June 2012

The product development process in the medical device field poses a demanding design environment for engineers and project managers. The design process often requires...

Utilized in a wide variety of adhesion applications — from urinary catheters to cardiac pacemakers — one-part condensation-cure adhesives have traditionally...

Features: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Successful Outsourcing from Start to Finish

Medical device OEMs face ongoing pressure to develop and commercialize innovative products faster, at lower costs, and in compliance with increasingly stringent regulatory standards. As in other...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Extruded Film and Rod

Foster Corporation (Putnam, CT) has introduced custom extruded film and rod from drug/polymer blends for implant, patch, and oral drug delivery applications. The company blends polymers with active pharmaceutical...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Elastomers for Medical Tubing

Teknor Apex (Pawtucket, RI) has introduced a series of advanced medical-grade elastomers that provide a fully practical alternative to PVC for many tubing applications. The new Medalist® MD-500 Series compounds...

Products: Motion Control
Motion Control Solution

The Simotion Scout, the engineering system used for configuring Simotion motion controllers from Siemens Industry (Atlanta, GA), has been updated with a range of usability improvements. Simotion is the scalable motion...

Polyzen (Raleigh, NC) provides medical product designers with an alternative to latex materials for the construction of low-pressure balloons. A series of polyurethane films can be thermoformed, then welded...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Ultrasonic Cleaning Capabilities

ITW Highland Manufacturing (Waterbury, CT) offers in-house ultrasonic cleaning and testing capabilities to meet specifications for medical applications. Gravimetric, optical, and quantitative analysis of particle contamination is performed after cleaning parts. The gravimetric analysis employs filters, a cleaning...

Products: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Pierceable Membrane Cap

Sarstedt (Newton, NC) has introduced a screw cap with pierceable membrane for use with its range of 0.5 mL to 2 mL micro tubes. When used in combination with a screw cap micro tube, the membrane cap enables efficient...

Products: Packaging & Sterilization
Class 7 Cleanroom Packaging

Perfecseal (Oshkosh, WI) has certified its sterile medical pouch and bag manufacturing facility to ISO 14644-1 (1999) Class 7 cleanroom standards. Vision inspection systems have already been installed on several...

Products: Materials
ISO Certified Dry Lubricant Coating

The Duraglide® dry lubricant coatings from MicroCare Medical (New Britain, CT) are now ISO 10993 certified for topical use in clinical indications where the surface or lining may have been breached in order to evaluate local tissue responses. This test standard applies to materials that are solid and...

Medi-Solve Coatings (Natick, MA) has developed a way to mask a medical device during the coating process. Catheters and guidewires are typically coated at the end of the device manufacturing process;...

A non-woven absorbable scaffold has been designed for implant devices in orthopedics, cardiology, and general surgery, as well as other in vivo applications. Where classic...

Today’s sensor technologies for robotic and medical applications include many devices that have evolved from industrial applications. Because of this...

Electrical implants that shut down excessive activity in brain cells hold great potential for treating epilepsy and chronic pain. Likewise, devices that enhance...

Global Innovations: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Sensor Chip for Monitoring Tumors
Technische Universitaet Muenchen, Munich, Germany
www.tum.de

Medical engineers at Technische Universitaet Muenchen (TUM) have developed an electronic sensor chip that could someday be implanted to...

The concept of tissue expansion for surgical reconstruction was first reported over 50 years ago, although the technique did not gain popular acceptance until the 1980s, when it was...

When you think of a beating heart, you might assume it beats at regular intervals, but in actuality, velocity, and pressure change with every beat, and the time interval between each beat is...

News: Medical
Cloud Computing Helps Combat Global Disease

Cloud computing presents an array of potential uses in many engineering domains, including medical. Technology makes it possible to deliver disease screening to remote areas of the globe where conventional medical tools are unavailable — and now, that technology is taking advantage of the cloud, as...

News: Medical
Neuroscientists Envision the Ultimate Visual Prosthetic

Image-generating ability is not limited to people with working eyesight. With this phenomenon in mind, neuroscientists at the Texas Medical Center are researching a way to use the brain's image-generating ability to help some of the estimated 39 million people worldwide who are blind. The...

News: Medical
Two Thumbs Down for Prosthetic Hands, Study Finds

The development of body-powered prosthetic hands has stagnated over the past 20 years, concludes a recent study from the Netherlands. Researchers at TU Delft and the University of Groningen conducted a test comparing the results of contemporary body-powered prosthetic hands to earlier...

News: Imaging
OCT Imaging Device Pinpoints Source of Chronic Ear Infections

Ear infections are the most common conditions that pediatricians treat. Studies have found that patients who suffer from chronic ear infections may have a film of bacteria or other microorganisms that builds up behind the eardrum; finding and monitoring these so-called biofilms are...

News: Medical
Satellite Technique Could Help Surgeons Scan for Cancer Cells

A powerful color-based imaging technique is making the jump from remote sensing to the operating room, with the efforts of scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). A technique called hyperspectral imaging (HSI) has frequently been used in satellites...

News: Medical
Tactile Sensors Add the Perfect 'Touch' to Prostheses

By incorporating the right sensors and software, robots can be given the ability to identify different materials by touch. A specially designed robot even outperformed humans in identifying a wide range of natural materials according to their textures, in a recent study by research from the...

News: Medical
Robotic Device to Aid Early Breast Cancer Detection

Mammograms involve placing one breast at a time between two plates that compress and spread breast tissue, causing discomfort for many women. A newly developed robotic device has been designed to mimic manual breast palpations, enabling doctors to record accurate data about the underlying...

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No More Needles: New Device Can Inject Variety of Drugs

MIT researchers have engineered a device that delivers a tiny, high-pressure jet of medicine through the skin without the use of a hypodermic needle. The device can be programmed to deliver a range of doses to various depths — an improvement over similar jet-injection systems that are...

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A Simple Way to Study Cells

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) research engineer Javier Atencia has a reputation for creating novel microfluidic devices out of ordinary, inexpensive components. This time, he has combined a glass slide, plastic sheets, and double-sided tape into a “diffusion-based gradient generator” - a...

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Stopping Epileptic Seizures With Fewer False Alarms

Epilepsy affects 50 million people worldwide, but in a third of these cases, medication cannot keep seizures from occurring. One solution is to shoot a short pulse of electricity to the brain to stamp out the seizure just as it begins to erupt. But brain implants designed to do this have run...

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Leveraged Freedom Chair

The Leveraged Freedom Chair (LFC) was developed through the MIT Mobility Lab, which Amos Winter created as a graduate student in 2007. The LFC is a mobility aid specifically designed for developing countries. It has a variable mechanical advantage lever drive train that enables its user to travel ten to 20 percent faster...

Videos: Robotics, Automation & Control
Robots Get A Feel For The World

Researchers at the University of Southern California's Viterbi School of Engineering have demonstrated that a specially designed robot can outperform humans in identifying a wide range of natural materials according to their textures - paving the way for advancements in prostheses, personal assistive robots, and...

News: Medical
A Joint Effort to Improve Joint Rehab

Osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis, affects millions of Americans. Implantable sensor technology and custom-designed cartilage scaffolding systems could greatly improve quality of life for these patients. Researchers at the University of Arizona and three other universities around the world...

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Ralph Bright on the Power of Power Cords

Understanding power system components and how to connect them correctly is critical to meeting regulatory requirements and designing successful electrical products for worldwide markets. Interpower’s Ralph Bright defines these requirements and explains how to know which cord to select for your application.

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