March 2016

In December, we asked Medical Design Briefs readers to select one product from our 12 Products of the Month that they thought was the most significant new introduction to the...

Some of the biggest stumbling blocks encountered by medical device firms on the way to clearance or approval of their devices by the U.S. Food and Drug...

Manufacturers of medical devices must seek every way possible to eliminate failures of those devices. Many major failures result from a weakness in the solder joint that...

Ultra-thin, Single-Element Miniature Force Sensors

Pressure Profile Systems, Inc., Los Angeles, CA, unveiled the SingleTact, a high-performance miniature capacitive force sensor that delivers superior...

Brimrose Corporation of America, Sparks, MD, introduces a new line of high-powered, fiber-coupled, acousto-optic modules (AOMs) that can withstand up to 5W of continuous wave optical power...

Epoxy Technology, Inc., Billerica, MA, introduces its new line of UV Hybrid adhesives branded with an “HYB” prefix. The new UV Hybrid products are based on the company’s widely used EPO-TEK 353ND and 301...

Products: Medical
PCF Metering System

Graco, North Canton, OH, announces its Precision Continuous Flow (PCF) metering dispense system for critical applications of single-component sealant and adhesive materials. Engineered for automated applications, the...

Products: Medical
Luer Testing Services

Medical Murray, North Barrington, IL, a leading device development and contract manufacturing company with ISO 13485 certification and FDA registration, now provides comprehensive testing services for Luers including...

SCHURTER Inc., Santa Rosa, CA, is expanding its metal switch range to include new illumination possibilities using RGB color technology. It is now possible for piezo switch series, PSE, and...

Products: Medical
SIMSOLID Simulation Product

SIMSOLID Corporation, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, announces SIMSOLID, the first structural simulation product with new technology created specifically for the design engineer. SIMSOLID contains methods that...

TRUMPF Inc., Farmington, CT, introduces the TruMark 1110 diode-pumped vanadate laser, part of a line of entry-level marking lasers in the new TruMark Station 3000, a compact marking station offering a...

Hoffmann + Krippner, Inc., Frisco, TX, provides extremely slim, inductive displacement Inelta IZAL series sensors. Utilizing differential sensing technology, these sensors ensure precise path...

Products: Medical
10 Watt DC/DC Converter

ConTech, a Division of Calex, Concord, CA, announces the DMT Series of DC/DC converters, which provides up to 10 Watts of fully regulated output power with an industry standard DIP footprint. The series offers a 4:1...

ODU-USA, Camarillo, CA, announces 48-hour availability of ODU MEDI-SNAP® miniature connector solutions in the US. ODU MEDI-SNAP is a plastic circular connector with miniature push-pull locking designed for...

Davis-Standard LLC, Pawcatuck, CT, announces its collaboration with Conair to support global customers with medical tubing systems equipped with Davis- Standard extruders and controls and...

Technipaq, Inc., Crystal Lake, IL, a provider of flexible and sterilizable packaging design for the medical device industries, has expanded its manufacturing capabilities and capacities for customers. The...

Products: Medical
LIM Pump Segments

Raumedic, Inc., Mills River, NC, introduces Liquid Injection Molding (LIM) pump segments commonly used in enteral nutrition or pain management, and these tubing and molded parts must fulfill tightest tolerances. Connectors,...

Products: Medical
5.0-mm-Diameter MEMS Mirrors

Mirrorcle Technologies, Inc., Richmond, CA, introduces larger diameter 5.0mm MEMS mirrors that offer a 14-bit repeatability (precision) when driven with designated MEMS drivers, so 16,384 discrete angular...

Pepperl+Fuchs, Twinsburg, OH, announces that its popular ML6 series subminiature photoelectric sensors come with dual sensor redundant detection and independent outputs. They are also available in long-range...

Electromate, Greenville, DE, introduces Applied Motion Products’ Integrated Step Motors that fuse a step motor plus drive and control components into a single device. Integrated steppers offer a space-saving...

Products: Medical
LiveLink for SOLIDWORKS

COMSOL, Inc., Burlington, MA, announces support for app development in the latest version of LiveLink™ for SOLIDWORKS®. Part of COMSOL Multiphysics® software, LiveLink for SOLIDWORKS connects COMSOL software...

Excelitas Technologies Corp., Waltham, MA, introduces OmniCure® AC9 UV LED Curing Systems for the curing of inks, adhesives, and coatings. The AC9 UV LED systems’ design features a high-performing,...

Advanced Thermal Solutions, Inc. (ATS), Norwood, MA, announces the QuadFLOW™ fansink, which uses directed airflow in multiple fin fields to cool electronic components up to 30% more effectively than the...

Each year, an estimated one million people suffer from painful bedsores in US hospitals across the country. These wounds are the result of long-term confinement to a bed or wheelchair, and...

In a first for the field of upper limb prosthetics, a pioneering surgical technique has allowed an amputee to attach a Modular Prosthetic Limb (MPL) developed by researchers at...

