News : Robotics, Automation & Control
Robotic Ankle Keeps an Eye on the Road

Mo Rastgaar, a Michigan Technological University mechanical engineer, and his team have developed a robotic ankle that "sees" where it is going.

News : Medical
Researchers Create Flexible Nanosensors for Wearable Devices

Researchers from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) have developed nanosensors capable of sticking on uneven surfaces and biological surfaces like human skin.

Features : Materials
A Recipe for Electroforming Success: Making Ultra-Precise, Ultra-Small 3D Structures

Precision electroforming is an additive process in which two and three-dimensional (3D) microstructures are formed by electrochemically depositing metal into a precisely formed photoresist mold. Electroforming is ideal for fabricating micron-scale, metallic...

Features : Electronics & Computers
DOEs Rescue Questionable Medical Electronics PCBs

Board cleaning is perhaps one of the most overlooked aspects of printed circuit board (PCB) assembly. But savvy medical electronics original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) have a keen sense of the importance it plays to ensure their products are free of miniscule flaws, defects, debris, and dust....

Features : Design
Using Surge Testers for Design Verification and Production Testing

Not only are medical devices expected to function as intended, they must meet ergonomic, safety, FDA and functional requirements. They must be designed to function in adverse environments; sometimes in the operating room; sometimes in an emergency vehicle for example. If a device...

Features : Software
How to Simplify Medical Device Software Integration and Certification
How to Simplify Medical Device Software Integration and Certification

Medical device manufacturers operate in a challenging environment filled with stringent regulatory requirements and industry pressures. With a rise in mainstream...

How to Simplify Medical Device Software Integration and Certification
Briefs : Photonics/Optics
Retinal Light Processing Using Carbon Nanotubes

This chip can be used as an electrical or optical sensor for the retina.

NASA has patented a new technology called the Vision Chip, an implantable device that has the potential to restore or supplement visual function in a diseased or damaged retina. This technology could benefit millions...

Briefs : Markets
NIH Funding Projects to Develop Assistive Robots

New research in robotics to help with stroke rehabilitation, guide wheelchairs, and assist children with Autism Spectrum Disorder are some of the projects now being funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and its National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB). This...

Briefs : Materials
Improved Suit Design for Ebola Caregivers

A team of researchers at Johns Hopkins University have designed an advanced protective suit for health care workers who treat Ebola patients. The design is one of the first five awardees in a federal funding contest from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) aimed at quickly devising new...

Features : Manufacturing & Prototyping
3D Endoscope Boosts Safety, Cuts Costs of Surgery

"A lot of things are not easy to solve when you’re trying to break through a new technology right from the get-go,” says Harish Manohara, supervisor of the Nano and Micro Systems Group and principal member of the technical staff at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). Trust a supergroup...

Products : Imaging
Product of the Month: Custom Tuned and Terminated Micro-coaxial Assemblies

High Speed Interconnects, Scottsdale, AZ, announces custom, fine-wire and fine-pitch diagnostic imaging assemblies for medical device OEMs producing next-generation ultrasound equipment.

Products : Medical
LT Series Panel Mount Miniature Trackball

APEM, Inc., Vista, CA, introduces its new LT Series panel mount miniature trackball, a contactless device utilizing an advanced laser tracking technology to provide precise and accurate cursor control, with the versatility to fit most applications. The trackball is IP68 sealed and offers a standard...

Products : Materials
PEEK Thermoplastic

Teleflex Medical OEM, Gurnee, IL, has added PEEK (polyether ether ketone) to its portfolio of specialty materials for medical technology. PEEK’s strength and mechanical properties combined with Teleflex Medical OEM’s vertically integrated product development and manufacturing capabilities opens up new options for the...

Products : Electronics & Computers
Power Entry Modules for V-Lock Cord Retaining

SCHURTER Inc., Santa Rosa, CA, announces its compact KFA and DA22 series power entry modules, with mating V-Lock cord sets, which are ideal for use in medical devices. The V-Lock compatible feature prevents unintended disconnection of the power from the equipment. The cord set safely latches into a...

