September 2015

Piezo motion-based precision mechanisms provide a number of features that are highly sought after in medical applications, such as lubricant-free design and sterile, ceramic actuation. Ceramics...

Budget cutbacks due to healthcare reform, hospital pricing pressures, and changes to reimbursement are limiting money funneling into the medical device...

Micronor Inc., Newbury Park, CA, introduces the world’s first commercially-available MRI-safe linear position sensor system for OEM motion control applications. With 100μm...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
60V Synchronous Buck Controller

Intersil Corporation, Milpitas, CA, announced the first 60V synchronous buck controller able to bypass the step-down conversion stage traditionally employed in industrial applications. The ISL8117 synchronous...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
EV Series Automated Dispensing System

Nordson EFD, East Providence, RI, introduces the EV Series Automatic Dispensing System, which delivers easy automation for precise fluid application. With DispenseMotion software, the EV Series is easy...

Products: Medical
Fairloc Bellows Couplings

Designatronics, Inc., New Hyde Park, NY, introduces a new line of couplings. Sterling Instrument’s Miniature Fairloc® bellows couplings are zero backlash, easy to install, and correct for angular and parallel...

Interpower Group of Companies, Oskaloosa, IA, has expanded its cord set and power cord product lines with two new power cords and three new cord sets featuring the preferred configuration of the SANS...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Custom Mini Components

Minnesota Rubber and Plastics, Minneapolis, MN, announces custom miniaturized components in a broad range of materials. The company can mold miniature components for fluid delivery systems using custom blends of PEEK,...

Products: Medical
clipKIT Heat Sink Attachment

Advanced Thermal Solutions, Inc., Norwood, MA, introduces clipKIT™, a heat sink attachment system that can be used with most industry standard, off the shelf straight fin, pin fin, cross cut, or slant fin heat...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Durable Metalized Windows

Reynard Corporation, San Clemente, CA, now provides high performance metalized win dows used in a variety of applications such as windows for cryogenic storage dewars, hermetically sealed detectors, medical...

Products: Medical
BiSlide Modular Design

Velmex, Inc., Bloomfield, NY, announces that its BiSlide positioning stage is constructed with hard coat anodized, aluminum dovetail ways, and smooth motion PTFE bearings. BiSlide assemblies have a load capacity of 300...

Glenbrook Technologies, Randolph, NJ, announces desktop fluoroscopic X-ray imaging of medical devices. Its JewelBox Ultra Compact delivers the ultimate x-ray image quality at the lowest radiation dose...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
GP-1812 Workstation

Mundt & Associates, Inc., Scottsdale, AZ, announces that its basic GP-12 laser work station is configured with three axes, X, Y, and Z of servo-controlled motion. The system is expandable to 12 axes of motion as the...

Glebar Company, Ramsey, NJ, announces that a new arthroscopic shaver application, developed by Glebar for its advanced GT-610 CNC centerless grinder, is now delivering the most precise inner and outer tubes for...

Products: Medical
PCB Vertical Card Guides

Keystone Electronics Corp., Astoria, NY, introduces a new assortment of durable nylon card guides for vertical mount circuit boards. Engineered to stack and secure printed circuit boards, these new guides install...

maxon precision motors, Fall River, MA, is launching its EC-i 40 DC brushless motor in a High Torque version. The iron-core internal rotor drive is available with a diameter of 40 mm and delivers up to 234 mNm...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Fischer Core Series Stainless Steel

Fischer Connectors, Inc., Alpharetta, GA, announces the launch of its new premiumgrade Stainless Steel range of circular connectors. They offer outstanding chemical, temperature, and radiation resistance....

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Ceramic Piezoelectric Actuators

Morgan Advanced Materials, Windsor, UK, introduces multilayer ceramic piezoelectric actuators. Their multi-layer structure allows devices to generate large mechanical strains at relatively low voltages, making...

Littelfuse, Inc., Chicago, IL, introduces four TVS Diode Arrays that occupy less board space than similar industry offerings. The SP1013 and SP1014 fit into a standard 0201 footprint but offer a 30%...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Modular Microliter Pump

2E Mechatronic GmbH & Co., Kirchheim unter Teck, Germany, announces a new pump system combining the benefits of diaphragm, piston injection, and peristaltic pumps. The basic pump has up to five independent flow...

