August 2013

News: Medical
Coating Helps Implants and Bone Bond Better

Engineers at The Ohio State University, Columbus, discovered that bone cells grow and reproduce faster on a textured surface than on a smooth one—and grow best when they can cling to a microscopic "shag carpet" made of tiny metal oxide wires. The discovery could someday help broken bones and joint...

News: Medical
Industry and University Partner to Improve Devices for Developing Countries

Medtronic, Minneapolis, MN, has entered into an innovative partnership with Center for Bioengineering Innovation and Design (CBID) at the The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, agreeing to provide $200,000 a year for up to three years and skilled mentoring to help...

In June, academic researchers and clinical laboratories seeking to make a mark in the emerging fields of molecular diagnostics and personalized medicine were buoyed by the long-awaited ruling of the U.S. Supreme...

A newborn is diagnosed with a heart condition called hypoplastic left heart syndrome in which the left ventricle of the heart is severely underdeveloped, and requires immediate surgery. While...

Insulating and jacketing material options for wire and cable are innumerable, even if the field is narrowed to those with some qualification for use in medical electronics....

Features: Medical
DFx: Designing for Success

What is DFx? DFx is an acronym used often in reference to concepts or guidelines involving design for manufacturability, test, and production readiness. In the world of innovative and complex medical devices, DFx...

ConMed Linvatec, a leading global supplier of arthroscopic devices, multi-specialty endoscopic medical video systems, and powered surgical instruments, has developed the industry’s...

Z Laser, Freiburg, Germany, presents its newly developed ZFSM, which is offered as pure OEM solution with bare electronics module, a fixed fiber and attached optics module or comes as a housed laser source with...

MicroCare Corporation, New Britain, CT, launched its newest innovative VOC-exempt formula, UltraClean VOC-Free Flux Remover, a non-chlorinated, halogen-free cleaning fluid formulated to clean...

Kollmorgen, Radford, VA, has a complete suite of high-performance and scalable motion solutions that enable OEMs to simplify design, reduce size, and improve performance of virtually any machine. Scalable...

Larson Electronics, Kemp, TX, announced the release of a 12 watt infrared LED light emitter designed to provide output and operation suitable for medical applications. The LEDLB-4E-IR-M-110V Medical...

Applied Plastics Co., Inc., Norwood, MA, supplies Teflon-coated stainless steel or nitinol anti-stick forming mandrels that can be supplied cut-to-length for fuse welding and tipping operations....

GlobTek, Fairfield, NJ, announces its miniature, medical grade Encapsulated Potted Power Supply AC Adapter GT(M)91099 -P2-P3-F-FW is suitable for most applications requiring DC power, including...

Products: Medical
SureCon 360 Nano Connector

Omnetics Connector Corporation, Minneapolis, MN, the leading manufacturer of miniature high-rel connectors, announces its latest addition to the Nano 360 family, the SureCon 360, available in 6, 11, or 16...

Products: Medical
260 Series Brushless DC Pump

Thomas Division, Sheboygan, WI, introduces its 260 Series brushless DC WOB-L® air compressor and vacuum pump, designed for medical applications requiring a small, lightweight pump with variable output. The 260...

Products: Medical
60120 JetMachining® Center

OMAX Corporation, Kent, WA, announces its 60120 JetMachining Center. Equipped with a 50- hp EnduroMAX® Pump and Tilt-A-Jet® cutting head, the bridge-style JetMachining Center handles a wide...

HSI Sensing (Hermetic Switch, Inc.), Chickasha, OK, already well known for its unique ability to manufacture custom reed switches and sensors for unique applications, has expanded its customization capabilities...

Products: Medical
RS8 Linear Drive Nut

Amacoil, Aston, PA has expanded its line of Model RS rolling ring linear drive nuts with the RS8 drive, which runs on an 8mm diameter case hardened and ground smooth shaft, and supports space-saving machine design trends...

Colder Products Company, St. Paul, MN, announces its new NS1 Series quick disconnect couplings, the smallest plastic non-spill quick disconnect coupling available today. The NS1 provides a secure, reliable...

Pres-On, Bolingbrook, IL, an innovator in adhesive coated products, has a new full color catalog containing 65 actual samples of its most popular adhesive coated materials, such as urethane foam, vinyl...

Products: Medical
Multiple Phase Power Meters

Chroma Systems Solutions, Inc., Lake Forest, CA, announces the expansion of its 66200 series of high speed, high accuracy Digital Power Meters. Newly added are threeand four-channel power meters designed for...

