Briefs : Medical
Rapid Imaging of Functions in Living Brain

New method allows for fast, functional imaging.

Oncology researchers rely on high-resolution imaging to see tumors and other activity deep within body tissues. Using a new high-speed, high-resolution imaging method, Lihong Wang, PhD, and his team at Washington University in St Louis (WUSTL),...

Features : Medical
Safer Surgery Using Intelligent Tools

Pro-Dex Inc., Irvine, CA, is a developer and manufacturer of powered rotary drive surgical and dental instruments. The company’s newest design is a cutting-edge, powered screwdriver that features sensors integrated with software to provide intelligence to the user. Currently in the prototype phase and...

Features : Medical
Under Pressure: Designing Safety and Ease-of-Use into Closed System Transfer Devices

Oncology nurses, compounding pharmacists, and others who handle hazardous drugs, such as chemotherapy drugs, are put at risk of exposure. This is due to the antineoplastic agents with adhesive properties within these drugs that cause contamination of the...

Features : Tubing & Extrusion
Mold Design and Cavitation Strategy: Best Practices in Aligning Tooling with Requirements

Medical manufacturers of single-use products have a dual challenge: achieving high levels of quality while maintaining competitive cost. From an injection molding perspective, mold design and equipment selection ultimately determine whether or not those...

Features : Medical
Toward a Standards-based Framework for E-Health Interoperability

Varied stakeholders in healthcare around the world increasingly share and recognize a requirement for standards-based interoperability.

Features : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Metalworking Techniques Unlock a Unique Alloy

NASA Technology

Half a century ago, a scientist at the Naval Ordnance Laboratory discovered that an alloy containing 60 percent nickel and 40 percent titanium could provide exceptional performance for rocket nose cones undergoing the rigors of atmospheric reentry. While the Navy experimented...

Features : Medical
Laser Raster‐Scanning Patterns on Cylindrical Workpieces Using Advanced Drawing Post-Processing Tools

Manufacturing interventional cardiac devices, such as stents, has traditionally employed two-axis systems consisting of a rotary “spindle” axis mounted on top of a direct-drive linear stage. (See Figure 1) This combination of axes allows...

Features : Medical
How to Acquire the Best Application Advantage

Brushless motors are used worldwide for their basic benefit of optimizing performance per package size. No other technology can match it. In addition, brushless brings tremendous advantages to many applications, combining the best features and benefits of past successful designs while incorporating...

Products : Semiconductors & ICs
Product of the Month: VitalCore Custom Integrated Circuit for Wireless Biosensors

Vital Connect, Inc., San Jose, CA, introduces the VitalCore™ processor. This first-of-its-kind custom integrated circuit for wireless biosensors will vastly increase detection and processing capabilities at significantly lower power requirements, enabling broader...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Automatic Measurement Program Generation Software

Mitutoyo America Corporation, Aurora, IL, introduces the MiCAT Planner automatic measurement program generation software, which uses 3D CAD models and Product and Manufacturing Information to enable one-click automated generation of measurement programs. MiCAT Planner bypasses the old...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Medical-Grade Apex SCR Compounds

Teknor Apex Company, Pawtucket, RI, introduces new Apex SCR™ rigid PVC compounds, which can make it possible for rigid PVC to replace polycarbonate (PC) in clear medical components like connectors and check valves, obtaining comparable strength and excellent clarity while reducing or eliminating the stress...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
TSM Step Servo Motors

Applied Motion Products, Watsonville, CA, announces that its TSM Step Servo Motors combine the best features of step motor and servo system performance in a cost-effective motion control solution. TSMs are an all-in-one motor/drive solution and include NEMA size 17 and 23 options, plus enhanced versions capable of providing...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Continuous Flow Metering System

Graco Advanced Fluid Dispense, North Canton, OH, offers a Precision Continuous Flow (PCF) metering dispense system for critical applications of single component sealant and adhesive materials. Engineered for automated applications, the metering system dispenses a precise, continuous flow of single component...

Products : Medical
ApP Lite™ Processor Family Additions

Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc., Irvine, CA, announces the latest additions to its TZ1000 series of ApP Lite™ processors targeting the Internet of Things. Designed for the low-power performance needed for wearable devices, a high-performance ARM core with DSP and floating-point processing unit...

Products : Medical
Micro Series Lead Screws

Haydon Kerk Motion Solutions, Waterbury, CT, announces its new line of micro screws (2mm diameter screws) with customized lead screw nut materials for specialized medical applications, including insulin patch pumps. Utilizing a Kerkite® engineered polymers or customer specified materials, Haydon Kerk can help design and...

