News : Medical
Researchers Print Low-Cost Mechanical Sensor

Merging custom chemistry and 3D printing, University of Washington scientists created a bone-shaped plastic tab that turns purple under stretching. The low-cost, mechanical sensor offers an easy way to record the force on an object.

News : Medical
Robotic Sock Promotes Blood Circulation

A team of researchers from the National University of Singapore has invented a novel sock that can help to prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). Using soft actuators, the device mimics the tentacle movements of corals.

News : Medical
Breast-Cancer Diagnostic System Produces 3D Images

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a breast-cancer imaging system invented by a University of Rochester Medical Center professor. The Koning Breast CT (KBCT) system diagnoses cancer in women who have signs or symptoms of the disease, or who have abnormal findings after a standard...

News : Robotics, Automation & Control
Polymer Coating Brushes Off Bacteria

A*STAR Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology researchers have developed a one-step coating that blocks protein growth and kills surface-bound bacteria on silicone medical devices such as catheters.

News : Robotics, Automation & Control
Plasma Sterilizer Protects Medical Instruments

A Ruhr-University Bochum researcher has developed a plasma sterilizer that is specifically suited for ridding medical instruments of germs efficiently, without damaging the material.

News : Medical
Implantable Resonators Measure Tissue Oxygenation

Researchers from the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center have developed a technique to directly measure oxygen in deep-sited tumors.

News : Medical
Making Medical Device Trial Data Available for First Time

The Yale University Open Data Access (YODA) Project made clinical trial data for medical devices and diagnostics publicly available for the first time on Jan. 14.This is the first-ever broad availability of clinical trial data for medical devices and diagnostics by a company. This...

News : Medical
Potassium Salt Simplifies Catalyst Process for Pharmaceuticals

Caltech chemists have produced a group of silicon-containing organic chemicals. The resulting organic molecules could serve as powerful chemical building blocks for medicinal chemists to use in the creation of new pharmaceuticals.

News : Medical
Modular Ultrasound Enables Real-Time Patient Monitoring

Researchers in Germany have developed a multichannel ultrasound platform that uses a modular configuration. The platform can be adapted to a set of applications that are entirely different from each other, such as real-time treatment monitoring.

News : Medical
Security Protocol Protects Pacemaker Information

The Ladon security protocol, developed by Spain's University of the Basque Country/EHU researcher Jasone Astorga in the 12T (Telematics Research and Engineering) research group, protects the information provided by pacemakers and similar medical devices connected to the Internet.

News : Medical
'Glucolight' Monitors Blood Sugar through Skin Contact

A new sensor gauges blood sugar through skin contact. The “Glucolight” is initially to be used in premature babies to avoid hypoglycemia and subsequent brain damage.

News : Medical
Creating Ultra-thin Color Coatings

A team of applied physicists at Harvard University School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Cambridge, MA, are developing a technology that coats a metallic object with an extremely thin layer of semiconductor, just a few nanometers thick. Although the semiconductor is a steely gray color, the object shows...

News : Robotics, Automation & Control
Making Heart Surgery Safer for Kids by Using 3D Printing

Surgeons at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles say that three-dimensional printing technology can make surgery safer for children with congenital heart disease, and reduce the duration and number of invasive procedures required. Richard Kim, MD, a cardiac surgeon recently used a 3D printed...

Features : Medical
Why Choose an Ultrasonic Flow Meter?

One of the more common purposes of an ultrasonic flow meter is to measure the velocity of a fluid in order to calculate the volumetric flow rate of a medium through a tube. This can be done through the use of a basic principle involving the transit-time of crystal transducer signals across the medium....

Features : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Laser Material Removal Drives Wire Stripping Production

Many medical device applications require stripping outer layers of polymers from small diameter wire, and a laser is well suited for this material removal task. Offering a non-contact process that is very repeatable, lasers can selectively remove wire layers or areas. Easily automated, the...

Features : Electronics & Computers
Design Criteria of Power Supplies for Use in Medical Devices

The third edition of IEC 60601-1 has been in effect since June 2012. It replaces the previous version as a basic standard for medical electrical equipment and describes the general requirements for basic safety and essential performance features. The power supply unit can be considered...