Hoffman Engineered Systems, Stamford, CT, has introduced the 451 Hybrid Power Management System to make mobile medical carts more powerful and user-friendly. This IEC 60601-1 3rd Editioncompliant,...

Products: Medical
Jazz 2 Series Controller

Unitronics, Inc., Quincy, MA, a global developer and manufacturer of Programmable Logic Controllers with onboard HMIs, introduces the first member of its Jazz® 2 Series—the JZ20-R31. With 48K (virtual) Ladder...

Portescap, West Chester, PA, introduces the P532 series disc magnet step motor with encoder. This integrated solution delivers a best-inclass power rate and acceleration to outperform standard Brushless DC...

Products: Medical
Fan Guard/Filter Assemblies

Keystone Electronics Corp., Astoria, NY introduces a new series of airflow, Fan-Guard/Filter Assemblies designed to protect sensitive electronic devices. Durable multi-element assemblies deliver a consistent, 24...

Products: Medical
Custom Power Supply System

Acopian Technical Company, Easton, PA, a leader in the design, manufacturing and distribution of custom, standard and modified-standard power supplies, launched its newly expanded Online Custom Power Supply System...

Products: Medical
Fiber Laser Building Blocks

OFS, Somerset, NJ, a leading designer, manufacturer, and supplier of innovative fiber laser components, announced two new types of single-laser cavities scalable from 500W to Multi-kW for fiber laser applications....

Applimotion, Inc., Loomis, CA, introduces custom gear motors for high torque, low speed, and low profile applications. The assemblies combine precision gearing and direct drive frameless motor kits to form a...

The demand for joint replacement surgery is mushrooming and, along with it, the demand for replacement joints that endure longer with less maintenance.

Younger people...

Plásticos y Materias Primas S.A. (PyMPSA), part of the PiSA Farmacéutica Mexicana group, manufactures medical devices and components for use in hospitals and...

Briefs: Medical
Wireless Body Area Networks for Health Monitoring

Faculty in the departments of electrical and computer engineering are leading research in mHealth at The University of Alabama in Huntsville. mHealth capitalizes on what Dr. Emil Jovanov, associate dean for graduate education and research in the College of Engineering, calls “major...

Briefs: Imaging
Visual Image Sensor Organ Replacement

This innovation is a system that augments human vision through a technique called “Sensing Super-position” using a Visual Instrument Sensory Organ Replacement (VISOR) device. The VISOR device translates visual and other sensors (i.e., thermal) into sounds to enable very difficult sensing tasks.

The testing of individual respiratory protection (IRP) devices is now accomplished with panels of human wearers. Historical attempts to simulate the human face and head have...

In the medical industry, adhesives play a crucial role in applications ranging from diagnostics and device assembly to transdermal and wound care. There are varying...

Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Integrating Force Sensors into Robotic Surgery

Due to advances in electronics and technology, robotic surgery has become increasingly popular. Surgeons no longer have to operate directly on a patient, but instead can control a robot to carry...

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) plans to establish a new Advanced Materials Center of Excellence to facilitate collaborations between NIST and researchers from academia...

The first-ever auditory stem implant in a child was recently performed on a three-year-old boy from Charlotte, NC, named Grayson Clamp. He was given the device, which allows his brain to...

Researchers at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada, have developed a new magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technique that detects signs of multiple sclerosis (MS) in finer detail than...

During a lumpectomy for a breast tumor, doctors can’t immediately tell whether all of the cancerous tissue has been removed, with no microscopic signs that cancer cells were...

Student Device May Help Avoid Repeated Breast Cancer Surgeries

During a lumpectomy, surgeons can’t immediately tell whether all the cancer cells were removed. The excised tissue must be preserved and analyzed...

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From the Editor: Medical
From the Editor — Sign of the Times or a Warning?

In mid-June, Charles “Chip” Starnes, a co-owner of Specialty Medical Supplies (SMS), Coral Gables, FL, a manufacturer of disposable medical products, visited the company’s factory in Beijing, China. He intended to personally lay off and distribute severance packages to about 30 employees...

Mission Accomplished: Medical
Sensory Vibrations Get Stroke Victims Moving

Currently, in the United States alone, there are more than 10 million people whose movement is profoundly limited by diseases of and injuries to the brain and spinal cord. About half of these...

Scientists at the University of Washington, Seattle, say that for less than $100, they have designed a computer-interfaced drawing pad that can help scientists see inside the brains of...