Products : Medical
Sealed Linear Actuators

Bell-Everman, Goleta, CA, introduces a compact model of its SLS sealed linear stage to keep contaminants outside of the stage housing. The SLS Light model, which measures 80 × 120-mm, has maximum dynamic payloads of 15 kg for the direct drive linear motor version and 30 kg for the ball screw version. Applications include...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
SPEED v9.06 Release

CD-adapco, Melville, NY, announces the release of the latest version of the SPEED™ electric machine design tool, SPEED Suite v9.06. SPEED Suite v9.06 adds PC-AXM for axial flux machines as the 6th module to the current five modules in SPEED which cover the conventional radial flux machines on synchronous, induction,...

Products : Medical
Multiphysics Software 5.1

COMSOL, Inc. Burlington, MA, introduces COMSOL Multiphysics® software version 5.1, the first and only integrated simulation environment for building multiphysics models and for creating and sharing easy-touse simulation apps. The Model Builder and Application Builder have been merged into one unified and interactive...

From the Editor : Medical
From the Editor: July 2015

A few months ago, I lost my cousin to liver cancer. She was several years older than me—a creative, warm, wise, and welcoming woman who had recently become a grandmother for the second time. In fact, her granddaughter was born the very day she began chemotherapy. I visited her in the hospital just days before she...

News : Medical
Hospital Integrates Imaging Techniques to Create 3D Heart Model

By integrating two common imaging techniques, experts from Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital have produced a three-dimensional anatomic model of a patient’s heart. The hybrid prototype could provide better diagnostic capability and improved interventional and...

News : Robotics, Automation & Control
Researcher Predicts Advances in Thermal Materials

To produce electricity, thermoelectric materials capture waste heat from sources such as automobile exhausts or industrial processes. Improving the materials' efficiency will require further reduction of thermal conductivity. A new article from a Georgia Institute of Technology professor...

News : Medical
Smart Patch Tracks Blood Sugar, Releases Insulin

A “smart insulin patch” created by researchers at the University of North Carolina and North Carolina State University detects increases in blood sugar levels and secretes doses of insulin into the bloodstream whenever needed.

News : Medical
Nanowire Implants Offer Remote-Controlled Drug Delivery

Using nanowires, Purdue University researchers has created a new implantable drug-delivery system that can be wirelessly controlled. The nanowires respond to an electromagnetic field generated by a separate device, which can be used to release a pre-loaded drug. The engineering team says...

News : Medical
June 2015 Month-End Industry News

Here is the latest batch of news from the medical products community. Please click the link for more.

News : Medical
Study: Wi-Fi Devices Require Minimum Distance from Medical Equipment

The electromagnetic radiation caused by wireless technology can interfere with electronic medical equipment and lead to serious clinical consequences for patients. New research from Concordia University helps to define safety parameters for health-care workers carrying Wi-Fi...

News : Medical
Study: DINCH Plasticizer Disrupts Metabolic Processes

A new study from Montreal's Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) found that a commonly used plasticizer known as DINCH exerts biological effects on the metabolic processes of mammals. DINCH is found in products that come into close contact with humans, such as...

News : Robotics, Automation & Control
Micro-Tentacles Help Robots Handle Delicate Objects

Engineers from Iowa State University developed micro-tentacles that enable robots to handle delicate objects.

“Most robots use two fingers. To pick things up, they have to squeeze,” said Jaeyoun (Jay) Kim, an Iowa State University associate professor of electrical and computer...

News : Medical
Researchers Print Three-Dimensional Cellulose Objects

Using a 3D bioprinter, a group of engineers at Chalmers University of Technology have created objects made entirely by cellulose. The additive manufacturing process could be used to build patient-specific implants, new sensors, and wound dressings that communicate with healthcare...

News : Robotics, Automation & Control
Bioengineers Develop Printable Silk Inks

To provide a better tool for therapeutics, regenerative medicine, and biosensing, Tufts University bioengineers have created inkjet-printable silks containing enzymes, antibiotics, antibodies, nanoparticles, and growth factors. The purified silk protein, or fibroin, offers intrinsic strength and...

News : Robotics, Automation & Control
Gecko-Inspired Gripper Supports Tunable Adhesion

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have developed a gecko-inspired gripper. Like the gecko, the device has the ability to grip and release smooth surfaces like glass. The effective stickiness can also be tuned from strong to week.

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