February 2012

Thermoplastic polyurethanes (TPUs) have historically been used as thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) for medical applications.1 The well-known biocompatibility,...

One of the phone calls that product managers fear most is a supplier notifying them that a material used in their product is being discontinued. The impending change forces a litany of...

Major advances have been made in the past few decades in the percutaneous treatment of artery diseases. The development of each new technology has been spurred by the downfall of...

Products: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Thermopile Detector

Excelitas Technologies (Waltham, MA) has released the DigiPile thermopile detector with digital output, combining an MEMS-based sensing element with a fully integrated low noise amplifier, A/D converter, and integrated...

Products: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Leadscrew Table and Ring Bearings

The drylin® HTSP-FF leadscrew table from igus (East Providence, RI) includes a quick-release nut that makes format adjustments faster and easier by reducing the number of revolutions required to position...

Products: Medical
Medical Device Adhesive

The 211-CTH-SC MD® medical device adhesive from DYMAX (Torrington, CT) is formulated for on-demand cure with the BlueWave® LED Prime UVA spot-curing lamp. It is bright blue in the uncured state, enabling automated...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Battery-Powered Surgical Driver

The battery-powered Pro-Driver from Pro-Dex, Inc. (Irvine, CA) offers an alternative to time-consuming and arduous placement of screws and plates in a variety of surgical procedures, such as small bone, neuro,...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Blue Laser Diodes

Power Technology (Little Rock, AR) has introduced additional blue laser diode wavelengths and power levels. The laser diodes can be installed in an assortment of PTI modules, including laserinduced fluorescence, confocal...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Diode-Pumped Medical Laser

Jenoptik (Jena, Germany) has launched the JenLas® D2.mini 5/8W, a diode-pumped thin-disk laser that provides up to 8 W output for applications in medicine as well as for entertainment. The laser can be used for...

Interface Catheter Solutions (Laguna Niguel, CA) has introduced the Auto-i 360 balloon visual inspection system with upgrades to reduce cycle times. The new system provides both visual/flaw in spection and...

Products: Software
Industrial Panel PCs

HKAUTOMATION (Peachtree City, GA), a Hoffman + Krippner company, has introduced industrial panel PCs called flex-IPC®. The line provides a robust enclosure made of zinc-coated stainless steel and a customizable aluminum...

Products: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
High-Current Spring Pins

Mill-Max (Oyster Bay, NY) has added three large-scale, high-current spring pins to its family of ruggedized spring-loaded products. These rugged spring pins are rated at 9 amps and designed with unique termination...

Products: Medical
Base Plates

Accudynamics (Lakeville, MA) offers precision machined base plates for medical diagnostic equipment. They eliminate flexure or unintended movement, which can cause damage to the machine or produce inaccurate test results. The...

Products: Electronics & Computers
EMI Filters

LCR Electronics (Norristown, PA) offers two new series of EMI filters for MRI shielded rooms. The 058 series filters are designed to mitigate any unwanted EMI noise through MRI room telephone, alarm, and data lines. The...

Products: Medical
Diaphragm Pump

KNF Neuberger (Trenton, NJ) offers the N0150 diaphragm pump, which can be customized with a water-cooled head to prevent pump overheating in process applications where exothermic reactions from helium, xenon, and other gases...

Products: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Hardware Mounting Kits

Keystone Electronics (Astoria, NY) offers hardware mounting kits for PC/104 and PC104-Plus Bus Drives for limited space design/installation applications. Each mounting kit includes all the hardware required to mount a...

Products: Medical
Silicone Elastomers

Shin-Etsu Silicones of America (Akron, OH) has announced the launch of its HCR (high consistency rubber) product line – Sil-X-Shin™ Silicone Elastomers, which are designed for extruded tubing and profiles. The...

Products: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Low-Pressure Sensors

Sensortechnics (Walpole, MA) offers the LBA series of differential low-pressure sensors based on thermal mass flow measurement of air through a micro-flow channel integrated within the silicon sensor chip. The sensors...

