September 2011

The recognized benefits of the transdermal patch as a viable drug delivery system are driving the development of new forms of transdermal drug delivery systems (TDDS). These products...

Features: Packaging & Sterilization
Medical Device Packaging Validation Testing 101

Package validation testing has always been an important aspect of many medical device development processes. Today, it isn’t just new packaging that manufacturers need to worry about —...

The packaging system is a crucial component to getting a medical device to market on time. Time constraints with new projects can affect the packaging system and may prohibit a proper...

Products: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Differential Pressure Sensors

Sensortechnics (Walpole, MA) offers LBA differential pressure sensors based on thermal mass flow measurement of air or gas through a micro-flow channel integrated within the silicon sensor chip. The LBA series...

Products: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Shock Accelerometer

Meggitt Sensing Systems (San Juan Capistrano, CA) has introduced the Endevco® model 7270AM6, a rugged high-g piezoresistive shock accelerometer with frequency response capabilities down to DC or steady state, designed...

Products: Electronics & Computers
Chip Resistors

TT electronics PLC (Surrey, UK) has introduced chip resistors that are optimized for use with conductive adhesives and suitable for applications like medical MRI scanners where non-magnetic components must be used. The GCR...

Products: Electronics & Computers
Desktop Power Supplies

The PPWAD200 Series from Power Partners (Hudson, MA) provides 200 Watts of desktop power in a 7.42" × 4.1" × 2.36" package. The series features a no load standby power of ≤0.5W and average efficiency of ≥87%....

STEUTE Meditech (Ridgefield, CT) has introduced an extensive range of USBcompatible, “medical-grade” foot controls. The USB interface is compatible with many single-function and...

Products: Motion Control
RF & IR Wireless Foot Controls

Linemaster Switch Corp. (Woodstock, CT) offers wireless foot switches and receivers that are now available in black. The color is available in single, twin, and triple variations. Molds are made from the same...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
3D Modeling Tool for Connectors

ITT Interconnect Solutions (Santa Ana, CA) offers a 3D modeling tool that now includes the Trinity MKJ Series miniature circular connectors. The interactive 3D modeling site provides a resource to test...

Products: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Spacers and Washers

Keystone Electronics Corp. (Astoria, NY) offers Nylon spacers and washers designed to grip the outside of a screw shank and easily slide onto screws wile assuring secured retention via the screw threads. The spacers...

Products: Electronics & Computers
Mini Hybrid Connector

Colder Products (St. Paul, MN) has introduced the Mini Hybrid connector, which eliminates the need for multiple connections between remote tools and a device. For applications requiring a smaller footprint,...

Products: Electronics & Computers
Compact I/O Modules

ACS Motion Control (Eden Prairie, MN) has developed SPiiPlus IOMnt EtherCAT digital I/O modules that offer up to 32 inputs and 32 outputs, with minimal power dissipation. The inputs are designed to meet EN 61131-2,...

Products: Electronics & Computers
In-Line Power Supplies

GlobTek (Northvale, NJ) has introduced the GT-91120 series of in-line power supplies with double-enforced insulation mechanical configurations. They feature regulated outputs voltage from 5V to 48VDC in 0.1V...

Products: Motion Control
One-Handed Hemostasis Valves

Qosina (Edgewood, NY) has introduced two one-handed hemostasis valves. Part number 80238 has an internal diameter that accepts up to 7 French and features a push-pull mechanism allowing a single-handed process...

Products: Medical
Quick Connects

Value Plastics (Fort Collins, CO) has launched the MQC Series of quick connects that feature large ergonomic grips and emit an audible “click” indicating a secure connection. The fittings are available in USP Class VI...

Products: Electronics & Computers
AC/DC Power Supplies

Protek Power (Hudson, MA) has introduced the PM400 Series of AC/DC power supplies, featuring 400 watts of performance in a package of 4 × 7 × 1.58 inches for medical applications, including patient vicinity medical...

Products: Electronics & Computers
Wire-to-Wire Feedthroughs

Douglas Electrical (Randolph, NJ) offers wire-to-wire feedthroughs for providing power and/or signal transmission into and out of vacuum or pressure environments. They are suitable for applications such as...

Products: Medical
Miniaturized FPGA Systems

Nallatech (Camarillo, CA) offers FPGA miniaturization services that address critical issues such as design verification and design for manufacturability. Solutions are available for a wide range of industries...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Braid-Reinforced PVC Hose

NewAge Industries (Southampton, PA) offers Nylobrade, braid-reinforced PVC hose certified by the National Sanitation Founda - tion for Standards 51 and 61. Nylobrade is manufactured from virgin PVC compound. All...

Products: Test & Measurement
Non-Contact Digital Measuring Machine

Quality Vision International (Rochester, NY) has introduced the full function benchtop digital measuring machine, the QVI SNAP™. SNAP’s digital megapixel camera with Native Video™ image...

Sensirion (Westlake Village, CA) has launched the LG01 micro flow switch for ultra-low liquid flow rates and bubble detection. The sensor makes fluidic systems more reliable by enabling the detection...

Products: Electronics & Computers
Rugged Spring Pins

Mill-Max (Oyster Bay, NY) offers a series of rugged spring pins capable of carrying 9 amps continuous current at 10 °C temperature rise. The Mill-Max 0850, 0851, 0852, and 0853 spring pins are suitable for rugged...

