November 2014

The 12th annual “Create the Future” Design Contest for engineers, students, and entrepreneurs worldwide, sponsored by COMSOL and Mouser Electronics, attracted more than 1,074 innovative product...

Today’s modern medical devices are evolving at a record pace. From small wearable watches and bands worn by health enthusiasts, to portable wireless units for patients to...

Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS), as the name implies, are miniature devices composed of mechanical (springs, deformable membranes, vibrating structures) and electrical...

Parker Hannifin Precision Fluidics Division, Hollis, NH, announces the release of its newest miniature solenoid actuated poppet valve, the Series MX – Model 7, a miniature...

Universal Laser Systems, Scottsdale, AZ, introduces the XLS10MWH Multiwave HybridTM laser material processing platform, which combines the laser energy from CO2 lasers of 9.3 or...

Products: Medical
EC 19 Brushless DC Motor

maxon precision motors, inc., Fall River, MA, announces that its new 19 mm brushless DC motor has been specially designed for high speeds and is extremely quiet and low-vibration running. With its modular...

ASCO Numatics, Florham Park, NJ, introduces its Numatics 501 Series directional control valve. This general purpose automation valve is designed for directional control and piloting applications...

RTP Company, Winona, MN, has expanded its line of conductive compounds to include those specifically designed for extrusion processes and applications. Produced on dedicated manufacturing equipment designed for...

CPC (Colder Products Company), St. Paul, MN, announces the expansion of its NS4 Series quick disconnect couplings to include elbow insert configurations. The couplings provide secure performance. NS4...

Piper Plastics, Chandler, AZ, introduces its Kyron® MAX series injection moldable thermoplastic components, which allow parts to be injection molded at high volumes with strengths that...

Clippard Instrument Laboratory, Inc., Cincinnati, Ohio, introduces its EFB Series of Electronic Fill & Bleed Circuits, a combination of pneumatic valve components used to inflate in one controllable...

NewAge Industries, Inc., Southampton, VA, announces that its fluoropolymer tubing in PTFE, FEP, and PFA is back at normal stocking levels after a multi-year shortage of critical raw materials. Straight tubing,...

BEI Kimco Magnetics, Vista, CA, has developed new frameless Brushless DC Motors in multiple designs that provide extremely high operational efficiencies in excess of 90% that enable extended battery...

To control product development costs without sacrificing quality, medical device OEMs are giving new life to their product development process by turning to aluminum extrusions...

When a patient has sepsis, in which bacteria or fungi multiply too swiftly in a patient’s blood for antibiotics to help, the result is often deadly. However, a new device inspired by the...

Furnishing a research lab can be pretty expensive. To combat some of the costs, a team of scientists led by an engineer at Michigan Technological University, Houghton, has published an...

A new resource created by researchers from several Harvard University labs in collaboration with Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, provides both experienced and novice researchers with the...

The medical device industry has come a long way in the last 20 years. Part of the evolution has come from advancements in other industries, such as...

The provisioning of medical gases to hospitals, mobile health providers, and in-patient care environments requires absolute conformance to stringent industry standards. As a...

From the Editor: Medical
From the Editor — FDA and Industry Finding Common Ground

At the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed) conference held in Chicago in October, several FDA officials participated in panel discussions and Dr. Margaret A. Hamburg, FDA Commissioner, was a plenary luncheon speaker for an in-depth discussion of how FDA policies are...

Children love robots. In all shapes, sizes, “personalities” and “smarts,” these electronic wonders have been found under Christmas trees by kids and unwrapped on birthdays for...

R&D: Electronics & Computers
Connecting the World with Tiny Radios

A Stanford University engineering team has built a radio the size of an ant that requires no batteries. The device gathers all the power it needs from the same electromagnetic waves that carry signals to...

Newborn jaundice is a common condition in babies less than a week old. While yellowing of the skin is a primary indicator, that discoloration may be hard to see and, if left untreated, the...

