May 2016

News: Medical
Glucose to Power Pacemakers

Researchers at the Technological Institute of Energy, Valencia, Spain, are working to create a bio-battery that uses blood glucose to produce energy. Such a battery, they say, would cut down on the number of surgical interventions a pacemaker user must undergo.

News: AR/AI
Peeking in on Surgery

Virtual reality (VR) is back in the news again with the recent releases of the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive, which both offer a realistic VR experience powered by a gaming computer. By wearing a somewhat bulky headset, users are able to immerse themselves into a world that allows them to interact with virtual objects with...

There are some key, fundamental considerations when manufacturing optical components: designing molded optical parts, designing and building the molds to...

Many of today’s medical applications use high-quality silica optical fiber. Because a broad range of optical fibers is available to serve this market, users must carefully choose the...

Features: Medical
Accreditation Matters

The value of an industry-recognized accreditation has been long acknowledged, but difficult to quantify in tangible terms. In 2010/2011, the International Accreditation Forum (IAF), the global association of...

OPS Solutions, Novi, MI, created Light Guide Systems, an augmented reality tool to modernize manual assembly and manufacturing processes. Now, in collaboration with HP Inc., the company has...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
BX53M System Microscope & Software

Olympus Corporation, Center Valley, PA, introduces its new modular-construction BX53M System Microscope, with easy-to-adjust aperture settings and a new LED illuminator, which makes it easy for users to...

PlastiComp, Inc., Winona, MN, has commercialized its innovative Complēt® Hybrid long glass+carbon fiber composites in two additional thermoplastic polymer matrices. These hybrid products combine long...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
HyperSizer Express Software

Collier Research Corp., Newport News, VA, has just released HyperSizer Express™ design optimization software, which delivers key capabilities of Collier’s high-end HyperSizer® tool in a user-friendly package...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
New Family of Silicone Skin Adhesives

Dow Corning Corp., Auburn, MI, introduces a new family of silicone pressure sensitive adhesives. The new MG-2XXX Series provides strong (shear force of 21kg), conformable adherence of medical devices...

Products: Medical
Universal Contact Cleaner

MicroCare Corporation, New Britain, CT, announces a new Universal Contact Cleaner that is non-conductive, fast-drying, nonflammable, safe on all materials of construction and affordably priced. It removes silicone...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
High-Performance Veradel HC PESU

Solvay Specialty Polymers, Alpharetta, GA, introduces Veradel® HC A-301 polyethersulfone (PESU), a medical-grade polymer that retains transparency and stiffness at high temperatures, a high flow rate, and...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
True Skin Series Silicone

Quantum Silicones LLC, Richmond, VA, announces that its True Skin series of translucent liquid silicone rubber are user-friendly and are completely customizable for creating a realistic appearance for prosthetics....

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
DTM65-C8 Medical External Power Supplies

TDK-Lambda Americas Inc., National City, CA, announces the medically certified DTM65-C8 external power supplies. This series offers a class II input, thus does not require an earth ground connection...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
New Process to Manufacture High-Pressure Tubing

TimkenSteel, Canton, OH, has developed a new process to manufacture high-pressure tubing (HPT) for use in the production of low-density polyethylene (LDPE). The company developed a more...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
MagnePot 8150 Rotary Position Sensors

TT Electronics, Weybridge, UK, introduces its MagnePot® 8150 Series family of high-performance multi-turn non-contacting rotary position sensors. The 8150 Series is designed to operate reliably over a...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Proficiency Version 15.0 Software

International TechneGroup Incorporated (ITI), Milford, OH, announces the latest version of Proficiency, its feature-based CAD interoperability solution for manufacturers and suppliers. Proficiency’s data...

Molex, Lisle, IL, introduces the Polymicro Technologies nano-Capillary line, featuring tubing with internal diameters from 0.2 to 1.0μm. Traditional capillary tubing does not offer IDs smaller...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Cooling Conveyors for Hydroscopic Materials

Reduction Engineering Scheer, Kent, OH, has expanded its line of cooling conveyors with the introduction of a new Stainless Steel Conveyor that cools highly hydroscopic materials during strand...

Butler Automatic, Middleborough, MA, announces that its 1000 Series Automatic Film Splicer is ideal for applications utilizing wide, non-woven substrates, including printing, packaging, and medical wound...

