August 2015

News: Medical
Keeping Up with the FDA

In mid-July, the House of Representatives passed HR 6, also known as the 21st Century Cures Act, which expedites research and development on debilitating diseases and makes it easier to get important treatments to the patients who need them. Among other things, it makes research collaborations easier, reforms and...

Silicone, a highly versatile synthetic polymer, seems to show up everywhere from cooking utensils and adhesives to sealants and cosmetics. Its unique properties have contributed to...

Most orthopedic implant manufacturers still rely heavily on traditional coatings for their implants, such as sintered bead and plasma-sprayed metallic and hydroxyapatite (HA) coatings. These...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Product of the Month: RTP 2000 HC Alloy Technology

RTP Company, Winona, MN, has developed a proprietary alloy technology, known as the RTP 2000 HC series, designed to maintain strength, functionality, and integrity, even with repeated...

Mitutoyo America Corporation, Aurora, IL, announces the latest version of its Quick Image series 2D vision measuring system. Two new systems with advanced one-click measuring functionality, available...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
ScopeCheck Measuring Machine

Werth, Inc., Old Saybrook, CT, has re-engineered the Werth ScopeCheck multisensor coordinate measuring machine, which has been designed especially for use in manufacturing. The measurement range of this series of...

Alpha Wire, Elizabeth, NJ, introduces EcoFlex® PUR continuous flex cables that feature reduced size and weight and zero halogen construction in a rugged, oil-resistant cable for continuous flex...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Electronics Catalog M65

Keystone Electronics Corp., Astoria, NY, has released its new full line Catalog M65, one of industry’s most comprehensive resources for interconnect components and electronic hardware. This free catalog details more...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Compact System Host Board

Advantech Corporation, Irvine, CA, introduces its PCE-4 series, a breakthrough product line employing PICMG 1.3 half-size form factor and support for Intel® work station-grade CPUs. PCE-4128 fulfills the needs of...

Products: Medical
Digital Printing Service

METCASE, Bridgeville, PA, uses digital printing for front panels, rack cases, and instrument housings. METCASE’s new state of the art digital technology means legends, logos, and complex photo quality graphics can...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Tiny Integrated Power Management Solution

ams AG, Raleigh, NC, introduces the AS3701, a micro-PMIC (power management IC), with an especially small footprint for use in wearables and other space-constrained devices. The AS3701 with a low...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Plasma Treating Technology

Enercon Industries Corporation, Menomonee Falls, WI, has released its new series of industrial blown arc and blow ion plasma treaters to be used on plastics, glass, and metals. These new systems provide simplified...

Products: Medical
Advanced Modular Connectors

ODU-USA, Camarillo, CA, is offering the entire compressed air and fluid range of ODU-MAC® with higher flow rates and/or high operating pressure for a wide range of medical, industrial, and measurement and testing...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
ResearchIR 4.2 Software

FLIR Systems, Wilsonville, OR, ann ounces the release of version 4.2 of its ResearchIR software, which provides a powerful tool for viewing, acquiring, analyzing, and sharing the thermal data captured with FLIR’s...

Acopian Power Supplies, Easton, PA, announces that its Narrow Profile power supply series is now certified to UL 60950 and UL 508, and conforms to all requirements to achieve CE marking. The single-output...

The Lee Company, Westbrook, CT, introduces a new variable volume pump, the LPD Series Stepper Dispense Pump. Available in 50 and 250 microliter full dispense volumes, this miniature chemically inert pump was...

Hoffmann–Krippner Inc., Frisco, TX, introduces a wide range of LVDT sensors for contactless and wear-free path and position detection. The sensors operate on the principle of the differential transformer and...

Albright Technologies, Leominster, MA, has introduced liquid silicone injection molding services for prototype and low volume production purposes. Its new injection molding presses are suited for small,...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
400RXMD OEM Pumps

Watson-Marlow Inc., Wilmington, MA, announces that its 400RXMD OEM pumps feature a range of precise pressure settings that allows users to tailor products to specific customer applications. An innovative mechanism provides...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
NFB 5 and NFB 25 Boxer Pumps

KNF Neuberger, Inc., Trenton, NJ, has added two compact, powerful models, the NFB 5 and NFB 25, to its line of brushless DC powered NFB boxer pumps. The pumps offer low pulsation, gentle transfer of liquids from...

Products: Medical
2600 Series Mini Press

Colordyne Technologies, Brookfield, WI, introduces its new 2600 Series Mini Press, a commercial class roll-to-roll label printing system featuring an intuitive touch screen interface, allowing flexibility and on the...

Butler Automatic, Middleborough, MA, announces that its SP1 Series Automatic Film Splicer is ideally suited for medical device packaging applications. It increases efficiency in packaging operations by...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
OpticStudio 15

Zemax, LLC, Kirkland, WA, announces the next version of its optical and illumination design software. OpticStudio 15 adds highly requested features, including a new COM/.NET API for communicating with external programs, a...

Products: Medical
Thomas 1610 Pump

Gardner Denver Thomas, Inc., Sheboygan, WI, introduces the Thomas 1610 advanced diaphragm pump, which combines precise, consistent performance with very low sound levels, making it ideal for devices working near patients....

