December 2013

Cervical spine fusions have been performed since the 1950s and have achieved good, reproducible clinical results. Anterior cervical fusion is a current standard of care...

Features: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Choosing the Right Vendor for Your Micro-Molding Project

The demand for minimally invasive procedures is growing, as patients seek to spend less time on the operating table and in the recovery room. Micro-molding has emerged as the solution...

Features: Medical
Innovating in Choppy Waters

With the US innovation ecosystem widely perceived to be under severe stress, both government and business leaders are actively reviewing their options for meeting emerging market needs.

AVX Corporation, Greenville, SC, introduces the TAZ HRC5000 Medical Grade Tantalum Series. Designed for use in implantable medical devices, the new high-reliability, medical-grade...

Keithley Instruments, Inc., Cleveland, OH, announces the first benchtop Source Measure Unit (SMU) instrument with a capacitive touchscreen graphical user interface....

Products: Software
Solderpaste Stencil Software

Infinite Graphics Incorporated, Minneapolis, MN, introduces Ge nerate Solderpaste Stencil, a software program that’s part of a customizable suite of software solutions that function as a general hierarchical...

Products: Motion Control
Custom Direct Drive Motor Assemblies

Applimotion, Inc., Loomis, CA, offers custom direct drive motor assemblies with its popular ULT, UTH, UTS, and UTO brushless frameless motor kits inside. With sizes ranging from 10 mm to 500 mm in...

Nordson EFD, East Providence, RI, introduces the PICO® xMOD™ Valve, a fully exchangeable and modular concept in noncontact and contact needle dispensing of assembly fluids. The valve uses durable...

Products: Materials
PEEK X-Ray Tablet Clamps

Victrex Polymer Solutions, West Conshohocken, PA, introduces connection clamps for x-ray tablets made of high-performance thermoplastic that functions as an excellent insulator in electrical connectors and cable...

Products: Medical
Sensor-Enabled RFID Tags

ams AG, Unterpremstaetten, Austria, announces its next-generation sensor-enabled radio-frequency identification RFID tags, the SL13A and SL900A, which enable a simple, low-cost implementation of a new class of...

Products: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Polycarbonate Non-Luer Couplings

Qosina, Edgewood, NY, stocks SMC series polycarbonate non-luer connectors from Colder Products Company™. The SMC is a twist-to-connect coupling that provides a secure alternative to luer connections and...

TRUMPF Inc., Farmington, CT, introduces the TruLaser Cell 3000, a 5-axis laser machine for fine cutting and precision welding. This versatile machine offers cost-efficient laser processing of 2D or 3D...

Products: Medical
Crystal Touch PCAP Panels

Ocular LCD, Inc., Dallas, TX, announced the addition of an 18.5" projected capacitive (PCAP) touch panel to the Crystal Touch: TRUE Multi- Touch PLUS standard product line. The panels provide a true multi-touch...

Applications: Electronics & Computers
Automating and Accelerating Telemetry Device Testing

The value of highly accurate, automated, and measurable testing for medical devices cannot be overestimated. As devices become more complex, and patient care becomes increasingly...

Various machines have been developed to address the need for countermeasures of bone and muscle deterioration when humans operate over extended time in space. Even though these...

Aluminum outperforms other materials to become an ideal choice for manufacturing of medical instruments, equipment, and devices mainly due to its intrinsic sustainable qualities....

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published the final rule for the unique device identification system (UDI) during the UDI Conference in Baltimore, MD, and released it on September 24,...

Accelerator on a Chip Could Lead to Improved Lasers, X-Rays

Cutting-edge research being conducted by scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford Uni versity...

The end of the year is practically upon us so let’s take a quick look back at some of the highlights of 2013. On January 1, 2013, the 2.3% Medical Device Excise Tax, which manufacturers and...

When you think of the word cave, you might think of a dark, hidden place, right? Not anymore. The CAVE™ and CAVE2™, developed by the Electronic Visualization Laboratory (EVL) at...

R&D: Robotics, Automation & Control
Providing Surgical Robots with New Intelligence

Providing surgical robots with a new type of machine intelligence to make them easier and more intuitive for surgeons to operate is the goal of a major new five-year grant from the National...

Cutting-edge research being conducted by scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University could dramatically shrink...

News: FDA/Regulatory
ANSI Launches Online Portal for Standards

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has launched the ANSI IBR Portal, an online tool for free, read-only access to voluntary consensus standards that have been incorporated by reference (IBR) into federal laws and regulations.

News: FDA/Regulatory
New Proposed ASTM Standard

ASTM International, formerly known as the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), West Conshohocken, PA, has proposed a new international standard to be used in the design, development, quality control, and comparison of a variety of collagen-based medical products, including surgical implants, delivery...

