December 2015

If you’ve picked up a power tool at the hardware store recently, or used a multimeter to check for power on a kitchen outlet,...

Features: Medical
Looking Ahead to 2016

Hard to believe another year is nearly over. 2016 is just around the corner. Another election year, and that will bring many changes, we can be certain. A new president and a new Congress could substantially impact the...

Engineering thermoplastics are used throughout the consumer electronics (CE) industry today because they enable design freedom while also providing high...

Medical device manufacturers have a tremendous opportunity to improve patient health care and boost the productivity of nurses and physicians with innovative products...

From securing the simplest bandage to adhering components of the most complex diagnostic devices, pressure-sensitive adhesives (PSAs) have long had a crucial...

Microsemi Corporation, Aliso Viejo, CA, announces the availability of the smallest radio module it has ever produced. The ZL70323 is optimized for implantable medical devices...

Products: Medical
TubeDyne Treating System

3DT LLC, Germantown, WI, introduces the TubeDyne Treating System designed to treat medical tube ends for a permanent bond to surgical instruments, housings, or other tubing including catheters. TubeDyne harnesses arc...

Sensor Scientific, Inc., Fairfield, NJ, designs, develops, and manufactures temperature sensors for medical applications. Thermistor sensors are available for patient skin temperature monitoring, ambient...

Celera Motion, Bedford, MA, introduces MicroE Optira™ Series Encoders—the only encoder in its class to provide a resolution of up to 5nm with all automatic gain control, interpolation, and signal processing...

Products: Medical
PM301 AC-DC Power Supplies

Protek Power North America, Inc., Hudson, MA, announces the PM301 Series of AC DC switching power supplies in a low profile package of 3 × 6 × 1.5 inches, capable of delivering 300 watts of continuous power with...

Pasternack, Irvine, CA, introduces a large portfolio of in-stock general purpose multimarket coaxial packaged electromechanical switches for RF, microwave, and millimeter wave applications. These...

New Scale Technologies, Inc., Victor, NY, announces a new developer’s kit in its M3 micro-mechatronic product line. The DK-M3-RS-U-1M-20 is a complete piezoelectric mirror positioning system with a...

Products: Medical
New Perforation Capability

Scapa Healthcare, Windsor, CT, announces the launch of its new perforation capability for Scapa Soft-Pro® Silicone Gel adhesives. The new capability allows Scapa Healthcare to offer its strategic business partners...

Products: Medical
32kHz Quartz Crystals

Geyer Electronics, El Cajon, CA, introduces a new 32kHz Quartz Crystal design for oscillator circuits. In a series of extensive test procedures, Geyer engineering determined that the 32kHz design not only opens a...

Products: Medical
Urethane Processing System

Ashby Cross Company, Newburyport, MA, debuts its new GP80 Urethane Processing System that accurately proportions, mixes, and dispenses urethane for connector sealing, creating gaskets and seals, potting, and...

Products: Medical
Socket Break-Out Boards

Aries Electronics, Inc., Bristol, PA, announces the introduction of its new custom Break-Out Boards for test sockets. Aries’ new Break-Out Boards allow the user to quickly, easily, and economically routeout signals...

Products: Medical
E-Style Cuff Flange Bellows

BellowsTech, Ormond Beach, FL, has expanded its line of edge welded bellows. Their new series of E-style Cuff Flange metal bellows are available in 18 sizes with diameters from 0.40 to 5.45 inches, and can be...

Products: Medical
HC Series Cartridge Heaters

Minco Products, Inc., announces the launch of new HC Series Cartridge Heaters, which can provide high wattage output within very small diameter packages. The HC series cartridge heaters can provide accurate,...

Products: Medical
Athlonix 22DCP Motors

Portescap, West Chester, PA, introduces the next generation of Athlonix™ high power density brush DC motors. Athlonix DCP motors offer an optimized price-to-performance solution for a variety of applications....

Teknor Apex Company, Pawtucket, RI, has expanded its range of tubing compounds, including new alternatives to PVC, thermoplastic polyurethane, and silicone. Medalist elastomers now available for tubing...

