Briefs : Energy
Tiny Solar Cells Deliver Big Power

Engineers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have created microscale solar cells that could power a multitude of personal devices, including wearable medical sensors, smartwatches, and autofocusing...

Briefs : Materials
Biodegradable Polymer Is Stronger and Longer Lasting

Polylactic acid, or PLA, is a biodegradable polymer commonly used to make a variety of products, from disposable cups to medical implants to drug-delivery systems. A team of Brown...

Briefs : Medical
Gaming Camera Aids MS Treatment

A device commonly found in living rooms around the world could be an inexpensive and effective means of evaluating the walking difficulties of multiple sclerosis (MS) patients. The Microsoft Kinect is a 3D...

Briefs : Medical
Dust-Sized Sensors Could Create “Electroceuticals”

University of California, Berkeley engineers have built the first dust-sized, wireless sensors that can be implanted in the body, bringing closer the day when a Fitbit-like device could...

Briefs : Test & Measurement
NIST Illuminates Transfer of Nanoscale Motion Through Microscale Machine

As U.S. industry develops smaller mechanical systems, they face bigger challenges — microscopic parts are more likely to stick together and wear out when they make...

Briefs : Medical
Electrochemical Etching Improves 3D printing of metals

Researchers at Arizona State University have made potentially game-changing progress in the emerging realms of 3D printing and additive manufacturing — an advance that could have a...

Features : Medical
Muddy Waters May Be in Hot Water over Flawed St. Jude Report

In late August, short-selling investment firm Muddy Waters issued an alarming report claiming that St. Jude Medical’s pacemakers, ICDs, and CRTs “should be recalled or remediated” for what it determined were cybersecurity vulnerabilities.

Features : Medical
How the IoT Is Enabling the Next Generation of Medical Devices

The Internet of Things (IoT) has penetrated all sectors of the technological sphere at an accelerating pace. According to Gartner, by the end of 2016, 6.4 billion IoT connected...

Features : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Wearable Medical Sensors Provide New Solutions to Changing Needs

The healthcare world today is one that is rapidly changing and ever-evolving. Several dynamics are driving these changes, including an aging population, the increasing prevalence of chronic diseases, and pressure on healthcare providers to deliver high-quality medical care at the...

Features : Design
Medical Device Outsourcing: Intellectual Property Considerations

Outsourcing can save costs and provide other commercial benefits. With outsourcing efforts related to medical devices, it is important to understand some aspects of U.S. intellectual property (IP) law. This is especially true for inventive medical devices, where there is value not...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
UV Plastic Adhesive

Panacol-Elosol GmbH, Steinbach, Germany, offers a UV adhesive for bonding plastics that is available in three different viscosities. The appropriate viscosity can be chosen depending on the application. Vitralit® 7311 is low viscosity and works well for tight bond gaps, Vitralit 7311 T is a mid-range viscosity version, and...

Features : Manufacturing & Prototyping
New Tube-Cutting Technology Meets Next-Generation Production Needs

Stents and hypodermic tubes (hypotubes) are used in countless applications, and the demand is growing rapidly in response to the continued demand for stent applications and growth of minimally invasive surgery. The sheer number and diversity of devices is rapidly increasing, and...

Features : Medical
Grinding Machines Offer Unique Capabilities for the Medical Industry

The recent emergence of specially designed five-axis grinding machines can now meet the highest expectations of accuracy and machine dynamics within the special demands of the medical industry, particularly the orthopedic segment. A short setup time and high flexibility in...

Features : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Laser Texturing Continues to Evolve in Medical Applications

In the medical device industry, surface texture has become an important aspect of product design. It not only provides the means to refine the physical appearance of an item, but also increases an item’s surface grip qualities. And through surface texturing, manufacturers can create...

Products : Photonics/Optics
Photonics Alignment Platform

Aerotech, Pittsburgh, PA, introduced the FiberMaxHP second-generation photonics alignment platform. The noncontact, direct-drive technology is capable of 2-nm linear and 0.05-μrad rotary minimum incremental motion with speeds to 400 mm/s. FiberMaxHP is available with three to six axes of direct-drive alignment, and...

Products : Medical
Stainless Steel Cylinder

Bimba Manufacturing, University Park, IL, added a compact, stainless steel cylinder to its Flat-I® product line. The stainless steel Flat-I cylinders were designed for applications in which frequent, corrosive wash downs are required to prevent the propagation of bacteria. They come in eight bore sizes, including 9/16,...

