March 2013

News: Medical
Question of the Month: March

Do you think the increased availability and lowered costs of 3D printers will take significant business away from rapid prototype manufacturers?

Facing multiple challenges including cost pressure, global competition, and evolving market de mands, medical device companies may consider engaging with a design...

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that, in 2005, 133 million Americans suffered from at least one chronic disease. The magnitude of the effect of...

Quest International, Inc., Irvine, CA, a leading supplier of medical imaging display technologies and information technology solutions, introduces the AlphaView®...

Products: Medical
Analytical Electronic Valves

Clippard Instrument Laboratory, Inc., Cincinnati, OH, introduces a new series of electronic valves designed for the analytical industry, and for applications where cleanliness is especially important. The...

Products: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
New BS22 – 1.5 Spindle Drive

MICROMO, Clearwater, FL, introduces the BS22 -1.5 spindle drive from the FAULHABER Group. High-precision lead screws in combination with DC-micromotors, brushless DC-servomotors or stepper motors make it...

The LMV1000G diode-pumped high speed precision laser from Miyachi Unitek, Monrovia, CA, is specifically designed for laser engraving or marking applications on plastics and reflective metals....

Products: Medical
Qosina Anti-Slip Boot

Qosina, Edgewood, NY, has added an Anti-Slip Boot (#51599) to its extensive line of stock components. The new boot helps prevent luer fittings from slipping apart, and works with most standard luer fittings. Made from...

Mill-Max Mfg. Corp., Oyster Bay, NY, introduces four new USB 3.0 connectors. USB 3.0, SuperSpeed USB, provides a 10x faster data transfer rate over Hi-Speed USB with a 5 Gbps signaling rate. SuperSpeed USB is a...

Caritronics, Inc., West Caldwell, NJ, announces its newest high voltage DC/DC converter series. The “V” series offers high isolation, low noise, and high voltage outputs, up to 1.5 watts of...

Products: Electronics & Computers
Industry’s Fastest Piezoelectric Jet Valves

Nordson EFD, East Providence, RI, has more than tripled the speed of its PICO™ series of piezoelectric jet dispensing systems— from 150Hz (cycles per second) up to an industry-leading...

Products: Sensors/Data Acquisition
3D Magnetic Mapping of Reed Sensors

Standex-Meder Electronics, Cincinnati, OH, announces its 3D magnetic mapping capabilities for reed sensors, which allows designers to more accurately place sensors and magnetic components within a system,...

Products: Medical
Smart Voice Coil Actuator

BEI Kimco Magnetics, Vista, CA, introduces its latest generation Housed Voice Coil Actuator (VCA), the LAS28-53-00A. Engineered as an all inclusive package, the new VCA incorporates an integrated position feedback...

Products: Motion Control
BLDC Drives & Motors

Servo2Go, Greenville, DE, announces Applied Motion Products’ new line of brushless DC motor drives. The BD5 is a brushless DC motor drive based on advanced control technology aimed at OEM applications that require high...

Products: Test & Measurement
ISO Certified Class 8 Clean Room

The Caplugs, Buffalo, NY, Class 8 clean room is ISO 9001 certified and recently received ISO 13485 recommendation. Caplugs caters to medical customers by providing traceability, record retention, and its...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Precision Molded Medical Components and Assemblies

Minnesota Rubber and Plastics, Minneapolis, a leading global supplier of custom molded components and assemblies for medical device applications, has published a new brochure detailing the...

Advanced Machine & Engineering Co., Rockford, IL announces Spieth adjustable hydrodynamic guide bushings made of high-quality bearing bronze, used for guiding axially or roto-axially moving...

Products: Electronics & Computers
COM.0 R2.0 Type 6 Module

ADLINK Technology, Inc., San Jose, CA, presents its latest COM Express offering, the Express-IB, a high performance COM.0 R2.0 Type 6 module featuring an Intel Core i7/i5/i3 processor supporting Intel HD Graphics...

Products: Medical
Custom Domed Labels

Nameplates for Industry, Inc., New Bedford, MA, introduces custom domed labels that provide a durable and colorful alternative to injection molded or stamped 3D name plates. Featuring a high-gloss, non-yellowing,...

Thomson Industries, Inc., Wood Dale, IL, introduces its comprehensive Linear Motion Systems catalog. This 230+ page guide details the features, specifications, dimensions, and ordering information for the...

Producing basic features by stamping, and then incorporating more critical features by computer numerical control (CNC) machining can result in a much lower cost part than...

Applications: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Dip Molded Products Play Vital Role in Medical Equipment Design

Dip molding may not be a term that readily comes to mind when surgeons begin complicated procedures. Yet without this sophisticated, highly controllable process, many medical...

The need for physical security in the health care industry is no longer limited to grounds, buildings, and rooms. Today, security must extend down to medical enclosures, including cabinets, dispensing...

A new image capture software development kit (SDK), called the Dynamic Web TWAIN, allows the simplified creation of an online tool to manage images of patient records....

The objective of this effort was to demonstrate the feasibility of using ultrasound induced neuromodulation (UNMOD) to manage pain. Pain management for acute trauma is generally...

Over the last several years, the medical industry has become more aware of the toxic side effects of polyvinyl chloride (PVC). The American Public Health Association passed a resolution in...