Products: Medical
MOWI20C Converter Series

Minmax Power, Hudson, MA, announces the MOWI20C Series, a new series of regulated, fully encapsulated DC/DC converters with an ultra-wide 4:1 input voltage range, extended operating temperature range, and easy...

Deviser Instruments, Inc., San Jose, CA, a communications test and measurement company, introduces its E7042B and E7062B SignalPROFILER products, enabling RF measurements up to 4GHz and 6GHz respectively....

Products: Medical
Transcoder Gateway

Pleora Technologies, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, introduces its Transcoder Gateway following extensive field trials in industrial automation applications. The Transcoder Gateway simultaneously receives video from up to four...

Products: Medical
Stainless Steel Insert Screw

Sussex Wire Inc., Easton, PA, debuts a new stainless steel insert screw designed to improve adjustment control, mitigate contamination, and increase component part geometry and tolerance, while improving...

Products: Medical
FlexiForce A101 Force Sensor

Tekscan, Inc., South Boston, MA, announces the FlexiForce A101 force sensor, its smallest standard sensor, which can be utilized in a wide range of designs depending on factors such as temperature, humidity,...

Products: Connectivity
60GHz WirelessHD Modules

SiBEAM Inc., Sunnyvale, CA, announces new WirelessHD transmitter and receiver modules that operate over the 60GHz millimeter wave frequency band. The modules deliver visually lossless 1080p video streams at up to 60...

Autodesk, Inc., San Rafael, CA, introduces its Autodesk Within Medical, generative design software that optimizes 3D printing of medical implants for the orthopedic industry. The software allows biomedical...

Last year, more than 50 million surgical procedures were performed in the United States. As that number grows each year, the quantity of and preference for minimally...

Heavy-duty gas springs are often used to replace or supplement human power when lifting or lowering heavy loads such as lids, hoods, and flaps in construction and...

Briefs: Medical
Hydrostatic Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment Chamber

A hyperbaric chamber has been designed to achieve the goals of maximizing safety, minimizing complexity, and minimizing cost of hyperbaric chamber therapy. This design minimizes the volume of compressed gas in the chamber, and eliminates the need for complex gas mixing, carbon dioxide scrubbing,...

This technology may eliminate need for open heart surgery.

A multi-disciplinary team of Bostonarea researchers from Boston Children’s Hospital, the Wyss Institute for Biologically...

While most robotic parts in current use are rigid, have a limited range of motion, and don’t really look lifelike, a scientist from Florida Atlantic University has designed a novel robotic finger that,...

Epidermal electronics use cut-and-paste method for speed.

A team of engineers, led by assistant professor Nanshu Lu, in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin...

Device could change how cancer is tracked.

A team of scientists at the University of California, Davis, was awarded a $15.5 million five-year grant, as part of the part of the National Institutes...

Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Surgical Probe Determines Where Tumors End
New tool uses light to image tissue in real time.

An interdisciplinary team of researchers at the University of Illinois has performed a clinical study comparing a new surgical tool that uses...

R&D: Medical
New Lasers Offer 3D Micropatterning of Biocompatible Silk Hydrogels

Tufts University biomedical engineers are using low-energy, ultrafast laser technology to make high-resolution, 3D structures in silk protein hydrogels. The laser-based micropatterning represents a new approach to customized engineering of tissue and biomedical implants.

R&D: Medical
'Active' Technology Supports Multi-Material 3D Printing

The ability to integrate disparate materials and properties within printed objects is the next frontier in 3D printing. Harvard University researchers have designed new multimaterial printheads that mix and print concentrated viscoelastic inks, enabling simultaneous control of composition...

R&D: Medical
Researchers Print Lifelike Ear Models

Children with under-formed or missing ears can undergo surgeries to fashion a new ear from rib cartilage. Aspiring surgeons, however, lack lifelike practice models. A University of Washington otolaryngology resident and bioengineering student 3D-printed a low-cost pediatric rib cartilage model that more...