Products: Electronics & Computers
DC/DC Converters

Mornsun America (Hudson, MA) has introduced the WRA/WRB-LT-3W Series of surface mount DC/DC converters. The products offer 3W of power in a high density 0.93" × 0.73" × 0.33" surface mount package and are suitable for a...

Products: Motion Control
Custom Direct Drive Motor Systems

Applimotion (Loomis, CA) has introduced custom direct drive motor systems with precision encoders and bearings. An Applimotion motor kit is selected based on performance needs, and Applimotion engineers...

Products: Electronics & Computers
Filter/Amplifier Card

Krohn-Hite (Brockton, MA) offers the Model FLX-ICP4, a four-channel filter/amplifier with a flexible signal conditioning card suitable for use in ICP® sensor and other sensor/transducer applications requiring a...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Optical Fiber Cable

OFS Fitel (Avon, CT) has launched “Phase Stabilized Optical Fiber‚“ (PSOF) Cable, used for transmitting base band signals in synchronized measurement systems. It is designed with standard size and optical...

Products: Electronics & Computers
Non-Magnetic D-Sub I/O Connectors

CONEC (Garner, NC) has enhanced its I/O connectors for use in areas with high magnetic fields by replacing the usual steel shells and hardware with tin-plated brass and making the brackets of diecast zinc....

Products: Motion Control
Linear Slide

LM76 (East Longmeadow, MA) offers the Whispah™ Linear Slide for linear motion applications that must be non-contaminating to their environments, such as medical equipment. The linear slide is available in two sizes. The WSP1...

Products: Materials
Epoxy Resin System

Master Bond (Hackensack, NJ) offers the EP21LV epoxy that offers a 1 to 1 mix ratio by mix or volume and cures at room temperature in 24 to 36 hours or faster at elevated temperatures. The rigidity of its cure is...

Pulse oximetry non-invasively measures blood oxygen saturation (SpO2) and heart rate using a photo sensor to track the amount of absorbed light emitted by a red and infra-red LED. It...

Accuracy and reliability are key issues in the medical device industry — especially regarding administration of medical fluids or gases. Many medical fluid administration sets are provided with a flow restrictor....

Cardiovascular stents and other medical implants increase lifespan and quality of life for millions around the world — yet adverse effects attenuate their full potential....

Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Thermal Management Solutions for Medical Applications

Thermal management of medical electronic devices and systems is now more challenging. Power densities continue to increase while product form factors continue to shrink. Simple thermal management solutions, such as passive cooling (adding a fan and heat sink), are no longer typically viable...

An ophthalmic ultrasound system evaluates ocular structures more clearly by providing images of all aspects of the anterior segment. It provides images of the eye and tissues...

Briefs: Medical
Improved Devices for Collecting Sweat for Chemical Analysis

Improved devices have been proposed for collecting sweat for biochemical analysis — especially for determination of the concentration of Ca2+ ions in sweat as a measure of loss of Ca from bones. Unlike commercially available sweat-collection patches used previously in...

Dizziness and balance issues are the most frequently reported symptoms following exposure to an improvised explosive device.

Results of a two-year clinical trial indicate that a NASA technology originally developed for plant growth experiments on space shuttle missions has...

News: Medical
Electric Motor is Just a Single Molecule

Tufts University chemists have announced the development of the world's first single-molecule electric motor — a mind-boggling concept in and of itself, but even more so when you take a look at the hard numbers. The new motor measures a mere 1 nanometer across — 200X smaller than the current world...

News: Software
Improving Remote Electrocardiography

As telemedicine gains prominence, the potential for misdiagnosis remains a viable concern. Whether in regard to ultrasound or ECG technology, the focus is shifting toward finding ways to make remote diagnosis as foolproof as possible even among individuals with limited expertise. It is estimated that 4...

News: Software
Dr. Watson Goes to Work

One of the nation's largest health insurers, WellPoint, announced today that it would develop and launch IBM Watson-based solutions to improve patient care. Ever since Watson's noteworthy performance on Jeopardy!, talk has circulated about the supercomputer's potential usefulness as a tool that physicians could use to...

News: Medical
Lower-Cost Medical Technologies Get a Boost

Universities are a breeding ground for innovation, but in order for those innovations to benefit the public, they must progress beyond the theoretical or prototype level — which requires adequate funding. A promising development was recently announced in California: Five teams of scientists from the...

Tech Briefs Media Group, publisher of Medical Design Briefs (MDB), has added two top sales professionals to their team, Helene Beck and Desiree Stygar, formerly associated with UBM Canon.

News: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Taking Over the Reins of the "User Innovation Revolution"

According to an interview published in MIT Sloan Management Review, innovation expert Eric von Hippel argues that product innovation comes, fundamentally, from users who improvise and improve upon existing products — not companies that manufacture those technologies. It may be the case...

News: Medical
Movies: Based on a True Brain Scan

It's often said that truth can be stranger than fiction, but it may also be said that truth imitates fiction. Technological advances seem to be sweeping us closer and closer to a reality that toes the line between fiction and fact. For example, the ability to reconstruct a movie based on brain scans sounds like...

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