February 2016

News: Medical
Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

According to the late, great David Bowie, “the stars look very different today”. After two years of collecting the 2.3% Medical Device Excise Tax, the tax has now been suspended for all of 2016 and 2017 when President Obama signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016. The tax was expected to raise almost $30 billion...

The rapid pace of innovation in the medical device industry puts ever increasing pressure on manufacturers to achieve greater geometrical precision, increase device...

While the headquarters of the world’s largest medical device and diagnostics corporations have historically been located,...

Data drives results. Today, medical devices give feedback and insight like never before. Advances in engineering medical devices has led to smarter devices, improved...

Dispensing plays an important role in medical device manufacturing. There are many stringent requirements for accuracy, reliability, repeatability, dispensing speed, and throughput. In...

When it comes to medical equipment, nothing is more important than the safety of patients and health care personnel. From diagnostic tools such as ultrasound devices to home health...

COMSOL, Inc., Burlington, MA, has released Multiphysics® and COMSOL Server™ 5.2 simulation software environment, which delivers new features, improved stability and robustness, and faster...

Products: Medical
260 Types of Strain Gauges

HBM, Inc., Marlborough, MA, now offers a total of 260 types of strain gauges in stock for immediate delivery through its HBMshop web ordering tool designed to speed up ordering. Its online catalog, “Strain...

Goodfellow, Coraopolis, PA, provides microporous copper foam coated with a thin, hard layer of copper oxide that provides outstanding performance as a low-profile heat sink in passive cooling environments....

DECTRIS Ltd., Baden, Switzerland, announces its Hybrid Photon Counting technology based on the newest IBEX ASIC platform for X-ray medical imaging equipment. The IBEX ASIC senses every single photon in an...

Versatile Power, Inc., Campbell, CA, announces the BENCH family of 600 watt programmable DC power supplies. Versatile Power offers six models of these USA-built supplies with available power output up to 600...

Products: Medical
Profile Guide Rail Brakes

Nexen Group, Inc., Vadnais Heights, MN, introduces two new models of Profile Guide Rail Brakes, Generation II, increasing the range of sizes to 15 mm to 65 mm. These brakes provide fast engagement, offer...

TDK-Lambda Corporation, National City, CA, announces the TDK-Lambda iAH series of POL (Point of Load) non-isolated, DC-DC converters. This surface- mount part has an ultralow profile of 10.2mm. Rated at...

Products: Motion Control
Airflow Temp and Velocity Scanner

Advanced Thermal Solutions, Inc., Norwood, MA, offers the ATVS- 2020 scanner which measures airflow temperature and velocity of inside electronic devices. The ATVS-2020 scanner accommodates up to 32 sensors...

Products: Electronics & Computers
Dual-Band Flexible Internal Antenna

Pulse Electronics Corp., San Diego, CA, introduces a new internal dualband flexible printed circuit antenna to provide connectivity and data transmission for IoT applications in medical/ telemedicine,...

Graco, Inc., North Canton, OH, announces the release of the Fluid Automation F4-5 & F4- 55 liquid silicone rubber (LSR) dispensing equipment. The systems are designed to keep the dispensing of...

Medical imaging equipment, water handling systems, conveyors, robotic systems, and rotary and linear actuators are among the many devices that may be fitted with electric friction brakes to hold...

Tiny LEDs light up neural pathways.

A team of researchers at the University of Michigan (U-M), Ann Arbor, are using light-emitting diodes (LEDs) as small as neurons to begin to unlock the secrets of neural...

First of its kind gel repairs circuits.

A team of engineers at the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin have developed a novel self-healing gel that,...

Additive manufactured tracheal splints provides life-saving support as needed.

Previously, Medical Design Briefs reported on a baby boy whose life was saved using a custom 3D-printed tracheal...

Briefs: Medical
Portable Acoustic Holography Systems for Therapeutic Ultrasound Sources

High-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) is a rapidly developing medical technology that relies on focusing acoustic waves to treat remote tissue sites inside the body without damaging intervening tissues. HIFU can be used to treat benign and malignant tumors, dissolve blood...

Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Keeping Prosthetic Legs from Tripping

While trips and stumbles leading to falls can be common for amputees using leg prosthetics, a new robotic leg prosthesis being developed at Carnegie Mellon University promises to help users recover their...

Xbox technology could make X-rays more precise.

A team of scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have developed a new approach to imaging patients, Based on the Microsoft...

Global Innovations: Medical
Liquid Crystal Artificial Eye Lens
University of Leeds, UK www.leeds.ac.uk

A postgraduate research student, Devesh Mistry, in the University of Leeds School of Physics and Astronomy, UK, is working with liquid crystal to create a truly...

An elastic water-based bandage created by Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers senses temperature, lights up, and delivers medicine to the skin. The stretchy hydrogel can be...

R&D: Robotics, Automation & Control
Robotic Endoscope Offers Better Way to Open Airways

A laryngoscope — invented in the late 19th century — or other intubation tools currently available require human visual guidance to open airways. A team at The Ohio State University...

An instrument built at Colorado State University lets scientists map cellular composition in three dimensions, at the nanoscale. Researchers are able to watch how cells respond to new medications at the...

While electroencephalography (EEG) has been used for decades to measure voltage fluctuations in different parts of the brain to graph a person’s neural patterns, determine brain injuries,...

An aqueous “Water-in-Salt” battery developed by researchers from the University of Maryland and the U.S. Army prevents risks related to fire, poisonous chemical exposure, and...

Cornell University researchers have uncovered the process by which mollusks manufacture nacre: a hard, iridescent substance commonly known as “mother of pearl.” The development could...

Scientists at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Lausanne, Switzerland, say that their research into soft electronics for a new type of gripper can change the way robots can touch...

The SenseGo smartphone application built by Hebrew University students links to pressure-sensing socks. The system warns patients of developing wounds and foot ulcers.

News: Medical
Low-Power Chip Supports Navigation for Visually Impaired

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed a low-power chip for processing 3D camera data. Using the device, the MIT team built a prototype of a complete navigation system for the visually impaired.

News: Medical
Researchers Question Validity of Wearable Health Devices

The market for smartwatches and fitness bands is growing, but how effective are today's wearable health devices? A study from Lancaster University, the University of the West of England, and Nottingham Trent says that the technologies are marketed under the premise that they will help...

News: Medical
February 2016 Mid-Month Industry News

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News: Robotics, Automation & Control
Adhesive Polymer Mimics Mussels

Purdue researchers have developed a mussel-mimicking adhesive polymer that is non-toxic to living cells. The synthetic material can be used in surgical and biomedical applications.

Iron-dotted boron nitride nanotubes (BNNTs), made in Yoke Khin Yap's lab at Michigan Technological University, feature a flexibility and electronic behavior that support new wearable...

Diabetes patients traditionally monitor their daily blood glucose levels by sampling blood from the finger tips. Tohoku University researchers have developed a non-invasive method of...

A closed-loop stimulation technique developed by University of Freiburg researchers promises fewer side effects for patients with neurological disorders such as Parkinson's...

News: Medical
Open-Source Laser Cutter Prints 3D Objects from Powder

Rice University bioengineering researchers have modified a commercial-grade CO2 laser cutter to create OpenSLS: an open-source, selective laser sintering platform that prints intricate 3D objects from powdered plastics and biomaterials.

News: Medical
'Sticky' Sensor Mimics Human Skin

A paper-based sensor from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) mimics the sensory functions of human skin. The low-cost "Paper Skin" detects external stimuli, including touch, pressure, temperature, acidity, and humidity.

News: Medical
February 2016 Month-End Industry News

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