March 2014

Medical device companies typically have a complex supply chain bringing products to market. Within their four walls, there are usually multiple...

Features: Manufacturing & Prototyping
CNC Technology Produces Precision Implants

Substantial legal requirements result in complex functional specifications for implant manufacturers. From the design, including materials, through production, the complete process chain must be...

Connecticut Spring & Stamping, Farmington, CT a manufacturer of precision parts, has expanded its machining capabilities to include multi-axis CNC Swiss ma chining, ideal for medical applications,...

Aerotech, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA, introduces Npaq® 6U, a high-power drive rack that uses plug-in amplifiers supporting both linear and PWM topologies to control brushless, DC brush, or stepper motors. PWM amps...

Metrigraphics LLC, Wilmington, MA, announces the capability to develop Extreme Resolution Micro Flex (ERMF) Circuits for medical sensor applications. Using additive photolithographic processes, the...

maxon precision motors, inc., Fall River, MA, expanded its DCX series with two new DC motors. The DCX 10S is a shorter version of the DCX 10L and features high power density and low vibration. The DCX 22L...

Products: Medical
Control Stroke Syringes

Qosina, Edgewood, NY, has added five new Control Stroke Syringes, which help ensure volume regulation during fluid delivery, for precise injection or withdrawal. Control Stroke Syringes have a male luer lock that...

Nordson ASYMTEK, Carlsbad, CA, introduces the Spectrum™ II series of high-speed, high-accuracy dispensing platforms for a wide variety of applications in microelectronics and semiconductor...

RTP Company, Winona, MN, introduces new “ultra performance” compounds based on carbon fiber reinforced PEEK, PPA, PPS, and PEI resin systems to create the highest performing thermoplastic...

GlobTek Inc., Northvale, NJ, announces its medicalgrade GTM93038-50VVX. X-FW 50W dual output channel open frame internal power supply for ultrasound equipment applications. The dual output switcher...

Honeywell Sensing and Control, Golden Valley, MN, announces new SS360PT and SS460P high sensitivity latching Hall-Effect sensor integrated...

Applied Silicone, Santa Paula, CA, introduces Ultra-Soft LSR (Liquid Silicone Rubber) products for the implantable materials market. Ultra-Soft LSR is formulated specifically for long-term implantation in...

Products: Medical
KEA Compact Power Connector

SCHURTER, Inc., Santa Rosa, CA, announces that its compact KEA series power entry module, with 1- or 2-pole fuseholder, now mates with VLock cord sets. The KEA’s new V-Lock compatible feature prevents unintended...

Products: Medical
Magnetic Angle Sensor

ASM Sensors, Inc., Elmhurst IL, introduces with PRAS26 an extension of its product series of angle sensors for automated applications. This product line offers an absolute output signal over the entire measurement range...

Tadiran Batteries, Lake Success, NY, now offers an expanded line of long-life rechargeable lithium-ion cells designed specifically for use in harsh environments. TLI Series batteries feature wider...

Hunter Spring Products, Feasterville, PA, has designed a new family of cable reels specifically for medical applications: DuraReel™ 7.5-inch diameter medical cord reels. All contact surfaces on DuraReel...

Evonik Corporation, Parsippany, NJ, launched VESTAMID® Care, TROGAMID® Care, and VESTAKEEP® Care product lines of high-performance polymers, which are designed specifically for use in medical...

Keithley Instruments, Inc., Cleveland, OH, upgraded its popular S530 Parametric Test Systems, the semiconductor industry’s most cost-effective solution for high-speed production parametric test,...

COMSOL, Inc., Burlington, MA, released the newest version of its Multiphysics, Version 4.4, featuring several new innovations, including a new ribbon design for easier navigation; added multiphysics coupling...

EXSYS Tool, Inc., San Antonio, FL, introduces the EPPINGER CAPTObase holder, calling it the world’s smallest CAPTO interface with the fastest tool changeover times for enhancing efficiency and...

Products: Medical
NuPRO-E42 System Host Board

ADLINK Technology, San Jose, CA, announces the NuPRO-E42 SHB, addressing the need for the most reliable, industrial grade, high performance computing platform for automation applications, including those used in...

MSC Industrial Supply Co., Melville, NY, expands its Accupro line of high-performance, high-value metal work ing products with hundreds of new milling, threading, and tool holding solutions, in -...

Products: Medical
Silicone Cables

Affinity Medical Technologies, a Molex company, Costa Mesa, CA, offers MediSpec™ silicone cables that are customized to meet specific sterilization requirements for medical surgical applications. Silicone-jacketed cable is...

One of the most promising surgical options for treating spinal injury and deterioration of spinal discs is the use of artificial discs to replace the patient’s natural...

The complex technologies, chemistry, and regulations involved in manufacturing medical products have always made it one of the most challenging businesses. Yet, despite the...

Briefs: Medical
$19 Million Funding Awarded for Additive Manufacturing Projects

America Makes, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, announced the 15 awardees of its second call for additive manufacturing (AM) applied research and development projects. Driven by the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining, America Makes will...

In the future, thin-film heating will allow plastic parts to be produced with greatly improved surface quality. Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials IWM, Freiburg,...