Formerly used only in the aerospace arena, Flexeon is a radical departure from the rigid carbon fiber materials found in most prosthetic feet. It’s a specially- formulated reinforced...

Global Innovations: Medical
Improved MRI to Image Joints Being Created
Imperial College London, London, UK
http://www3.imperial.ac.uk

A new system to allow specialists to image difficult areas of the body, which could potentially improve the way procedures such...

In The Evolution of Physics, Albert Einstein says: “To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real...

An estimated one and half million individuals seek medical treatment for head trauma in the US each year, and annually about 10 million individuals seek treatment for head...

News: Materials
Adhesive Research Inspired by Stick-on Remoras

Remoras attach themselves to larger marine animals for transportation, protection, and food but just how they attach and detach from hosts without appearing to harm them has inspired a team of researchers at the Georgia Tech Research Institute, Atlanta, to study the structure and tissue properties...

News: Medical
New Method of Controlling Tiny Devices

Electromagnetic devices all require an electric current to create the magnetic fields that allow them to function. But as devices become smaller, being able to efficiently deliver a current to create magnetic fields becomes more difficult. Researchers at UCLA say that they have developed a method to switch...

News: Materials
Bioactive Film-Coated Spinal Implants Improve Bonding

Researchers at the North Carolina State University, Raleigh, have successfully coated polymer implants with a bioactive film that, they say should improve the success rate of the implants, typically used in spinal surgeries.

The polymer contained in these implants, called...

News: Medical
Solar-Powered Sterilization for Remote Clinic Use

Researchers and students at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, are trying to change how medical equipment is sterilized in remote clinics using sunlight, an abundant commodity. Their pilot project, conducted in Nicaragua has begun to show promising results.

To care for a...

News: Electronics & Computers
Scaling Up Production of Graphene Micro-Supercapacitors

The demand for ever-smaller electronic devices has led to the miniaturization of a variety of technologies, but energy-storage units, such as batteries and capacitors, have lagged behind. Now, researchers at UCLA say that they have developed an innovative technique using a DVD burner to...

News: Medical
Researchers Develop Rechargable, Wireless Brain Sensor

A team of neuroengineers based at Brown University, Providence, RI, has developed a fully implantable and rechargeable wireless brain sensor capable of relaying real-time broadband signals from up to 100 neurons in freely moving subjects. Several copies of the novel low-power device,...

News: Electronics & Computers
Medical Devices to Be Affected by RoHS Directive in 2014

In addition to the Chemicals Regulation REACH (Regulation concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemical substances), medical devices will soon have to comply with the European RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) Directive on the restriction of...

News: Medical
Bacteria Proven to Clog Devices Swiftly

A new study by researchers at Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, examined how bacteria clogs medical devices, and found that the microbes join to create slimy ribbons that form tangles, trapping other bacteria, and creating a full blockage in a very short period of time. Their findings, they say, could...

News: Medical
March Mid-Month Industry News

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

News: Materials
New Silicone Rubber Developed

A physicist at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, invented a new material, a type of silicone rubber that is both rigid and fluid, called a “viscoelastic” solid, that can act like a memory foam, but with stretch and bounce. He foresees that it may have applications as a packaging tape, as a shoe...

News: Medical
Device Determines Stroke vs. Vertigo

A bedside electronic device that measures eye movements can be used to quickly determine whether the cause of severe, continuous, disabling dizziness is a stroke or something benign, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine, Baltimore, MD.

To distinguish stroke from a more benign condition,...

News: Medical
Making Colonoscopies Safer

Research is being conducted at the Chevy Chase Clinical Research facility in Chevy Chase, MD, on a device that can measure the amount of force applied to the colonoscope during a colonoscopy, in order to make a colonoscopy safer and less uncomfortable.

Dr. Louis Korman of Capital Digestive Care and Artann...

News: Materials
Material Improves Ultrasound Imaging

Ultrasound technology could soon be improved to produce high-quality, high-resolution images, thanks to the development of a new key material by a team of researchers in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Texas A&M University, College Station.

The engineered material, known as a...

News: Medical
Brain Data Released to Scientific Community

The Human Connectome Project, a five-year project to link brain connectivity to human behavior, has released a set of high-quality imaging and behavioral data to the scientific community. The project has two major goals: to collect vast amounts of data using advanced brain imaging methods on a large...

News: Medical
Fine-Tuning Cochlear Implants

Longtime cochlear implant users are reporting dramatic improvements in their hearing, thanks to new image-guided programming methods developed by researchers at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN. Using a patent-pending nonsurgical process, audiologists can fine-tune and customize cochlear implant programming,...

News: Materials
FDA Drafts Guidance to Label Non-Latex Accurately

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued draft recommendations to medical product manufacturers for providing consumers with more accurate information about products not made with natural rubber latex (NRL), which can cause sensitivity or allergy in users.

News: Medical
Tiny Laboratory Implanted Under the Skin

A team of scientists at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), one of the two Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology, have developed a tiny implantable device that can analyze the concentration of up to five proteins and organic acids in the blood simultaneously, and then transmit the...

News: Medical
Seeking Space Research Postdoctoral Fellow Applications

The application period for the National Space Biomedical Research Institute's (NSBRI) Postdoctoral Fellowship Program is now open. The two-year fellowships are available in any US laboratory carrying out space-related biomedical or biotechnological research.

Applicants are required...

News: Medical
March Month-End Industry News

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

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