July 2013

News: Medical
Video-Based Pulse Algorithm Developed

Scientists at the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, have developed a new algorithm that, they say, can accurately measure the heart rates of people shown in ordinary digital video by analyzing the tiny head movements that go along...

As an increasing number of patients enter the operating room, more and more orthopedic surgeons are becoming orthopedic patients themselves. According to a survey entitled “Occupational Hazards...

Features: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Facing the Challenges of Increased Regulatory Demands

Managing the environmental and regulatory performance of products is an increasingly complicated challenge for medical device manufacturers who face a myriad of requirements from...

Laird Technologies, Inc., Earth City, MO, BL600 modules make it easy to add single-mode Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), or Bluetooth Smart™, to small, portable, power-conscious devices,...

Products: Software
Breakthrough Analysis Tools

COMSOL, Inc., Burlington, MA, released major new additions to the COMSOL simulation platform. The latest version of COMSOL Multiphysics, version 4.3b, introduces five new application- specific modules: Multi-body...

Products: Medical
Micro Motor and Gearhead

Maxon Motor, Fall River, MA, introduces the EC4, a 4 mm diameter brushless DC motor and gearhead. Maxon increased the performance of this tiny motor using the latest winding technology along with the most powerful...

Grayhill, Inc., La Grange, IL, announces the release of the latest version of its ground-breaking Instinct™ Gesture Recognition Library. Instinct is an innovative software tool that converts...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
N2 and N2-5XA CNC Horizontal Machining Centers

Makino, Mason, OH, introduces its latest CNC horizontal machining centers, the N2 and N2-5XA, for medical and small aluminum parts manufacturing. The new N2 platform is a high-productivity...

Products: Electronics & Computers
New Catalog M60.2

Keystone Electronics Corp., Astoria, NY, has released the 2nd edition of its full line catalog of interconnect components and electronic hard ware featuring more than 5,000 quality products within easy-to-locate product...

Products: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
New Bobbin Design For Braiding

Fort Wayne Metals, Ft. Wayne, IN, announces its Endura™ bobbin designed for braiding applications. Endura bobbins are designed to reduce snags and breaks to significantly increase efficiency and uptime for...

Temp-Flex LLC, South Grafton, MA, designed its MediSpec™ micro extrusion primary wires to meet tight tolerance requirements for invasive and implantable applications in the medical industry. MediSpec...

Products: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Force Sensing Linear Potentiometer

Interlink Electronics, Inc., Camarillo, CA, introduces its Force Sensing Linear Potentiometer (FSLP) Sensor to capture position and force simultaneously in compact applications. The FSLP simplifies input...

Products: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
STM24 Motor + Drive With Ethernet

Applied Motion Products, Watsonville, CA, has introduced six new STM24 integrated drive+motors, which provide 60% more torque than size 23 motors but still mount like a NEMA23. The new models sport 100 MBit...

VARTA Microbattery, White Plains, NY, announces new mercury-free primary Nickel Zinc (NiOOH) Battery Systems. VARTA Microbattery's nickel zinc cells are developed as an ideal cost-effective and highly...

Products: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
EBP 5672 Collet Chuck

Seco Tools, Troy, MI, a provider of metal cutting solutions for milling, turning, holemaking, and toolholding, debuted the company’s new EBP 5672 collet chuck for high precision machining. The new collet chuck...

Products: Materials
Plastics Industry Catalog

Bunting Magnetics Co., Newton, KS, has released a new catalog dedicated to products for the plastics industry. The new publication provides plastic molders, regrinders, recyclers, and processors with comprehensive...

Point Grey Research, Inc., Richmond, Canada, announced new model additions to its Blackfly family of ultra-compact PoE GigE Vision cameras. The new models use Sony Exmor™ CMOS sensor technology, which...

Fluid Metering, Inc., Syosset, NY, presents STH and STQ Duplex metering pumps that are ideal for precision mixing, diluting, and proportional metering. FMI’s OEM Duplex Metering Pumps consist of two FMI...

Products: Electronics & Computers
4kW High Voltage Power Supply Family

Spellman High Voltage Electronics Corp., Hauppauge, NY, introduces its new STA Series of 4kW high voltage power supplies. Units with positive or negative polarities and outputs ranging from 1kV to 70kV...

Products: Materials
PolyFLEX Flexible Substrates

Polyonics, Inc., Westmoreland, NH, has expanded its PolyFLEX line with new sizes, functions, and performances including ultrathin amber and high-opacity black polyimide films. A variety of white, clear, and matte...

Products: Electronics & Computers
EP13 Plus DC/DC Transformer Platform

Pulse Electronics Corporation, San Diego, CA, announces its new EP13 Plus platform that delivers 25% more power handling capability than the industry standard EP13 platform in the same PCB footprint. This...

Quality Bearings & Components, New Hyde Park, NY, announces the VibChecker vibration monitor meter, model TB-C780201, a light and compact-sized instrument for quick and accurate vibration surveys, providing...