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Medical Components Fabrication

Acme Metal Spinning, Minneapolis, MN, uses a metal spinning process to seamlessly form flat metal discs and pre-formed metal work pieces on CNC metal spinning lathes into components for medical device and...

Products: Medical
MEDD Extruder

Davis Standard, LLC, Pawcatuck, CT, introduces its Medical Direct Drive (MEDD) Extruder for tight tolerance tubing. The MEDD offers processors greater materials flexibility in a compact design. It features a replaceable feed...

Fluid Metering, Inc., Syosset, NY, announces that its miniature, stepper driven valveless OEM pumps are ideal for low and micro-volume fluid control in medical diagnostic and clinical chemistry instrumentation....

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
FMAB NEO Filter Series

SCHURTER Inc., Santa Rosa, CA, has expanded its portfolio of block filters for single-phase systems, with its new FMAB NEO series. This filter is extremely compact, has a polished steel housing, is completely shielded...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Universal Temperature Sensor IC

Linear Technology Corporation, Milpitas, CA, introduces the LTC2984, a high performance digital temperature measurement integrated circuit (IC) that directly digitizes RTDs, thermocouples, thermistors, and...

Haydon Kerk Motion Solutions, Waterbury, CT, announces the latest addition to its IDEA drive line of motor controllers: the PBL4850E programmable 3-phase brushless motor drive, which features automatic...

Products: Medical
Beta Test Trial of Encoders

Dynapar, Gurnee, IL, is offering a free 30- day beta test trial to all interested and qualified parties, for its key product families of incremental and absolute encoders, with thousands of configurations...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Spectral Decomposition

Delta Tau Data Systems, Inc., Chatsworth, CA, offers a new control method called Spectral Decomposition to improve the productivity of systems that use fast-tool actuators. Spectral Decomposition seamlessly coordinates...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Maxim MAX30100 Sensor IC

Mouser Electronics, Inc., Mansfield, TX, is now stocking the MAX30100 Pulse Oximeter and Heart-Rate Sensor IC for wearable health from Maxim Integrated. The MAX30100 is a 14-pin surface mount IC that combines the...

Briefs: Medical
Medical Oxygen Concentrator for Microgravity Operation
Only ambient air and DC energy are required to operate the system.

Supplemental oxygen delivery systems are vital to provide a critical life support respiratory function. Whether they are used for patients suffering from lung diseases or other illnesses, to astronauts donning an oxygen...

Researchers at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX, in collaboration with General Motors and Oceaneering, designed a state-of-the-art, highly dexterous, humanoid robot, Robonaut 2 (R2), and...

Exoskeleton provides precise therapy while tracking data.

A team of engineers at The University of Texas at Austin have developed a first-of-its kind, two-armed, robotic rehabilitation exoskeleton...

Gold coating could reduce scarring.

A team of scientists from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, CA, working with other researchers at the University of California, Davis, say that...

3D printed material features controllable surface textures.

A team of mechanical engineers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has developed a way of making soft materials, using a...

Researchers at Rice University’s Laboratory for Nanophotonics (LANP) say they have uncovered a new way to make ultrasensitive conductivity measurements at optical frequencies on high-speed...

Folded paper design inspired flexible electronics.

Kirigami, the Japanese art of folding and paper cutting, has inspired a team of engineers at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, to create...

R&D: Medical
Engineers Put New Spin on Spider Silk

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have produced samples of strong, resilient spider silk. The spun samples could lead to a variety of biomedical materials, including sutures and scaffolding for organ replacements.

R&D: Medical
Microendoscope Offers Alternative to Costly Biopsies

A low-cost, portable, battery-powered microendoscope developed by Rice University bioengineers increases the sensitivity of esophageal cancer screenings. The new technology could eliminate unnecessary biopsies for patients with benign lesions.

R&D: Medical
Nanotubes Provide Better Understanding of Disease

Researchers at the University of Cincinnati Department of Cancer Biology and material scientists from the University of Houston are using nanotubes to examine the regulation of proteins involved in the initiation of cancer and cardiovascular, neurological, and endocrine diseases. The team is...

R&D: Medical
Gecko-Inspired Gripper Supports Tunable Adhesion

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have developed a gecko-inspired gripper. Like the gecko, the device has the ability to grip and release smooth surfaces like glass. The effective stickiness can also be tuned from strong to week.

R&D: Medical
Engineers Build Nano-Accordion Conductors

Engineers from North Carolina State University have created stretchable, transparent conductors with a "nano-accordion" design. The conductors could be employed in a wide variety of applications, such as flexible electronics, stretchable displays, or wearable sensors.

R&D: Robotics, Automation & Control
Bioengineers Develop Printable Silk Inks

To provide a better tool for therapeutics, regenerative medicine, and biosensing, Tufts University bioengineers have created inkjet-printable silks containing enzymes, antibiotics, antibodies, nanoparticles, and growth factors. The purified silk protein, or fibroin, offers intrinsic strength and...

Smart, connected devices are an increasing reality of daily life. It is estimated that by 2020, there will be 33 billion internet devices in the world—enough for 4...

