May 2011

The time and investment needed to bring an idea for a new medical product successfully to commercial realization can be daunting. In developing new drugs, the costs and timing...

In October of 2010, the first all-robotic surgery reportedly took place at Montreal General Hospital in Montreal, Canada. Intuitive Surgical’s da Vinci surgical robot...

Features: FDA/Regulatory
What’s So Hard About Medical Device Software Compliance?

The IEC 62304 standard for medical device software is causing system engineers worldwide to step back and examine their software development methods with considerable scrutiny. Although at one time, software development and testing was an integral part of overall system design and...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Reaction Injection Molding Process

Premold Corp. (Oconomowoc, WI) offers the PREMOLD PROCESS™, an approach that includes design consultation, detailed engineering, and comprehensive manufacturing solutions for medical equipment...

DYMAX Corporation (Torrington, CT) has introduced the 210-CTH MD® medical device adhesive, a tack-free, LED-curable adhesive formulated for on-demand cure with the DYMAX BlueWave® LED Prime UVA spot-curing...

Products: Motion Control
Miniature Diaphragm Pump

The Precision Fluidics Division of Parker Hannifin (Hollis, NH) has introduced the T5 pump series, featuring a miniature 13 mm wide and 14 gram package. The diaphragm pump provides a low inductance solution for a...

Products: Materials
PEEK Thermoplastic

Minnesota Rubber and Plastics (Minneapolis, MN) offers PEEK (polyetheretherketone), a high-performance thermoplastic that offers long operating life with chemical resistance and retention of mechanical properties up to 570...

Products: Materials
Silicone Sealing Solutions

Apple Rubber Products (Lancaster, NY) offers medical silicone seals that feature resistance to UV light, ozone, and weather; hydrophobic properties; temperature range of -94 °F to 400 °F; dimensional stability in...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Prototyping Tool Set

Qosina (Edgewood, NY) has introduced a needle hub sample kit as a prototyping tool set for designers and engineers. The combination of hub connector, bushing, and cap allows for the creation of a fluid delivery or...

Products: Materials
Antimicrobial Technology

BASF (Florham Park, NJ) offers Hygentic® technology, a series of silver antimicrobials with different properties regarding silver release rate and mechanism. They can be used alone or in combination to tailor the...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
High-Precision Dispenser

Nordson EFD (Westlake, OH) has introduced the Ultimus™ V high-precision dispenser designed to keep the amount of adhesive or other fluid vused in medical device assembly processes consistent as it gets thicker or...

Products: Electronics & Computers
Ultra-Miniature Converters

EMCO High Voltage Corporation (Sutter Creek, CA) has introduced the A Series of ultra-miniature, DC to HV DC converters that occupy less than one-tenth of a cubic inch of volume, and an extremely low profile of...

Products: Medical
Video Intubation System

The AVID Airway SystemTM is an interchangeable component-based video laryngoscopy system, designed and manufactured by Instrument Technology (Westfield, MA) to handle intubation applications. The system includes an...

Products: Materials
Dry Lubricant Coating

The Duraglide™ family of dry film lubricants from MicroCare Medical (New Britain, CT) is custom-blended for single-use medical devices and mechanical assemblies destined for the operating room that function outside of...

Products: Materials
Biomedical Textiles

Biomedical textiles from Secant Medical (Perkasie, PA) offer design flexibility and choice with unique combinations of fabric geometries and versatile fiber architectures to enable less invasive delivery techniques in new...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Laser Sintering System

EOS GmbH (Krailling, Germany) has released the EOSINT M280, the updated version of the EOSINT M270, for additive layer manufacturing of metal components. The system produces metal parts on the basis of 3D CAD data in...

Products: Motion Control
Peristaltic Pumps

Watson-Marlow Pumps Group (Wilmington, MA) offers the 400/RX1 pump for medical design and manufacturing. It is suitable for catheter washing and cooling applications requiring pressures to 100 psi or flow rates up to 80...

Products: Materials
Thin-Film Optical Coatings

Abrisa Technologies (Santa Paula, CA) delivers customized precision optical glass assemblies and thin-film optical coatings for medical devices and analytical instruments. Glass is cleanable, dimensionally stable,...

Products: Motion Control
Illuminated Pushbutton Switch

The RP8300 Series illuminated round push-button switch from E-Switch (Minneapolis, MN) is encased in a metal die cast housing and features a threaded panel mount. It is sealed to IP65 standards and offers a long...

