Products : Software
PRODUCT OF THE MONTH: Multiphysics 5.0 and Application Builder

COMSOL, Inc., Burlington, MA, has released COMSOL Multiphysics® 5.0, featuring extensive product updates, three new add-on products, and the new Application Builder. Designers can now build applications for use by engineering and manufacturing departments, expanding...

Products : Electronics & Computers
iPS-M420S Industrial Power Storage

Advantech, Milpitas, CA, launched its iPS-M420S, a 420-Wh industrial power storage system with a lithium iron phosphate cell. This environmentally friendly and long-lifecycle, rechargeable battery provides substantial charge capacity, safety, and cost-efficiency. With its fanless design and IP67 DC output...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Minimal Residual Volume Luer Activated Stopcock

Elcam Medical Ltd., Hackensack, NJ, introduces its Marvelous™ specialized flow-control stopcock used to administer IV procedures or as a blood sampling port in hemodynamic monitoring sets. The Marvelous™ stopcock automatically flushes any fluids remaining inside the stopcock, assuring minimal...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
OmniCure AC Series UV LED Curing Solutions

Excelitas Technologies, Missisauga, Canada, announces the expansion of its OmniCure AC Series UV LED curing solutions with its new PLC2000 multipurpose external controller device and OmniCure AC Optical Adapter. These accessories complement the OmniCure AC Series of high power UV LED systems and provide...

Products : Electronics & Computers
MIDR03M Series 3 WattConverter

PIK Power, Inc., Marlborough, CT, offers a large standard range of MINMAX high isolation converters with models ranging from 1 to 10W. Products with fully regulated or unregulated output voltages are available. The I/O-isolation voltage, depending on model, is rated from 3000 to 4200VACrms reinforced isolation. All...

Products : Medical
M12 CANopen Integrated Motors

Schneider Electric Motion USA, Marlborough, CT, announces that Lexium MDrive® integrated motor systems expand industrial field bus communication options with CANopen with M12 circular connectors on NEMA motor sizes 23 and 34. Combined with its compact size, the integrated stepper motor, controller, I/O,...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
KOENIG Check Valves

SFC KOENIG, North Haven, CT, added Check Valves to its sealing and flow control solutions. The Check Valves feature a ball style, one-piece, self-contained design for quick and precise flow control, and can be used to maintain system pressure and prevent backflow. They are available in forward- and reverse-flow models in...

Products : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
UB29 Linear DC Micro Welder

Miyachi Unitek Corporation, Monrovia, CA, introduces the UB29 linear DC micro welder, which offers precision control for micro-miniature resistance welding, particularly in the medical market. Featuring single phase input, a compact size, and dual pulse schedules, the UB29 offers a precisely controlled repeatable...

Products : Motion Control
I² DC Servo Motor

Specialty Motors, Inc., Valencia, CA, announces its fully integrated I² DC Servo Motor is easily programmable to perform complex velocity and positioning movements within minutes. The all-in-one unit contains the brushless servo motor, controller, drives, power supply, and feedback devices in a single enclosure allowing for...

Products : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
SlimStack™ SSB6 SMT Micro Connectors

Molex, Inc., Lisle, IL, announces the launch of its new SlimStack™ SSB6 SMT microminiature board-to-board connectors. With an ultra-low profile (0.35 mm pitch) and compact size (0.60 mm height x 2.00 mm width, when mated), SlimStack SSB6 connectors are ideal for saving space in the compact packaging of a...

Products : Materials
CYCOLOY HCX1640 Resin

SABIC, Pittsfield, MA, unveils CYCOLOY polycarbonate/acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (PC/ABS) high impact amorphous thermoplastic blends, which combine ease of processing with low-temperature ductility. With excellent impact resistance, heat resistance, and outstanding aesthetics, CYCOLOY resin blends can be tailored to...

Products : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Fineblanking Capabilities

Connecticut Spring & Stamping, Farmington, CT, announces that it has expanded its capabilities to include fineblanking, ideal for economically producing highly complex, ready-to-install multifunctional parts in medical applications. Fineblanking produces parts with excellent flatness, rigidity, and greatly enhanced...

Technology Leaders : Medical
Best-in-Class Technologies for High Performance, Compliant Mobile Medical Devices

Portable and wearable healthcare devices represent growing, high volume markets for the medtech industry. Patient monitors are evolving from stationary equipment designed for a hospital bedside to small, lightweight, integrated devices designed to give patients the...