Products: Imaging
Piezoelectric Lens Actuator

New Scale Technologies, Inc., Victor, NY, announces its UTAF (ultra-thin auto focus) piezoelectric lens actuator module measuring only 8.5 × 8.5 × 3.8 mm. The UTAF actuator module integrates the UTAF...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
2013 Qosina Catalog

Qosina, Edgewood, NY, has released a new 836-page catalog featuring full-scale photographs of thousands of stock components for the medical OEM, kit packer, and pharmaceutical industries, offering free samples, low...

Products: Materials
High-Purity Medical Elastomers

Teknor Apex Company, Pawtucket, RI, introduces three new thermoplastic elastomer wire and cable compounds that combine the rubber-like durability and flexibility and the high degree of purity required for...

Products: Electronics & Computers
Micro-Dimensionair II Portable Air Gage

Mahr Federal, Inc., Providence, RI, announces the new Micro- Dimensionair® II, the next generation of its line of portable air gages, which incorporates an enhanced digital indicator and an...

Mitek Sports Medicine, Raynham, MA, a division of DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. and a leading orthopaedics sports medicine company, announces the launch of the HEALIX™ 3.4mm suture anchor, the...

API Technologies Corp., Orlando, FL, announces its latest NTC thermistors, Surge-Gard™ inrush current limiting devices, which help reduce circuit failures and lower rectifier costs by reducing required...

Products: Materials
Precious Metal Clad Wire

Anomet Products, Inc., Shrewsbury, MA, provides Precious Metal Clad Wire, which can be formulated to accentuate specific performance characteristics such as strength, radiopacity, and corrosion-, contact-, or...

Harvard Apparatus, Holliston, MA, announces its 2013 Catalog featuring a number of new products, including an all new peristaltic pump series, a constant pressure syringe pump, and the PHD ULTRA XF,...

Valves are critical components of many disposable medical devices. They are responsible for controlling the movement of fluid, which could be a pharmaceutical or nutritional...

The use of bioabsorbable polymer materials in modern medicine is a major innovation. Known for their unique ability to safely exist in the body and eventually absorb without...

Regulations from the FDA impact every step of the medical device lifecycle from properly classifying a device and developing a regulatory strategy, to preparing FDA...

Each year, hospital-acquired infections cost hospitals approximately $5 billion in the United States, according to a report in the American Journal of Infection Control....

Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Automating a Bottling Plant for Reaction Vessels

Tasked with the design and build of a fully automated in vitro diagnostics (IVD) bottling plant, an engineering firm specializing in the development of analytical medical equipment found...

Briefs: Medical
Intravenous Fluid Generation System

The ability to stabilize and treat patients on exploration missions will depend on access to needed consumables. Intravenous (IV) fluids have been identified as required consumables. A review of the Space Medicine Exploration Medical Condition List (SMEMCL) lists over 400 medical conditions that could present...

Celtic Knot Designs Inspire Polymer Breakthrough

A slow-motion method of controlling the synthesis of polymers, inspired by trees and Celtic Knot designs, could open up new possibilities in areas including...

Global Innovations: Medical
Replacement Ear with Right Look and Feel

The shape of a human ear is very individual, usually symmetrical, and, like a fingerprint, so characteristic that one can identify us by them. The outer portion of our ears has a complex structure...

From the Editor: Medical
From the Editor — Made to Order … in Minutes, Not Months

Close to twenty years ago, I remember writing about the big news at that time—that Dr. Charles Vacanti of the University of Massachusetts, with the assistance of other researchers including Dr. Linda Griffith-Cima from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), had created a...

The mission of the Rice 360° Institute for Global Health Technologies, part of Rice University, Houston, TX, is to bring together faculty, students, clinicians, and private and public sector...

R&D: Robotics, Automation & Control
Robotics Gain Insight from Seahorse Design

Inspired by the tail of a seahorse, which can be compressed to half its size without damage, scientists at the University of California, San Diego, are attempting to use similar engineering to...

A new design tool that can interpret hand gestures, enables designers at Purdue University, West Lafayette IN, to create and modify three-dimensional shapes using only their hands as a "natural user...

A team of students at the Johns Hopkins University’s Whiting School of Engineering, Baltimore, MD, had the opportunity to design a new stethoscope to deliver more accurate heart and body sounds...

Nearly all lenses, whether natural, like the lens in your eye, or man-made, such as in a camera or microscope, are curved, which limits the amount of light that enters. But, using a spray-on...

A slow-motion method of controlling the synthesis of polymers, inspired by trees and Celtic Knot designs, could open up new possibilities in areas including medical devices, drug delivery,...

Ulsan National Institute of Science & Technology (UNIST), South Korea, has created contact lenses fitted with inorganic light-emitting diode, and tested them on a live rabbit with...

News: Medical
Paper-Based Diagnostic Device to Be Developed

The University of Washington, Seattle, has received nearly $10 million from the U.S. Department of Defense to continue a project to build a prototype of their paper-based device that can test for infectious diseases on-demand in areas where diagnostic capabilities are limited. They say that the...

