R&D: Robotics, Automation & Control
Snake Study Supports Bio-Inspired Robotics

A University of Cincinnati team has acquired a better understanding of how brown tree snakes lodge themselves in place during climbing. The resulting knowledge could lead to new bio-inspired robotic designs.

News: Robotics, Automation & Control
Lightweight, Strong Metal Improves Energy Efficiency

Missouri University of Science and Technology researchers have created a lightweight but very strong structural metal that could improve energy efficiency in biomedical applications. The team mixed silicon carbide into a molten magnesium-zinc alloy that uniformly dispersed and stabilized the...

News: Medical
January 2016 Mid-Month Industry News

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

News: Medical
Hybrid Sound Wave Supports Lung Treatment

A team at RMIT University has created a hybrid sound wave that can be used in biomedical devices to manipulate highly fragile stem cells. The "surface reflected bulk waves" reduce the time required for inhaling vaccines through the HYDRA nebulizer device, from 30 minutes to as little as 30 seconds.

News: Medical
Whole-Body Imaging Tool Detects Heart Problems

Using patent-pending technology called Coded Hemodynamic Imaging, University of Waterloo researchers can monitor vital signs and improve the detection and prevention of cardiovascular conditions. The touchless, portable system monitors a patient's blood flow at multiple arterial points...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Medical-Grade Power Transformers

Triad Magnetics, Perris, CA, introduces the VPM Series of medical-grade toroidal isolation transformers offering both 4KV of dielectric isolation and low-voltage stepdown. The UL recognized VPM Series’...

News: Medical
FDA Proposes Early Warning for Device Safety Failures

In a draft guidance for industry and staff issued on December 31, the FDA proposed notifying the public about medical device “emerging signals that the agency is monitoring or analyzing, and for which the agency does not yet have specific recommendations" of possible device risk.

News: Materials
Preventing Blockages for Long-Term Catheter Users

New research by scientists at the University of Southampton, UK, using an imaging technique called episcopic differential interference contrast (EDIC) microscopy, could lead to treatments to prevent biofilm blockages and urinary tract infections experienced by many long-term catheter users.

R&D: Electronics & Computers
Calibrating EEG Machines with ‘Phantom Head’

While electroencephalography (EEG) has been used for decades to measure voltage fluctuations in different parts of the brain to graph a person’s neural patterns, determine brain injuries, and monitor the effects of sedatives and anesthesia, “there are really no set standards within the EEG...

News: Medical
Implantable Devices to Reanimate Paralyzed Limbs

Researchers at the University of Washington’s Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering (CSNE), in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, San Diego State University, and other partners, are developing implantable devices that can send signals between regions of the brain...

Demand for miniature motion components follows trends.

Not too long ago, the motion systems used in medical and lab automation equipment had technical requirements that were easy to...

3D printing may be used to custom manufacture electronics.

A group of researchers from the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, DC, has demonstrated that combining two technologies—one...

Not too far in the future, doctors may be using technology invented by a team of scientists at MIT to monitor patients’ vital signs by having them swallow an electronic device that can measure...

Pacemakers may be getting a power makeover.

The implantable pacemaker, which has helped extend millions of lives since its invention nearly 60 years ago, may be getting a new makeover. First came...

Considering a range of variables that can affect manufacturing.

Engineers at Oregon State University said that they have developed a new “sustainable development methodology” to help...

Batteries can last longer after hydrogen treatment.

Scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) say that lithium ion batteries can operate longer as well as faster when their...

News: Medical
What Should the Next Generation Study?

For students entering college and for those already enrolled, contradictory messages abound in what type of future they will face upon graduation. Politicians talk about college costs and the crippling debt and lack of jobs that some students face versus the need for college at all. American businesses...

Giving attention to regulatory considerations at the earliest stages of product design and development can create a smoother and more successful...

Crowdfunding has without a doubt been a positive disruptor across a wide array of industries: from entertainment and retail, to technology, to non-profits. It is a...

It seems the biggest ideas get the most attention, and nothing could be more true than when launching a new medical technology, and/or devices. The development time...

As the advancement of medical technology continues, it is important to note that progress could not have been made without advancements in signaling, control, and power system interconnect...

Researchers have developed a novel monitoring system using optoacoustic technology to provide accurate, real-time measurement of cerebral venous blood oxygen saturation in fetuses during...

AVX Corporation, Fountain Inn, SC, has released a new series of thin film chip capacitors specifically designed to meet performance specifications for implantable medical...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Updated Sigma Laser Tube Cutter

Amada Miyachi America, Inc., Monrovia, CA, announces its updated Sigma Laser Tube Cutter, which can be used with both microsecond fiber and femtosecond disk lasers. With 3 and 4 axes motion options, and the...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Adaptive Process System for Injection Molding

Milacron Holdings Corp., Cincinnati, OH, announces that its new Adaptive Process System (APS) for its Mold-Masters melt delivery control technologies will now be used in Milacron’s entire core...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
CNC Swiss Machining Capabilities

Sussex Wire, Inc., Easton, PA, has added micro-miniature Swiss Machining services to complement the company’s custom cold forming and roll forming capabilities. CNC Swiss Machining is ideal for...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Platinum-Cured Silicone Hose

NewAge Industries, Southampton, PA, introduces Silbrade® Platinum braid-reinforced silicone hose. Using a platinum-cured silicone thermoset material for the highest degree of purity and the fewest extractables,...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
VCA Developer's Kit

BEI Kimco, Vista, CA, has added new functionality into its popular VCA Developer's Kit. Enhancements to the kit include an upgraded controller with I/O Board and straightforward connections that eliminate soldering. Both...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
TubeShaper Software

Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence, North Kingstown, RI, has released TubeShaper software for the portable ROMER Absolute Arm tube inspection solution. TubeShaper is a completely new product designed specifically to apply...

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