System to undergo longterm clinical testing.

Harvard University School of Engineering & Applied Sciences Cambridge, MA

A team of scientists from the University of Virginia (UVA) School of Medicine...

The discovery of X-rays by Wilhelm Roentgen in 1895 changed the medical profession far more than its simple black and white image would suggest. The beams he used, higher in frequency than ultraviolet...

A team of engineers from North Carolina State University and Duke University has developed a metamaterial made of paper and aluminum that, they say, can manipulate acoustic waves to more than...

New material could help patients get better followup care.

Chemical engineers at the University of Michigan have developed a thin, stretchable film that coils light waves like a spring and may...

Technology Leaders: Tubing & Extrusion
Intelligent Tubing for Bioresorbable Scaffolds

Bioresorbable stent scaffolds are balloon-expandable and have been used to replace metallic stents to treat the narrowing of arteries and airway passages. Like traditional metallic scaffolds,...

Flexible polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is the most common material used to manufacture clear flexible tubing for medical applications. Flexible PVC medical tubing contains...

The Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel www.ats.org

Flexible sensors have been developed for use in consumer electronics, robotics, health care, and spaceflight. One...

R&D: Robotics, Automation & Control
Snake Study Supports Bio-Inspired Robotics

A University of Cincinnati team has acquired a better understanding of how brown tree snakes lodge themselves in place during climbing. The resulting knowledge could lead to new bio-inspired robotic...

A team of Northwestern researchers has created a new way to print three-dimensional metallic objects using rust and metal powders.

R&D: Medical
Brain Imaging Sheds Light on Parkinsonian Symptoms

Using a portable device developed at Drexel University, researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine have identified differences in brain activation patterns associated with postural stability in people with Parkinsonian syndromes and healthy adults. The findings describe the critical...

A gel created by Rice University researchers delivers time-released antibiotics to ward off infection while a patient heals from facial reconstruction procedures. Porous...

Bioengineers and cognitive scientists at the University of California, San Diego, have built a portable, 64-channel wearable brain activity monitoring system. The technology features dry EEG sensors...

A two-stage power management and storage system from Georgia Institute of Technology improves the efficiency of triboelectric generators to harvest energy from irregular human...

INSIDER: FDA/Regulatory
New FDA Chief Confirmed by Senate

Dr. Robert M. Califf, a cardiologist, researcher, and founder of the Duke Clinical Research Institute, was confirmed by the Senate on February 24 as the next Commissioner of the U.S. Food and...

News: Medical
2D Semiconducting Material Supports Electronic Implants

University of Utah engineers have discovered a 2D semiconducting material that could lead to much faster electronics. The technology potentially allows medical devices, such as electronic implants, to run longer on a single battery charge.

University of Melbourne doctors and engineers have printed 3D models for patients with heart disease. The photos are taken from a camera thinner than a human hair. Cardiologists use...

News: Medical
Engineers Develop 'Person-on-a-Chip'

Researchers at University of Toronto Engineering have developed a platform for growing realistic human heart and liver tissue outside the body. The AngioChip could help drug companies discover and prevent negative side effects.

News: Robotics, Automation & Control
Origami-Inspired Devices Support Minimally Invasive Surgery

Brigham Young University (BYU) researchers have engineered new minimally invasive surgery concepts that eliminate the need for pin joints and other parts, instead relying on the deflection inherent in origami to create motion.

News: Robotics, Automation & Control
NASA Adds Flywheel to Heart Pump Motor

When children are born with a missing heart ventricle, doctors can perform a Fontan surgical procedure; the operation creates a passive circulation network to replace the blood pumping function. Inefficiency in circulation, however, often increases over time. A heart pump motor, using NASA Glenn Research...

News: Medical
March 2016 Mid-Month Industry News

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

The FDA is seeking comments from the medical device industry and healthcare community that refurbish, recondition, rebuild, remarket, remanufacture, service, and repair medical...

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO), Geneva, Switzerland, late last month released its long-awaited revision to ISO 13485, the global standard for medical device quality management...

Using an artificial fingertip surgically connected to nerves in the upper arm, an amputee felt smoothness and roughness textures in real time. The technology, developed by a team at Ecole...

Using an algorithm developed by Drexel University researchers, new bacteria-powered microrobots spot obstacles and adjust course when needed. Like boats carried by a current, the microbots can be...

A nanoelectronic device designed at Royal Holloway University of London will enable a new generation of magnetoencephalography (MEG) brain scanners. The HyQUID®, a magnetic field detector,...

A team from North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill created artificial microvasculature. The microvessel technology will help to create new tissues and...

News: Medical
Researchers Improve Prosthetic Touch Capabilities

A team at University of California, Santa Barbara created a device that simulates the forces felt by the hand when touching an object. Information from the UCSB study will be used to provide prosthetic hand wearers with more natural touch feedback and a greater range of functionality.

News: Medical
March 2016 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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