August 2014

Features: Test & Measurement
Avoiding the Pitfalls of Faulty Test Results

No discipline is as precise as the design and manufacture of medical devices. No other function is as crucial in its precision. Exact measurements and tests are a critical necessity— from heart...

Building on the success of smartphones, mobile gadgets, and wearable sports fitness gear, the medical industry has steadily trended toward improved portability of...

To design and successfully sell medical devices, manufacturers must ask themselves a number of key questions. What range of functions should this product offer? In what type...

Cymbet Corporation, Elk River, MN, has introduced EnerChip™ rechargeable solid state batteries for various Wearable Technology (WT) and Internet of Things (IoT) devices....

Products: Medical
Lexium MDrive PROFINET

Schneider Electric Motion USA, Marlborough, CT, announces that its new Lexium MDrive integrated motor-drive-controller-encoder systems are networkable with PROFINET IO for industrial automation applications. Compact,...

Portescap, West Chester, PA, introduces the P760 series disc magnet motor, which outperforms standard Brushless DC motors in various applications. The unique thin disc magnet motor has been optimized to deliver...

Rotork Fairchild, Winston-Salem, NC, announces its Model 55 Pressure Regulator featuring a non-rising stem within a small footprint design that delivers high-precision control in a lightweight, compact...

Clippard Instrument Laboratory, Cincinnati, OH, introduces Minimatic® electronic valves, precision-built two-way control valves that utilize a unique, patented valving principle. With a cycle life...

Littelfuse, Chicago, IL, announces the SD and SD-C Series 450W Discrete Unidirectional and Bidirectional TVS Diodes, which are ideal for replacing multilayer varistors in low speed and DC applications, as...

Crydom, San Diego, CA, introduces four new Heat Sinks designed specifically for use with single, dual, and three-phase Solid State Relays. The new models, rated at 0.25, 0.36. 0.7, and 1.0 degrees C per watt,...

Products: Medical
VCA Developer’s Kit

BEI Kimco Magnetics, Vista, CA, introduces the Voice Coil Actuators (VCA) Developer’s Kit, the first of its kind in the market. The self-contained kit includes a VCA with a built-in feedback sensor and a programmable...

Mitutoyo America Corporation, Aurora, IL, announces the new STRATO-Apex574 Coordinate Measuring Machine, a compact bridge-type design featuring accuracy as low as 0.7μm. It utilizes a 0.05μm...

Products: Medical
Motion System Selector

MICROMO, Clearwater, FL, has launched its Motion System Selector™, a powerful, interactive parametric search tool that helps OEMs and design engineers quickly and easily specify and analyze hundreds of thousands of...

Products: Medical
Radiopaque Clad Wires

Anomet Products, Inc., Shrewsbury, MA, introduces custom manufactured clad composite wire, an effective alternative to solid wires with marker bands to improve the visibility of implantable devices. Radiopaque Clad...

ACCES I/O Products, Inc., San Diego, CA, has released a new addition to its Ethernet family of products—Model ETH-DIO-48, designed for compact control and monitoring applications. This product...

Mouser Electronics, Inc., Mansfield, TX, is the first to ship the new MAX11905 Single Channel SAR Analog-to-Digital Converter from Maxim Integrated, a 20-bit Successive Approximation Register Analog...

Products: Medical
Series IO Ultrasonic Sensors

Pepperl+Fuchs, Twinsburg, OH, introduced Series IO Ultrasonic Sensors, which establish a new level of versatility and convenience with simple pushbutton programming. Pushbutton programming provides fast and easy...

Pleora Technologies, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, has launched the first product that transforms Camera Link® cameras into USB3 Vision™ cameras. With the iPORT CL-U3 External Frame Grabber,...

Nordson MARCH, Concord, CA, introduced its new FlexVIA-Plus™ Plasma Treatment System that delivers single-stage plasma processing, including etch-back and desmear, of up to 30 panels per cycle, for...

Products: Medical
D/A Converter in FMC Format

VadaTech, Henderson, NV, announced a Digital-to-Analog Converter in the FPGA Mezzanine Card (FMC) format. The FMC223 high-speed converter offers 14-bit at 2.5 Giga samples per second, and features a TRIG Out, CLK...

Harvard Apparatus, Holliston, MA, has launched the FISO Optical Pressure Measurement System. These sensors are ideal for in vivo and ex vivo applications, such as blood pressure measurements, LVP...

Products: Medical
Universal Carrier Fluid

MicroCare Medical, New Britain, CT, introduced its Universal Carrier Fluid, a custom-formulated, carrier fluid optimized to dilute and apply medical grade polydimethylsiloxane liquids to medical devices. The fluid is...

