, OH, launched a flame-retardant thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) product, ,which is the first of its kind to feature high flame properties, low halogen content, and a soft, matte or gloss...

Products: Materials
Hose Clamps in Three Styles

NewAge Industries, Southampton, PA, announces three styles of clamps to secure fittings to tubing. The three styles—double bond, ear type, and worm gear—are used in a wide range of industries. Kwik Clamp™ is...

Products: Medical
Dual Vacuum Bakeout Oven

Miyachi Unitek Corporation, Monrovia, CA, announces its SA2200 stand-alone vacuum bakeout oven. With a small footprint, easy access front panel controls, and uniform conducted and radiant heat distribution, the oven...

Nordsen ASYMTEK, Carlsbad, CA, has released its Spectrum™ S-820-C stainless steel dispensing system certified for Class 100 cleanroom use. It can be used in wafer-level packaging, or for dispensing adhesives...

Products: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Small Spindle Ceramic Drives

Maxon precision motors, Fall River, MA, announces two new systems composed of spindle, axial bearing, and gearhead. The GP 16S with ceramic spindle and the 8 mm GP 8S spindle drive. A ceramic spindle has a nearly...

Products: Medical
Miniature OEM Pumps

Fluid Metering, Inc., Syosset, NY, introduces OEM pumps that integrate a unique patented CeramPump® valveless pumping principle with precision stepper control. The CeramPump utilizes one moving part, a sapphire-hard...

Products: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Air in Line Sensors

Morgan Technical Ceramics, Fairfield, NJ, announces its range of piezo ceramic Air in Line sensors, ideal for use in medical equipment, including infusion pumps, enteral feeding pumps, and dialysis equipment. The sensors...

Products: Electronics & Computers
Rechargeable Battery for CNC Machines

FANUC America Corporation, Hoffman Estates, IL, offers a Rechargeable Battery Unit Kit that provides reliable long-term backup power for CNC machines and eliminates the use of disposable batteries;...

Products: Electronics & Computers
GWS500 Series Power Supplies

TDK-Lambda, San Diego, CA, extends its GWS500 series power supplies with the addition of two low output voltage models. Combining high efficiency, high power density, and low standby power characteristics, the 5V...

Products: Electronics & Computers
Digital Circuit Pressure Transducer

Transducers Direct, Cincinnati, OH, announces its new TD2000 ultra precision accuracy 0.05% BFSL digital pressure transducer, which is ideal for use in applications where precision measurements are...

Products: Electronics & Computers
Step-Down Micromodule Regulator

Linear Technology, Milpitas, CA, launches the LTM4624, a 14V, 4A step-down micromodule regulator in a 6.25 × 6.25 × 5.01mm BGA package which fits within 1cm2 on a singlesided PCB or 0.5cm2 double-sided. The...

Products: Medical
70W AC/DC Desktop Power

Power Partners, Hudson, MA, announces the PEAD70SLF Series of single output AC/DC desktop switching power supplies, which provide up to 70W from an input voltage range of 90-264VAC (47 to 63Hz). The ultra-slim desktop...

XP Power, Sunnyvale, CA, added to its GCS series of single output high efficiency “green” ACDC power supplies with both ITE and Medical safety approvals. The GCS180 range extends the power output up to...

Products: Electronics & Computers
Desktop AC-DC Power Supplies

Protek Power, Hudson, MA, announces that its PMP85SF Series of desktop AC-DC power supplies delivers 85W and are certified to UL/ES60601-1 and EN60101-1 3rd edition medical safety standards. These Class II...

Diabetes is a widespread metabolic disorder, and having it puts people at increased risk for heart disease and stroke. There are two types of diabetes patients: type...

Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Plastic Optic Fiber—An Evolving Technology

Plastic Optic Fiber (POF) is an established, continually evolving technology available since the early 1980s. From the outset, it was a technology not highly visible for years. At times, it was...

Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Cryogenic Grinding for Mechanical Abrasion for Hardy Endospores

A comparative analysis was carried out between an emerging cryogenic grinding method and a conventional wetchemistry/ bead-beating endospore disruption approach. After extensive trial and error, it was determined that a regimen of three cryogenic grinding cycles of 2 minutes each...

A simple design for a new type of intravenous drip for use with children that took a team of student from Rice University, Houston, TX, two years to evolve took the top prize in the National...

First Thought-Controlled Bionic Leg Revealed

A team of researchers at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago has revealed clinical applications for the world’s first thought-controlled bionic vleg—a...

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Osteoporosis causes bones to lose mass and become weak. However, for many sufferers, the first indication that they...

From the Editor: Medical
From the Editor — These Advances Are Sweet News

November is American Diabetes Month and the American Diabetes Association offers some sobering statistics. Nearly 26 million people in the US have diabetes, and as many as one in three adults will have diabetes by 2050.

