February 2015

R&D: Materials
New Metal Alloy as Strong as Titanium

Materials scientists from North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, and Qatar University have developed a new high-entropy metal alloy that, they say, has a higher strength-to-weight ratio than any other existing metal material. High-entropy alloys consist of five or more metals in roughly equal...

Features: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Why Choose an Ultrasonic Flow Meter?

One of the more common purposes of an ultrasonic flow meter is to measure the velocity of a fluid in order to calculate the volumetric flow rate of a medium through a tube. This can be done through the...

Features: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Laser Material Removal Drives Wire Stripping Production

Many medical device applications require stripping outer layers of polymers from small diameter wire, and a laser is well suited for this material removal task. Offering a non-contact...

The third edition of IEC 60601-1 has been in effect since June 2012. It replaces the previous version as a basic standard for medical electrical equipment and describes the general...

Medical device manufacturers frequently face unique industry challenges, including the need to manage quality processes across disparate sites or...

Late last year, Ray Products, Inc., conducted a second annual thermoforming industry survey. More than half of the survey respondents represented medical device...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Alternative Thermoplastic Compounds

RTP Company, Winona, MN, offers a number of thermoplastic compounds as viable alternatives to Polyetherimide (PEI) polymer. These compounds include amorphous materials based on sulfone or semicrystalline...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
GNV Series Needle Valves

Clippard Instrument Laboratory, Inc., Cincinnati, OH, supplies needle valves used to control the rate of flow in a pneumatic system by controlling flow in both directions. Clippard’s new GNV series is available...

Applied Silicone Corporation, Santa Paula, CA, introduces an implant grade, high consistency addition-cure silicone rubber (HCRA) optimized for improved productivity, better dimensional control, and...

Products: Electronics & Computers
Pin-Shaped Lithium-Ion Battery

Panasonic Corporation, Rolling Meadows, IL, has developed a pin-shaped Lithiumion battery (CG-320, nominal capacity 13mAh) with a diameter of 3.5mm and a weight of 0.6g. This battery is suitable for powering...

maxon precision motors, inc., Fall River, MA, expands its offering of miniaturized controllers with its latest OEM plug-in module featuring excellent controller characteristics. This high-performance...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Extrusion Tooling Services

Guill Tool & Engineering Company, Inc., West Warwick, RI, provides tooling for plastic, rubber, TPE, and other material extrusions, with end products ranging from extremely thin-walled, multi-lumen medical...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
PowerGrid Technology

Cognex Corporation, Natick, MA, announces its PowerGrid™ technology, a texture-based location algorithm that takes a unique, inside-out approach to reading 2D matrix and Direct Part Mark codes. While conventional...

Products: Materials
Alternatives to Barex Resin

Bemis Company, Inc., Neenah, WI, has commercially-available alternatives to Barex resin-based packaging. Its new sealant structure, CXB™, is specifically designed for the healthcare market. This sealant is...

Products: Electronics & Computers
PRODUCT OF THE MONTH: SP1012 Series TVS Diode Array

Littelfuse, Inc., Chicago, IL, introduces the SP1012 Series TVS Diode Array (SPA® Diodes), a miniature, five-channel 6.5pF, 15kV bidirectional TVS array for general-purpose...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Electro-Set for Rapid Prototyping

Cardinal Components, Inc., Wayne, NJ, introduces Electro-Set, a new board-level product line for the Internet of Things. Electro-Set boards provide a standard unified 6 Pin connector including I2C...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
mPCIe-ICM Series of PCI Express Mini Cards

ACCES I/O Products, Inc., San Diego, CA, announces the release of a new family of PCI Express Mini Cards—the mPCIe-ICM Series. These isolated serial communication cards measure just 30 × 51 mm...

Metrigraphics LLC, Wilmington, MA, developed an advanced process for creating high aspect ratio three-dimensional microstructures. Precision electroforming can create 3D, single or complex, multi-layer...

