Laser Welder for Plastics

LPFK Laser & Electronics, Fürth, Germany, has introduced a new laser welding system for the production of microfluidic components. Lasers are ideally suited to medical technology applications because they generate no dust or particles and can process a wide range of materials without needing any additives. The...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
3D Inspection System

Mahr Federal, Providence, RI, has introduced the MarShaft SCOPE 600 plus 3D, which uses a new measurement method for special shaft applications. A combination of optical and touch sensors allow for a functionally complete 3D inspection of the workpiece. The company’s MarShaft SCOPE plus system uses a motorized tailstock...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Combined Auto ID and Machine Vision Platform

Microscan, Renton, WA, offers the MicroHAWK®, an enclosed imaging device for barcode reading and machine vision for clinical instruments. The device includes a fully integrated imaging engine and three industrial-rated miniature imagers. These imaging components can be embedded into systems to...

Products : Packaging & Sterilization
Thermoforming Packaging Machine

Multivac, Wolfertschwenden, Germany, has released the R 081 thermoforming packaging machine, an entry-level model for automatically packing small or medium-sized batches. The compact system is ideal for use in environments with limited space and is suitable for packaging sterile medical products in small batch...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Automated Dispensing System

Nordson EFD, East Providence, RI, has introduced a new four-axis automated dispensing system. The R Series systems are configured for precise fluid dispensing using EFD syringe barrel and valve systems. The series includes proprietary Teach-Motion™ software for simplified programming of 360° ID and OD dispensing....

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Application Development Lab

Resonetics, Nashua, NH, has added a Lightspeed ADL™ Application Development Lab in its Dayton, OH, facility to complement the existing lab in Boston. This new 1,100 sq. ft operation is staffed with 11 engineers and technicians and has dedicated systems for laser ablation, cutting, and welding. The Dayton site will...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Fiber Punch Laser Processing

Trumpf, Farmington, CT, offers the TruMatic 6000 fiber punch laser machine, which combines the advantages of high-speed solid-state laser processing with high-quality punching and forming technology. This newly introduced machine rapidly laser cuts, punches, forms, and engraves sheet metal up to 0.25 in. thick. The...

Products : Software
CT Measurement Software

Werth, Old Saybrook, CT, has introduced WinWerth® measurement software, which takes two computed tomography (CT) measurements with spectra tuned to a specific material and computationally combines them into a single volume. This volume can be used to check dimensions in any desired cross section using 2D contour image...

News : Medical
Chemosensor Detects Early-Stage Cancer

Researchers at the University of North Texas (UNT), Denton TX, and the Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland, are creating a chemical sensor device that detects cancer at an early stage.

News : Medical
Silicon Material Supports All-in-One Sample Processing

Using a flexible silicone material, engineers from University of California—Santa Cruz built an integrated optofluidic platform for biological sample processing and optical analysis. The optofluidic platform features tunable optics and novel "lightvalves."

News : Medical
Salt-Measuring Sensor Spots Early Signs of Cystic Fibrosis

Biomaterials scientists from Penn State, University Park, PA, have developed a new, inexpensive method for detecting salt in sweat or other bodily fluids. The fluorescent sensor, derived from citric acid molecules, is highly sensitive and highly selective for chloride, the key diagnostic...

News : Medical
Miniaturized 'Lab-on-a-Stick' Detects Antibiotic Resistance

A portable and power-free test from academics at Loughborough University and the University of Reading rapidly detects bacterial resistance to antibiotics.

Light Beams at Heart of New Arrhythmia Treatment

Using a combination of human heart models and experiments with mice, scientists at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, and Germany's University of Bonn have shown that beams of light may help patients with heart rhythm disorders. The technique supports new implantable defibrillators and...

News : Medical
Laser Treatment Supports New Paper Electronics

By using lasers to treat graphene, Iowa State University researchers have found new ways to enable flexible, wearable, and low-cost electronics. Fabricating inkjet-printed, multi-layer graphene electric circuits and electrodes with a pulsed-laser process improves electrical conductivity without...