While normal contact lenses correct many people’s eyesight, they can’t improve the blurry vision of people with age-related macular degeneration (AMD), because correcting the eye’s...

News: Software
Supercomputer Used to Create Giant Neuronal Network Simulation

Using the full computational power of the Japanese supercomputer, K Computer, researchers from the RIKEN HPCI Program for Computational Life Sciences in Kobe, the Okinawa Institute of Technology Graduate University (OIST) in Japan and Forschungszentrum Jülich in Germany have carried...

News: Software
3D Simulation Trains Surgical Residents

An interactive 3D simulation software platform gives surgical residents the unique opportunity to practice diagnostic and patient management skills, and then have their skills evaluated, according to a new study appearing in the August issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons. Using an...

News: Medical
Computerized Methods to Diagnose and Treat Autism

A team of researchers at Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, and Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, says that they have developed a quantitative screening method to diagnose and track autism in children after age 3. The technology works by tracking a child’s random...

News: Materials
Bio-Inspired Coating Creates Non-Stick Glass

A new transparent, bio-inspired coating makes ordinary glass tough, self-cleaning, and incredibly slippery. Researchers at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University and Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Boston, say that the new coating could be...

News: Medical
Seeking Research to Support Astronaut Health

The National Space Biomedical Research Institute, (NSBRI) is soliciting research proposals to augment the project portfolios of its Cardiovascular Alterations, Human Factors and Performance, Musculoskeletal Alterations, Neurobehavioral and Psychosocial Factors, Sensorimotor Adaptations, and Smart...

News: Medical
FDA Issues Guidance on Wireless Technology in Medical Devices

The FDA Center for Devices and Radiological Health, Office of Science and Engineering Laboratories, Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research issued a Guidance document on “Radio Frequency Wireless Technology in Medical Devices” containing recommendations to assist industry and...

News: Medical
August Mid-Month Industry News

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

News: Robotics, Automation & Control
Treating Brain Clots Robotically

A new image-guided surgical system is under development at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, that employs steerable needles to penetrate the brain with minimal damage and suction away the blood clot that has formed. Part of an ongoing collaboration between a team of engineers and physicians, the steerable...

News: Medical
Smartphone Platform to Function as Artificial Pancreas?

In a study to evaluate the feasibility of a wearable artificial pancreas system, researchers from the University of Virginia (UVA), Charlottesville, Center for Diabetes Technology, concluded that smartphones work well enough to provide nearly continuous, closed-loop, outpatient control of...

News: Medical
Biochip Functions as Radiation Exposure Detector

Scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA, are working to develop a tiny chip that could quickly determine whether someone has been exposed to dangerous levels of ionizing radiation. The first-of-its-kind chip has an array of nanosensors that can measure the concentrations...

News: Medical
Safeguarding Internet-Enabled Devices from Cyber Attacks

The Center for Internet Security (CIS), East Greenbush, NY, announced a new initiative to help bolster the protection of Internet-enabled medical devices from cyber attacks. CIS, a nonprofit organization focused on enhancing cyber security readiness and response, issued a request for...

News: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Detecting Malaria with One Drop of Blood

A team of scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, have discovered a way to detect early-stage malarial infection of blood cells by measuring changes in the infected cells’ electrical properties. The researchers built an experimental microfluidic device that uses a single drop...

News: Robotics, Automation & Control
New App for Tablet PCs Aids Surgeons in the OR

Until now, surgeons had to memorize the precise location of important blood vessels in organs and where tumors were likely to be found. But, a new app for tablet computers developed by Fraunhofer MEVIS research institute in Bremen, Germany, could help surgeons reduce the rate of complications during...

News: Medical
Stents Better than Bypass in Blocked Leg Arteries

New research conducted by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, reported online in the Journal of Vascular Surgery, suggests that people who undergo minimally invasive placement of stents to open clogged leg arteries are significantly less likely than those who have...

News: Medical
Replacing Standard TB Test with Microneedle Patch

Every year, millions of people get a tuberculosis (TB) skin test to determine if they have the bacterial infection, which usually attacks the lungs. But the standard diagnostic test is difficult to give, because a hypodermic needle must be inserted at a precise angle and depth in the arm to...

News: Medical
Penn State-Developed Heart Pump Sees Successful Human Testing

A team of researchers at The Pennsylvania State University Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) and Materials Science Department, University Park, have seen the Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) minimally invasive heart pump they developed between 2005 and 2011 transitioned to its...

News: Medical
August Month-End Industry News

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

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