News : Materials
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...

From the Editor : Government
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...

Features : Test & Measurement
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 : FDA/Regulatory
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 : Materials
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 : Packaging & Sterilization
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...

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 : Photonics/Optics
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...

Mission Accomplished : 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...

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...

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 : Manufacturing & Prototyping
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 : Motion Control
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...

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 : Medical
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 : Imaging
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 : Manufacturing & Prototyping
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 : Manufacturing & Prototyping
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 : Sensors/Data Acquisition
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...

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