Products: Medical
USB Power Sensor

Giga-tronics (San Ramon, CA) offers the GT-8555A 100 MHz to 20 GHz USB Peak Power Sensor, which provides fully calibrated peak and average power measurements, with a high dynamic range and PC-based user interface. The power sensor delivers 20 GHz frequency range, 2,000 readings per second typical, dynamic range of –40 to 20...

Products: Electronics & Computers
External Power Supplies

The DTM110-C series of medical-certified AC-DC external power supplies from TDK-Lambda (San Diego, CA) offers output power ratings from 90 to 110 watts. Typical operating efficiencies are greater than 85%. Available...

CILS International (Burlington, MA) has launched a solvent-resistant durable label range that provides lifelong adhesion and product identification when exposed to aggressive chemicals and solvents such as Acetone, MEK, and...

Products: Software
Memory Devices

The new EEPROM (Electrically Erasable Programmable Read-Only Memory) devices from ON Semiconductor (Phoenix, AZ) include the high density 512 kilobit CAT24C512 and 1 megabit CAT24M01, which have a 1.8 to 5.5 V supply voltage...

Combination products offer several advantages when compared with drug delivery via oral, injection, and infusion methods. All...

On Sept. 21, 1960, Dr. Albert Starr successfully implanted the world’s first “ball-in-cage” prosthetic heart valve into a patient’s mitral valve, a...

Custom integration of original equipment manufacturer (OEM) products can be complex, particularly for medical device integrators that build diagnostic instruments incorporating numerous...

Briefs: Medical
Virtual Ultrasound Guidance for Inexperienced Operators

Medical ultrasound or echocardiographic studies are highly operatordependent and generally require lengthy training and internship to perfect. To obtain quality echocardiographic images in remote environments, such as on-orbit, remote guidance of studies has been employed. This technique...

While silicone is the obvious material of choice in many medical applications because of its excellent biocompatibility, its physical properties make it challenging to work with. Design...

Advanced medical device designs are evolving rapidly and demand higher standards for medical equipment reliability. Applying linear motion components to these medical applications yields the...

In the future, the success of drug delivery could rely on its ability to integrate with patients’ lives without too much effort. Textiles, which are already a permanent fixture in people’s...

Mission Accomplished: Photonics/Optics
Ultraviolet-Blocking Lenses Protect, Enhance Vision

In the 1980s, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) scientists James Stephens and Charles Miller were studying the harmful properties of light in space, as well as that of artificial radiation...

Every year, 1.5 million Americans incur head injury; the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have further increased this number. Head injury affects people of all ages and is the leading cause...

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Nanotechnology to Combat Diabetes

For years, researchers and patients have been dreaming of an insulin pill that could save diabetics from frequent injections. But the fact that digestive acids in the stomach destroys the insulin before it can enter the bloodstream has been a major obstacle until now. In Coimbra a team of Portuguese researchers...

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Inventing Medical Devices for Children

The UCSF 'D'Vice Squad' teams physicians, engineers, and other scientists to develop devices that will improve the health of children.

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Functional Materials Research (Engineering) at the University of Exeter

This video focuses on the Engineering side of Functional Materials Research at the University of Exeter: Functional materials research focuses on the design and fabrication of novel materials, the understanding, via modelling and experimental characterisation, of their...

Videos: Materials
Advanced Ceramics Research (ACR)

Advanced Ceramics Research (ACR) develops state-of-the-art high temperature, high strength ceramic materials and processes. ACR's long-range mission is to improve the performance of ceramic and composite materials.

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Portable Device Analyzes Rocks and Minerals

inXitu, Inc. specializes in developing technologies required to enable the next generation of scientific instruments used for materials analysis. The technology used in inXitus portable rock and mineral analyzer received a prestigious R&D 100 award and was chosen to fly on the Mars Science Laboratory...

Video: Communications
Zin Technologies

ZIN Technologies provides integrated products and spaceflight hardware development services to NASA and Fortune 500 companies. ZIN-Tech, with its uniquely qualified staff, and a proven track record of award winning work, delivers product development, system prototypes, and space flight hardware on time and under budget. The...