R&D: Medical
Durable Electronics Material Shrinks When Heated

Most materials swell when they warm, and shrink when they cool. A University of Connecticut physicist, however, has been investigating a substance that responds in reverse. Scandium trifluoride, a material with negative thermal expansion, may be used to create more durable electronics.

R&D: Medical
Metamaterial Slows Light

Researchers at The University of Alabama created a material that manipulates and reduces the speed of light in a new, more effective way. The resulting "slow light" will lead to the development of optical buffers and delay lines used in next-generation sensors.

R&D: Medical
Flexible Rehealing Glove Treats Traumatic Hand Injuries

Engineers at the University of Texas at Arlington Research Institute (Fort Worth, TX) and The University of Washington (Seattle, WA) have developed a healing glove that delivers needed medicine to an injured hand. The device, known as the Bioengineered Smart-Glove for Regenerative Healing...

INSIDER: Medical
FDA Announces Training Program for Medtech Reviewers

The FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) announced the 2015 Experiential Learning Program (ELP) General Training Program, which is intended to educate CDRH staff regarding the policies, laboratory practices, and challenges faced in broader disciplines that impact the...

INSIDER: Medical
Self-Healing Gel Supports Advanced Biosensors

Researchers in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin have developed a self-healing gel that repairs and connects electronic circuits, creating opportunities to advance the creation of flexible electronics, biosensors, and batteries.

INSIDER: Medical
'Wiggle' Method Offers New Way to Generate X-Rays

By using plasmons to “wiggle” a free electron in a sheet of graphene, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed a new method for generating X-rays. The discovered phenomenon could lead to more compact, tunable X-ray devices made of graphene.

INSIDER: Medical
Sensor Offers Real-Time View of Neural Activity

A new sensor developed by Duke University and Stanford University researchers provides a real-time, eagle-eye view of neural activity in mammalian brains. The technique watches the brain’s neurons with a temporal resolution of about 0.2 milliseconds.

News: Medical
Fourth Annual Medical Device Safety Monitoring & Reporting Conference

Marcus evans will host the Fourth Annual Medical Device Safety Monitoring & Reporting Conference in Las Vegas, NV, on January 27-28, 2016. The event will focus on advances in medical device safety, medical device reporting, eMDR, post-market surveillance, complaint...

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Portable Sensor Detects Severity of Eye Injury

A University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign engineer and an ophthalmologist have developed a portable sensor that quickly and inexpensively determines whether an eye injury is mild or severe. The device, called OcuCheck, could speed efforts to determine the extent of eye injuries at accident sites,...

News: Medical
December 2015 Mid-Month Industry News

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News: Medical
Researchers Study Biofilm Development on Catheter Materials

New research from the University of Southampton could lead to advanced treatments to prevent blockages and urinary tract infections experienced by many long-term catheter users. Using an imaging technique called episcopic differential interference contrast (EDIC) microscopy, researchers...

INSIDER: Medical
Researchers Print 'Living' Blood Vessels

Using a 3D printer and a “bio-ink” made of materials compatible with the human body, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory researchers have successfully created structures with living cells and biomaterials. The material and environment are engineered to enable small blood vessels, including human...

INSIDER: Medical
First Biologically Powered Integrated Circuit

Columbia University Engineering Department researchers have, for the first time, harnessed living systems to power an integrated circuit using adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the energy currency of life. The team integrated a conventional solid-state complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS)...

News: Medical
Tiny LEDs Shed Light on Neural Pathways

University of Michigan researchers have built and tested neural probes that hold what are believed to be the smallest implantable LEDs ever made. The new probes control and record the activity of many individual neurons, measuring how changes in the activity of a single neuron can affect its neighbors. The...

News: Medical
Manipulating Sound to Enhance Acoustic Imaging

Researchers from North Carolina State University, Raleigh, and Duke University have developed a metamaterial made of paper and aluminum that can manipulate acoustic waves to more than double the resolution of acoustic imaging, focus acoustic waves, and control the angles at which sound passes...

News: Medical
December 2015 Month-End Industry News

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