New research by mechanical engineers at Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, aims at fighting bacterial biofilms that can foul implantable medical devices. Bacteria secrete a slimy substance that forms...

Researchers at the University of Maryland, College Park, say that their work could lead to a generation of light detectors that can see below the surface of bodies, as well as other...

Scientists seeking an inexpensive way to turn a cell phone into a high powered, high quality microscope that can be used to identify biological samples in the field, turned to a colleague at the...

A team of scientists at the University of California, Santa Barbara, have developed an atomically thin, 2D, ultrasensitive semiconductor material for biosensing uses that, they say, could expand the...

News: Medical
Ultrasound Could Widen Scope of Cardiac Screening

A team of engineers at the University of California, San Diego, working with cardiologists in Madrid, Spain, say that they have developed a novel ultrasound technology that makes cardiac screening cheaper and much easier, making it possible to reach a larger number of people of all ages. They...

News: Materials
Free Online Simulation Tools for Composite Materials

Individuals in industrial associations, educational institutions, and government organizations who are interested in composite materials made from constituent materials with different physical or chemical properties now have free, 24/7 access to simulation tools through an online community...

News: Medical
Coating Batteries for Child Safety

Each year, nearly 4,000 children go to emergency rooms after swallowing button batteries, which can cause burns that damage the esophagus, tears in the digestive tract, and in some cases, even death. To help prevent such injuries, researchers at MIT, Cambridge, MA, Brigham and Women's Hospital, and...

News: Medical
Sweat Diagnostic Tool Could Transform Health Screening

Electrical engineers at the Novel Devices Lab at theUniversity of Cincinnati have created a lightweight, wearable device that can analyze sweat using a smartphone, which, they say, can gather vital medical information in almost real time, and provide more accurate health diagnostics in a way...

News: Medical
Using Sensors to Monitor Possible Concussions

A team of researchers at the University of Florida (UF), Gainesville, are using sensor technology placed in the helmets of their football players to help measure the force of on-field hits to better understand and prevent concussions and treat them before they cause lasting damage.

News: Medical
High-Speed Imaging Could Reveal Arterial Plaque Formation

Researchers at Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, are close to commercializing a new type of medical imaging technology that could diagnose cardiovascular disease by measuring ultrasound signals from molecules exposed to a fast-pulsing laser.

News: Photonics/Optics
Faster, Easier Diagnosis of Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is the most common noncutaneous cancer among males, making proper diagnosis extremely important. Distinguishing between biopsied benign and malignant prostate tissue can be difficult. A new prototype device developed by scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies und...

News: Medical
Student Wins Dyson Award for Inflatable Incubator

More than 10 percent of babies worldwide are born prematurely, often requiring costly time spent in an incubator. According to the World Health Organization, 75 percent of deaths resulting from premature birth could be avoided if inexpensive treatments were more readily available across the...

The Pulse Selector IOM from Jenoptik Optical Systems GmbH (Jena, Germany) is a pulse picker controller for a reliable reduction of high pulse laser repetition rates. For normal operation, the Pulse Selector IOM...

News: Medical
November 2014 Mid-Month Industry News

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News: Medical
Degradable Implants Mean Fewer Surgeries

A team of researchers at researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials IFAM in Bremen, Germany, have developed load bearing, biodegradable implants that are completely degradable in the body. As a first step, they have used powder injection molding to...

News: Medical
November 2014 Month-End Industry News

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News: Medical
Developing an Artificial Retina to Restore Vision

Loss of eyesight is often caused by retinal degeneration as people age. But, an interdisciplinary team of researchers from Tel Aviv University, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Centers for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, both in Israel, and Newcastle University, OK, are developing a prosthetic...

News: Medical
FDA Recommends Standards for Home-Use Devices

A final guidance, “Design Considerations for Devices Intended for Home Use,” issued by the FDA, is intended to assist manufacturers in designing and developing home-use devices that comply with applicable standards of safety and effectiveness and other regulatory requirements.

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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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