INSIDER : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Watching What You Eat? Flexible Sensors Could Monitor Food Intake

Researchers have built a flexible sensor that can be rolled up and swallowed. Upon ingestion, the sensor adheres to the stomach wall or intestinal lining, where it can measure the rhythmic contractions of the digestive tract.

News : Medical
Creating the Future: A New Way to Join Arteries

A novel, pencil-sized device now provides surgeons with an alternative to traditional methods of suturing arteries. The Arterial Everter, Medical Category winner of the 2017 “Create the Future” Design Contest, will reduce operation times, according to the technology’s inventor.

A new gesture-recognition technology from Lancaster University can make a remote control out of your coffee mug — or most everyday objects, for that matter.

News : Medical
Sterigenics and Noxilizer Partner to Provide NO2 Sterilization

Noxilizer, Inc. (Baltimore, MD) and Sterigenics International LLC (Broadview Heights, OH) have signed a global agreement that will make Sterigenics the exclusive worldwide provider of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) contract sterilization services, as well as feasibility and...

News : Medical
A Wearable Sensor that Bends, Stretches, and Moves

A team of engineers has created the most functional flexible transistor in the world — and with it, a fast, simple and inexpensive fabrication process that’s easily scalable to the commercial level.

News : Medical
Zinc Sensor Opens New ‘Windows to the Body’

A new zinc sensor has been developed that will allow for a deeper understanding of the dynamic roles that metal ions play in regulating health and disease in the living body.

News : Medical
Small Chip Could Revolutionize Diagnostics

Scientists have developed a completely new method for the analysis of molecules in liquids on a chip. The possible applications of this technology could revolutionize medical diagnostics, researchers say.

INSIDER : Medical
MRI-Robot-Guided Stroke Rehab

A researcher is developing methods using functional MRI and wrist-controlled robots to assess brain activity in response to a changing set of rehabilitation exercises in stroke patients.

News : AR/AI
Solving Medical’s Big Data Problem

The medical field has a data problem. The issue isn’t a lack of data, but rather a lack of structure. Every year researchers publish thousands of studies describing the results of clinical trials. But there is no easy way to sift through them all.

From the Editor : Manufacturing & Prototyping
From the Editor: The Future of Medical Manufacturing

The Future of Medical Manufacturing implementing automation. It is embracing 3D printing, Industry 4.0, the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence (AI), and even augmented reality — the layering of the physical and digital worlds.

R&D : Medical
Self-Powered Paper-Based Devices May Lead to New Diagnostics

A diagnostic device made out of paper detects biomarkers and identifies diseases by performing electrochemical analyses — powered only by the user’s touch — and reads out the color-coded test results, making it easy for non-experts to understand.

R&D : Medical
Fiber-Based OLEDs Enable Flexible, Wearable Displays

A research team has created wearable displays for various applications including healthcare. Integrating organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) into fabrics, the team developed highly flexible and reliable technology for wearable displays. The team used two different approaches, fabric-type and...

News : Materials
New Type of Rubber Can Self-Heal

Researchers have developed a new type of rubber that is as tough as natural rubber but can also self-heal. Applications include wearable electronics and other medical devices. In order to make a rubber self-healable, the team needed to make the bonds connecting the polymers reversible, so that the bonds could...

R&D : Medical
Smart Garment Prevents Back Stress

A team of engineers has combined the science of biomechanics and advances in wearable tech to create a smart, mechanized undergarment. The team’s testing proves that the smart clothing offloads stress on the low back.

R&D : Medical
New Dental Restoration Composite More Durable than Conventional Material

Researchers have developed a new type of dental composite that provides an extra layer of durability to treated teeth. The potential payoff is longer lasting fillings, crowns, implants, and other work.

News : Medical
New Material Could Aid Body’s Cellular Repair Process

A research team has demonstrated a therapeutic material that could one day promote better tissue regeneration following a wound or a stroke. The injectable gel-like material, which is called a hydrogel, helps this repair process by forming a scaffold inside the wound that acts as like an...

Features : Medical
The Power of Ultrasonic Piezo Transducers for Medical Applications

Ultrasonic piezo transducers can be used in a wide variety of applications, including medical devices. Because there is no one-size-fits-all solution, transducer manufacturers need to provide flexibility in materials and mechanical design.

Features : Medical
Advances in Specialty Metals Drive New Medical Device Applications

Stainless steel in its different varieties, including 304, 316, 316L, and others, is the material that forms the backbone of the medical device industry. However, other metals are important and are becoming even more so. That’s because as science progresses, it also pushes the...

Technology Leaders : Medical
Core Competencies: Staying Competitive in the Medical Device Industry

Staying competitive calls for medical equipment OEMs to constantly keep pace with the speed of innovation. Better medical treatment and care can be achieved with fast, accurate results from advanced imaging applications such as CT scanning and MRI that process and analyze...

FDA’s introduction to its rules for medical device regulation states: “Medical devices are classified into Class I, II, and III. Regulatory control...

Features : Design
Design for Inspection: The Key to Lower Cost and Higher Profit Margins

More OEMs than ever before are adopting the concept of design for manufacturability (DFM). However, most don’t realize that inspection can represent 20–40 percent or more of their final product cost. If they are not looking at Design for Inspection (DFI) in early product...

Features : Medical
Advances in Hydrophilic and Hydrophobic Coatings for Medical Devices

The medical device industry, driven by innovation and new technologies, has become one of the biggest markets in healthcare. The explosion in sophistication and application of devices makes it possible to help improve human health in ways that were unthinkable just a few years...

Features : Materials
ADHESIVES: The Importance of CTE for Assembly Reliability

Adhesive compounds play a critical role in the fabrication of assemblies for electronic, optical, and mechanical systems. In securing multiple components into a single structure, bonding agents such as epoxies and silicones help stabilize the assembly despite the various sources of stress...

Every product endures a complex manufacturing journey that begins at assembly and ends at delivery. Especially in robotic manufacturing operations, this...

Features : Medical
Robot System Safety in Medical Manufacturing

Industrial manufacturing of medical products presents distinct challenges. This is particularly true for manufacturing of injectable drug products, which requires minimizing contamination to ensure the safety of patients and personnel as well as the quality of the product. In order to meet these...

Features : Medical
Lightweight Robotics Bring Agility to Device Manufacturing

In order to operate successfully in today's fast-paced and global market, manufacturing agility and output is paramount. The field of manufacturing for the medical industry is relying more and more on modular lightweight robotic systems to perform a range of tasks to keep up with the...

Features : AR/AI
The Promise of Asimov Robots in Medical Manufacturing

Most people are aware of the newest developments and the latest generation of robots and artificial intelligence (AI). Much has been made of how these things will bring changes to manufacturing and will impact jobs. Medical device manufacturing can clearly benefit as much as any industry with...

Products : Medical
New Products and Services: October 2017 Medical Design Briefs

SMT Contact

Harwin, Salem NH, has released a surface-mount socket designed to provide superior pin retention and durability for high-volume applications manufactured using advanced automated systems. Sycamore’s design features three points of contact, providing the...

Products : Medical
New Products & Services: October 2017 Medical Manufacturing & Fabrication

Linear DC Micro Welder

Amada Miyachi America, Monrovia, CA, offers a linear DC micro welder that features closed-loop feedback. The UB29A delivers a precisely controlled, repeatable waveform with an ultra-fast rise time of less than 200 μsec, all in a compact...

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Cognitive Hearing Aid Filters Out the Noise

People who are hearing impaired have a difficult time following a conversation in a multi-speaker environment such as a noisy restaurant or a party. While current hearing aids can suppress...

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