May 2013

Introduction

A well-known legend has it that one of the greatest scientists and inventors of antiquity, Archimedes of Syracuse, stepped into a bath only to eject and propel...

Electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) measurements typically involve time-consuming skin preparation, lead application, conductive gels, and even shaving of body hair. More recently, dry contact sensors...

Features: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Eight Things to Look for in a Medical Device EMS Provider

Today’s medical device OEMs live in an age of abundance: both abundant options and abundant regulatory requirements. With so many options and so many restrictions, it can be very...

Products: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
New Generation Pumps for Medical Applications

The Watson-Marlow Pumps Group, Wilmington, MA, introduced a new range of 400RXMD panelmount pumps designed specifically for medical device specialists serving the surgical ablation market. A...

Products: Photonics/Optics
AccuVein AV400

AccuVein Inc., Huntington, NY, announc ed the launch of the AccuVein AV400 vein illumination device to help healthcare professionals locate veins by displaying a map of the patient’s vasculature directly on the surface of...

Ohmite Manufacturing, Arlington Heights, IL, introduces a new line of heat sinks for single LED power modules. The SV300 Series is composed of high performance, low cost, scalable heat sinks...

Cicoil, Valencia, CA, designed ultraflexible flat silicone cables are halogenfree, flame retardant, and provide premium current carrying capacity, reduced skewing effects, weight and space savings,...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Ultrasonic, Air-in-Water Sensors

Strain Measurement Devices Inc., Wallingford, CT, announces a new line of ultrasonic, air-in-water sensors for medical applications. The A230/240 air-in-water sensor is based on proprietary, digital,...

Products: Medical
VT305 Gas Flow Analyzer

Fluke Biomedical, Everett, WA, announced today the debut of its new VT305 Gas Flow Analyzer. The VT305 Gas Flow Analyzer features internal sensors, a four-button control panel, auto-orienting color LCD screen, and...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Wireless 4 Channel Light Logger

TandD Corporation, Saratoga Springs, NY, has introduced the RTR-574-H, a Wireless 4 Channel Logger that monitors illuminance, ultraviolet, temperature, and humidity, and achieves a temperature measurement...

Applimotion, Inc., Loomis, CA, scales its LARC motors (Linear Arc) for large diameter applications greater than 1 meter diameter. The modular nature of these motors allows them to integrate...

Products: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
CADD-Solis VIP Ambulatory Infusion System

Smiths Medical, St. Paul, MN, received 510(k) clearance from the FDA to launch its CADD®-Solis VIP ambulatory infusion system with CADD™-Solis medication safety software. It is a multi-therapy...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Pre-Mounted Fluorescence Filter Cubes

Edmund Optics, Barrington, NJ, introduces new TECHSPEC® Pre-Mounted Fluorescence Filter Cubes. These fluorescence filter cubes easily integrate into Olympus and Nikon microscopes for use in a range of...

Products: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Robust Gripper with High Sprue Control

FIPA, Cary, NC, now offers a new Sprue Gripper GR04.101A for the removal of injection-molded parts. It identifies work pieces with high reliability, regardless of the position of the sprue, and...

Products: Electronics & Computers
RIO-47300 Pocket PLC

Galil Motion Control, Rocklin, CA, announced the latest product in its RIO Pocket PLC Series, the RIO- 47300, which includes more I/O, screw terminals, and two Ethernet ports, which allow management of an unlimited...

Products: Electronics & Computers
New Digital Position Sensor

Measurement Specialties, Hampton, VA, a global manufacturer in sensorbased measuring of pressure/force, position, vibration, temperature, humidity and fluid properties, has released the KMA36, a digital position...

Products: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Configurable CAD Models for Brushless Motors

PITTMAN Motors, Harleysville, PA, a unit of AMETEK Precision Motion Control, has introduced configurable 3D CAD model downloads for its entire offering of brushless DC motors. The 3D model...

Products: Electronics & Computers
High Performance QFP Socket

Ironwood Electronics, Eagan, MN, introduced a new high performance QFP socket for 0.4mm pitch 128 pin QFP. The SG-QFE- 7011 socket is designed for 14mm x 14mm x 1.6mm package size with 16mm x 16mm lead tip to tip...

Products: Electronics & Computers
PMP135 Series of AC/DC Power Supplies

The PMP135 Series of AC/DC power supplies from PROTEK Power, Hudson, MA, offer 135 watts of performance packed design and are compliant to UL60601-1 and EN60101-1 3rd Edition medical safety standards....

Products: Electronics & Computers
RNV14 High Voltage Metal Film Resistor

The RNV14 from Stackpole Electronics Inc., Raleigh, NC, is a ¼ watt high voltage metal film resistor with a maximum working voltage of 1,600 volts DC, 1,150 AC. It can withstand thousands of surges of...

