September 2020

Regardless of the pace of production, quality control testing is still required to ensure that the products being sent to our front lines will perform as required.

As summer 2020 gives way to fall and we continue grappling with unprecedented challenges, healthcare industry efforts persist to ensure that medical supplies are available when and where they are...

Engineers are thinking of creative ways to design a packaging system that will ensure safe arrival of a medical device.
Machine-to-machine communication, deep learning, XR, and AI are all going to have an extraordinary will require low-latency manufacturing.
See how six-robots are being used to produce medical devices.
Fluid control valves, sinusoidal pumps, and more.
Simulation Software

Volume Graphics, Charlotte, NC, has added and augmented important functionalities to its software that help designers and manufacturers capture and...

3M has released a new extended wear medical transfer adhesive.
Even the latest medical and biomedical innovations, from imaging equipment to sensors, require fasteners that never fail.
Major ventilator manufacturers began implementing "crash programs" to expand their production lines, attempting to cram multiple years’ worth of output into the span of a few months.
The noninvasive technology could support dietary adherence and detect nutritional deficiencies.
Spinal cord stimulators could provide sensory feedback to a prosthetic arm.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Robotic Arm Helps Perform Delicate Surgeries
Sending small electrical currents to the fingertips of someone operating a robotic arm can help surgeons during robot-assisted procedures.
Plasma equipment manufacturer PVA TePla America was asked by a manufacturer of real-time PCR diagnostic tests to treat hundreds of thousands of plastic cartridges used to test for COVID-19.
Robust connectivity is integral to the accuracy and efficiency.
Infusion pump manufacturers must address challenges to support paramedics.
Removing organic contaminants and reducing bacterial and viral loads in medical device manufacturing.
R&D: Manufacturing & Prototyping
3D Printable Material Mimics Biological Tissues
Researchers have 3D printed a complex, porous lattice structure using liquid crystal elastomers (LCEs), creating devices that can finally mimic cartilage and other biological tissues.
Researchers have developed a wireless ultrasound transducer that is efficiently excited by microwaves.
Researchers have 3D printed a functioning centimeter-scale human heart pump in the lab.
A wrist-mounted device continuously tracks the entire human hand in 3D.
Researchers have developed a handheld, portable ammonia detector that — like glucometers used to measure blood sugar — assesses ammonia levels from a finger or earlobe prick.
A double-sided adhesive can be detached from the underlying tissue without causing any damage.
See how s flexible printed circuits (FPCs) are replacing microwires.
Ventilators are mission-critical to sustaining life and require a robust design to ensure they maintain the necessary up-time for patient care.
Thin-film technology could soon offer a less invasive and more cost-effective solution to enhance neurosurgery for people with neurological brain conditions, including epilepsy.
The camera-like device can be inserted into blood vessels to provide high-quality 3D images.

While some sectors of the medical device industry have done well during the pandemic, others have been adversely affected. Either way, mergers and acquisitions have...

The reliability of critical components, systems, and devices takes top priority in today’s healthcare environment. With the continued development of highly sophisticated...

Minimally invasive surgery (MIS) is a relatively modern technique that enables surgeons to perform operations through small incisions. Compared to traditional, ‘open’...

Spiders. What are they good for? More than just insect control! Spider silk is useful for a variety of biomedical applications. It exhibits mechanical properties superior to...

New imaging technology allows scientists to see the widespread loss of brain synapses in early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, a finding that one day may aid in drug development,...

A team of researchers led by the University of Adelaide and the University of Stuttgart has used 3D micro-printing to develop the world’s smallest, flexible scope for looking...

A type of wearable brain scanner is revealing new possibilities for understanding and diagnosing mental illness now that the technology has been expanded to scan the whole brain with...

Freudenberg Medical, a global developer and manufacturer of specialty components and finished products for the medical device industry, has acquired the dedicated...

An ear, nose, and throat doctor has invented a simple mask design that significantly improves safety during aerosol-generating procedures of the head and neck. The novel coronavirus...

The U.S. Army partnered with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center to create a biocontainment unit that could help healthcare workers caring for COVID-19 patients....

The rapid increase of life-threatening, antibiotic-resistant infections has resulted in challenging wound complications with limited choices of effective...

A team at the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory has prototyped a flexible patch containing tiny transducers for monitoring health conditions. When paired with a new algorithm, the...

Tech Talks: Medical
Multicore Optical Fiber Grating Array Fabrication for Medical Sensing Applications

The growing interest in high-performance fiber grating arrays can be attributed to today’s acceptance of optical fiber sensors in more medical applications such as shape-sensing fiber incorporated into surgical instruments. This presentation looks at a...

By investigating insect surfaces, Penn State researchers have detailed an unidentified nanostructure that can be used to engineer stronger, more resilient water-repellent coatings. With...

Doorknobs, light switches, shopping carts. Fear runs rampant nowadays when it comes to touching common surfaces because of the rapid spread of the coronavirus. A Virginia...

Masks, gowns, and other personal protective equipment (PPE) are essential for protecting healthcare workers. However, the textiles and materials used in such items can absorb and carry...

New coatings on implants could help make them more compatible. Researchers at the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) have developed a new method of applying...

Liquid silicone rubber (LSR) materials enable health care device designers and equipment manufacturers to introduce improved material features for critical...

Researchers have developed remote-controlled, mechanical microdevices that, when inserted into human tissue, can manipulate the fluid that surrounds them, collect cells or release...

A U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ research team has invented a novel face mask using a transparent shield with filtered vents. The see-through “Clear Talker” mask allows...

INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control
Robot Takes Contact-Free Measurements of Patient Vital Signs

During the current coronavirus pandemic, one of the riskiest parts of a healthcare worker’s job is assessing people who have symptoms of COVID-19. Researchers from MIT,...

New probes using incredibly bright dyes could help detect COVID-19 earlier, leading to faster testing even when only trace amounts of SARS-CoV-2 RNA are present. As the...

INSIDER: Test & Measurement
COVID-19 Test Produces Rapid Results

A CRISPR-based diagnostic for COVID-19 can produce results in 30 minutes to an hour, with similar accuracy as the standard PCR diagnostics now used. STOPCovid could be made cheaply enough that people...

A University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign student team designed a hybrid rocket engine that uses paraffin and a novel nitrous oxide-oxygen mixture called Nytrox. The project began in 2013 with the...

Tech Talks: Medical
Advanced Textile Solutions for Structural Heart Devices

Choosing the right medical textiles for cardiovascular devices used in structural heart procedures, such as transcatheter heart valve replacement or repair of left atrial appendage occlusion, requires careful consideration. Medical textiles must act as flexible conduits and barriers...

On-Demand Webinars: Medical
Metal Injection Molding

This 60-minute Webinar examines metal injection molding (MIM), a unique process that eliminates the need for complex, expensive machining when producing small, intricate steel and stainless steel components....

White Papers: Test & Measurement
Implantable Medical Devices: a Clinical Approach to Designing Preclinical Studies

Implantable medical devices are being increasingly used in both established and novel clinical applications. Given their invasive nature, such devices are...

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