Products: Medical
RFID Adhesive

DELO® Industrial Adhesives, Windach, Germany, has developed a new anisotropic conductive DELOMONOPOX® AC245 adhesive for the reliable bonding of RFID chips and antennas. It transmits electrical signals...

maxon precision motors, inc., Fall River, MA, announces two new motor sizes and new GPX gearheads. The new 16mm DCX 16 S is available with precious metal and graphite brushes and can be combined with the new...

PIHER Sensors and Controls S. A. – North America, Newport Beach, CA, introduces its second generation non-contacting PSC-360 Hall effect rotary position sensor featuring an integral six-pin mating connector....

Products: Medical
New CNC Innovations

FANUC America Corporation, Rochester Hills, MI, introduces CNC innovations for enhanced CNC functionality including the introduction of the new Series 0i-F CNC with new commonality of design and 15" display option, a new...

Products: Medical
TECHSPEC Plano-Convex Lenses

Edmund Optics, Inc., Barrington, NJ, announces TECHSPEC® Calcium Fluoride Plano-Convex Lenses featuring a low index of refraction, high laser damage threshold, and low axial and radial-stress...

Ham-Let USA, Inc., Sugar Land, TX, launched PuRight™, a new, enhanced version of stainless steel 316L material that offers, lower inclusion content, low carbon content for enhanced welding, and low sulfur...

EOS of North America, Inc., Novi, MI, introduces its brand-new EOS M 290 system, designed for the tool-free production of high-quality serial components, spare parts, and prototypes. With a build volume of...

The Lubrizol Corp oration, Wickliffe, OH, has created a new medical-grade thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) that can help reduce the spread of fire in medical environments. This marks the first time that a...

Products: Medical
Loctite Adhesive Sourcebook

Henkel Corporation, Rocky Hill, CT, announces its updated Loctite® Adhesive Sourcebook including the latest adhesive, sealant, lubricant, coating, and dispensing/curing equipment technologies....

A team of life science entrepreneurs in Houston, TX, has developed the first catheter-deployed circulatory assist device intended for long-term use to treat chronic heart...

For patients who have lost a leg, regaining mobility is a top priority. However, development of more true-to-nature prosthetic limbs and joints has come an amazingly...

Researchers in an innovative partnership between The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and Battelle, both in Columbus, OH, have developed an innovative technology called...

Idiopathic scoliosis is defined as a lateral or rotational curvature of the spine that initially appears in children during the prepubescent ages of 8 to 13. It currently affects nearly 7 million...

Briefs: Medical
Prediction of Visual Acuity from Wavefront Aberrations

Visual acuity (clearness of vision) usually is measured by an eye doctor using an eye chart. It measures the smallest letters that can be reliably identified by the patient at a specified distance. The traditional test requires the patient to look and report which letters they see.

Global Innovations: Medical
Creating More Durable Joint Implants
Empa Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, Duebendorf, Switzerland www.empa.ch

Natural joints can wear out due to daily stress and body movement, so you would expect that...

From the Editor: Medical
From the Editor — Remember When?

Remember when you were a child and broke your arm and had to wear a heavy, hot plaster cast in the Summer? Your arm felt heavy and itchy, your muscles atrophied, you had to wear a plastic bag over your cast to shower, and, after a couple of weeks, the cotton padding inside stunk. The only good thing about it,...

On Earth, gravity might weigh you down, but it also builds you up. For astronauts working in space for long durations, the weightless environment can cause a host of detrimental health...

A team of engineers at the University of Washington, Seattle, have designed a low-power sensor that could be placed permanently in a person’s eye to track changes in eye pressure. The...

A group of engineers and students at Kansas State University, Manhattan, is developing technology to improve the health and quality of life for children with severe developmental...

A group of engineers at the University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering, Los Angeles, say that they are developing a flexible, energy-efficient hybrid circuit combining carbon...

Researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), Livermore, CA, say they have developed a more efficient approach to a challenging problem in additive manufacturing, using selective...

A team of engineers at Oregon State University (OSU), Corvallis, say that they have developed a new technology that could revolutionize treatment and prevention of sepsis. Commonly called “blood...

A team of engineers at Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, say they have developed a technique that could produce “soft machines” made of elastic materials and liquid metals for potential...

News: Electronics & Computers
Designing a Pure Lithium Anode

The race is on to design smaller, cheaper, and more efficient rechargeable batteries to meet power storage needs. Now, a team of researchers at Stanford University report that they have taken a big step toward designing a pure lithium anode, which, they say, would greatly advance current lithium ion batteries.

