May 2014

News: Medical
Transcending Disabilities to Walk and to Dance

Move over Iron Man! There’s a new engineering superhero who’s part bionic, able to change his height, and scale vertical rock and ice walls with a simple change of leg prosthetics that he designed himself. Not only that, but he designs bionic limbs for others, too.

By now, you have probably already heard that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is phasing out the AK-225 solvent at the end of this year. This means that if you are currently using...

When one thinks of the term “disposable”, the first impression might be to associate the item as one being low cost and not requiring much precision in...

Watson-Marlow Pumps Group, Wilmington, MA, introduces the DriveSure™, a new panel-mount OEM brushless DC gear motor with fully integrated speed controller. Its compact, lightweight, and well-balanced...

Sono-Tek Corporation, Milton, NY, announces a new, next generation ultrasonic generator, the ECHO, designed for the highest degree of accuracy and control of ultrasonic spray processes. ECHO...

Lumen Dynamics, Mississauga, Canada, expands its OmniCure® AC Series of UV LED curing solutions with four new high power, air-cooled UV LED curing solutions available in both 365nm and 395nm wave...

Lee Spring, Brooklyn, NY, expands its line of Bantam™ Mini Compression Springs with more than 100 new designs for use in reduced spatial parameters, with wire diameters from .10mm, and outside diameters from...

Molex Inc., Lisle, IL, introduces MediSpec™ silicone overmolded cable and interconnect assemblies. Creating a moisture-proof bond between the cable jacket, connector, and flex relief, silicone...

Tecsis LP, Worthington, OH, announces that its Model XPMF03 miniature pressure transducer has a flush diaphragm design, which creates zero dead volume at the pressure connection, making it ideal for...

Teleflex Medical OEM, Gurnee, IL, announces the addition of a continuously-wound, variable-pitch, coil-reinforced shaft technology with a HDPE liner to reduce friction to its portfolio...

Products: Test & Measurement
IRP40.50 Miniature Infrared Touch Probe

Hexagon Metrology, North Kingstown, RI, announces the M&H IRP40.50 infrared touch probe is ideal for inspecting tight spaces, and was designed to address the needs of miniature machining...

Zeus, Orangeburg, SC, engineered its PEEK Engineered Surface tubing to be 14 percent more lubricious compared to standard PEEK tubing. The new Engineered Surface PEEK tubing uses enhanced PEEK properties and is...

XP Power, Sunnyvale, CA, introduces the dual output EMH350 series of 350 Watt AC-DC power supplies aimed at a broad range of applications that require a dual output supply in an industry...

MICROMO, Clearwater, FL, announces the latest addition to the FAULHABER CR DC Motor series. Its graphite commutation, powerful neodymium magnet, and particularly high copper content in the rotor winding provide the...

RAM Technologies LLC, Guilford, CT, introduces the world’s first 600 watt medically approved (UL60601-1) ATX/EPS power supply. The PFC600PCX is designed to satisfy both the high-end ATX and EPS12V server and...

Powerstax plc, Sun City West, AZ, announces the Multistax® Premium family of configurable switch mode power supplies targeted at demanding medical applications. The industry-leading...

Johnson Electric Group, Hong Kong, introduces a miniature dosing subsystem for highly viscous medication fluids. The Johnson Medtech subsystem delivers dosing forces up to 100N. The dosing precision is...

InterTest, Inc., Columbia, NJ, presents the iShot® QN43H 7mm Diameter Color Micro Camera. The QN43H micro camera offers high quality viewing solutions for inspecting or observing...

Dakota Instruments, Inc., Orangeburg, NY, introduces 6A02 acrylic flow meters with interchangeable direct reading scales for Water, Argon, Oxygen, Carbon Dioxide, Nitrogen, and Helium. Scales are...

Ensinger Inc., Washington, PA, a pioneer in developing engineering plastic stock shapes for the medical market, began successful extrusion trials with a new healthcare grade of resin from Sabic...

VadaTech, Inc., Henderson, NV, has released a full suite of Field Program mable Gate Array (FPGA) Mezzanine Carriers based on Xilinx® All Programmable FPGAs. The broad offering...

Saint-Gobain Seals Group, Willich, Germany, announces that its Marathon® diaphragms were recently certified as USP Class VI compliant, in which the plastic resin material passed Class VI certification for use in medical...

Evonik Cyro, Parsippany, NJ, introduces CYROLITE® Protect 2, an acrylic-based multi polymer compound developed for medical devices with antimicrobial agents. It offers lipid and alcohol...

Bayer MaterialScience LLC, Pittsburgh, PA, announces a polyurethane-based adhesive based on its Baymedix® A raw material is now available. Targeted for skin adherence in wound care and...

EOS of North America, Novi, MI, a leader in additive manufacturing solutions, expands its metal materials portfolio with EOS Titanium Ti64ELI and EOS StainlessSteel 316L. Ti64ELI is...

RTP Company, Winona, MN, introduces APWA Plus™ compounds, the latest advancement in its family of wear and friction acetal compounds. APWA Plus compounds utilize a proprietary polymeric alloy to improve wear and...

Tech-Etch, Inc., Plymouth, MA, developed a process to photochemically etch polyester sheet up to .010" thick. All of the advantages of photo etching, clean burr-free edges, the ability to create...