Larson Davis, Depew, NY, announces the release of the new HVM200 Human Vibration Meter that implements the latest measurement technology for industrial hygiene and product testing applications. This...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Enhanced Functionality for TRACTUS

Matrix IT Medical Tracking Systems Inc., Brookfield, WI, announces the addition of RFID data capture and product enhancements to TRACTUS, the world's first sterile field UDI scanning and compliance...

Keystone Electronics Corp., Astoria, NY, announces that its new assortment of colored, instrumentation pointer knobs feature “Soft-Touch” gripping surfaces and individually colored pointer/center...

Products: Medical
Lite Pressure Spring Series

Lee Spring, Brooklyn, NY, has expanded its Lite Pressure™ stock spring series of compression springs that offer responsive action under light load conditions. There’s more choice of springs with larger outside...

Protek Power North America, Hudson, MA, launches the new PMP92 Series of AC-DC desktop medical power supplies with 90 watts of continuous output power. The units are enclosed in a 5.51" x 2.79" x...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
SMT Spring-Loaded Connectors

Mill-Max Manufacturing Corp., Oyster Bay, NY, introduces new .050" pitch spring-loaded right angle and horizontal SMT connectors to its standard product lineup. These connectors are ideal for mating boards in a...

Goodfellow, Coraopolis, PA, now offers a custom alloy service to researchers and design engineers seeking performance characteristics not available from standard alloys. Custom alloys have been produced with...

Products: Medical
Precision Metal Shims

SPIROL International Corporation, Danielson, CT, recently released its new Precision Metal Shims catalog. SPIROL specializes in quick turnaround delivery of precision engineered shims ranging from simple OD/ID shapes to...

Triad Magnetics, Perris, CA, introduces the MD Series of rugged, portable medical-grade power sources. The units, complete with power cord and receptacles, provide a simple and reliable means for safely...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Improved Cable Creator

Pasternack, Irvine, CA, released an improved version of its online tool called The Cable Creator, which allows engineers to quickly and easily create customized RF cable assemblies to meet their specifications....

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than one million infants and young children die every year from vaccine-preventable diseases such as pneumococcal...

Mechanical Engineering professors Larry Howell and Spencer Magleby at Brigham Young University have spent the past five years applying the principles of origami, the Japanese art of paper folding, to...

Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Open Source Laser Cutter 3D Prints from Powder

Bioengineering researchers at Rice University have modified a commercialgrade CO2 laser cutter to create OpenSLS, an open-source, selective laser sintering (SLS) platform that, they...

Wearable device miniaturized for easier use.

A team of computer scientists at MIT has developed a low-power chip to process 3D camera data that, they say, could aid visually impaired...

Cracks in ceramic capacitors, devices that store electric charge in electronic circuits, can cause damage to such disparate objects as medical implants and spacecraft. The cracks, which are often hidden...

Researchers tame aerogel by freezing it.

Graphene, which was discovered in 2004, is 1 million times thinner than a human hair, 300 times stronger than steel, and is the best known conductor of heat and...

New metal could be used for mobile electronics and biomedical devices.

A research team at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science has created an extremely strong yet lightweight...

The medical device market has been rapidly changing over the last decade and a key area of change is addressing today’s fast paced data-driven environment. Multiple sources...

The home healthcare market is growing rapidly and is forecasted to continue to grow at a CAGR of eight to nine percent over the next five years. There are...

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Patients who have lost their function in their hand due to injury or a nerve-related condition, such as stroke or muscular...

R&D: Medical
Plasmonic Interferometers Support Advanced Biosensors

A plasmonic interferometry technique created by Brown University engineers has the potential to enable compact, ultra-sensitive biosensors. The method combines nanotechnology with plasmonics — the interaction between a metal's electrons and light.

R&D: Medical
Body Heat Triggers Shape-Changing Polymer

University of Rochester researchers created a material that undergoes a shape change when triggered by body heat alone. The shape-memory polymer can be programmed to retain a temporary form and then revert back to its original structure.

R&D: Robotics, Automation & Control
Imaging System Features 'Optical Brush'

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab have developed a new imaging device that consists of a loose bundle of optical fibers; no lenses or protective housing are needed. Tight bundles of the fibers could yield endoscopes with narrower diameters.