News: Medical
New FDA Guidance Exempts Devices from Premarket Submission

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued new draft guidance that would exempt certain Class I and Class II medical devices from premarket, or 510(k),submission requirements. If a device is “exempted from premarket notification,” then the FDA would allow a device that was...

News: Medical
What’s the Buzz? Fly Sound Processing Could Help Humans

A team of engineers at The University of Texas at Austin has developed a tiny, low-power device that mimics a fly’s hearing mechanism, which could be used to build the next generation of hypersensitive hearing aids with intelligent microphones that could adaptively focus only on those...

News: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Microhairs Could Improve Lab-on-Chip Diagnostics

A team of engineers at MIT, Cambridge, MA, have fabricated a new elastic material covered with microscopic, hair-like structures that tilt in response to a magnetic field. Depending on the field’s orientation, they say, the microhairs uniformly tilt to form a path through which fluid can flow....

News: Photonics/Optics
Skin Cancer Probe Improves Detection

A team of engineers at The University of Texas (UT) at Austin have designed an optical device that, they say, may offer a fast, comprehensive, noninvasive, and lower-cost solution to detect melanoma and other skin cancer lesions, thereby reducing unnecessary biopsies. Their device is a probe that uses light...

News: Medical
Simple Medical Diagnostic for Developing World

An international team of researchers from Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, and other institutions, have created an inexpensive diagnostic device that, they say, can be used by health care workers in the world’s poorest areas to monitor diabetes, detect malaria, discover environmental pollutants,...

News: Materials
New Materials Database Helps Spur Innovation

When seeking chemical compounds with just the right properties to create new products, including medical devices, researchers can spend years of trial and error testing them in the lab. To aid researchers in this quest, a team of scientists at the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science at...

News: Photonics/Optics
Visualizing Activity in the Living Brain

Chemists at Stanford University have developed a non-invasive technique using lasers and carbon nanotubes that visualizes blood flow in the brain, which could help provide powerful insights into strokes and possibly Alzheimer's disease. Current non-invasive technologies like CT scans or MRI visualize...

News: FDA/Regulatory
FDA Issues Small Entity Compliance Guidance for UDI

On August 13, The FDA issued a guidance for industry and FDA staff called “Unique Device Identification System: Small Entity Compliance Guide”. This guidance is intended primarily to provide information to the medical device industry, including small businesses, concerning FDA’s...

News: Medical
Disposable Biosensor Could Determine Feeding After Surgery

Following surgery, a physician generally listens to the abdomen of a patient for signs of digestion before allowing that patient to be fed, in order to avoid a condition called post-operative ileus, a malfunction of the intestines. Dr. Brennan Spiegel, a professor of medicine at the...

News: Materials
Self-Fitting Implant Material for Facial Reconstruction

Defects in the head, face, or jaw, whether from disease, injury, or birth defect, can dramatically impact a person’s appearance. A team of researchers at Texas A&M University, College Station, report that they have developed a specialized material that can expand with warm salt water...

News: Medical
August 2014 Mid-Month Industry News

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

News: Electronics & Computers
Sweat Powers These Tattoo Biobatteries

A team of researchers at the University of California, San Diego, has designed a sensor applied as a temporary tattoo that can not only monitor a person’s progress during exercise but produce power generated by their perspiration that may be used to energize small electronic devices.

News: Medical
Monitoring Breathing with Elastic Bands

A team of scientists from the University of Surrey, UK, and Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, report that they have developed a new type of flexible sensor that is inexpensive yet sensitive enough to measure a patient’s breathing, heart rate, or movement, alerting doctors to any irregularities.

News: Medical
Creating Custom Medical Implants with 3D Printers

A team of engineers at Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, has developed an innovative method of using off-the-shelf 3D printers and materials to fabricate custom medical implants that can contain antibacterial and chemotherapeutic compounds for targeted drug delivery.

News: Medical
Halo Device Busts Clots to Treat and Prevent Stroke

A new device that fits around the head like a halo, developed by a physician at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and a researcher at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, delivers therapy to quickly bust blood clots that could cause stroke. When ultrasound is typically used...

News: Electronics & Computers
Nano-Measurements Using Optical Microscope Technique

New research has confirmed that a technique developed previously at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Gaithersburg, MD, can enable optical microscopes to measure the 3D shape of objects at nanometer-scale resolution—far below the normal resolution limit for optical...

News: Medical
August 29, 2014, Month-End Industry News

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

News: Medical
Finalists for Tricorder XPRIZE Announced

XPRIZE, the global leader in incentivized prize competitions, announced the 10 finalist teams competing for the $10 million Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE, a global competition sponsored by the Qualcomm Foundation for teams to develop a consumer-focused mobile device capable of diagnosing and interpreting a...

Ask the Expert

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.

Inside Story

Videos