Products: Medical
Voice Coil Actuator

BEI Kimco Magnetics, Vista, CA, announces its LAS13-54-001Z Linear Housed Voice Coil Actuator, which features an integral built-in position sensor and moving magnet design with resolution and force attributes to...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
EM9301 Bluetooth Smart Controller

EM Microelectronic, Marin, Switzerland, has released its latest version of the EM9301 ultra-low power Bluetooth Smart Controller. Optimized for different ultra-low power modes, the new chip consumes only...

The deleterious effects of microgravity are undeniable: reduced bone mineral density, muscle atrophy, vascular remodeling, etc. These health...

A team of researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis along with colleagues at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign developed a wireless device just...

Ensuring that device packaging meets specifications.

Considering the complex science and research that goes into developing medical devices, it is...

In September 2013, the FDA announced new regulations for medical device manufacturers known as UDI (Unique Device Identifier) that would require all medical devices to bear a...

Bonelike silicon improves interaction with soft tissue.

Chemists at the University of Chicago in collaboration with other researchers at Northwestern University have developed the first...

Why does a square structure absorb more force?

Mechanical engineers at Clemson University pondering why the tail of a seahorse is square and how this adds to its strength referred back to...

INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control
Micro-Tentacles Help Robots Handle Delicate Objects

Engineers from Iowa State University developed micro-tentacles that enable robots to handle delicate objects.

“Most robots use two fingers. To pick things up, they have to squeeze,” said Jaeyoun (Jay) Kim, an Iowa State University associate professor of electrical and computer...

R&D: Medical
Smart Patch Tracks Blood Sugar, Releases Insulin

A “smart insulin patch” created by researchers at the University of North Carolina and North Carolina State University detects increases in blood sugar levels and secretes doses of insulin into the bloodstream whenever needed.

R&D: Robotics, Automation & Control
Researcher Predicts Advances in Thermal Materials

To produce electricity, thermoelectric materials capture waste heat from sources such as automobile exhausts or industrial processes. Improving the materials' efficiency will require further reduction of thermal conductivity. A new article from a Georgia Institute of Technology professor...

R&D: Medical
Nanowire Yarn Boosts Supercapacitor Efficiency

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology discovered that yarn made of niobium nanowires enables more efficient supercapacitors. The new approach uses the yarns as the electrodes in tiny supercapacitors. Adding a coating of a conductive polymer to the yarn further increases the...

R&D: Medical
Researchers Mold Silicon into Intricate Shapes

A mold developed by Cornell University researchers can shape liquid silicon out of organic polymer materials. The self-assembling organic polymers create a template dotted with precisely sized and shaped nanopores. The development could lead to exact single-crystal silicon nanostructures.

R&D: Medical
Stacking Approach Creates New 2D Materials

Researchers from Penn State University have worked with University of Texas at Dallas engineers to induce different two-dimensional materials to form directly on top of one another. The stacking approach achieves clean interfaces between layers — an important factor for novel nanoelectronic...

Semiconductor chip technology has miniaturized by leaps and bounds over the past couple of decades, enabling the modern era we live in with smartphones, tablets, and...

It is clear that the medical electronics industry has entered an era of dramatic transitions that touch virtually every aspect of the business from...

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A team of scientists at the Kobe University Graduate School of Engineering and the Graduate School of Medicine has...

From the Editor: Medical
From the Editor — As Components Shrink, Business Grows

The demand for electronics is growing exponentially. Advances in sensors, integrated circuits, and wireless communications have allowed the design of low-cost, miniature, lightweight, and intelligent devices that can sense, process, and communicate health information through wireless...

News: Medical
DoD Pushes for Wearable Electronics

As part of a Department of Defense effort to partner with industry and academia to ensure that the US continues to lead in the new frontiers of manufacturing, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced that the Obama administration will award a Manufacturing Innovation Institute for Flexible Hybrid Electronics...