R&D: Medical
Mind-Controlled Arm Moves Individual ‘Fingers’

A mind-controlled prosthetic arm developed by Johns Hopkins researchers allows wearers to move individual digits independently of each other. The proof-of-concept device represents an advance in technologies to restore refined hand function to those who have lost arms to injury or disease, say...

R&D: Medical
Researchers Build Implantable Artificial Kidney

Vanderbilt University researchers have created an implantable artificial kidney that is powered by a patient's own heart. The bio-hybrid device uses living kidney cells and microchip filters to keep a patient off dialysis and remove waste products, salt, and water.

R&D: Medical
New Imaging Technique Eliminates Radiation Exposure

A University of Missouri School of Medicine researcher has evaluated technology that may be used to replace fluoroscopy, eliminating the need for X-ray during cardiac ablation procedures.

Engineers are struggling to shrink the silicon used in processors to power increasingly smaller computing hardware and are rapidly reaching the point where silicon’s performance starts to degrade due...

INSIDER: Electronics & Computers
Approaching Dissolvable Electronics for Implants

Scientists at the College of Information Science and Electronic Engineering in China are working diligently to create tiny electronic sensors and devices that can be implanted in the body and...

News: Medical
Non-Invasive Device Monitors Diabetes

A non-invasive blood glucose monitor from Cardiff University's School of Engineering does not require the extraction of blood. The device, which attaches to the body via sticky adhesives, uses microwaves to measure glucose levels, sending the resulting data to a computer or mobile app.

News: Medical
Researchers Produce Quantum Dots, Naturally

Three researchers from Lehigh University have found a better, more natural way to produce quantum dots, the valuable semiconductor nanoparticles that support medical imaging applications. The method begins with engineered bacterial cells in a simple, aqueous solution and ends with functional...

News: Medical
Detecting Blood Clots with In-Home Test

Millions of Americans at risk for blood clots, strokes, and hypertension must endure routine lab tests to monitor their blood-thinning medications, which can be frequent, costly, and painful. Now, researchers at the University of Cincinnati say that they are developing materials and technology for a simple...

News: Medical
May 2016 Mid-Month Industry News

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

News: Sensors/Data Acquisition
'Kidney on a Chip' Supports Safer Drug Dosing

A "kidney on a chip" device from University of Michigan researchers mimics the flow of medication through human kidneys and measures its effect on kidney cells. The new technique supports more precise dosing of drugs, including some potentially toxic medicines often delivered in intensive care...

News: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Edible Supercapacitors Could Replace Endoscopies

Engineers at Arizona State University (ASU), Tempe, have created an edible supercapacitor that, they say, can wipe out E. coli or power a camera from inside the body. Using edible foodstuffs like activated charcoal, gold leaf, seaweed, egg white, cheese, gelatin, and barbecue sauce, which can...

INSIDER: Manufacturing & Prototyping
FDA Drafts Guidance for 3D Printing of Medical Devices

The FDA has developed a draft guidance to provide the agency’s initial thinking on technical considerations specific to devices using additive manufacturing (AM) and recommendations...

INSIDER: Electronics & Computers
Report Details Possible Healthcare Cybersecurity Threats

Independent Security Evaluators, Baltimore, MD, has compiled a report available online that details its research in investigating a variety of hospital and healthcare-related infrastructures and systems, identifying industry-specific pitfalls and shortcomings, and creating a blueprint for...

INSIDER: Manufacturing & Prototyping
3D Printing a Perfectly Fitting Prosthetic Socket

A masters student in product development at the School of Engineering at Lund University, Sweden, Emelie Strömshed,has developed a step-by-step process to combine prosthetic arm socket...

News: Medical
May 2016 Month-End Industry News

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

INSIDER: Medical
Manufacturing Day Can Be Any Day

Manufacturing Day™, which officially occurs on Oct. 7, is a celebration of modern manufacturing designed to amplify the voice of individual manufacturers and coordinate a collective chorus of manufacturers with common concerns and challenges. Companies can plan their events on any date and register their event...

UPS, Atlanta, GA, announced that it is launching a distributed, on-demand manufacturing network that links its global logistics network with 3D printers at The UPS Store®...

INSIDER: Manufacturing & Prototyping
3D Printing Metals Suspended in Midair

A team of engineers at Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering and John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) say that a new form of 3D printing and laser...

Martin Thuo, an assistant professor of materials science and engineering at Iowa State University, and his research group are using materials expertise to study soft matter,...

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