A team of researchers at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) has revealed clinical applications for the world’s first thought-controlled bionic leg—a significant milestone for...

A team of researchers from the University of California, Riverside, College of Engineering and School of Medicine have developed a novel transparent skull implant that could eventually...

Ceramics are brittle and tend to crack under stress. But, researchers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, along with colleagues in Singapore, say that they have found a way around that...

A team of engineers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of Chicago, and Hanyang University in Korea has developed a new approach to fabricating...

The Mayo Clinic, Phoenix, AZ, will be working with Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, to test the feasibility of using a telemedicine robot to assess athletes with suspected...

When heartbeats slip into an irregular, life-threatening rhythm, a pacemaker or defibrillator can jolt the heart back into rhythm. But because electricity can cause pain, tissue damage, and other side-effects, a...

News: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Long-Term Nanotube-Based Sensor Implants

Nitric oxide (NO) carries messages within the brain and coordinates immune system functions. It appears to have contradictory roles in cancer progression, and researchers at MIT in Cambridge, MA, are working to understand this better by creating a new tool to measure it in the body in real time. They have...

News: Medical
New Microbeam Emitter Shrinks Radiation Therapy

Microbeam radiation therapy (MRT) provides tremendous promise for cancer patients due to its ability to destroy tumor cells while protecting surrounding healthy tissue. Yet its clinical use has been limited by the size of the massive electron accelerators called synchrotrons needed to generate the...

Today’s medical device and equipment designs are highly influenced by continuous technological advances that affect their size, power consumption, and communication capabilities....

News: Medical
Printing Inkjet-Based Circuits

A team of researchers from Georgia Tech, the University of Tokyo, and Microsoft Research have developed a novel method to rapidly and inexpensively make electrical circuits by printing them with commodity inkjet printers and off-the-shelf materials. For about $300 in equipment costs, anyone can produce working...

News: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Breathalyzer to Monitor Blood Glucose in Diabetics

A researcher at Western New England University, Springfield, MA, has created a novel hand-held, noninvasive monitoring device that uses multilayer nanotechnology to detect acetone has been shown to correlate with blood-glucose levels in the breath of diabetics. Ronny Priefer, PhD, created the...

News: Medical
Soluble Polymer Allows Writing in Liquid with Light

Researchers from the Laboratory of Polymer Chemistry in the University of Helsinki’s Department of Chemistry in Finland have managed to draw in an alcohol-based solution using laser light. The research was published in the journal, Macromolecules.

News: Medical
Launch of the World Plastics Council

Top executives from plastics resin producers gathered during the 2013 K Fair, in DuŸsseldorf, Germany, the world's largest plastics industry exhibition, and agreed to launch the World Plastics Council, to be the voice of global plastics manufacturers and to facilitate a united approach to address global...

News: Medical
Center for the Polyurethanes Industry Seeking Papers

The Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) of the American Chemistry Council has issued a call for papers and posters to be presented at the 2014 Polyurethanes Technical Conference, which will take place September 22-24, 2014 at the Gaylord Texan in Dallas, Texas.

News: Sensors/Data Acquisition
New Report on Disposable Medical Sensors Market

A new report forecasting the growth of the Disposable Medical Devices Sensors Market to 2018 has been issued that says that the global disposable devices sensors market is technology driven and marked by the "threat of obsolescence," wherein technologies and their adoption change very rapidly. The...

News: Imaging
Building an MRI-Guided Robotic Heart Catheter

A team of researchers at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, have received a $1.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health for its project to perfect the technology to steer a robotic catheter through the heart’s beating chambers using the push and pull of magnetic fields...

News: Medical
November Mid-Month Industry News

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News: Medical
Collaboration to Advance Silicon Nanotech and Personal Healthcare

Researchers and physicians at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, will collaborate with the nanoelectronics R&D center Imec, Leuven, Belgium, to advance silicon applications in healthcare, beginning with development of a device to enable a broad range of clinical tests....

News: Medical
November 2013 Month-End Industry News

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News: Medical
Designing Spacesuit Tools and Sensors to Keep Astronauts Healthy

A team of researchers at Kansas State University, Manhattan, are developing improvements for astronauts' outerwear. The team, which includes electrical and computer engineering professors and more than a dozen students, envisions a future spacesuit that could monitor astronauts'...

News: Imaging
Device to Measure Superconductors Breaks World Records

Scientists at the Weizmann Institute, Rehovot, Israel, have taken a quantum leap toward understanding the exciting phenomenon of superconductivity. They have created the world’s smallest SQUID, a Superconducting QUantum Interference Device, used to measure magnetic fields, breaking the...

News: Medical
Scientists Invent Self-healing Battery Electrode

A team of researchers from Stanford University and the Department of Energy’s (DOE) SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have made the first battery electrode that heals itself, opening a new and potentially commercially viable path for making the next generation of lithium ion batteries.

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