Briefs : Medical
“Smart” Sutures Collect Diagnostic Data

Implantable diagnostic devices and smart wearable systems that are capable of in situ sample collection and integration with the complex 3D structure of biological tissues offer significant opportunities for diagnosing and treating diseases. To that end, researchers led by Tufts University engineers...

Briefs : Medical
Ankle Exoskeleton Aids or Enhances Mobility

Clutches can be used to enhance the functionality of springs or actuators in robotic devices. A research team headed up by Steve Collins, an associate professor of mechanical engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, created a lightweight, low-power clutch used to control spring engagement in an ankle...

Briefs : Medical
Pulse Sensor Measures Artery Health

Checking the state of arterial health could become as simple as monitoring a patient’s blood pressure. New technology developed at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) could soon make detecting the process of plaque buildup in vessels a routine part of a...

Briefs : Medical
Film Helps Implant Bond with Bone

Researchers have developed a technique for coating polymer implants with a bioactive film that significantly increases bonding between the implant and surrounding bone in an animal model. The advance could significantly improve the success rate of such implants, which are often used in spinal surgeries. The work...

Briefs : Medical
Eye Tracking with a Cellphone Camera

Eye-tracking technology, which determines where in a visual scene people are directing their gaze, has been widely used in certain areas of medical and scientific research, but cost issues have kept it from finding consumer applications. Researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence...

Briefs : Medical
Tiny Robot Chains Work Inside the Body

A group of Drexel University researchers used a rotating magnetic field to show how multiple chains of microscopic, magnetic bead-based robots can link up to reach impressive speeds swimming through a liquid. Their research is the latest step toward using the so-called “microswimmers” for targeted...

Briefs : Medical
Therapeutic Window to the Brain

Researchers at the University of California, Riverside (UCR) are bringing their idea for a “Window to the Brain” transparent skull implant closer to reality through the findings of two recently published studies. The implant under development, which literally provides a window to the brain, will allow doctors...

Features : Medical
Building on Success

From its first issue to today, the mission of Medical Design Briefs has been to provide our design engineering readers with information on the latest technology advances in medical devices, instruments, and systems from sources worldwide. With readers at the front end of the product development process, MDB has helped spark...

Features : Medical
Current Trends in Sterile Medical Packaging and How They’re Impacting OEMs

The medical device industry often gets attention for its innovation and constant evolution. However, even the most innovative medical device technology is of no use if its integrity and functionality aren’t protected. The expanding medical packaging industry is in...

In an increasingly volatile and complex market environment, adaptability becomes essential to success and business growth for today’s medical extruder. Basic to...

The custom medical extrusion industry is growing in all directions. The push to be minimally invasive is pushing devices to be smaller and smaller. Cutting-edge raw materials are...

Features : Medical
Achieving Quality and Economy with Cold Forming

As medical devices become smaller, the need for precision microminiature components increases. This provides several challenges for the medical device manufacturer as they seek cost-effective parts meeting the exacting quality specifications that play a critical role in the overall performance of...

Technology Leaders : Imaging
Smart HMIs and Capacitive Touch Technology for Medical Devices

Electronic human machine interface (HMI) technology goes back as far as the 1940s with the punch card batch interfaces from IBM. Today, when you think of user interfaces, you may think of smartphones, tablet computers, ATM machines, or any other consumer device. There have been an...

Imagine patients with chronic conditions being monitored without having to be in a doctor’s office, or patients with more serious issues being monitored and treated outside...

Products : Medical
Product of the Month: Compact Industrial Firewall

Icon Labs, Des Moines, IA, announced the Floodgate Defender Mark III firewall appliance that provides a layer of security for legacy devices that comprise The Internet of Things, including SCADA networks, military equipment, critical infrastructure controllers, and medical devices. The device is...

Global Innovations : Medical
Device Can Diagnose Helicobacter from Exhaled Air
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd. Espoo, Finland

In the future, selected illnesses will be quickly and painlessly diagnosed by the optical analysis of isotopes contained in exhaled air. VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland...

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