July 2011

Silicone elastomers are high-performance thermoset materials broadly used in diverse industries, including automotive, aerospace, electronics, consumer goods, and health care. They are...

Still a relatively young technology, abrasive waterjet has evolved to the point where it offers substantial benefit to some manufacturers of surgical instruments and a broad...

Products: Imaging
Reverse Engineering

NVision (Coppell, TX) now offers industrial CT scanning for reverse engineering and full inspection of medical components. Industrial CT scanning utilizes X-ray equipment to produce 3D representations of both internal and...

Products: Electronics & Computers
Silicone Cabling

Standard and custom high flex silicone flat cables from Cicoil (Valencia, CA) are free of halogens, do not shed surface particulates, and are water and chemical resistant. The cables are suitable for incorporation into power...

Products: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Precision Linear Motor Tables

The MMG Mini-Mag line of precision linear motor tables from Dover (Westborough, MA) is now available in aluminum-based versions with an optional single phase motor to reduce controller complexity, system...

Products: Motion Control
Servo Drives

Galil Motion Control (Rocklin, CA) has introduced two multi-axis servo drives that perform sinusoidal commutation: the AMP-43540, which contains four 600 Watt servo drives, and the AMP-43640, which contains 20 Watt servo drives....

Products: Medical
Multi-Layer Polyimide Tubing

PolyMedex Discovery Group (Putnam, CT) has announced the availability of custom multi-layer tubing composed of thermoset polyimide and thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) laminate, suitable for medical device...

Products: Medical
Class VI Colorants

PolyOne (Avon Lake, OH) offers OnColor™ HC Plus, a new line of USP Class VI colorants for the healthcare industry. The palette of standard and custom colors is pre-certified to meet or exceed ISO 10993 and USP Class VI...

Products: Electronics & Computers
Compact Connectors

Spectrum Advanced Specialty Products (Fairview, PA) has introduced the Mini-MIL circular connector, a small, lightweight connector that offers space and weight savings with performance equivalent to MIL-DTL-38999. It is...

STEUTE Meditech (Ridgefield, CT) has introduced foot-operated controls for dental chairs/handpieces, designed to control up to 14 functions (electrical/pneumatic). The unit meets all relevant medical standards and...

Products: Electronics & Computers
BGA Socket

Ironwood Electronics (Burnsville, MN) offers a BGA socket for 1.118 mm pitch, 729 pin BGA IC’s. The SG-BGA-6345 socket is designed for 31 × 31 mm package size and operates at bandwidths up to 8 GHz with less than 1 dB of...

Products: Materials
Medical Elastomer

Teknor Apex (Pawtucket, RI) offers a transparent medical elastomer gel available in free-flowing pellets. The Medalist MD-447 is ultrasoft and scores a rating of 25 on the Shore OO test for ultra-soft materials. The...

Products: Motion Control
Metric Ball Screws

Ultra Motion (Cutchogue, NY) has upgraded its linear actuator product line to include precision ground metric ball screws. Several different lead accuracies (ranging from 8 to 50 micron) and backlash specifications...

Products: Electronics & Computers
External Medical Power Supplies

XP Power (Sunnyvale, CA) has introduced the AHM series of external AC-DC power supplies aimed at medical and IT applications. The series comprises 5 single-output ranges of 85, 100, 150, 180, or 250 Watt...

Products: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Carbide Drill

Seco Tools (Troy, MI) offers the Feedmax™ SD230A solid carbide 30xD drill in diameters ranging from 4 mm to 10 mm as standard, with 3 mm available as semi-standard. A 4-facet point geometry provides centering capability, with...

Products: Electronics & Computers
LED Light Engine Platform

SCHOTT (Southbridge, MA) has introduced the 2nd generation of LEDgine™ LED light engine platform that now offers twice as much light as before. It was developed for more efficient coupling of LED light into fiber...

Products: Electronics & Computers
Mercury-Free Batteries

The Renata Batteries (Dallas, TX) division of The SWATCH Group has developed a line of 0% mercury silver oxide batteries suitable for powering medical devices including insulin pumps, glucose meters, and surgical...

Products: Electronics & Computers
Surface Mount Chips

Stackpole Electronics (Raleigh, NC) offers the RPC Series of surface mount chips that offer pulse withstanding in a 5% tolerance part. It is completely untrimmed, which allows the entire width of the resistance element to...

Products: Electronics & Computers
Triple Row Connectors

Mill-Max (Oyster Bay, NY) offers 804 and 805 Series interconnects, suitable for high pin count I/O and board-to-board applications. The triple row pin field allows for signal connections to be more densely packaged....

Products: Electronics & Computers
COTS Filters

LCR Electronics (Norristown, PA) offers a line of single phase COTS filters that operates over an extended temperature range of -40 °C to 85 °C (-40 °F to 185 °F). The RoHS-compliant Single Stage F9100 Filters and Double...

Products: Materials
Silicone Swelling Agent

MicroCare Medical (New Britain, CT) has introduced Swellex™ silicone swelling agent as a solution to joining silicone to rigid parts. This newer class of solvent utilizes proprietary solvent technology that swells...

Products: Motion Control
Servo Motors

Myostat Motion Control (Ontario, Canada) has revised the CM1 line of CoolMuscle integrated servo motors. The new Revision C incorporates new, more readily available components into a slightly smaller casing with an updated and...

Elsys Instruments (Monroe, NY) has expanded its family of LAN-controlled transient recorders to include several high-speed modules that offer sampling speeds of 240 MS/sec or 120 MS/sec at 14-bit or 16-bit...

