March 2015

Precision electroforming is an additive process in which two and three-dimensional (3D) microstructures are formed by electrochemically depositing metal...

Features: Electronics & Computers
DOEs Rescue Questionable Medical Electronics PCBs

Board cleaning is perhaps one of the most overlooked aspects of printed circuit board (PCB) assembly. But savvy medical electronics original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) have a keen sense...

Not only are medical devices expected to function as intended, they must meet ergonomic, safety, FDA and functional requirements. They must be designed to function in adverse...

Medical device manufacturers operate in a challenging environment filled with stringent regulatory requirements and industry pressures. With a rise in mainstream...

Features: Robotics, Automation & Control
Inside Story: Mike Boivin, Manufacturing Manager - New England Catheter

To get a better idea of the importance of New England Catheter’s capabilities for medical device customers, Medical Design Briefs spoke with Mike Boivin, manufacturing manager at New England Catheter.

High Speed Interconnects, Scottsdale, AZ, announces custom, fine-wire and fine-pitch diagnostic imaging assemblies for medical device OEMs producing next-generation...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
LT Series Panel Mount Miniature Trackball

APEM, Inc., Vista, CA, introduces its new LT Series panel mount miniature trackball, a contactless device utilizing an advanced laser tracking technology to provide precise and accurate cursor...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
PEEK Thermoplastic

Teleflex Medical OEM, Gurnee, IL, has added PEEK (polyether ether ketone) to its portfolio of specialty materials for medical technology. PEEK’s strength and mechanical properties combined with Teleflex Medical OEM’s...

Products: Electronics & Computers
Power Entry Modules for V-Lock Cord Retaining

SCHURTER Inc., Santa Rosa, CA, announces its compact KFA and DA22 series power entry modules, with mating V-Lock cord sets, which are ideal for use in medical devices. The V-Lock compatible...

Products: Electronics & Computers
Mixed Signal Microcontroller Family

Mouser Electronics, Inc., Mansfield, TX, is now stocking the MSP430i202x Mixed Signal Microcontroller Family from Texas Instruments. This low-power 16MHz 16-bit RISC microcontroller has up to four 24-bit...

Products: Motion Control
Linear Voice Coil Actuator

BEI Kimco, Vista, CA, introduces its small, yet powerful model LAH04-10-000A Linear Voice Coil Actuator (VCA) as the latest addition to its extensive line of housed moving magnet actuators. BEI Kimco’s housed...

Dionics-USA, Inc., Westbury, NY, offers a new line of C 632 MOS capacitor arrays, housed in 8 pin SOIC surface mount packages, providing precise, user-adjustable capacitance values that range from as low as 1...

Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
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: Robotics, Automation & Control
NIH Funding Projects to Develop Assistive Robots

New research in robotics to help with stroke rehabilitation, guide wheelchairs, and assist children with Autism Spectrum Disorder are some of the projects now being funded by the National...

A team of researchers at Johns Hopkins University have designed an advanced protective suit for health care workers who treat Ebola patients. The design is one of the first five awardees in a federal...

With catheters and medical devices becoming increasingly advanced and specialized, so has the process of creating that device. With complex designs, or...

Technology Leaders: Test & Measurement
PVC vs. Polyurethane: A Tubing Comparison

PVC and polyurethane are thermoplastic materials that can be formed into a variety of shapes, including tubing and reinforced hose. Both materials are useful in numerous applications. But depending...

Global Innovations: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Creating Sensitive Gels for Glucose Testing
Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University, Okinawa, Japan

Transforming liquids into gels plays an important role in many industries, including cosmetics,...

From the Editor: Government
From the Editor — Changes Afoot at FDA

Recently, FDA commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg, MD, announced that she was stepping down at the end of March. One of the longest-serving FDA commissioners, Hamburg started in the position in May of 2009. Her job has been demanding and intense, dealing with everything from the rollout of the Affordable...

Mission Accomplished: Manufacturing & Prototyping
3D Endoscope Boosts Safety, Cuts Costs of Surgery

"A lot of things are not easy to solve when you’re trying to break through a new technology right from the get-go,” says Harish Manohara, supervisor of the Nano and Micro Systems Group...

R&D: Medical
Diagnostics-in-a-Suitcase Rapidly Detects Ebola

Scientists in field laboratories who diagnose and deal with Ebola infections often work under challenging conditions. Researchers at the German Primate Center have developed Diagnostics-in-a-Suitcase, which contains all reagents and equipment to detect the Ebola virus within 15 minutes at...

R&D: Medical
Researchers Develop Self-Folding Origami Structures

While the Japanese art of origami has been “a rich source of inspiration” for scientists working to construct such 3D forms, the limitation to simple shapes has held up development of new applications in areas such as biomimetic systems, soft robotics and mechanical meta-materials,...

R&D: Medical
Tattoo-Like Sensor Detects Glucose Levels

Scientists have developed the first ultra-thin, flexible device that sticks to skin like a rub-on tattoo and can detect a person’s glucose levels. The sensor, reported in a proof-of-concept study in the ACS journal Analytical Chemistry, has the potential to eliminate finger-pricking for many people...

R&D: Medical
Nanoscale Surface Repels Bacteria

A new type of bacteria-repelling nanoscale surface holds promise for medical applications.

R&D: Robotics, Automation & Control
Making Heart Surgery Safer for Kids by Using 3D Printing

Surgeons at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles say that three-dimensional printing technology can make surgery safer for children with congenital heart disease, and reduce the duration and number of invasive procedures required. Richard Kim, MD, a cardiac surgeon recently used a 3D printed...