Features : FDA/Regulatory
Do or Demise: Why It’s Crucial for Medical Device Manufacturers to Adhere to the FDA’s ABCs

Medical device manufacturers frequently face unique industry challenges, including the need to manage quality processes across disparate sites or business units and increased legal and regulatory scrutiny. The FDA requires that each medical device...

Features : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Domestic Manufacturing & Thermoforming Popular with Medical Device Manufacturers

Late last year, Ray Products, Inc., conducted a second annual thermoforming industry survey. More than half of the survey respondents represented medical device manufacturers. Their answers provide some helpful insight into industry trends.

Briefs : Materials
Making the Right Choice for Primary Packaging
Making the Right Choice for Primary Packaging
Technipaq, Inc.,
Crystal Lake, IL

At the onset of a project it seems there are a myriad of things that an engineer or packaging professional should consider when choosing an...

Making the Right Choice for Primary Packaging
Briefs : Medical
Using Robot Control Theory to Improve Prosthetics

A University of Texas at Dallas professor applied robot control theory to enable powered prosthetics to dynamically respond to the wearer’s environment and help amputees walk. As reported in IEEE Transactions on Robotics, wearers of the robotic leg could walk on a moving treadmill nearly as...

Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Retinal Light Processing Using Carbon Nanotubes

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 of people in the US and globally who suffer from degenerative diseases of the...

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
TÜV Urges OEMs to Consider New EMC Requirements

The International Electrotechnical Commission, Geneva, Switzerland, introduced the fourth edition of IEC 60601-1-2:2014, the standard specifying electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) requirements and tests for medical equipment and systems. TÜV Rheinland, a leading global certification...

Features : Medical
A Multidisciplinary Approach to Prosthetic Socket Manufacturing

An orthopaedic surgeon resident Andrew Pedtke, MD, and a prosthetist, Garrett Hurley, CPO (Certified Prosthetist and Orthotist), both working at the University of California San Francisco, discovered a mutual passion for both surfing and international health. The pair spent a good...

Features : Sensors/Data Acquisition
X-Ray Detector Examines Materials from Inside Out
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Anyone who has flown in the last few years, or has ever broken a bone, knows that X-rays are a tested method to investigate images. Researchers at the Fraunhofer Development Center X-Ray Technology EZRT, are now developing an X-ray detector that, they say,...

Products : Materials
Alternative Thermoplastic Compounds

RTP Company, Winona, MN, offers a number of thermoplastic compounds as viable alternatives to Polyetherimide (PEI) polymer. These compounds include amorphous materials based on sulfone or semicrystalline materials that have been modified, alloyed, and/or reinforced to achieve very similar physical properties...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
GNV Series Needle Valves

Clippard Instrument Laboratory, Inc., Cincinnati, OH, supplies needle valves used to control the rate of flow in a pneumatic system by controlling flow in both directions. Clippard’s new GNV series is available with 1/8", 1/4", and 3/8" port sizes with flow rates up to 60 scfm at 100 psig. Mounting options include...

Products : Materials
Next Generation HCRA Silicone Elastomer

Applied Silicone Corporation, Santa Paula, CA, introduces an implant grade, high consistency addition-cure silicone rubber (HCRA) optimized for improved productivity, better dimensional control, and reduced scrap in extrusion processes. The HCRA 4700 series delivers reduced porosity, high plasticity, long...

Products : Electronics & Computers
Pin-Shaped Lithium-Ion Battery

Panasonic Corporation, Rolling Meadows, IL, has developed a pin-shaped Lithiumion battery (CG-320, nominal capacity 13mAh) with a diameter of 3.5mm and a weight of 0.6g. This battery is suitable for powering wearable devices. In addition to being the industry’s smallest cylindrical shaped rechargeable Li-ion...

Products : Medical
ESCON Module 24/2 Servo Motor Controller

maxon precision motors, inc., Fall River, MA, expands its offering of miniaturized controllers with its latest OEM plug-in module featuring excellent controller characteristics. This high-performance 4-quadrant PWM servo motor controller is designed to command permanent-magnet-activated brushed and...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Extrusion Tooling Services

Guill Tool & Engineering Company, Inc., West Warwick, RI, provides tooling for plastic, rubber, TPE, and other material extrusions, with end products ranging from extremely thin-walled, multi-lumen medical tubing and catheter balloon tubings up to multi-layer wire and cable jacketing. Guill also provides tooling...

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