Collaboration among healthcare technology stakeholders—from device manufacturers and healthcare delivery organizations to healthcare security intelligence...

Global Innovations: Medical
New Chip Design for Medical Devices
Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg, Sweden
www.desyre.eu

Three years ago, the DeSyRe (on-Demand System Reliability) project was begun with the goal of enabling extremely reliable medical...

News: Medical
Engineers Develop Better Brain-Controlled Prostheses

An interdisciplinary team led by Stanford electrical engineer Krishna Shenoy has developed a technique to make brain-controlled prostheses more precise. The prostheses analyze the neuron sample and instantly make dozens of corrective adjustments to the estimate of the brain's electrical...

INSIDER: Medical
FDA Raises User Fees

According to the FDA’s Center for Devices & Radiological Health, the agency has announced the fee rates and payment procedures for medical device user fees for fiscal year 2016, which begins October 1. The agency is raising the fees by 4.2%.

INSIDER: Medical
Newly Created Photonics Hub in NY

The Research Foundation for the State University of New York (RF SUNY) will lead a new Manufacturing Innovation Institute to secure US leadership in manufacturing integrated photonics. The new institute, announced by Vice President Biden, will focus on emerging technologies, including “needleless” tests for...

INSIDER: Medical
Engineers Control Metal Deformation

Researchers at Purdue University discovered a simple way to control a type of metal deformation known as sinuous flow. Supressing the deformation could reduce the energy required to process metals and lead to more efficient machining.

News: Robotics, Automation & Control
Adjustable-Focus Endoscope Reduces Discomfort

Researchers from the National University of Singapore have created an endoscopic probe that delivers adjustable-focus capabilities in a slimmer package. The miniature and solid tunable-lens technology enables compact optical zoom with autofocus capability. The device switches from a wide...

News: Robotics, Automation & Control
Computer-Based Platform Improves Facial Transplant Surgeries

Physicians and engineers at Johns Hopkins and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center have developed a computer platform that provides rapid, real-time feedback before and during facial transplant surgery. The achievement may someday improve face-jaw-teeth alignment between donor...

News: Medical
Motion Capture Sheds Light on Speech Disorder

A new study from New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development found that facial motion capture – the same technology used to develop realistic computer graphics in video games and movies – has been utilized to identify differences between children with...

News: Robotics, Automation & Control
Researchers Give Simple Robotic Grippers More Dexterity

A simple robotic gripper created by engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) can adjust its hold using the environment. The team's model predicts the force with which a gripper must push against surrounding fixtures in order to adjust its grasp. The new approach allows...

News: Medical
August 2015 Mid-Month Industry News

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

News: Medical
Prototype Sensor Separates Simultaneous Sounds

A new technology developed at Duke University uses metamaterials and compressive sensing to determine the direction of a sound and extract it from the surrounding background noise. Once miniaturized, the device could have applications in hearing aids, cochlear implants, and ultrasound medical...

INSIDER: Medical
Skin Patch Releases Drugs When Stretched

Researchers from North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have developed an elastic patch that, when applied to the skin and stretched, delivers medicine. The patch releases the drugs as the elbow bends.

INSIDER: Medical
Child-Sized Exoskeleton Boosts Mobility

A University of Houston engineer has received funding to create a pediatric exoskeleton, designed to help children with spinal cord injuries and other mobility disorders. The exoskeletons will be customized to grow as the child grows.

INSIDER: Medical
Flexible Biosensor Monitors Patient Health

A biosensor system developed by researchers at the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, measures heartbeat, hydration levels, sweat, temperature, and other vital signs through miniature circuitry. The system, embedded on a flexible, wearable patch, includes an antenna to...

News: Medical
Nerve-Like Polymer Network Supports New Prosthetic Interfaces

By "crowdsurfing" motor proteins and using a succession of biological mechanisms, Sandia National Laboratories researchers have created linkages of polymer nanotubes that resemble the structure of a nerve, with many out-thrust filaments poised to gather or send electrical impulses....

INSIDER: Medical
Femtosecond Laser Generates Ultra-Short Light Pulses

A laser created by a team at the University of Warsaw generates ultrashort pulses of light, even under extremely difficult external conditions like large temperature gradients of more than 120 degrees Celsius. The process of generating femtosecond laser pulses takes place within a specially...

INSIDER: FDA/Regulatory
FDA Revises Fees for Medical Device Export Certificates

The Emergo Group recently posted an advisory that the FDA has revised the fee charged for issuing medical device export certificates in response to higher costs and demand for these documents.

INSIDER: Medical
FDA Piloting Program for Quarterly Device Malfunction Reporting

The FDA is seeking companies to take part in a pilot program that would allow medical device manufacturers to report malfunctions of certain low- and medium-risk devices on a quarterly basis. This pilot program will help the agency develop criteria for quarterly malfunction...

News: Medical
August 2015 Month-End Industry News

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

INSIDER: Medical
Probe Monitors Shock Severity Without Drawing Blood

Researchers from the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China have developed a portable probe that uses near-infrared light to measure blood oxygen saturation in the tissue surrounding the neck's central internal jugular vein. The device allows doctors to continuously monitor a...

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