Technology Leaders : Electronics & Computers
Hospital-Grade Standards for Power Cords and Other Power System Components for Global Markets

While a number of countries have standards in regards to overall medical equipment, a few countries have related component requirements (e.g. plugs and cords). For the countries that do have hospital-grade or medical application standards on components,...

Mission Accomplished : Medical
Oxygen Sensors Monitor Bioreactors and Ensure Health and Safety

In the mid-1990s scientists at NASA Kennedy Space Center were experimenting with an unusual substance: cow digestive bacteria. Could it break down leftover dead plant matter in space into usable organic matter?

News : Medical
First Ever Mind Control of Two Prosthetic Arms Simultaneously

A bilateral shoulder-level amputee made history at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Baltimore, MD, this summer when he became the first person to wear and simultaneously control two of the Laboratory’s Modular Prosthetic Limbs. He was able to operate the...

News : Medical
Comments Requested on Cybersecurity for Medical Devices

To address the cybersecurity challenges of wireless medical infusion pumps, the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE), Rockville, MD, is now inviting comments on a draft project to secure those devices. The challenges include vulnerabilities to malware or hacking and access...

News : Imaging
Portable Lens-Free Microscope Can Diagnose Cancer

A team of researchers at UCLA has developed a lens-free microscope that, they say, can be used to detect the presence of cancer or other cell-level abnormalities with the same accuracy as larger and more expensive optical microscopes. This could lead to cheaper, more portable technology to...

News : Medical
December 2014 Month-End Industry News

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

News : Medical
Partnering with Co-robots

Most robots today work in manufacturing facilities where, for safety reasons, they are removed from being in close proximity with humans. But, Georgia Tech robotics researchers believe people and robots can accomplish much more as co-robots, which work beside, or cooperatively with, people. This symbiotic relationship...

News : Medical
Don't Forget to Vote

Don't forget to vote for the Medical Design Briefs' Annual Readers' Choice Product of the Year. You’re invited to cast your vote for the one product among the 12 Products of the Month that you feel was the most significant new product introduced to the engineering community in 2014.

News : Materials
Squids Inspire Printable Thermoplastics

A team of engineers at Penn State, University Park, PA, is using squid to create an eco-friendly thermoplastic that can be used in 3D printing. Most plastics are made from fossil fuel sources or from synthetic oils. Thermoplastics can melt, be formed, and then solidify without degrading materials...

News : Medical
New Metal Alloy as Strong as Titanium

Materials scientists from North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, and Qatar University have developed a new high-entropy metal alloy that, they say, has a higher strength-to-weight ratio than any other existing metal material. High-entropy alloys consist of five or more metals in roughly equal...

News : Medical
Recording Speedy Electrons in Silicon

An international team of physicists and chemists based at the University of California at Berkeley has, for the first time, recorded the action of silicon electrons becoming freed from their atomic shells using attosecond pulses of soft X-ray light lasting only a few billionths of a billionth of a...

News : Materials
Rewriting the Rules on Materials

A team of chemists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI), La Jolla, CA, say that they have invented a new method to join complex organic molecules that is extraordinarily robust and can be used to make plastics, pharmaceuticals, fabrics, dyes, and other materials previously inaccessible to chemists.

News : Medical
Using Robot Control to Improve Prosthetic Legs

An engineering professor at the University of Texas at Dallas applied robot control theory to enable powered prosthetics to dynamically respond to the wearer’s environment and help amputees walk. The robotic leg wearers were able to walk on a moving treadmill almost as quickly as an able-bodied...

News : Electronics & Computers
3D-Printed Contact Lens Combines Plastics and Electronics

An interdisciplinary team of engineers at Princeton University has embedded tiny light-emitting diodes (LEDs) into a standard contact lens, allowing the device to project beams of colored light. While the lens is not designed for actual use, especially since it requires an external power...

News : Lighting
Wearable Medical Sensors Using Organic Electronics

According to researchers at the University of California at Berkeley, future fitness trackers could soon add blood-oxygen levels to the list of vital signs they measure. By switching from silicon to an organic, or carbon-based, design, the researchers say that they were able to create a device...

News : Medical
Haptic Feedback Technology Could Aid Diagnostics

Touch feedback, or haptics technology, has been changing rapidly over the last few years with new uses in entertainment, rehabilitation, and even surgical training. Now, using ultrasound, scientists have developed virtual 3D shapes that can be seen and felt in mid-air. The researchers from the UK...

News : Materials
‘Electronic Skin’ for Prosthetics Communicates Pressure

While touch may be subtle, the information it communicates can be understood and acted upon quickly. For the first time, scientists are reporting that they have developed a stretchable “electronic skin” that can detect not just pressure, but also which direction it’s coming from....

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