Thermo Fisher Scientific, Waltham, MA, introduces the easy-to-operate DXRxi Raman imaging microscope designed to deliver rapid, research-grade imagery of molecular structures. It will allow users to analyze...

Qosina, Edgewood, NY, offers the SRC small bore connector from Colder Products Company that eliminates the potential for misconnection with luer fittings. Simple to operate, featuring an audible “click” for a...

NB Corporation of America, Hanover Park, IL, announces that its rotary ball spline has a nut that rolls on the ball spline shaft making it capable of both linear and rotary motion with sub-millimeter accuracy....

Portescap, West Chester, PA, introduces the 22NT Athlonix Brush DC Miniature motor, which offers excellent power-to-weight ratio, and ensures high battery life while providing high power up to 12.7W. This...

Nordson EFD, East Providence, RI, introduces the new ValveMate™ 9000, state-of-the-art precision valve controller. The intricate microprocessor circuitry ensures the...

Since the first marketed synthetic absorbable suture in the 1960s, absorbable medical materials have developed into a burgeoning industry. By reducing the need...

As medical devices continue to become more complex, OEMs must continue to seek strategic partnerships with manufacturers that enable them to meet...

Current methods of detecting HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, and other deadly infectious diseases quickly can help prevent their rapid spread and allow for more effective treatments. But, most...

Accelerator physicists have been striving to discover ever more powerful ways to generate and steer particle beams for research into the physics, materials, and matter, including...

Briefs: Medical
High-Density, Homogenous Bacterial Spore Distributions on Test Surfaces

Thus far, spore transfer had been successful from the polycarbonate membrane onto stainless steel, aluminum, and to some extent, glass. In order to image the endospores under an ESEM (environmental scanning electron microscope), the spores were transferred onto a...

A team of mechanical and materials engineers in Iowa State University say that they have a new way of looking at electronics—as impermanent materials that can completely dissolve once they are...

Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM, working in conjunction with researchers at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, and others, have created ATHENA, the Advanced...

Researchers at the Medical University of Vienna/AKH Vienna, Austria, say that they have been able to demonstrate that the use of helium ions in radiation therapy could provide accurate treatment...

The International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid), Montréal, Canada, awarded the 2013-2014 World Design Impact Prize to A Behavior Changing (ABC) Syringe, designed and...

According to the American Chronic Pain Association, more than 50 million Americans suffer from some form of chronic pain. The most common types of pain include arthritis, lower back...

Researchers have discovered that creating a graphene-copper-graphene “sandwich” enhances copper’s heat conducting properties, which could help in shrinking electronics. Engineers at...

Astronauts in the Apollo program after just a few days in space, felt dizzy when standing. Tests revealed that each beat of their heart pumped less blood than it had before the...

R&D: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Pressure Sensor for Bladder Control

Spinal injuries can damage the nerve supply to the bladder, meaning that people cannot tell when their bladder is full and needs to be emptied. This can create excessively high pressure on the bladder,...

Researchers at Harvard's Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, Boston, MA, say that they have developed a method for large-scale manufacturing of everyday objects using a fully...

When a surgeon needs to repair a broken bone requiring screws and plates to help bond the broken sections so the fracture to heal, the "fixation devices" are usually made of metal alloys. But metal...

Professor Gil Weinberg, founding director of the Georgia Tech Center for Music Technology, has created a robotic drumming prosthesisthat can be attached to amputees’s arms and powers...

News: Medical
Detecting Concussions in Real Time

A team of engineering researchers at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, say they have developed a wireless health-monitoring system that could continuously monitor an entire team of football players for physiological signs of concussion. The system includes a dry, textile-based nanosensor and...

News: Medical
New Chemistry Enables Longer-Lived Batteries

Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Tennessee say they have developed a new type of battery chemistry aimed at producing batteries that last longer than previously thought possible.

News: Medical
Single-Use Medical Timer Can Help Nurses, Patients

A biomedical engineer from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, has come up with a solution to help nurses manage time and alert them when to administer a drug or unhook a medical device.

News: Medical
Students Print Prosthetic Arm for Teen

Three biomedical engineering seniors in the School of Engineering & Applied Science at Washington University in St. Louis, MO used a 3D printer to design and create a robotic prosthetic arm out of bright pink plastic for a teenage girl for a total cost of $200, a fraction of the price of standard...

News: Medical
Remotely Monitoring ICD Patients Lowers Death Risk

A clinical study at Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, found that patients with implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) have significantly lower risk of death and re-hospitalization if they are followed using an automatic, wireless remote monitoring system. The researcher...

News: Medical
May 2014 Mid-Month Industry News

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News: Robotics, Automation & Control
Super Fast Robotic Arm Catches Moving Objects

A robot developed by researchers at the at the Learning Algorithms and Systems Laboratory (LASA) at EPFL (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland) can react on the spot, grasping flying objects thrown at it with complex shapes and trajectories in less than five hundredths of a...

News: Medical
Implantable Cuff to Lower Blood Pressure

A team of microsystems engineers and neurosurgeons at the University of Freiburg in Germany are working to develop a new implantable cuff equipped with electrodes that, they say, can lower blood pressure without causing side effects. While doctors usually prescribe drugs against high blood pressure, in...

News: Medical
May 2014 Month-End Industry News

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