News: Medical
Creating Stretchy Conductors for Flexible Electronics

A team of engineers at Washington State University, Pullman, discovered how to stretch metal films used in flexible electronics to twice their size without breaking, which they say, could lead to dramatic improvements in flexible electronics. This may advance applications in bendable...

INSIDER: FDA/Regulatory
FDA Releases Cache of Medical Device Data

OpenFDA is releasing a treasure trove of information on medical devices that could help spur innovation and advance scientific research. OpenFDA’s Application Programming Interface (API) expands the previous resources about medical device-related adverse events and recalls by incorporating information...

INSIDER: AR/AI
Augmented Reality Telementoring Offers Remote Assistance

An "augmented reality telementoring" system built by researchers at Purdue University and the Indiana University School of Medicine provides effective support to battlefield surgeons from specialists located thousands of miles away. The system uses a transparent display positioned between...

INSIDER: Medical
Magnetic Fields Enable Full-Body Health Monitoring

Electrical engineers at the University of California, San Diego demonstrated a wireless communication technique that sends magnetic signals through the human body. The secure, low-power innovation could lead to a wireless sensor network for full-body health monitoring.

INSIDER: Medical
Robotic Exoskeleton Helps Paralyzed Voluntarily Control Movements

A “robotic exoskeleton” device developed by UCLA scientists allowed a paralyzed man to voluntarily control his leg muscles and take thousands of steps. In addition to the robotic device, the man was aided by a novel noninvasive spinal stimulation technique that does not...

News: Medical
September 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
Noninvasive Brain Stimulation Improves Motor Symptoms of PD Patients

A team of Johns Hopkins University scientists discovered that noninvasive brain stimulation temporarily improves motor symptoms in patients with Parkinson's disease (PD). The Johns Hopkins study also revealed that people with Parkinson's disease are still capable of making...

News: Medical
Paralyzed Man 'Feels' Physical Sensations Through Prosthetic Hand

A 28-year-old who has been paralyzed for more than a decade has become the first person to be able to “feel” physical sensations through a prosthetic hand directly connected to his brain, and even identify which mechanical finger is being gently touched.

INSIDER: FDA/Regulatory
FDA Announces First Patient Engagement Advisory Committee

While historically, the development of new technologies to improve patients’ lives has relied upon experts’ opinions rather than asking patients and families directly what they consider important, this may be about to change. Patients and their care partners are becoming intimately...

News: Robotics, Automation & Control
Smart Robot Finds Best Combinations for Cancer Treatments

A new research robot from Uppsala University engineers finds optimal treatment combinations for cancer treatments. The robotic system plans and conducts experiments with many substances, and draws its own conclusions from the results, according to Dr Claes Andersson, leading scientist in...

News: Medical
Light Source Detects Minute Changes in Cells

The Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO), in collaboration with the Laboratory for Attosecond Physics at the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics (MPQ) and the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) in Munich, have developed a unique broadband and coherent infrared light source. The source...

News: Medical
Stretchable Conductor Supports Implantable Medical Devices

Researchers at the University of Houston have discovered a transparent conductor that can be folded or stretched and released, resulting in a large curvature or a significant strain, at least 10,000 times without showing signs of fatigue. The technology pairs gold nanomesh with a...

INSIDER: Medical
Cancer Patient Receives 3D-Printed Titanium Rib Implants

In a collaboration between the Melbourne-based medical device company Anatomics and Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), a cancer patient diagnosed with a chest wall sarcoma received a 3D-printed titanium sternum and rib implants.

INSIDER: Medical
Ultrasonic Tool Cleans Medical Instruments

An ultrasonic technology developed by researchers from the University of Southampton removes contaminants from surgical steel. The StarStream device creates tiny bubbles which automatically scrub surfaces.

INSIDER: Medical
Microscope Enables Material Analysis Below the Surface

A microscope from the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory will allow scientists studying biological and synthetic materials to simultaneously observe chemical and physical properties on and beneath the surface. The Hybrid Photonic Mode-Synthesizing Atomic Force Microscope...

News: Medical
September 2015 Month-End Industry News

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