News : Motion Control
World’s Smallest, Fastest Nanomotor Created

A team of engineers at The University of Texas at Austin say that they have built the smallest, fastest, and longest-running synthetic motor to date. This nanomotor, which could fit inside a human cell, is an important step toward developing miniature machines that could one day move through the body...

News : Robotics, Automation & Control
Making Augmented Reality Easier on the Eyes

Augmented reality is quickly becoming more integrated into everyday usage, such as smartphone apps that can identify landmarks, constellations, and more. Head-worn goggles, like Google Glass can superimpose computer-generated images onto your direct view of the physical world. But, moving your eyes...

News : Electronics & Computers
Chip Could Eliminate Need for Magnets in Imaging

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Gaithersburg, MD, say that they have built and demonstrated a chip-scale device that both produces and detects a specialized gas used in biomedical analysis and medical imaging. The new microfluidic chip produces polarized...

News : Medical
Epidural Stimulation Could Combat Paralysis

Exciting news was reported by an international team of scientists at the University of Louisville, KY; UCLA, Los Angeles, CA; and the Pavlov Institute of Physiology, Saint Petersburg, Russia; who say that epidural electrical stimulation of the spinal cord gave four men, paralyzed for years, the ability...

News : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Elastic Patches for Wireless Health Monitoring

A team of engineers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, developed stick-on patches that incorporate off-the-shelf chip-based electronics that can support wireless health monitoring. The patches adhere like a temporary tattoo and incorporate...

News : Medical
New Lens Design Dramatically Improves Lithotripsy

A team of mechanical and materials engineers at Duke University, Durham, NC, has devised a way to improve the efficiency of lithotripsy to crush kidney stones using focused shockwaves.

News : Medical
Lasers Used to Pop Cancer-Killing ‘Chemo’ Balloons

Scientists at the University of Buffalo, NY, are exploring the use of PoP-liposomes or nanoballoons to get chemotherapy drugs where they need to go. They then blast the balloons with red lasers to release the drugs. They say this approach could make chemo more effective while reducing side...

News : Medical
Pacemaker Powered by Beating Heart

An interdisciplinary research team led by Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, has developed a flexible medical implant that harvests energy from the beating heart, which, they say, could be used to power pacemakers, defibrillators, and heart-rate monitors naturally and reliably and reduce or eliminate the...

News : Medical
Stretchable Antenna for Wearable Monitoring

Researchers at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, say they have developed a new, stretchable antenna that can be incorporated into wearable health monitoring devices. The team focused on developing an antenna that could be stretched, rolled, or twisted, and easily return to its original...

Features : Medical
Eliminating DEHP Plasticizer in Medical-Grade PVC

The plasticizers used to render PVC flexible constitute about a third of the vinyl compound by weight and have a significant effect on overall properties and performance. The most widely used plasticizer in medical applications, DEHP (di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate), has been shown to engender...

Features : Medical
Small Quantity/High Mix Tubing Offers Value to R&D Facilities

In the US, many high-volume tubing suppliers have moved production facilities overseas to low-cost producers like China or Mexico. Minimum buys are now the rule, leaving many US manufacturers with a quandary—how to get small quantities of a wide variety of tubing needed for research...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
PRODUCT OF THE MONTH: LASERDYNE 430 Series of Precision Laser Systems

Prima Power Laserdyne, Champlin, MN, announces the LASERDYNE 430 Series of precision laser systems with up to 20 kW QCW (quasi continuous wave) fiber lasers. This expands the capability and flexibility of the system for precision cutting, welding, and drilling applications,...

Redesigned JoyBar II

Active Controls, LLC, Sewell, NJ, has introduced the new JoyBar®II, the second generation of the original JoyBar that revolutionized electric wheelchairs with intuitive control capability. The new JoyBar II has been redesigned to incorporate non-contacting sensor technology, which provides smoother, more...

Mini Test 300 Portable Leak Detector

Pfeiffer Vacuum, Hingham, MA, introduces the first vacuum leak detector with quartz window sensor technology to detect helium. Weighing only 11 lbs., the MiniTest 300 is well suited for mobile leak detection and operates at a working pressure of up to 200 mbar, without requiring additional pressure reduction....

Vinyl Blood Pressure Cuffs

SunTech Medical, Inc., Morrisville, NC, announces its new Vinyl BP Cuffs feature a tapered end for easier application and color coding to simplify size selection. They feature size indicators on both the interior and exterior of the cuff to ensure the correct size cuff is selected, are engineered to meet AHA,...