Products: Medical
CAD/CAM/CNC Solutions

Siemens (Chicago, IL) offers CNC solutions featuring the Sinumerik® 840D sl CNC, the Sinamics® S120 drive system, and high-performance motors that enable machine tool users to create CAD/CAM data with NX CAM, as well...

Products: Electronics & Computers
Ergonomic Connectors

LEMO USA (Rohnert Park, CA) has introduced the REDEL® XP Connector Series, designed using a plastic material that is resistant to sterilization. The latching system is embedded in the shell for increased impact...

Products: Motion Control
Ultra-Miniature Rotary Position Sensor

Piher International (Libertyville, IL) offers the non-contacting MTS 360 SMD rotary position sensor, suitable for optical imaging stabilization and precision biomedical devices. The MTS combines a...

Products: Materials
Medical Elastomer

Teknor Apex Company (Pawtucket, RI) has released the Medalist MD458, a high-purity formulation that has passed ISO 10993-5 cytotoxicity testing, is RoHS compliant, and provides a Shore A hardness of 70. It features a...

Products: Medical
Ultrasound Imaging Chipset

The MD1715 and TC8020 ultrasound driver chipset from Supertex (Sunnyvale, CA) generates a five level waveform for high-resolution imaging in medical ultrasound applications. The MD1715 is a two-channel logic...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Visible Optical Filter for Spot Curing

IRphotonics (Hamden, CT) offers the Visible Optical Filter for the iCure® AS200 Thermal Spot Curing System to enable heating of heat-sensitive plastics used in disposable medical devices. The optical filter eliminates all visible wavelengths except for a mild red pointer glow to provide infrared energy...

Products: Medical
UV Curable Silicone Rubber

Momentive Performance Materials (Columbus, OH) has introduced the Addisil UV 60 EX elastomer for medical applications where lower temperatures during manufacturing and typical silicone rubber physical properties are both mandatory. The elastomer has minimal shrinkage and reduced air entrapment when compared to heat...

Products: Software
Compliance Software Tool Suite

LDRA (Wirral, UK) has launched a tool suite that offers support for the IEC 61508 and IEC 61508:2010 standards, functional safety standards for electrical/electronic/programmable electronic (E/E/PE) systems,...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Horizontal SMT Spring Pin

Premold Corp. (Oconomowoc, WI) offers the PREMOLD PROCESS™, an approach that includes design consultation, detailed engineering, and comprehensive manufacturing solutions for medical equipment manufacturers....

Products: Electronics & Computers
Compact Power Supplies

Protek Power (Hudson, MA) has introduced the PM202 and PU202 Series AC/DC power supplies, which offer 200 watts of performance for a variety of applications ranging from patient vicinity medical devices to laboratory...

Products: Software
Virus Detecting Software

Hagiwara Sys-Com (Irvine, CA) has launched USB, a portable virus detection tool for Windows OS-based industrial systems. The software requires no installation and virus definitions can be downloaded to the Vaccine...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Rapid Prototyping

Jabil (St. Petersburg, FL) has opened a Class 100K clean room for rapid prototyping of disposable medical devices. The new facility provides capabilities for ultrasonic welding, ultraviolet curing, solvent bonding, overmolding, laminar air flow, and bag and blister packaging and testing. The room was designed to offer the same...

Electronic biosensing technology could someday displace the multi-welled microplate, long a standard tool in biomedical research and diagnostic laboratories. Essentially arrays of...

Although the concept of nanotechnology (controlling matter on an atomic scale) dates back to 1959, it is only now becoming more commercially realized. It has the potential to challenge...

The MDMouse system incorporates a pre-existing medical device into a conventional computer control mouse. The tool is designed to measure blood pressure outside of the medical environment, and to provide that...

Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Laser Sintering for Customized Medical Applications

Engineers have long been aware of the potential of laser sintering to create innovative and beneficial medical products. Because it is an additive (layer-by-layer) manufacturing process,...

A prototype implantable eye pressure monitor for glaucoma patients is believed to contain the first complete millimeter-scale computing system. The pressure monitor is...

A lens that enables microscopic objects to be seen from nine different angles at once to create a 3D image has been developed. Other 3D microscopes use multiple lenses or cameras...

Mission Accomplished: Medical
Freeing Water From Viruses and Bacteria

Argonide Corporation, a company focused on the research, production, and marketing of specialty nano-materials, was seeking to develop applications for its NanoCeram® fibers. Only 2 nanometers in...

Mission Accomplished: Electronics & Computers
Braille Displays Get New Life With Artificial Muscles

Research with tiny artificial muscles may yield a full-page active Braille system that can refresh automatically and come to life right beneath your fingertips.

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