April 2011

Time to market is of critical importance for medical instruments. A difference of even a few months in the release of a product can significantly impact the ROI of the project,...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Submillimeter Optical Apertures

Bern Optics (Westfield, MA) has introduced coated optical apertures with outside dimensions as small as 0.20 mm in diameter. The aperture can be circular or made to custom shapes and held to micron tolerances....

Products: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Low-Noise Amplifiers

The MAX9636-MAX9638, rail-to-rail, low-noise operational amplifiers from Maxim Integrated Products (Sunnyvale, CA) are offered in 6-pin SC70 (single), 8-pin SC70 (dual), and 10-pin UTQFN (dual) packages to minimize board...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Adjustable Air Nozzles

Clippard Instrument Laboratory (Cincinnati, OH) has introduced a line of air jets made of brass and stainless steel designed to deliver a concentrated flow of air or liquid to a designated location. Featuring a unique...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Filter Assemblies

PureFlo® Junior capsule filter assemblies from ZenPure (Manassas, VA) are ready-to-use filters for small pre-filtration, clarification, and final filtration in medical and DI water applications. The assemblies are...

Products: Medical
Custom Melt Filtration

PolyMedex Discovery Group (Putnam, CT) offers custom melt filtration of polymers used for catheters and balloons. The custom melt filtration process results in removal of gels as small as 20 μm (0.0008"). Melt...

Products: Imaging
Wireless Sensor Test System

Benetel (Dublin, Ireland) offers the BTS-115, an ISM band mass production test system (MTS) based on a National Instruments PXI modular compact test solution. The BTS-115 is suitable for OEMs seeking to...

Products: Electronics & Computers
Switching Regulators

Mornsun America (Hudson, MA) has introduced the K78xx-2000 Series of three terminal switching regulators that are suitable for linear regulators. The series offers input ranges spanning 4.75VDC to 18VDC, with positive or...

Products: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Spring-Loaded Connectors

Mill-Max (Oyster Bay, NY) has introduced the 829 series of single-row, right-angle strips for applications calling for a spring-loaded connection that lies parallel to the PC board. This low-profile, right-angle...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Angle Encoders

HEIDENHAIN (Schaumburg, IL) offers RCN 2000, RCN 5000, and RCN 8000 Series angle encoders that provide improved mounting tolerances due to the better axial and radial deflection behavior, as well as the torsional rigidity, of...

Products: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Crystal Oscillator

The PLXO-250 connectorized phase-locked crystal oscillator from EM Research (Reno, NV) operates at 250 MHz in a miniature connectorized package (1.5" × 0.6"). It features low spurs (-70 dBc), low harmonics (-50 dBc) and...

Products: Software
3D Modeling Software

SensAble Technologies (Wilmington, MA) has introduced the FreeForm Version 11 software release, a 3D modeling program for designers to apply changes to multiple pieces of a model simultaneously. Instead of holding a...

Vishay Precision Group (Malvern, PA) has announced that its VPG Transducers division is now offering a full range of force sensors for infusion pump manufacturers, customized to meet force measurement...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Linear Guides

Thomson (Wood Dale, IL) has introduced the 400 Series profile rail linear guides, available in 4 meter lengths, in sizes from 15 to 45 mm in 5 mm increments, for extended joint-free rail transfer, even in smaller-sized...

Products: Materials
Thermally Conductive Silicone

The MED-2955 from NuSil (Carpinteria, CA) is designed to have low volatility and low ionic content for more sensitive electronic devices or processes. It is non-cytotoxic and can be used as a cure-in-place adhesive or potting compound between electrical/electric components and heat sinks as part of a thermal...

Evonik (Parsippany, NJ) has introduced CYROLITE® Protect, an acrylic-based multipolymer compound that has been developed for medical devices that include antimicrobial agents. It is designed for FDA...

Products: Materials
Optical Fiber Coatings Tool

The Specialty Photonics Divison of OFS Fitel (Avon, CT) has launched a new design tool for engineers that provides “at a glance” properties of a wide range of materials offered for optical fiber coatings,...

Products: Medical
Camera Recording System

The HD Camera Recording System from Panasonic (Seacaucus, NJ) is capable of recording up to 12 hours of HD images on a single 32 GB card. It is designed with three newly developed MOS 1⁄4" image sensors that provide...

Products: Electronics & Computers
Multilayer Ceramic Capacitor Arrays

AVX Corporation (Greenville, SC) offers multilayer ceramic capacitor (MLCC) arrays in 0405 and 0508 packages and four-element arrays in 0508 and 0612 packages with capacitance values ranging from 1 pf to...

Products: Imaging
Digital Optical Comparator

VISIONx Inc (Quebec, Canada) offers the VisionGauge® digital optical comparator in vertical configuration. In the vertical configuration, parts are mounted flat on the system’s XY stage and the optical axis if...

Evergreen Telemetry (Phoenix, AZ) has introduced a new type of portable instrument, that displays a stream of real-time data on the user’s wrist from battery-operated remote probes. The wireless modules...