PCE-3028, a PICMG 1.3 System Host Board

Advantech, Irvine, CA, announces PCE-3028, a PICMG 1.3 half-size system host board with Intel® H81, and compatible with 4th generation Intel® Core™ processors. The PCE-3028 supports a range of processor choices, offering a scalable high-performance computing environment in limited...

TMR Series of DC/DC Converters

ConTech, Concord, CA, announces the “TMR” Series of DC/DC converters. The TMR Series offers up to 10 Watts of fully regulated output power and is RoHS compliant. The series offers a 2:1 input range with nominal input voltages of 12VDC, 24VDC, and 48VDC. Single outputs offered are 5 and 12 VDC. Dual outputs are...

CADfeature 11.3

Elysium Inc., Southfield, MI, introduces the release of CADfeature 11.3, its new browser-enhanced, feature-based program for repairing, migrating, and reporting on product engineering data exchanged within manufacturing organizations and their supply chains. The newest version addresses long-sought industry goals of perfecting...

Anspach High Speed Drill System

DePuy Synthes Power Tools, Palm Beach Gardens, FL, announced the global launch of the Anspach® EG1™ High Speed Electric System, a next generation high-speed electric drill with multiple attachments. The device is used to cut and shape bone and has a wide range of quick-coupling attachments,...

Three Types of Silicone Tubing

NewAge Industries, Inc., Southampton, PA, introduced three types of medical-grade silicone tubing, with two types peroxide cured and one platinum cured. Silcon® Medical unreinforced tubing is extremely pliable, translucent, and nonreactive to body tissues and fluids. Silcon Med-X provides the same...

Linux-based Software for Oscilloscopes

Saelig Company, Inc., Fairport, NY, announces the availability of Linux-based software for PicoScope PC-based oscilloscopes. PicoScope 6 for Linux allows a PC to be connected to a USB adapter to produce a high-powered oscilloscope, FFT spectrum analyzer, and data acquisition device. Previously only...

Fiber-Reinforced Liquid Silicone Rubber

Momentive Performance Materials Inc., Columbus, OH, introduces its new fiber-reinforced liquid silicone rubber (LSR) to enhance the ergonomics and aesthetics of wearable medical devices. It can provide the cost-efficient processability of liquid silicone rubber, while eliminating the need for a composite...

Precision Micro-Tubing with Variable Flexibility

RiverTech Medical, Chattanooga, TN, has developed precision micro-tubing with variable flexibility for catheter-based medical devices. The micro-tubing offers two to three different stiffnesses and flexibilities within one tubing component for catheter-based medical device procedures. The flexible...

Applications : Electronics & Computers
Cleanliness of PCB Assemblies Leads to Device Reliability

Component manufacturers are continually developing new and smaller packages for components that are mere fractions of a millimeter and have board to component clearances of less than a mil. Pick and place machines have new accessories that allow placement of these almost invisible parts....

Briefs : Medical
Make and Bake Silicone Lenses

A droplet of clear liquid can bend light, acting as a lens. Using that as a guide, researchers at Australian National University have developed a new process to create very inexpensive, high quality silicone lenses that can be used in a wide range of applications, including tools to detect diseases in the field,...

Briefs : Materials
First Light-Activated Antimicrobial Surface

A team of scientists at the University College London (UCL) have developed a new antibacterial material that could help cut hospital-acquired infections. They used a combination of two dyes with nanoscopic particles of gold, which, they say, is deadly to bacteria when activated by light, including...

Briefs : Medical
Light-Guided Hydrogels Could Aid Drug Delivery

Light therapy has been used to treat a number of disorders, including psoriasis, and highly targeted lasers have been used for specific skin disorders, eye diseases, or cancers. Advances in imaging methods and equipment can now allow scientists to see the effects of light at the cellular level,...

Briefs : Medical
NASA Releases New Software Catalog to Spur Innovation

On April 10, NASA released more than 1,000 codes in a new online software catalog. Organized into 15 broad categories, the new catalog offers a wide variety of applications for use by industry, academia, other government agencies, and the general public.

Technology Leaders : Medical
Ensuring Precision Manufacturing in the Medical Device Industry

The English (North America) dictionary definition of the word “precision” is accuracy (noun) or relating to accuracy (adjective). You will find the word “precision” takes on all the synonyms of the word “accuracy” in the manufacturing world. This rings especially true in...

Technology Leaders : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Laser Surface Texturing Strengthens Bonds, Reduces Variability in Medical Devices

Laser machining has long been used in medical device manufacturing to create small sub-components with extremely fine features. More advanced manufacturers are now using their experience with CNC laser systems to refine techniques and processes for laser surface...

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