Products : Medical
Mixed Signal Microcontroller Family

Mouser Electronics, Inc., Mansfield, TX, is now stocking the MSP430i202x Mixed Signal Microcontroller Family from Texas Instruments. This low-power 16MHz 16-bit RISC microcontroller has up to four 24-bit sigma-delta analog to digital converters with differential programmable gain amplifier inputs. Additional...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Linear Voice Coil Actuator

BEI Kimco, Vista, CA, introduces its small, yet powerful model LAH04-10-000A Linear Voice Coil Actuator (VCA) as the latest addition to its extensive line of housed moving magnet actuators. BEI Kimco’s housed moving magnet actuator offering covers the size range from 0.375" to 2.4" in outside diameter with a wide...

Products : Medical
C 632 MOS Precision Capacitors

Dionics-USA, Inc., Westbury, NY, offers a new line of C 632 MOS capacitor arrays, housed in 8 pin SOIC surface mount packages, providing precise, user-adjustable capacitance values that range from as low as 1 pF up to 63 pF in 1 pF increments. The final desired value is selected by making parallel connections to...

Features : Energy
Creating Sensitive Gels for Glucose Testing
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Transforming liquids into gels plays an important role in many industries, including cosmetics, medicine, and energy. But the transformation process, called gelation, where manufacturers add chemical thickeners and either heat or cool the fluids to make them more viscous or...

Features : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Creating a Technically Advanced Medical Tube: An Independent Extruder’s Perspective
Creating a Technically Advanced Medical Tube: An Independent Extruder’s Perspective

With catheters and medical devices becoming increasingly advanced and specialized, so has the process of creating that device. With complex designs, or...

Creating a Technically Advanced Medical Tube: An Independent Extruder’s Perspective
Features : Manufacturing & Prototyping
PVC vs. Polyurethane: A Tubing Comparison
PVC vs. Polyurethane: A Tubing Comparison

PVC and polyurethane are thermoplastic materials that can be formed into a variety of shapes, including tubing and reinforced hose. Both materials are useful in numerous applications. But depending...

PVC vs. Polyurethane: A Tubing Comparison
News : Robotics, Automation & Control
Inside Story: Mike Boivin, Manufacturing Manager - New England Catheter

To get a better idea of the importance of New England Catheter’s capabilities for medical device customers, Medical Design Briefs spoke with Mike Boivin, manufacturing manager at New England Catheter.

From the Editor : Medical
From the Editor: March 2015

Recently, FDA commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg, MD, announced that she was stepping down at the end of March. One of the longest-serving FDA commissioners, Hamburg started in the position in May of 2009. Her job has been demanding and intense, dealing with everything from the rollout of the Affordable Care Act, to...

News : Medical
Hawking's ACAT Technology Now Open-Source

The Assistive Context Aware Toolkit (ACAT) technology, used by famous physicist Stephen Hawking, is now open-source.

News : Medical
Researchers Develop Self-Powered Fever Alarm Armband

University of Tokyo researchers have developed a “fever alarm armband.” The flexible, self-powered device sounds an alarm when the wearer's body reaches a high temperature.

News : Medical
Nanowires Trap Electron Twisters

Johns Hopkins University scientists have developed a new method of maintaining resistance-free current. The development will improve the performance of superconducting wires used in MRI medical scanners and other technologies.

News : Medical
February 2015 Month-End Industry News

Here is the latest batch of news from the medical products community.

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News : Medical
Bionic Hand Senses Touch, Temperature

Researchers from Newcastle University, United Kingdom, have developed a bionic hand that senses pressure and temperature, and transmits the information back to the brain.

News : Medical
Postmarket Surveillance System Can Provide Device Benefit-Risk Profiles

Medical devices offer significant health benefits, but must be balanced against certain risks. A strong Medical Device Postmarket Surveillance System (MDS) can provide more robust and timely benefit-risk profiles for devices so that providers and patients can make better...

News : Medical
Health Canada to Require CMDR Compliance for Single-Use Devices

Health Canada, the Canadian medical device market regulator, is set to require all reprocessed single-use medical devices to Canadian Medical Device Regulations (CMDR) by September 1, 2015. According to MEDEC, the national association created for the Canadian medical technology...

News : Medical
Smartphone Device Replicates Lab-Based Blood Test

Columbia Engineering researchers have developed a low-cost smartphone accessory that performs a point-of-care test. In fifteen minutes, the device simultaneously detects three infectious disease markers from a finger prick of blood.

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