Mirrorcle Technologies, Richmond, CA, announces that its gimballess MEMS mirrors are now available with high reflectivity dielectric coatings for use in compact, short-pulse, Q-switched lasers. The company...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Developer’s Kit for M3-FS Focus Module

New Scale Technologies, Inc., Victor, NY, announces its new developer’s kit for its M3-FS focus module. This miniature all-in-one focus module delivers precision lens motion in small spaces to help...

Products: Medical
Simotion Version 4.4

Siemens Corporation, Washington, DC, has updated its Simotion motion control system to version 4.4, offering users new functions to make the engineering of motion control projects even easier and more efficient. Simotion...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
WH SpeedLine Linear Units

Thomson Industries Inc., Wood Dale, IL, announces that its high efficiency WH SpeedLine is a belt-driven positioning slide with an H-type roller guideway system designed to handle high forces and moments. The units...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Wireless Six-Axis Force/Torque Sensing System

ATI Industrial Automation, Apex, NC, introduces the Wireless F/T, a small wireless transmitter that streams data from up to six 6-axis transducers simultaneously. The Wireless F/T communicates...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Isolation Workstation Keyboard

Man and Machine, Inc., Landover, MD, announces a special hospital Isolation Keyboard, which is lockable at the workstation and may be terminally cleaned with a 1:10 bleach ratio. It is easily identifiable by...

Products: Electronics & Computers
Push-Pull Circular Connectors

ODU-USA, Camarillo, CA, announces the availability of Push-Pull circular connectors featuring robust construction and proven ODU contact technology, allowing for thousands of mating cycles. The connectors can...

Products: Connectivity
XBee ZigBee Cloud Kit

Digi International, Minnetonka, MN, introduces the XBee® ZigBee Cloud Kit, a new all-in-one kit that allows users to quickly build a wireless hardware prototype, connect it to the Internet, and control it...

Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Using Robot Control Theory to Improve Prosthetics

A University of Texas at Dallas professor applied robot control theory to enable powered prosthetics to dynamically respond to the wearer’s environment and help amputees walk. As reported...

Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Retinal Light Processing Using Carbon Nanotubes

NASA has patented a new technology called the Vision Chip, an implantable device that has the potential to restore or supplement visual function in a diseased or damaged retina. This technology could benefit millions of people in the US and globally who suffer from degenerative diseases of the...

Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
TÜV Urges OEMs to Consider New EMC Requirements

The International Electrotechnical Commission, Geneva, Switzerland, introduced the fourth edition of IEC 60601-1-2:2014, the standard specifying electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) requirements and tests for medical equipment and systems. TÜV Rheinland, a leading global certification...

Fraunhofer Development Center X-Ray Technology EZRT, Division of Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS, Fürth, Germany www.iis.fraunhofer.de/en.html

Anyone who has flown in...

From the Editor: Government
From the Editor — Will 2015 Be the Year of the Brain?

In April 2013, President Obama announced a highly ambitious multi-year BRAIN (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies) Initiative, focused on expanding and revolutionizing our understanding of the human brain. The BRAIN Initiative has five participating federal...

An orthopaedic surgeon resident Andrew Pedtke, MD, and a prosthetist, Garrett Hurley, CPO (Certified Prosthetist and Orthotist), both working at the University of California San...

R&D: Medical
Squids Inspire Printable Thermoplastics

A team of engineers at Penn State, University Park, PA, is using squid to create an eco-friendly thermoplastic that can be used in 3D printing. Most plastics are made from fossil fuel sources or from synthetic oils. Thermoplastics can melt, be formed, and then solidify without degrading materials...

R&D: Electronics & Computers
3D-Printed Contact Lens Combines Plastics and Electronics

An interdisciplinary team of engineers at Princeton University has embedded tiny light-emitting diodes (LEDs) into a standard contact lens, allowing the device to project beams of colored light. While the lens is not designed for actual use, especially since it requires an external power...

R&D: Materials
Rewriting the Rules on Materials

A team of chemists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI), La Jolla, CA, say that they have invented a new method to join complex organic molecules that is extraordinarily robust and can be used to make plastics, pharmaceuticals, fabrics, dyes, and other materials previously inaccessible to chemists.