Products : Medical
Silicone System

The Silcast 8446 silicone system from EpoxySet, Lincoln, RI, is designed for bonding to metal surfaces. It protects sensitive electronics from environmental conditions, thermal cycling stresses, and vibrational shock. It can be silk screened to create automotive gaskets, or used as a potting/encapsulation compound for component...

Products : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Vision Sensors

Festo Corp., Hauppauge, NY, introduced the SBSI series of low-cost vision sensors for code reading and quality inspection. The series offers rugged IP67 housing, built-in lighting, and EtherNet/IP capability. SBSI sensors can be ordered as components, parts of a subsystem ready for assembly, or incorporated into a plug-and-play...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Color Concentrates

Foster, Putnam, CT, offers a new line of color concentrates using FDA 21CFR 73 subpart D pigments for medical device applications. MediBatch™ color concentrates will be available in quantities as low as a single pound. Single pound quantities available from stock can pigment up to 25 lb of natural polymer. The color...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
High-Volume Manufacturing

J-Pac Medical, Somersworth, NH, announced that it will provide high-volume, automated manufacturing capabilities specifically designed for its on-chip reagent blister technology. The company’s production capabilities include precision reagent filling for single- and multiple-well formats with in-line quality control,...

Products : Medical
Fiber Optic Microswitch

Micronor, Camarillo, CA, introduced the MR386 ZapFREE® Microswitch — a fiber-optic microswitch for MRI, medical, and industrial applications. It is interchangeable with the industry-standard V15-series electrical microswitch. The Micronor MR386 nonelectrical, passive sensor provides EMI and RFI immunity, isolation from...

Products : Medical
Temperature Data Logger

Omega Engineering, Stamford, CT, offers the OM-CP-CRYO-TEMP temperature data logger that records temperatures as low as –86 °C (–122 °F). It can be used in applications such as monitoring blood plasma, vaccines, and pharmaceutical products. The standalone device does not require any additional probes. The enclosure...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Universal Code Reader

Pepperl+Fuchs, Twinsburg, OH, announced the MAC335 universal code reader. The stationary barcode imager reads the most common 1D and 2D code symbologies without having to change settings. With 1.3-megapixel resolution, it can read small and large codes at distances ranging from 20 to 300 mm at a rate of 3 readings per...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Round Actuators

PI, Auburn, MA, introduced a new line of round multilayer actuators in its proprietary PICMA® ceramic series, and expanded its current line of rings and round chips with larger dimensions. The P-088 circular series PICMA piezo actuators, chips, and tubular stacks have an operating voltage of –20 to 100 V, and resonant...

Products : Motion Control
DC Miniature Motor

Portescap, West Chester, PA added a 16-mm-diameter frame size to its DCP range of Athlonix™ brush DC mini motors. The 12-V 16DCP motor is 26 mm long, and features a coreless design with a self-supporting coil and magnetic circuit. The motor is available in two variations (precious metal commutation and graphite commutation)...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Sensor Packaging

Remtec, Bristol, RI, has merged its metalized ceramic packaging capabilities with the glass-to-metal packaging capabilities of its parent company, LTI. Additional engineering capabilities include a variety of assembly operations, such as standard SMT soldering, gold tin soldering, and CuSil brazing. Typical attachment components...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Confocal Microscope

Zeiss, Oberkochen, Germany, introduced the Smartproof 5 widefield confocal microscope. The microscope system provides 3D reconstructions and roughness measurements for a range of surfaces. Users can install and run Smartproof 5 without additional antivibration equipment. The optics, electronics, and camera are all embedded in...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Metal Cables

Carl Stahl Sava Industries, Riverdale, NJ, announced availability of its new Integrated Ball Technique (IBT™) that creates an integrated ball at the end of its precision metal cables. The technique creates a ball position on biocompatible, implantable cables used in a variety of surgical implants. IBT is available in multiple...

Products : Medical
Wireless Handheld Controls

Steute Meditech, Ridgefield, CT, introduced wireless, medical-grade, handheld controls designed with its proprietary 2.4-GHz frequency-hopping protocol. The bidirectional, 32 RF-channel protocol changes transmission frequency 200 times per second. The controls feature sleep-mode, a wake-up time of less than 200 ms, and...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Photo Etching

Tech-Etch, Plymouth, MA, provides photo chemical etching of tungsten. Tungsten, which is extremely dense, is used in medical applications such as grids that collimate and attenuate stray x-rays in CT scanners, and ID tags used in implanted medical devices. Tech-Etch also produces component parts made from several other specialty...

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