News: Medical
Proposed ASTM Standard on Collagen-Based Products

ASTM International, formerly known as the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), West Conshohocken, PA, has proposed a new international standard to be used in the design, development, quality control, and comparison of a variety of collagen-based medical products, including surgical...

News: Test & Measurement
Preventing Electromagnetic Attacks

Electromagnetic fields can interfere with or damage electronic devices. Electromagnetic radiation is invisible to people. A new measuring instrument being developed by Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Muenchen, Germany, can help determine the strength, frequency, and direction of the attack.

News: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Sensor Screw for Precision Measurements

How can you measure forces acting between two components within a device without drilling holes or sticking on a sensor? Researchers at the Technischen Universität Darmstadt, Germany, have developed a simple solution: a screw with an integrated sensor.

News: Materials
Testing Plastics in Real Time

Plastics can be made scratch-proof and flame-proof, or given antibacterial properties through the addition of nano-sized additives mixed in with the pellets of plastic during the manufacturing process. However, the particle distribution within the plastic compound must be absolutely precise. A new device being...

News: Medical
Improving Motor Skills after Stroke

Using a novel rehabilitation device that converts an individual’s thoughts to electrical impulses to move upper extremities, stroke patients reported improvements in their motor function and ability to perform activities of daily living. A multidisciplinary team at the University of Wisconsin-Madison built...

News: Robotics, Automation & Control
Robotic Insertion of Needles and Catheters Developed

A robot, created by of a joint collaboration between researchers of the High School of Industrial Engineers of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) in Spain and the Gliatech S.L Company, can be used to guide precise insertion of needles and catheters. It has a hybrid powerstrain...

News: Imaging
MEMS Silicon Chip Improves Diagnostic Imaging

Small optical devices can be valuable as diagnostic imaging tools within the body, for instance, as optical probes with a 360-degree view in the gastrointestinal tract. A new microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) silicon chip developed by researchers from the Agency for Science, Technology and...

News: Electronics & Computers
How to Optimize Carbon Nanotube Arrays

When designing devices, engineers often must join together materials that expand and contract at different rates as temperatures change. Such thermal differences can cause problems if, for instance, a semiconductor chip is plugged into a socket that can’t expand and contract rapidly enough to maintain an...

News: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The Engineering Behind Additive Manufacturing

Additive manufacturing is a method of making 3D objects by building up material, layer upon layer, using a digital design. And, the number of technologies customized and created using additive manufacturing processes is growing each year. But did you know that many of the foundational techniques for...

News: Medical
December Mid-Month Industry News

Here is the latest batch of news from the medical products community. Please click the link for more.

News: Materials
NIST Announces New Center for Materials Research

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) selected a consortium led by Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, to establish a new NIST-sponsored center of excellence for advanced materials research. The new Center for Hierarchical Materials Design (CHiMaD) also includes the...

News: Medical
Novel Medical Imaging Technique Developed

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has developed prototype calibration tools for an experimental medical imaging technique that offers new advantages in diagnosing and monitoring of certain cancers and possibly other medical conditions.

News: Medical
The Ten Biggest Medical Successes of 2013

Medical science had a banner year in 2013, including a development, according to Dr. Stephen Shrewsbury, that offers the first long-term proof that a much-discussed new medical technology can work, at least with one disease. Click the link to see the list.

News: Medical
Recycled Plastic Can Kill Drug-Resistant Fungi

Researchers at the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN) at the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Singapore, and California's IBM Research - Almaden (IBM) have discovered a new, potentially life-saving application for polyethylene terephthalate (PET), which is...

News: FDA/Regulatory
CHOP and Drexel Team Up to Create Medical Devices for Children

Medical devices are not always one size fits all, especially with regard to child-sized devices. The Philadelphia Regional Pediatric Medical Device Consortium (PPDC) brings together engineers and biomedical researchers from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), Drexel...

News: Medical
Artificial Hand with Realistic Sense of Touch

With all of the mechanical advances in prosthetic limbs recently, few, if any, prosthetic limbs send sensory information back to the wearer, giving them a realistic sense of touch. That could soon, change, due to research being conducted at the Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Case...

News: Medical
Neural Prosthesis Restores Behavior After Brain Injury

A team of scientists from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, and the University of Kansas Medical Center have restored behavior using a neural prosthesis in a rat model of brain injury. Ultimately, the team hopes to develop a device that rapidly and substantially improves...

News: Medical
December 2013 Month-End Industry News

Happy New Year! Here is the latest batch of news from the medical products community. Please click the link for more.

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