Products: Electronics & Computers
Miniature, Metric PCB Screw Terminals

A new miniature, screw terminal type binding post from Keystone Electronics (Astoria, NY) is suitable for 22-15 AQG wire and used in high-density PCB packaging. Rated at 15 Amps, the posts feature...

The Lee Company (Westbrook, CT) has introduced the Quiet Operation High Density Interface (HDI) Solenoid Valve to improve patient comfort by reducing actuation noise by 50 percent. A typical solenoid valve has...

Products: Medical
HPC Platform for Imaging

Matrox Imaging (Quebec, Canada) has announced the Matrox Supersight e2 high-performance computing (HPC) platform is now equipped with ATI FirePro™ Professional Graphics from AMD. The platform offers high-bandwidth...

Products: Motion Control
Closed-Loop Linear Motion Module

New Scale Technologies (Victor, NY) has introduced the miniature M3-L closed-loop linear motion module, featuring 0.5 micron position resolution and a total package size of less than 27.5 × 13 × 7.5 mm. It...

Products: Imaging
Piezoelectric Accelerometer

Meggitt Sensing Systems (San Juan Capistrano, CA) offers the Endevco model 2222C piezoelectric accelerometer, with a sensitivity of 1.4 pC/g and frequency range of 1 to 10k Hz (±1 dB). It is designed for general...

Products: Motion Control
Diaphragm Pumps

KNF LABOPORT® Filtration Series diaphragm pumps from KNF Neuberger (Trenton, NJ) are suitable for a range of applications in the lab, including flask filtration, vacuum blotting, vacuum manifold, and vacuum dessication. They...

Mahr Federal (Providence, RI) has introduced the MarCheck measuring and evaluation unit for its high precision Linear 100 universal length measuring instruments. Results are shown in large digits on the...

Products: Electronics & Computers
Electronics Enclosures

Bud Industries (Willoughby, OH) offers electronics enclosures for medical electronics applications, including cabinet racks, NEMA boxes, plastic enclosures, server racks, and other rack equipment. The enclosures are...

Products: Materials
Guidewire Coating

Medi-Solve Coatings (Natick, MA) offers patented multi-layer and mono-layer guidewire coating systems that provide lubricity and abrasion resistance. The two layers are formed using an aqueous solution system that does not...

Products: Motion Control
Rocker-Style Medical Foot Control

STEUTE Meditech (Ridgefield, CT) has introduced the dual-function, Series WF-MED rocker-style foot-operated control for medical equipment. Optional design features include reed contact or microswitch digital...

A device manufacturer was trying to design a complicated dose delivery monitoring system for an inhaler. The monitoring system is meant to rectify a significant...

Applications: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Concurrent Engineering Accelerates Surgical Instrument Solutions

Development and production of a small, lightweight, ergonomically designed arthroscopic device powerful enough to bridge the gap between different types of surgeries usually takes at least 24 months.

Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Design Considerations for Battery Connectors

The future of batteries, like that of so many medical devices they power, is clearly toward smaller, lighter, and more powerful models. Developing concurrently with these new battery designs are...

Any surgery brings with it risk, both to the patient and the surgeon. However, laparoscopic surgery sometimes brings an additional invisible risk: stray energy burns....

Minimally invasive surgery has increasingly required imaging devices to have the smallest possible dimensions but also deliver high-resolution vision capabilities. There has also been a rising demand for...

Non-Invasive Blood Pressure (NIBP) is a widely used vital sign for cardiovascular assessment. Vital signs monitors obtain a non-invasive blood pressure...

Corneal endothelial failure is a common cause of corneal transplants. According to the Eye Bank Association of America, transplant tissue distributed for endothelial keratoplasty accounted for 18,221...

Whenever images are acquired with a large dynamic range, a problem arises in reproducing these images on a medium (i.e. CRT, paper). There are the restrictions of the recording apparatus (number of...

An advanced micro fluorescence detector (microFD) uses a hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) photodiode for high sensitivity biochemical analyses in micro-capillary...

Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Medical Tube Securing Device

The Burn Center, located in the Brooke Army Medical Center, receives approximately 300 burn patients each year. Often, these patients have problems breathing on their own due to scorched esophagi, damaged airways...

In all domains of medical and scientific X-ray imaging, the replacement of film and analog video imaging techniques with a fully digital workflow is underway. The Xineos X-ray panel...

What does it feel like to return to Earth after a long stay in space? Until now, it has been difficult during astronaut training to realistically simulate...

Many people are familiar with the popular science fiction series Star Trek: The Next Generation, a show featuring a blind character named Geordi La Forge, whose visor-like glasses...

Mission Accomplished: Medical
Burnishing Techniques Strengthen Hip Implants

When compressed air mixes with jet fuel and is ignited in a turbine engine, the temperature can reach 3,000 °F. As a result of this fiery exhaust, the turbine spins and then forces the air...

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