Products: Materials
Antimicrobial Adhesive

Avery Dennison Medical Solutions (Pasadena, CA) has developed an antimicrobial adhesive featuring NIMBUS® technology from Quick-Med Technologies (Gainesville, FL) that can be used for a variety of medical applications...

Products: Motion Control
Industrial Housed Motors

WITTENSTEIN (Bartlett, IL) has introduced industrial motors specifically designed and developed to support OEM needs. They are suitable for precise, high-speed positioning applications, feature high dynamic...

Products: Materials
Wireless Transmitter Adhesive

The Strouse Corporation (Westminster, MD) offers an adhesive designed to cover half an area measuring .105" × .105" and crafted with a tab as an asset when attaching to the device. It is die cut in a Class...

Products: Medical
Flow Control Switch

Qosina (Edgewood, NY) offers an inline flow switch #97337 that features both a female and male luer lock. It is made of a polycarbonate body and an acetal slider that acts as an ON/OFF switch, and may be used in any...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Cabinet Oven

The No. 932 electrically heated, 500°F cabinet oven from Grieve (Round Lake, IL) is used to cure large silicone rubber parts. Workspace dimensions measure 50"W × 50"D × 50"H. 60 kW power installed in Incoloy-sheathed tubular...

Ensinger (Washington, PA) has launched a series of highly loaded thermoplastic carbon fibre composites designed to offer high mechanical strength and heat distortion properties to medical components....

Products: Electronics & Computers
Medical-Grade Microwave Power Generator

Emblation Microwave (Alloa, Scotland) offers the MSYS245 medical-grade microwave power generator, capable of more than 100 W CW output power at 2.45 GHz. It is suitable for a wide range of surgical...

Products: Motion Control
Voice Coil Stages

Equipment Solutions (Sunnyvale, CA) offers submicron, >300 nanometer positioning resolution, cross roller voice coil stages that are self contained, compact, and able to be mounted in a horizontal or vertical axis. The...

Near-patient in vitro diagnostic (IVD) tests depend on medical devices to perform diagnoses, generally in controlled environments and using non-invasive techniques...

Growing obesity rates, aging populations, poor diets, and other factors have fueled a tremendous increase in the number of patients seeking gastrointestinal treatments and...

Every 21 seconds, someone suffers a serious brain injury, including stroke, trauma, or concussion. Until now, there has been no way to quickly and reliably diagnose these calamities.

Briefs: Medical
Principles, Techniques, and Applications of Tissue Microfluidics

The principle of tissue microfluidics and its resultant techniques has been applied to cell analysis. Building microfluidics to suit a particular tissue sample would allow the rapid, reliable, inexpensive, highly parallelized, selective extraction of chosen regions of tissue for...

There has been a long-term need in the filtration industry — particularly for a variety of life science applications — to eliminate the need for pre-wetting cartridge...

Worldwide, there is growing concern about how to protect public safety and increase cooperation among regulatory agencies to audit medical device companies and their suppliers....

Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) is a fully fluorinated polymer with exceptional chemical and physical properties: excellent chemical resistance, high temperature...

Briefs: Medical
Cytometer on a Chip

A cytometer now under development exploits spatial sorting of sampled cells on a microarray chip followed by use of grating-coupled surface-plasmon-resonance imaging (GCSPRI) to detect the sorted cells. This cytometer on a chip is a prototype of contemplated future miniature cytometers that would be suitable for rapidly...

With funding from a space medicine research institute, a breakthrough device could someday kill tumors and stop internal bleeding without knives, scalpels, or...

With American troops leaving Iraq and military efforts continuing in Afghanistan, educators at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) have helped develop a...

News: Medical
'Smart' Diagnosis of Cataracts

MIT researchers are developing a simple device that can clip onto an ordinary smartphone (or smart device such as an iPod) that can diagnose cataracts within minutes. The standard test for cataracts in an ophthalmologist's office assigns a score on a scale of 1 to 4 — from no cataracts to completely blocked...

News: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Storytelling & Human Factors Engineering

An article from the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society calls attention to a recent study published in Ergonomics in Design, "Using Storytelling to Elicit Design Guidance for Medical Devices." In the study, human factors/ergonomics researchers evaluated the use of storytelling as a qualitative research...

News: Materials
Waving ‘Jell-O’ to the Next Wave of Biocompatible Electronics

North Carolina State University researchers have developed a memory device that is soft, functions well in wet environments, and features “the physical properties of Jell-O,” according to Dr. Michael Dickey, an assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at NC...

News: Medical
U.S. Army Offers Afghans a Leg up in Prosthetics

Advances in prosthetics technology are usually more applicable to the developed world than a country like Afghanistan, even though it has one of the highest amputation rates. With this in mind, U.S. Army Task Force Spartan soldiers have produced a simple and easily reproduced prototype prosthetic...

News: Software
FDA Clarifies Stance on Mobile Medical Apps

Some of today's mobile applications are becoming so sophisticated that they stand to transform mobile devices into medical devices — and should be regulated accordingly. Hoping to clarify which mobile applications are expected to adhere to regulations like any other medical device, the FDA has just...

News: Sensors/Data Acquisition
For Diabetics, the Time is Nigh for Pain-Free Testing

Finger pricking may be a means to an end for diabetics who need to track their blood glucose levels, but it's a pain — both literally and figuratively speaking. They say that necessity is the mother of invention, and the necessity for a better alternative to the finger-pricking method is...

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