September 2019

Features: Test & Measurement
Pen and Autoinjectors: Testing for the Future

The injectable drug-delivery device market is growing at a staggering rate, with an anticipated global market value of $37.5 billion by 2025 compared to $16.7 billion in 2016. The driving factors...

The combination of drugs with medical devices has the potential to take patient care in an entirely new direction. The power of these products is that they can deliver a precise amount...

Updates to ISO 11607, Parts 1 and 2, have left many medical device manufacturers wondering about the future of their packaging designs. These changes come at a stressful...

Hermetic Seals Guide

A guide from Accumet, Westford, MA, offers electromechanical engineers and designers design for manufacturability (DFM) tips for optimizing their...

Gradient Valves

Clippard, Cincinnati, OH, has released gradient valves that feature multiple two-way, normally closed solenoids connected around a central body. The...

Composite Medical Tubing

Polygon, Walkerton, IN, has released a high-performance composite tubing for surgical applications. PolyMed® is ideal for use in...

Rutgers University researchers have created a device that can determine whether targeted chemotherapy drugs are working on individual cancer patients. The portable device,...

A research team led by Tufts University engineers has developed a 3D printed pill that samples bacteria found in the gut — known as the microbiome — as it passes...

An estimated 50 million people worldwide are living with dementia, resulting in more than $1 trillion each year in healthcare costs. Artificial emotional intelligence (AEI)...

Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Tiny Vibration-Powered Robots Can Work Together

Researchers have created a new type of tiny 3D printed robot that moves by harnessing vibration from piezoelectric actuators, ultrasound sources, or even tiny speakers. Swarms of these...

Patients fitted with an orthopedic prosthetic commonly experience a period of intense pain after surgery. In an effort to control the pain, surgeons inject painkillers into the...

By design, the patent system generates a wealth of technical know-how with respect to new technologies. It chronicles the technical challenges others have faced in the past and...

One day, scopes may no longer need to be inserted into the body — such as down the throat or under the skin — to reach the stomach, brain, or any other organs for...

Researchers have developed a type of imaging probe that allows for earlier detection of acute kidney failure, a rapidly developing condition that can be fatal. The new renal probes, which have been...

A new generation of pathology labs mounted on chips is set to revolutionize the detection and treatment of cancer by using devices as thin as a human hair to analyze bodily fluids. The...

R&D: Electronics & Computers
Improving Afib Detection after Stroke

A new method of evaluating irregular heartbeats outperformed the approach that’s currently used widely in stroke units to detect instances of atrial fibrillation (Afib). The technology, called...

Scientists have developed a thinner, skin-like artificial throat that would adhere to the neck like a temporary tattoo. To make their artificial throat, the researchers laser-scribed graphene on a thin...

R&D: Robotics, Automation & Control
Harvesting Energy from the Human Knee

An energy harvester attached to the wearer’s knee can generate 1.6 μW of power while the wearer walks without any increase in effort. The energy is enough to power small electronics like health...

R&D: Robotics, Automation & Control
Multitasking Exoskeleton for Rehab

A new multitasking exoskeleton can be used for any of an entire arm’s eight movements that originate from the shoulder, elbow, or wrist joints. Detachable parts allow the therapist to focus on a...

Technology Leaders: Electronics & Computers
Magnetic Field Sensors: A Comparison of Two Technologies

The Hall effect was named after its discoverer, American physicist and thermoelectric researcher Harvard Edwin Herbert Hall. The Hall sensor acts as a magnetic field perpendicular to a...

Many factors are conspiring to increase the amount of “noise” or interference that can disturb the functionality and even damage electronic devices, starting with the sheer...

Global Innovations: Materials
Conductive Textiles Connect Multiple Wearables

Researchers at the National University of Singapore (NUS) have invented a completely new way for wearable devices to interconnect. They incorporated conductive textiles into clothing to...

A novel imaging technique that uses a synthesized form of scorpion venom to light up brain tumors has shown promise in a clinical trial. The imaging system enables...

Along with flying and invisibility, high on the list of every child's aspirational superpowers is the ability to see through or around walls or other visual obstacles. That...

In an advance for medical imaging, scientists from University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center have discovered a method for creating radioactive...

In an article published in the peer-reviewed SPIE publication, Journal of Biomedical Optics (JBO), researchers are demonstrating a new imaging modality that successfully identifies...

An electronic glove can be worn over a prosthetic hand to provide humanlike softness, warmth, appearance and sensory perception, such as the ability to sense pressure,...

INSIDER: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Thread Transistors Create Flexible Medical Devices

A team of engineers has developed a transistor made from linen thread, enabling them to create electronic devices made entirely of thin threads that could be woven into fabric, worn on...

A team of scientists is developing wearable skin sensors that can detect what’s in your sweat. They hope that monitoring perspiration could bypass the need for more invasive procedures...

White Papers: Medical
Advanced Polymers: Get to Know Grilamid TR

Healthcare environments impose a wide range of challenges on product developers, who must select materials that are strong, stable, resistant, and easy to manufacture. See how one advanced polymer...

Medical device companies have challenged thousands of patents using the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s (PTAB) administrative adjudication system. Introduced in 2012,...

INSIDER: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Breakthrough Technique Improves 3D Printing of Organs

A new technique called SWIFT (sacrificial writing into functional tissue) enables 3D printing of vascular channels into living matrices composed of stem-cell-derived organ building...

Cancer treatment could be dramatically improved by an invention designed to precisely locate the edges of tumors during surgery to remove them. The new imaging technology uses the...

A therapeutic shoe engineered to improve stroke recovery is proving successful and expected to hit the market by the end of the year. Since patients are often disappointed in their progress...

Scientists from EPFL in Switzerland and Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna in Italy are developing technology for the blind that bypasses the eyeball entirely and sends messages to the brain. They do this by...

Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University and Nanyang Technological University, Singapore have developed an organ-on-an-electronic-chip platform, which uses bioelectrical sensors to...

An international team led by scientists from Lawson Health Research Institute and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center are the first to show that magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can be used to measure...

Joint replacements are among the most common elective surgeries, but about one in 100 patients suffer post-surgical infections, turning a routine procedure into an expensive, dangerous...

“Opioid abuse, misuse, and addiction has become one of the most profound public health crises facing the U.S. today,” says Jeffrey Shuren, FDA, CDRH....

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Dan Sanchez on How to Improve Extruded Components

Improving extruded components requires careful attention to a number of factors, including dimensional tolerance, material selection, and processing. Trelleborg’s Dan Sanchez provides detailed insights into each of these considerations to help you advance your device innovations while reducing costs and speeding time to market.

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