R&D: Electronics & Computers
Recording Speedy Electrons in Silicon

An international team of physicists and chemists based at the University of California at Berkeley has, for the first time, recorded the action of silicon electrons becoming freed from their atomic shells using attosecond pulses of soft X-ray light lasting only a few billionths of a billionth of a...

Technipaq, Inc.,
Crystal Lake, IL

At the onset of a project it seems there are a myriad of things that an engineer or packaging professional should consider when choosing an effective...

News: Medical
Potassium Salt Simplifies Catalyst Process for Pharmaceuticals

Caltech chemists have produced a group of silicon-containing organic chemicals. The resulting organic molecules could serve as powerful chemical building blocks for medicinal chemists to use in the creation of new pharmaceuticals.

Researchers in Germany have developed a multichannel ultrasound platform that uses a modular configuration. The platform can be adapted to a set of applications that are entirely...

The Ladon security protocol, developed by Spain's University of the Basque Country/EHU researcher Jasone Astorga in the 12T (Telematics Research and Engineering) research group, protects the...

A new sensor gauges blood sugar through skin contact. The “Glucolight” is initially to be used in premature babies to avoid hypoglycemia and subsequent brain damage.

News: Medical
Breast-Cancer Diagnostic System Produces 3D Images

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a breast-cancer imaging system invented by a University of Rochester Medical Center professor. The Koning Breast CT (KBCT) system diagnoses cancer in women who have signs or symptoms of the disease, or who have abnormal findings after a standard...

News: Medical
Robotic Sock Promotes Blood Circulation

A team of researchers from the National University of Singapore has invented a novel sock that can help to prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). Using soft actuators, the device mimics the tentacle movements of corals.

News: Medical
Researchers Print Low-Cost Mechanical Sensor

Merging custom chemistry and 3D printing, University of Washington scientists created a bone-shaped plastic tab that turns purple under stretching. The low-cost, mechanical sensor offers an easy way to record the force on an object.

News: Medical
February 2015 Mid-Month Industry News

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

INSIDER: Medical
Making Medical Device Trial Data Available for First Time

The Yale University Open Data Access (YODA) Project made clinical trial data for medical devices and diagnostics publicly available for the first time on Jan. 14.This is the first-ever broad availability of clinical trial data for medical devices and diagnostics by a company. This...

News: Medical
Podcast on the Challenge of Tubing Misconnections

Misconnections of tubing pose a significant threat to patient safety. Accidental misconnection of different delivery systems—through which patients receive medication, nutrients, and other fluids—can result in serious patient harm, or even death. Several organizations, including the...

INSIDER: FDA/Regulatory
FDA Issues Guidance on Medical Device Data Storage

The FDA recognizes that the progression to digital health offers the potential for better, more efficient patient care and improved health outcomes, which requires that many medical devices be interoperable with other types of medical devices and with various types of health information...

INSIDER: Medical
Implantable Resonators Measure Tissue Oxygenation

Researchers from the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center have developed a technique to directly measure oxygen in deep-sited tumors.

INSIDER: Packaging & Sterilization
Plasma Sterilizer Protects Medical Instruments

A Ruhr-University Bochum researcher has developed a plasma sterilizer that is specifically suited for ridding medical instruments of germs efficiently, without damaging the material.

INSIDER: Medical
Polymer Coating Brushes Off Bacteria

A*STAR Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology researchers have developed a one-step coating that blocks protein growth and kills surface-bound bacteria on silicone medical devices such as catheters.

News: FDA/Regulatory
Health Canada to Require CMDR Compliance for Single-Use Devices

Health Canada, the Canadian medical device market regulator, is set to require all reprocessed single-use medical devices to Canadian Medical Device Regulations (CMDR) by September 1, 2015. According to MEDEC, the national association created for the Canadian medical technology...

News: Medical
Bionic Hand Senses Touch, Temperature

Researchers from Newcastle University, United Kingdom, have developed a bionic hand that senses pressure and temperature, and transmits the information back to the brain.

News: Manufacturing & Prototyping
February 2015 Month-End Industry News

Here is the latest batch of news from the medical products community.

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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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