News: Medical
Mass Producing Custom Nanoparticles

Researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, developing a new coating technology, combined with a novel nanoparticle-manufacturing technology developed at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, say that this could offer scientists a way to quickly mass-produce nanoparticles...

News: Medical
Using Sound to ‘See’

Researchers at the University of Bath, UK, say that a device that can train the brain to turn sounds into images could be used as an affordable and non-invasive alternative treatment for blind and partially-sighted people. The vOICe sensory substitution device uses sounds to build an image in the minds of blind people of...

News: Medical
Question of the Month: July

June’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: Medical
Building 3D Structures with Liquid Metal

Scientists at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, developed a 3D printing technology to create free-standing structures made out of liquid metal at room temperature. They discovered that a liquid metal alloy of gallium and indium reacts to the oxygen in the air at room temperature to form a...

News: Medical
Adding Sense of Touch to ‘Electronic Skin’

A team of scientists at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, say that using tiny gold particles and resin they have discovered how to make a new kind of flexible sensor that could some day be integrated into electronic skin (e-skin). They say that this e-skin, when attached to...

News: Medical
FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Adverse Effect Reporting Requirements

On July 9, the FDA issued a draft guidance on manufacturers’ responsibility to report adverse effects from their products: “Medical Device Reporting for Manufacturers,” for the purpose of seeking comments. Comments and suggestions should be submitted regarding this draft...

News: Medical
July Mid-Month Industry News

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News: Medical
Old Hearts May Get New Life

Human hearts from the potential donors that had been deemed unsuitable for transplantation could get a second chance to save a life, say a team of researchers at the University of Sunderland in collaboration with Newcastle University, both in the UK. The scientists are working to restart hearts and develop tests to...

News: Medical
Creating Tiniest Interlinked Puzzle

Researchers at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany, have created a three-piece 3D puzzle, with each piece less than 1 mm in size, which, they say, may be put together to make the smallest puzzle in the world. To create it, the researchers used a new process to manufacture the microstructures by...

News: Medical
Speeding Medical Research Via Crowdsourcing

Harnessing the computing power of ordinary citizens around the world could have the potential to accelerate the pace of health care research of all kinds, say a team of researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. They say that “crowdsourcing,”...

News: Medical
Controlling Fluid Flow Could Shake Up Microfluidics

A team of scientists from UCLA, Iowa State, and Princeton report that they have discovered a new technique of sculpting custom fluid flows by placing tiny pillars in microfluidic channels. By altering the speed of the fluid, and stacking pillars with different width, placements, and...

News: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Developing a Thought-Controlled Robotic Arm

Dr. Albert Chi, a 2003 graduate of the University of Arizona College of Medicine, Tucson, and a trauma surgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD, is part of a team of engineers and surgeons developing a Modular Prosthetic Limb—a robotic arm and hand that a person can control using their...

News: Medical
Student Designs New Type of Cast With 3D Printer

A Victoria University of Wellington School of Design student, Jake Evill, in New Zealand, created a 3D printed alternative to the traditional plaster cast for fractured limbs. Called the Cortex Cast, his design is more lightweight, breathable, and hygienic than fiberglass or plaster casts...

News: Medical
Optimizing the Lifespan of Replacement Joints

Researchers at the University of Southampton in the UK say that their MXL project, which uses computational modeling to define the mechanics of an artificial joint, will enable surgeons to ensure successful surgery and fit joint replacements with longer, optimized lifespans. Using a complex...

News: Medical
Nanoscale Imaging Method Used in Plasmonics

A team of scientists from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University of Maryland, College Park, have discovered how to make nanoscale measurements of critical properties of plasmonic nanomaterials, specially engineered nanostructures that modify the interaction of...

News: Medical
'Intelligent knife' Determines Cancerous Tissue Within Seconds

Researchers at Imperial College London, say that they have developed an "intelligent knife" that can alert surgeons immediately whether the tissue they are cutting is cancerous or not. The “iKnife” diagnosed tissue samples from 91 patients with 100 percent accuracy, instantly...

News: Medical
Elastic Electronics Grows Own Wires

A team of engineers at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, found that networks of spherical nanoparticles embedded in elastic materials could make the best stretchy conductors. Flexible electronics have a wide variety of possibilities, they say, from bendable displays and batteries to medical implants that...

News: Medical
Researchers Generate Invisible Tag for 3D-Printed Objects

The same 3D printing process used to produce an object can simultaneously generate an internal, invisible tag, say scientists at Carnegie Mellon University and Microsoft Research.

The internal tags, which the researchers have dubbed InfraStructs, can be read with an imaging system...

News: Medical
How Mussel Glue Could Aid Healthcare

Mussels hang loosely from piers and rocks, attached by fine filaments known as byssus threads, which allows them to drift a bit to absorb more nutrients. So why aren't they washed away by waves? The secret is that they secrete a protein closely related to collagen, which is a combination of soft, stretchy...

News: Medical
July Month-End Industry News

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