December 2012

Speed equates to cost, so faster prototyping and production mean lower costs and faster time to market. Although this statement seems to be fairly easy, there are some considerations to...

Design for Manufacturability (DFM) is a well-established practice, essential in realizing the transformation of new product concepts into mass-produced medical devices. And yet, all too often...

Drug-eluting balloon (DEB) and drug delivery catheter (DDC) based treatments are increasingly being offered and used for the treatment of coronary, peripheral, neurovascular, and...

Products: Electronics & Computers
EMS Capabilities for Medical Devices

Suntron Corporation (Phoenix, AZ), a leader in integrated electronics manufacturing systems (EMS) and embedded computing solutions, will showcase its capabilities for the medical industry in Booth #126 at...

Products: Motion Control
Series 1336 and 1741 CXR Brushed Motors

MICROMO (Clearwater, FL) has expanded its range of brushed motors with the addition of two new CXR series graphite commutated motors. The new drives offer high-power density with 4 or 8 mNm continuous...

PITTMAN Motors, a division of AMETEK Precision Motion Control (Harleysville, PA), introduced configurable DC motor 3D model downloads. The 3D model system is an online system that allows an...

Products: Motion Control
Slotless Frameless Direct Drive Motors

Applimotion, Inc., (Loomis, CA) introduces new models of its UTS Slotless frameless direct drive motors expanding covering sizes from 12 mm diameter to 300 mm diameter. The slotless motor product line...

Products: Test & Measurement
Temperature Profiling Success Stories

Datapaq (Santa Cruz, CA), the world's leading supplier of temperature profiling systems, announces the digital publication Application Success Stories, an online anthology of end-user case studies...

Products: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Adjustable Mounting Shaft Collars

A line of adjustable mounting shaft collars that can be customized for securing sprockets, pulleys, lever arms, and other drive components is available from Stafford Manufacturing Corp. (Wilmington, MA)....

Lemos International Co., Inc., (Barrington, RI) offers the compact and easy-to-use disposable PicoLite USB data logger, which provides a simple solution for temperature monitoring through out mass...

FCI USA, LLC (Etters, PA) has developed the PwrBlade Series connector, which incorporates a modular design that enables easy upgrades to medical equipment. It also simplifies equipment designs by...

Servoflo Corporation (Lexington, MA) announcees the MP-6 Series of micropumps. Based on piezoelectric diaphragm pump technology, the MP-6 micropump delivers air, gas, or liquid for low flow...

The Lee Company (Westbrook, CT) offers a new LPL2 Inert Solenoid Pump featuring a revolutionary port head design that allows tubing connections and manifold mounting, and enables the designer to...

Mahr Federal Inc., (Provi dence, RI) has added a new Mar Connect Integrated Wireless data transmission system to its family of MarCator Digital Indicators at prices that compete with typical wired...

Portescap (West Chester, PA) introduces 12GS motors to their Athlonix™ platform of high-power density brush dc motors. The 12GS motors deliver spectacular speed-to-torque performance in a compact lighter...

High precision, high quality medical machining products require fluids from Cimcool Fluid Technology LLC, (Cincinnati, OH), designed in conjunction with medical suppliers to meet the technical challenges...

To meet the needs of manufacturers processing 3D components on abrasive waterjet machines, OMAX Corporation released the latest version of its Intelli- MAX Software Suite. The new Intelli-MAX 18 provides...

Schurter Inc., (Santa Rosa, CA) expanded its range of V-Lock power cords to include two types designed to ensure patient safety in critical medical and dental applications and that meet UL 817 testing. The...

Hearing loss can occur as a result of aging, genetic predisposition, an illness or injury, or over the course of years of exposure to loud sounds, which cause intense vibrations that damage the hair...

Applications: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Configuring Complex Part Designs for Prosthetic Devices

ToughWare Prosthetics, an engineering and design group dedicated to developing innovative new assistive technologies, helps satisfy the global need for prosthetic devices that are...

At London’s Paralympic Games in September, USA track and field star Richard Browne took the silver medal in the highly anticipated 100-meter race for below-the-knee amputees. The 21-year-old...

Briefs: Medical
Wideband Single-Crystal Transducer for Bone Characterization

The microgravity conditions of space travel result in unique physiological demands on the human body. In particular, the absence of the continual mechanical stresses on the skeletal system that are present on Earth cause the bones to decalcify. Trabecular structure decreases in...

Briefs: Medical
3D Scanning for Post-Mastectomy Custom Breast Prosthesis

Breast cancer is a terrible affliction that affects approximately one in eight women in the US. In 2012, nearly a quarter- million cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed among women. Due to the progress of medicine and associated treatment, the death rate associated with breast...

Global Innovations: Materials
Bacterial Resistant Polymers Identified
University of Nottingham
Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham, UK
www.nottingham.ac.uk

Scientists at the University of Nottingham, in the UK, have discovered a new class of polymers that...

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...

News: Medical
Multi-Tasking Implantable Silk Optics

Bioengineers at Tufts University School of Engineering, Medford, MA, have demonstrated that silk-based implantable optics can enhance tissue imaging, administer heat, deliver and monitor drugs. In addition, the devices are biodegradable and biocompatible, harmlessly dissolving at predetermined rates and...