Cyborgs Are Already Here

Cyborgs that combine machine systems with living organisms to have extraordinary abilities are already a reality say researchers at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). This is...

Technology Leaders: Medical
Tips for Medical Device Tubing Selection

Determining what tubing to use in a medical device involves considerable research. Designers must investigate ingredients, performance, documentation requirements, sterility, and other qualifying...

Technology Leaders: Medical
Minimally Invasive, Maximally Innovative: Polymer Science and Extrusion Plays Vital Role

William “Bill” Cook started Cook Medical out of a spare bedroom in his Bloomington, IN, apartment in 1963. It was where he and his wife, Gayle, made guide wires, guiding catheters, and other small devices used in diagnostic radiology.

Global Innovations: Medical
Inking Orthopaedic Implants During Surgery
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A hand-held device they call a “BioPen” has been developed by researchers at the University of Wollongong, NSW, Australia,...

From the Editor: Medical
From the Editor — The Next Big Thing

It was set to be the “next big thing”. Designed to aid patients suffering from resistive hypertension who failed to respond to conventional medical therapy, the stakes were huge for catheter-based...

Cyborgs that combine machine systems with living organisms to have extraordinary abilities are already a reality say researchers at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). This is especially true with medical...

A team of scientists at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, used silver nanowires to develop wearable, multifunctional sensors that, they say, could be used in biomedical...

A soft, wearable device that mimics the muscles, tendons, and ligaments of the lower leg could aid in the rehabilitation of patients with foot-ankle disorders such as drop foot, said Yong-Lae Park,...

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Microelectronic Circuits and Systems IMS in Duisburg, Germany, have developed a sensor that can measure and individually adjust brain pressure if the...

Researchers with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of California, Berkeley, say that they have created tactile sensors from composite films of carbon nanotubes and silver...

Researchers from the University of Cambridge, UK, are working to develop portable medical tests and devices, which could be used to monitor conditions such as diabetes, cardiac function, infections,...

News: Medical
Space Research Institute Soliciting Fellowship Applications

Applications are now being accepted for the National Space Biomedical Research Institute's (NSBRI) First Award Fellowship Program. Two-year fellowships are available to pursue research in any US laboratory conducting space-related biomedical or biotechnological research. NSBRI’s First...

News: Medical
New Technique to Treat Kidney Failure

A new technique to purify blood uses a nanofiber mesh, which could be useful as a cheap, wearable alternative to kidney dialysis, say a team of researchers at the International Center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics, National Institute for Materials Science in Ibaraki, Japan. The mesh could be incorporated...

News: Medical
Electrical Stimulus Could Heal Chronic Wounds

A team of scientists at the University of Cincinnati, OH, says that an electrical stimulus can promote the growth of blood vessels and help to speed healing in diabetic ulcers and other hard-to-heal chronic wounds. Their research examines the best stimulus parameters, such as frequency and magnitude,...

News: Medical
March 2014 Mid-Month Industry News

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

News: Imaging
When Is an iPhone an Eye-Phone?

A team of researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA, has developed two inexpensive adapters that enable a smartphone to capture high-quality images of the front and back of the eye. The adapters can allow anyone with minimal training to take a picture of the eye and share it securely...

News: Materials
Coating Material May Prevent Blood Clots from Implants

A team of researchers from UCLA and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, has developed a material that could help prevent blood clots associated with catheters, heart valves, vascular grafts, and other implanted biomedical devices.

News: Medical
Understanding How Staph Adheres May Lead to Resistant Materials

The bacterium Staphylococcus Aureus is a common source of serious infections after surgeries involving prosthetic joints and artificial heart valves. So a search for bacteria-resistant materials is as an important line of defense. A team of scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National...

News: Medical
March 2014 Month-End Industry News

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

News: Medical
Sensory Wristbands to Monitor Medical Conditions

Specialized wristbands, developed researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, can gauge a person’s emotional response to stimuli by tapping skin conductance, an indicator of the state of the sympathetic nervous system, which controls the body’s flight-or-fight response by ramping...

News: Medical
3D X-ray Exposes Movements in Real Time

A team of researchers at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany say that they have developed a technique to record 3D X-ray films showing internal movement dynamics in a spatially precise manner and, at the same time, in the temporal dimension. They applied this technique to image the moving hip...

News: Medical
Biodegradable Materials Could Transform Electronics

Researchers at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, led by Professor John Rogers, PhD, are taking on the challenge of health and sustainability issues simultaneously by developing a vast toolbox of materials—from magnesium and silicon to silk and even rice paper—to make...

News: Medical
FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Humanitarian Device Exemption

The FDA has recently issued a draft guidance titled, "Humanitarian Device Exemption (HDE): Questions and Answers." This draft guidance answers commonly asked questions about Humanitarian Use Devices (HUDs) and the Humanitarian Device Exemption (HDE) authorized under section 520(m) of the...

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Ralph Bright on the Power of Power Cords

Understanding power system components and how to connect them correctly is critical to meeting regulatory requirements and designing successful electrical products for worldwide markets. Interpower’s Ralph Bright defines these requirements and explains how to know which cord to select for your application.

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