The Revvo Caster Company, Inc., West Seneca, NY, introduced its new TwinTech Ultimate Solus casters designed for a wide range of medical equipment. The Solus is a twinwheel, threaded-stem caster built...

Styron, Berwyn, PA, introduces new resins for medical equipment enclosures, which can be used with all types of therapeutic and diagnostic equipment applications. The EMERGE™ PC/ABS 7700 Advance Resins...

Products: Software
3D Scanning Software

Following the recent release of its fastest 3D scanhead to date, ShapeGrabber, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, announced the release of its ShapeGrabber Software v.7, which encompasses a wide range of features, APIs, and tools...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Mitsubishi Machining Technologies

MC Machinery Systems, Inc., Wood Dale, IL, presents the new Mitsubishi MV2400-S Advance Wire EDM, a wire EDM developed for the medical industry featuring the M700 series control with 15" touch screen, and...

Today, a wide array of laser technologies support an amazingly diverse range of medical and biomedical applications. In fact, it would take a large volume to discuss...

Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Choosing Chiller Pumps to Cool Medical Lasers

Laser systems continue to grow in application use throughout the medical industry. Applications for laser systems include diagnostic analysis systems, DNA sequencing systems, dental cleaning and...

Briefs: Medical
Hand-Based Biometric Analysis

Hand-based biometric analysis systems and techniques provide robust hand-based identification and verification. An image of a hand is obtained, which is then segmented into a palm region and separate finger regions. Acquisition of the image is performed without requiring particular orientation or placement...

Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Micro-Endoscope as Thin as a Human Hair

Engineers at Stanford University have developed and demonstrated a prototype single-fiber endoscope that, they say, quadruples the resolution over existing designs, which might lead to the development...

Ultrasound technology could soon be improved to produce high-quality, high-resolution images, thanks to the development of a new key material by a team of researchers in the Department of Biomedical...

Global Innovations: Electronics & Computers
Creating Cathodes for Air-Breathing Biobatteries
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From the Editor: Medical
From the Editor — A Tale of Three Patients

In the same week in late March, three friends/family of mine entered three different hospitals in three different states. Their illnesses were very different and had varied results.

You wouldn’t find a big bowl of spaghetti served on the International Space Station (ISS). In microgravity, it would be a complete mess. There is, however, something like spaghetti on the...

News: Medical
Orthotic & Prosthetic Companies to Aid Boston Marathon Attack Victims

The American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA) launched its "Coalition to Walk and Run Again," an effort to aid uninsured and under-insured victims of the April 15th Boston Marathon terror attack. The bombing killed 3 people and left more than 200 injured, several...

News: Materials
Studying Silicone Could Lead to Self-Healing Materials

Polymer scientists at Rice University, Houston, TX, discovered that the liquid crystal phase of silicone, which is partway between a solid and a liquid, becomes up to 90 percent stiffer when repeatedly compressed. Their research could lead to new strategies for self-healing materials or...

News: Medical
Is Zinc Right for Bioabsorbable Stents?

Once implanted, coronary artery stents to prop open blood vessels usually remain in place for the rest of the patient’s life. The longer a stent is in place, the greater the risk of late-stage side effects. That's why researchers are trying to develop a bioabsorbable stent, one that will gradually and...

News: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Developing Sensors to Assess Blast Effects on Soldiers

There are two parts to a blast created by an improvised explosive device: a shock wave traveling at supersonic speed, and compressed air, which travels in front of the shock wave. Both can cause considerable damage to the human body, but the exact effects are unclear. To prevent injuries...

News: Connectivity
Great Future Foreseen for Wireless Body Sensors

According to a recent report from ABI Research, a market intelligence company specializing in global technology markets, while the market for disposable wireless Medical Body Area Network (MBAN) sensors within professional healthcare is in its earliest stages, the foundations to support adoption...

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Question of the Month: May

April’s Question of the Month focused on regulation of healthcare/lifestyle smartphone apps. Since regulation of some medical apps may be covered by the FDA, we asked if you thought lifestyle apps, such as pedometers and personal health records, should be regulated, and if so, by which agency. Answers were mixed,...

News: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Wireless Removable Tooth Tattoo Senses Health

Scientists at Princeton University in New Jersey used silk strands and tiny gold wires bundled with graphene to create a removable tattoo that adheres to dental enamel and could eventually be used to monitor a patient’s health with unprecedented sensitivity.

News: Medical
Standardizing Measurements for MEMS

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has introduced a long-awaited measurement tool to help device designers, manufacturers, and customers to see eye to eye on eight dimensional and material property measurements that are key to device performance.

MEMS, once considered a stepchild...

