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...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
PowerGrid Technology

Cognex Corporation, Natick, MA, announces its PowerGrid™ technology, a texture-based location algorithm that takes a unique, inside-out approach to reading 2D matrix and Direct Part Mark codes. While conventional feature-based algorithms start by locating the finder pattern, Cognex’s PowerGrid technology looks for a...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Alternatives to Barex Resin

Bemis Company, Inc., Neenah, WI, has commercially-available alternatives to Barex resin-based packaging. Its new sealant structure, CXB™, is specifically designed for the healthcare market. This sealant is incorporated into a proprietary laminated structure designed to deliver effective chemical resistance and low...

Products : Electronics & Computers
PRODUCT OF THE MONTH: SP1012 Series TVS Diode Array

Littelfuse, Inc., Chicago, IL, introduces the SP1012 Series TVS Diode Array (SPA® Diodes), a miniature, five-channel 6.5pF, 15kV bidirectional TVS array for general-purpose electrostatic discharge (ESD) protection. The SP1012 Series packs five ESD diodes in a 0402-size (0.94mm ×...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Electro-Set for Rapid Prototyping

Cardinal Components, Inc., Wayne, NJ, introduces Electro-Set, a new board-level product line for the Internet of Things. Electro-Set boards provide a standard unified 6 Pin connector including I2C interconnect, allowing for rapid proof of concept design and prototyping.

Products : Electronics & Computers
mPCIe-ICM Series of PCI Express Mini Cards

ACCES I/O Products, Inc., San Diego, CA, announces the release of a new family of PCI Express Mini Cards—the mPCIe-ICM Series. These isolated serial communication cards measure just 30 × 51 mm and feature a selection of 4 or 2 ports of isolated RS232 serial communications. 1.5kV isolation is provided...

Products : Medical
3D Electroformed Micro-Structures

Metrigraphics LLC, Wilmington, MA, developed an advanced process for creating high aspect ratio three-dimensional microstructures. Precision electroforming can create 3D, single or complex, multi-layer microstructures. Geometric options are unlimited because the X, Y, Z structural plane of each layer is formed...

Products : Medical
MEMS-Based Laser Q-Switch Modules

Mirrorcle Technologies, Richmond, CA, announces that its gimballess MEMS mirrors are now available with high reflectivity dielectric coatings for use in compact, short-pulse, Q-switched lasers. The company developed a low-cost MEMS-based laser intracavity Q-switch solution that replaces complex and costly...

Products : Photonics/Optics
Developer’s Kit for M3-FS Focus Module

New Scale Technologies, Inc., Victor, NY, announces its new developer’s kit for its M3-FS focus module. This miniature all-in-one focus module delivers precision lens motion in small spaces to help OEMs create next-generation handheld, portable, and mobile devices. The M3-FS focus module has 0.5...

Products : Medical
Simotion Version 4.4

Siemens Corporation, Washington, DC, has updated its Simotion motion control system to version 4.4, offering users new functions to make the engineering of motion control projects even easier and more efficient. Simotion applications can be quickly, easily, and efficiently engineered, configured, and commissioned through the...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
WH SpeedLine Linear Units

Thomson Industries Inc., Wood Dale, IL, announces that its high efficiency WH SpeedLine is a belt-driven positioning slide with an H-type roller guideway system designed to handle high forces and moments. The units can be installed in any orientation, and can be used for multi-axis configuration systems. The range is...

Products : Medical
Wireless Six-Axis Force/Torque Sensing System

ATI Industrial Automation, Apex, NC, introduces the Wireless F/T, a small wireless transmitter that streams data from up to six 6-axis transducers simultaneously. The Wireless F/T communicates using IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n wireless standard at 2.4 GHz or 5.0 GHz and can stream to the user’s host device...

Products : Medical
Isolation Workstation Keyboard

Man and Machine, Inc., Landover, MD, announces a special hospital Isolation Keyboard, which is lockable at the workstation and may be terminally cleaned with a 1:10 bleach ratio. It is easily identifiable by its bright yellow waterproof silicone skin. An additional feature, Cool Connect, an electronic USB ID,...

Products : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Push-Pull Circular Connectors

ODU-USA, Camarillo, CA, announces the availability of Push-Pull circular connectors featuring robust construction and proven ODU contact technology, allowing for thousands of mating cycles. The connectors can only be disconnected when the user pulls back the outer sleeve of the connector. Available in four styles,...

Products : Electronics & Computers
XBee ZigBee Cloud Kit

Digi International, Minnetonka, MN, introduces the XBee® ZigBee Cloud Kit, a new all-in-one kit that allows users to quickly build a wireless hardware prototype, connect it to the Internet, and control it from the cloud. The XBee ZigBee Cloud Kit is flexible enough for professionals to build rapid prototypes...

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...

Briefs : Robotics, Automation & Control
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 : Manufacturing & Prototyping
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...

Global Innovations : Imaging
X-Ray Detector Examines Materials from Inside Out
Fraunhofer Development Center X-Ray Technology EZRT, Division of Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS, Fürth, Germany
www.iis.fraunhofer.de/en.html

Anyone who has flown in the last few years, or has ever broken a bone, knows that X-rays are a tested method to...

From the Editor : Medical
From the Editor: February 2015

In April 2013, President Obama announced a highly ambitious multi-year BRAIN (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies) Initiative, focused on expanding and revolutionizing our understanding of the human brain. The BRAIN Initiative has five participating federal agencies, including the FDA, the...

Mission Accomplished : Manufacturing & Prototyping
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...

News : Medical
New Preservation System Keeps Livers Healthy for Transplant

A new preservation system that pumps cooled, oxygen-rich fluid into donor livers not only keeps the organs in excellent condition for as long as nine hours before transplantation, but also leads to dramatically better liver function and increases survival of recipients, according to a...

News : Medical
Implantable Neurostimulator Alleviates Dry Eye

Stanford Biodesign fellows are testing two tiny devices that stimulate natural tear production. The technologies deliver micro-electrical pulses to the lacrimal gland.

News : Medical
New Fibers Deliver Simultaneous Stimuli

Conventional neural probes are designed to record a single type of signaling, limiting the information that can be derived from the brain at any point in time. By producing complex multimodal fibers that could be less than the width of a hair, MIT researchers have created a system that could deliver...

News : Medical
January 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
Neuroscientists Predict Hand's Grip Movements

Using electrophysiological measurements in the areas of the brain that are responsible for the planning and execution of hand movements, German Primate Center scientists predicted avariety of hand positions through the analysis of exact neural signals.

News : Medical
Metamaterial 'Bends' Acoustic and Elastic Waves

Sound waves passing through the air, objects that break a body of water and cause ripples, or shockwaves from earthquakes all are considered “elastic” waves. These waves travel at the surface or through a material without causing any permanent changes to the substance’s makeup. Now,...

News : Robotics, Automation & Control
Nanoscale Surface Repels Bacteria

A new type of bacteria-repelling nanoscale surface holds promise for medical applications.

News : Medical
Wearable Nanowire Sensors Monitor Electrophysiological Signals

Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a new, wearable sensor that uses silver nanowires to monitor electrophysiological signals, such as electrocardiography (EKG) or electromyography (EMG). The new sensor is as accurate as the “wet electrode” sensors...

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