R&D: Materials
Creating Ultra-thin Color Coatings

A team of applied physicists at Harvard University School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Cambridge, MA, are developing a technology that coats a metallic object with an extremely thin layer of semiconductor, just a few nanometers thick. Although the semiconductor is a steely gray color, the object shows...

News: Medical
Researchers Create Flexible Nanosensors for Wearable Devices

Researchers from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) have developed nanosensors capable of sticking on uneven surfaces and biological surfaces like human skin.

INSIDER: Medical
Postmarket Surveillance System Can Provide Device Benefit-Risk Profiles

Medical devices offer significant health benefits, but must be balanced against certain risks. A strong Medical Device Postmarket Surveillance System (MDS) can provide more robust and timely benefit-risk profiles for devices so that providers and patients can make better...

INSIDER: Medical
Nanowires Trap Electron Twisters

Johns Hopkins University scientists have developed a new method of maintaining resistance-free current. The development will improve the performance of superconducting wires used in MRI medical scanners and other technologies.

INSIDER: Medical
Researchers Develop Self-Powered Fever Alarm Armband

University of Tokyo researchers have developed a “fever alarm armband.” The flexible, self-powered device sounds an alarm when the wearer's body reaches a high temperature.

INSIDER: Medical
Hawking's ACAT Technology Now Open-Source

The Assistive Context Aware Toolkit (ACAT) technology, used by famous physicist Stephen Hawking, is now open-source.

News: Medical
Bioengineers Create 'Heart-on-a-Chip'

A “heart-on-a-chip,” built by UC Berkeley bioengineers, houses human heart tissue derived from adult stem cells. The system could one day replace animal models for drug safety screening.

INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control
Robotic Ankle Keeps an Eye on the Road

Mo Rastgaar, a Michigan Technological University mechanical engineer, and his team have developed a robotic ankle that "sees" where it is going.

INSIDER: Medical
Artificial 'Smart Skin' Detects Subtle Pressures

A Seoul National University professor developed a synthetic technology that reproduces the sense of touching real human skin. The artificial skin senses pressure, temperature, strain, and humidity. The soft material is also embedded with self-heating elements.

INSIDER: Medical
New Material Self-Stretches

A University of Rochester team has fabricated a material that self-stretches as it cools. The rubber-like polymer reverts back to its original shape when heated.

News: Medical
March 2015 Mid-Month Industry News

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

News: Robotics, Automation & Control
Researchers Developing Bionic Heart

Scientists at the Texas Heart Institute are working to create a permanent artificial heart.

News: Medical
Researchers Use Magnetic Fields to Stimulate Brain Tissue

Researchers at MIT have developed a method to stimulate brain tissue using external magnetic fields and injected magnetic nanoparticles. The technique allows direct stimulation of neurons, which could be an effective treatment for a variety of neurological diseases, without the need for...

News: Medical
2 New AAMI Standards to Prevent Tubing Misconnections

AAMI, the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation, is leading the small-bore connectors initiative, an international effort to decrease tubing misconnections and increase patient safety. Recently, AAMI has released two additional standards focusing on how to design...

News: Medical
Medical System-on-a-Chip Reduces Hardware Failure Rate

The Desyre project couples a reconfigurable substrate with runtime-system software support in such a manner that the medical system-on-a-chip can adapt on demand to various types and densities of faults, system constraints, and application requirements.

INSIDER: Medical
Reprocessing Reusable Medical Devices

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced new actions to enhance the safety of reusable medical devices and address the possible spread of infectious agents between uses. FDA’s guidance document, titled “Reprocessing Medical Devices in Health Care Settings: Validation Methods and Labeling”...

INSIDER: FDA/Regulatory
FDA Amends Reporting Rules to Align with UDI Program

Medical device regulators at the FDA have issued correcting amendments to their post-market electronic Medical Device Reporting (eMDR) requirements to eliminate any disparities between those rules and their Unique Device Identification (UDI) system.

Researchers at the University of Hertfordshire have developed a robotic glove prototype for stroke sufferers. The device can be used in homes to support rehabilitation and personal independence.

The European Space Agency (ESA) has adapted a high-speed camera to detect changes in human skin cells. Developed for ESA by the Belgian company Xenics, the Proba-V camera allows the small...

University of Maryland researchers have developed a spray-on material that stretches and reliably conducts electricity. The process could be used in electronic fabrics or artificial...

News: Medical
March 2015 Month-End Industry News

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

News: Medical
Infrared Imaging Technique Paints Tissue Samples with Light

Using a combination of advanced microscope imaging and computer analysis, a new technique from University of Illinois researchers gives pathologists a window into the structures and molecules inside tissues and cells. The fast diagnostic assessments are done without using chemical...

News: Medical
Artificial Hand Features Muscle-Like Wires

Inspired by nature, Saarland University researchers have equipped an artificial hand with muscles made from shape-memory wire. The new technology enables the fabrication of flexible and lightweight robot hands for industrial applications and novel prosthetic devices.

News: Medical
Bioplastics Demonstrate Antibacterial Properties

According to a recent study by the University of Georgia College of Family and Consumer Sciences, bioplastics made from protein sources have shown significant antibacterial properties. The materials could be used in medical applications, such as wound healing dressings, sutures, catheter tubes,...

News: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Never a Dull Moment

From 3D printing to superbugs, medtech suppliers have plenty on their plates

In this Outsourcing Outlook newsletter, Contributing Editor Steve Halasey examines the latest industry news concerning outsourcing/contract manufacturing.

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Eric Dietsch on the Benefits of Nitinol Wire

In collaboration with the Fort Wayne Metals Engineering team, Eric Dietsch focuses on supporting customers with material recommendations, product development, and education. Eric is available to help you and your company with any Nitinol-related questions or needs that you may have.

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