News: Medical
May Mid-Month Industry News

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

News: Medical
More Accurate Way to Image Lung Cancer Tumors

The Moffitt Cancer Center and the University of South Florida, both in Tampa, have collaborated with researchers in China, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and Germany to develop a new computational method to assess lung cancer tumors using CT, PET, or MRI diagnostic technologies. The method,...

News: Medical
Portable Device to Rapidly Diagnose TB

A handheld diagnostic device that researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, first developed to diagnose cancer has been adapted to rapidly diagnose tuberculosis (TB) and other important infectious bacteria. The portable device combines microfluidic technology with nuclear magnetic resonance...

News: Electronics & Computers
Researchers Helping to Validate Spintronics

Scientists at the University of Delaware, Newark, say that they have confirmed the presence of a magnetic field generated by electrons, which scientists had theorized existed, but had never been proven until now. This finding, they say, could help to lay the groundwork for electronics of the future....

News: Medical
Glass Remains Solid Proved Using Amber

Does glass move over time? That’s the question tackled by a team of researchers at Texas Tech University, Lubbock, who say that glass remains in solid form, unless shattered, of course. The idea for this research came from a doctoral student's qualifying exam, said Gregory McKenna, a professor of chemical...

News: Medical
PICC Lines Double Risk of Blood Clots

Lauded for safety, ease, and patient convenience, peripherally inserted central catheters (PICC) lines have become clinicians’ go-to for intravenous (IV) delivery of antibiotics, nutrition, chemotherapy, and other medications. But, compared to other central venous catheters (CVCs), PICCs more than double...

News: Electronics & Computers
Pedestrian-Powered Medical Devices?

It could happen someday, say a group of mechanical engineering students at Rice University, Houston, TX. As a project required for graduation, four seniors created PediPower shoes that extract and store energy with every step to power portable electronics and, maybe even medical devices.

News: Materials
Nanoscale Alloys for Medical Applications

Creating alloys at the nanometer scale is producing materials with properties unlike anything produced before says scientists at the University of Pittsburgh, who have demonstrated that these alloys possess the ability to emit such bright light they could have potential uses in medicine.

News: Materials
New Biomaterial to Improve Medical Implants

Scientists at the University of Washington, Seattle, have created a synthetic substance that can fully resist the body’s natural attack response to foreign objects. They say that devices such as artificial heart valves, prostheses and breast implants could be coated with this polymer to prevent the...

News: Medical
Making the Most of Outsourcing

When it comes to outsourcing many complex professional services, this type of work should not be viewed as a mere commodity, say researchers at Harvard Business School, reporting in the journal , Organization Science. Instead, they say, cultivating important person-to-person relationships with the vendor of...

News: Medical
US Will Soon Match China on Manufacturing Costs

According to a report by AlixPartners, a business advisory firm, America is becoming more competitive in terms of manufacturing and will match China on the cost of manufacturing within two years. Their research reveals that, according to current trends such as wage inflation in China and exchange...

News: Medical
3D-Printed Bioresorbable Splint Saves Baby's Life

Ever since he was six weeks old, an Ohio infant with a condition called tracheobronchomalacia would stop breathing because part of his windpipe carrying air to his left lung would collapse, requiring emergency assistance. But, thanks to a team of doctors and engineers at the University of...

News: Medical
Advanced Paper for Biomedical and Diagnostic Devices

By modifying the underlying network of cellulose fibers, etching off surface “fluff” and applying a thin chemical coating, researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, have created a new type of paper that repels a wide variety of liquids, including water and oil.

News: Medical
Creating More Sensitive Robots

Artificial skins and new sensor technologies being developed by European scientists could help make robots more sensitive to tactile stimuli and improve their ability to communicate and cooperate with each other and with humans. The EU-funded project, “Skin-based technologies and capabilities for safe, autonomous...

News: Medical
May Month-End Industry News

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

News: Materials
Lubricant for Medical Devices Improved

Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), also known as DuPont’s Teflon®, is renowned for keeping things from sticking, and is used as a dry lubricating polymer on machine components, from kitchen tools to space and biomedical applications. Recently, research engineers at the University of Arkansas,...

News: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Security Risks in Sensors for Medical Devices

According to a new study conducted in controlled laboratory conditions, sensors that pick up the rhythm of a beating heart in implanted cardiac defibrillators and pacemakers are vulnerable to hacking. In experiments using simulated human models, an international team of researchers demonstrated that...

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Dan Sanchez on How to Improve Extruded Components

Improving extruded components requires careful attention to a number of factors, including dimensional tolerance, material selection, and processing. Trelleborg’s Dan Sanchez provides detailed insights into each of these considerations to help you advance your device innovations while reducing costs and speeding time to market.

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