News: Medical
FDA Announces Public-Private Partnership to Speed Access to Device Technologies

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that it is part of the first public-private partnership to promote medical device regulatory science with a focus on speeding the development, assessment, and review of new medical devices.

The new Medical...

News: Medical
Scanning Innovation May Improve Personalized Medicine

Combining medical imaging technologies, says Ge Wang, director of the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University's Center for Biomedical Imaging, Blacksburg, VA, could provide improved early disease screening, cancer staging, therapeutic assessment, and other aspects of personalized...

News: Medical
Sensor Tattoo Measures Metabolic Stress

A medical sensor that adheres to the skin like a temporary tattoo could help doctors to detect metabolic problems in patients. Shaped like a smiley face, the entire sensor is a thin, flexible unit designed to conceal the electrodes.

Designed by researchers at the Department of Physical &...

News: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Monitoring Medical Vital Signs with Mini Sensors

Electrical engineers at Oregon State University, Corvallis, have developed new technology to monitor medical vital signs, with sensors so tiny and inexpensive they could fit onto a bandage, be manufactured in high volumes, and cost less than a quarter.

One potential application is heart...

News: Medical
Developing Propellant-Fueled Prostheses

Scientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta; the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa; and Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, announced a four-year joint project to develop a below-knee prosthesis capable of actively powering the ankle joint powered by a gas- or liquid-based...

News: Medical
Survey Says: Buy American Made

More than 80 percent of US consumers and, even more surprising, more than 60 percent of Chinese consumers say that they are willing to pay more for products labeled “Made in USA” than for those labeled “Made in China,” according to new research released by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), a global...

News: Medical
Degradation of Silicone-Urethane Medical Devices

As reported to the American Chemical Society (ACS), University of Minnesota researchers have discovered a previously unrecognized way that degradation can occur in silicone-urethane plastics often used in medical devices. Their study, published in ACS' journal Macromolecules, could have...

News: Nanotechnology
Creating 3D Nanostructures Using DNA ‘Bricks’

Researchers at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University, Boston, MA, have created more than 100 3D nanostructures using DNA building blocks that function like Lego® bricks. This method is the next step toward using DNA nanotechnologies for sophisticated...

News: Medical
Microneedle Vaccine Could Boost Measles Immunization

Measles vaccines given using nearly painless microneedle patches can immunize against measles just as well as with conventional hypodermic needles, according to research done by the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

In...

News: Medical
Porcupine Quills Aid Device Design

Once a porcupine’s quill penetrates your skin, it’s very difficult to remove. That’s the inspiration behind research at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, to develop new types of adhesives, needles, and other medical devices.

In a new study,...

News: Medical
December Mid-Month Industry Update

As we head into the holiday season, we want to take this opportunity to let you know how much we appreciate you, and to wish you every happiness at this festive time and throughout the coming New Year. Here is the latest batch of news from the medical products community. Please click the link for more.

News: Medical
Implanted Brain 'Pacemaker' for Alzheimer's Disease

Recently, researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine, Baltimore, MD, surgically implanted a pacemaker-like device into the brain of a patient in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease, the first such operation in the United States. The device, which provides deep brain stimulation and has been used...

News: Medical
Intuitive Control for Implantable Prosthetic Arm

A team of researchers at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden, say that they have created the world’s first implantable robotic arm controlled by thoughts.

Prosthetic leg technology has advanced rapidly in the past decade, but prosthetic arm advances have been much...

News: Medical
Top 10 Device Challenges for Hospital Staff

Healthcare technology management (HTM) professionals working in hospitals say their top challenge is the management of medical devices and systems on information technology networks, according to a new survey commissioned by the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation...

News: Medical
Mind-Controlled Robot Arm Handles Routine Tasks

A team of researchers from the University of Pittsburgh (UP) School of Medicine and UPMC (Medical Center) are working with a woman with longstanding quadriplegia to accomplish "ordinary" tasks that once seemed impossible. Together, they have demonstrated, for the first time, that a person with...

News: Medical
Developing a Shared Medical Device Audit Program

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Australian Therapeutic Foods Administration (TGA), Brazilian Health Surveillance Agency (ANVISA), and the Canadian Health Products and Food Branch (Health Canada) have all signed on to a statement of cooperation to develop a single audit program for...

News: Medical
Device Helps Disabled Children Access Tablets

Digital devices can provide games, e-books, and learning apps to everyone who can operate them. But what if you can't work even the easiest of controls? Engineers at Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, are working with children who have limited mobility that makes it difficult for them to...

News: Medical
50 Tests from One Drop of Blood

A new device about the size of a business card, developed by scientists at the Methodist Hospital Research Institute and MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, could let health care providers perform up to 50 tests for insulin and other blood proteins, cholesterol, and even viral or bacterial infection all from...

News: Robotics, Automation & Control
Using Beam of Sound as a Scalpel?

Using a focused beam of sound as a scalpel? That's not as far off as it sounds, according to a group of University of Michigan at Ann Arbor engineering researchers, whose research shows that a carbon-nanotube-coated lens that they developed converts light to sound and can focus high-pressure sound waves to finer...

News: Medical
December Year-End Industry Update

We here at Medical Design Briefs wish for a year of safety, peace, and plenty for all, and a healthy and prosperous new year for you. We are sincerely grateful for the ability to serve you and wish you the very best for the coming year. Here is the latest batch of news from the medical products community. Please...

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