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Space Suit Technologies Protect Deep-Sea Divers

Creating devices for the high-stress rigors of space travel pushes designers to their limits, and the results often far exceed the original concepts. The technologies developed for the extreme environment of space are often applicable here on Earth. Some of these NASA technologies, for example,...

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Noninvasive Test Detects Cardiovascular Disease

ArterioVision provides a direct measurement of atherosclerosis before it causes these “symptoms” by safely and painlessly measuring the thickness of the first two layers of the carotid artery wall using an ultrasound procedure and advanced image-analysis software. The carotid artery, located...

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Deformable Mirrors Correct Optical Distortions

In 1999, Boston Micromachines Corporation, a newly formed company in Cambridge, Massachusetts, received a Phase I Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) for space-based adaptive optical technology. The Phase I led to a Phase II SBIR with JPL and...

Videos: Photonics/Optics
Aculight

Aculight is a complete laser solutions resource. Founded in 1993 and privately held, they develop and manufacture innovative lasers for the industrial, research, government and medical markets. Offering both off-the-shelf and custom-designed products, Aculight is an ideal partner for laser system development. www.aculight.com

News: Medical
Crab-Inspired Surgical Robot

You just never know what will get the creative juices flowing. It could be a slight aberration from your morning routine. Or it could be something as basic as the entree you order at dinner. The latter is actually what inspired the invention of a crab-like miniature robot that could help surgeons remove early-stage...

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Scientists Demonstrate New 'Biopsy in a Blood Test'

An advanced blood test uses a blood sample, digital microscope, and an image-processing algorithm to distinguish suspect circulating tumor cells (CTCs) from healthy cells — a method that could yield information comparable to some types of surgical biopsies, according to findings from five new...

News: Medical
3D-Printed Jaw Transplant Surgery a Success

The world's first 3D-printed, patient-specific jaw transplant surgery was successfully performed on a patient in the Netherlands, according to a BBC News story released today. The patient had a chronic bone infection and was not a suitable candidate for reconstructive surgery. This development points...

News: Medical
Smartphones Answer the Call of Remote Patient Monitoring

Mobile health apps are taking off in a big way. Juniper Research recently estimated that 44 million mobile health apps were downloaded in 2011. Smartphones already offer two top-notch qualities that designers often seek to achieve in any medical device: affordability and portability. One...

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Miniature Medical Sensor is Powered by Rap Music

Purdue University researchers have developed a miniature medical sensor that could be powered by music with a strong bass rhythm, such as rap. Acoustic waves from rap music were found to effectively recharge the pressure sensor. Such a device could ultimately help treat people with aneurysms or...

News: Medical
Houston, We Have a Diagnosis

When it comes to medical technology, what's good for the astronaut is good for the rest of us, too. Thinking a little out of this world has inspired and driven the development of a host of medical technologies that have advanced the ways in which patients are diagnosed and treated, whether in space or on Earth....

News: Medical
Wanted: Small and Self-Powered Devices

No one ever gets anywhere by setting the bar low — so it's exciting to see that researchers are dreaming big when it comes to the next class of medical devices. Actually, they're tackling two challenges at once: devices that are not only tiny, but also self-powered. Just as Hollywood challenges its stars...

News: Imaging
Nano Loudspeakers Could Improve MRIs

A team of physicists from the Joint Quantum Institute (JQI), the Neils Bohr Institute in Copenhagen, Denmark, and Harvard University has developed a theory describing how to both detect weak electrical signals and cool electrical circuits using light and something similar to a nanosized loudspeaker. The...

News: Medical
Improving Neural Control of Prosthetics for Amputees

Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories are using off-the-shelf equipment to improve amputees' control over prosthetics with direct help from their own nervous systems. The goal is improved prosthetics with flexible nerve-to-nerve or nerve-to-muscle interfaces through which transected...

News: Electronics & Computers
Exploring Less Invasive Options for Implants

On an episode of "Shark Tank" (a reality TV show in which people present their business ideas to a panel of potential investors, or "sharks"), a man proposed the idea of a surgically implanted Bluetooth set. The "sharks" laughed him right out of the tank, reasoning that nobody would want to undergo a...

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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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