Briefs : Materials
Porcupine Quills Aid Device Design

Once a porcupine’s quill penetrates your skin, it’s very difficult to remove. That’s the inspiration behind research at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, to develop new types of adhesives, needles, and other medical devices.

Briefs : Medical
Extreme Ionizing-Radiation-Resistant Bacterium

There is a growing concern that desiccation and extreme radiation-resistant, non-spore-forming microorganisms associated with spacecraft surfaces can withstand space environmental conditions and subsequent proliferation on another solar body. Such forward contamination would jeopardize future life...

Features : Medical
Magnitude Matters

Topping the agenda of medtech executives for 2013 is repeal of the medical device excise tax, which went into effect on January 1. Enacted as part of the healthcare reform legislation of 2010, the new law requires manufacturers, producers, and importers to pay a tax of 2.3% on the sales price of most medical devices sold in the...

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Self-Charging Power Cell for Small Devices

Scientists at Georgia Tech say that they have developed a new self-charging power cell technology that directly converts mechanical energy to chemical energy. Then, the power is stored until it is needed to generate electricity. This hybrid generator- storage cell utilizes mechanical energy more...

Features : Photonics/Optics
Understanding Capabilities and Constraints of Fine Laser Cutting for Medical Components

Fine thin metal laser cutting is an ideal technology for the specialized cutting requirements found in the manufacturing of medical tube tools and components, which require an array of cut features with sharp edges, contours, and patterns within edges. From...

Features : Medical
Navigation Aids Enhance Foot Control Usability

The ever-increasing functional capabilities of emerging medical de vices have precipitated new requirements for the multi-function foot controls used to operate the equipment. These foot controls typically consist of multiple actuators, one for each required control function.

Features : Motion Control
Servo Control Improves Accuracy and Operating Range of Medical Pumping Applications

In 2006, engineers from the Thermo Fisher Barrington division in Barrington, IL, were faced with a number of challenges to improve their highly successful Masterflex line of peristaltic pumps. These challenges included:

Features : Photonics/Optics
Laser Optics Support High-Resolution 3D Microscopy
Vienna University of Technology,
Vienna, Austria

D r. Saideh Saghafi at the Institute for Solid State Electronics at the Vienna University of Technology has developed the laser technology and the optics for an ultramicroscope that can reveal the tiniest...

Features : Medical
Diaphragm Pacing Helps Patients with ALS Delay Need for Ventilator

An electronic system that stimulates the nerve of the diaphragm muscles received approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in patients with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease or motor neuron disease. The system, called...

Products : Medical
Digital High Airflow Sensor Portfolio

Honeywell Sensing & Control, Golden Valley, MN, announced it has expanded its Zephyr™ airflow sensor HAF Series portfolio with new digital versions that provide airflow ranges of 0 to 20 SLPM (standard liters per minute) and 0 to 200 SLPM. With this new product, Honeywell has leveraged its original Zephyr...

Products : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Harvard Programmable Peristaltic Pumps

Harvard Apparatus, the world leader in syringe pumps, announces the new Harvard Peristaltic Pump series. These remote-controlled, programmable peristaltic pumps with interchangeable sealed pump heads offer unparalleled accuracy, reproducibility, and ease of use over a broad range of flow rates. A library of...

Products : Electronics & Computers
Wire and Cable Catalog

Northwire, Inc., Osceola, WI, presents its 2013 NWI Lab360 catalog available in print and web-ready downloadable formats. This catalog presents complex technical information clearly so users can quickly source standard wire and cable products and custom build-to-order solutions. Northwire-NWI Lab360 is a premier partner...

Products : Medical
Illuminated Tact Switches

Master Distributors, Santa Monica, CA, a leading distributor of electromechanical, interconnect, and passive components, now carries TL3240 Series and TL3210 Series illuminated tact switches from E-Switch. Both series are surface mount switches that offer LED illumination in a variety of colors for applications in...

Products : Electronics & Computers
New TVS Diode Arrays

Littelfuse, Inc., Chicago, IL, has expanded its SP1005 and SP1007 Series General Purpose TVS Diode Arrays with two new 0402 size devices designed to offer modern integrated circuits better protection from electrostatic discharge. The low dynamic resistances of the SP1005-01ETG and SP1007-01ETG allow them to provide a...

Products : Electronics & Computers
Ultra High-Density 160W AC/DC Power Supplies

Formerly HiTek Power, LHV Power Corporation, Santee, CA, has introduced a state-of-the-art family of ultra high-density AC/DC single-output power supplies that provide up to 160 watts of continuous power at typical efficiencies of 90 percent. Available in six models, with outputs ranging from 3.3 to...

Products : Electronics & Computers
Parametric Search iPad App

Austin, TX-based Silicon Labs’ Parametric Search iPad app allows you to find products fast by defining your application and technical requirements. Simply download this free app, then select filter options with the easy-to-use sliders and selectors to see devices that match your specifications. Tap on a part number...

Products : Photonics/Optics
High Strength Aluminum Coated Fibers

Stirling, NJ-based Fiberguide Industries, Inc., supplies aluminum coatings for added strength to optical fibers for applications requiring tight bends or resistance to harsh conditions. The fibers have proven ideal for use in medical handsets and instruments. Aluminum coating can be applied to a wide variety...

Products : Medical
Model 935HF and 936 Pneumatic Pinch Valves

Acro Associates, Inc., Concord, CA, introduced two new models, the 935HF (high force) and 936 pneumatic pinch valve designed to meet the needs of single-use bio - processing systems. These models allow systems using sterile single use disposable tubing sets to control dispensing or fluid control through...

Products : Medical
MKW10M 10 Watt Medical Grade DC/DC Converters

Minmax Power, Inc., Hudson, MA, introduced its MKW10M Series, a 10 Watt, high performance, medical grade converter with reinforced 4200VAC I/O-isolation. This compact industry standard 2"×1" shielded metal package is an economic solution for space-saving, performance demanding applications in...

Products : Electronics & Computers
250W and 400W Power Supplies

Murata Power Solutions, Mansfield, MA, has introduced the MVAC series of highly efficient, a 3"×5" open frame AC-DC power supplies suitable for use in a wide variety of medical equipment needs. The series comprises two single output models, the 250 Watt MVAC250 and the 400 Watt MVAC400 units. Both models accommodate...

Products : Electronics & Computers
Electronics Cleaning Process

Digicom Electronics, Inc., Oakland, CA, a technology and quality- driven electronics manufacturing services company, introduces its new Diamond Track Cleaning Process. This process uses a proprietary combination of chemicals, temperature, wash cycles, timing, and equipment that results in printed circuit boards with...

Products : Medical
Manifold Mount Cartridge Valves

Parker Fluid Control Division, New Britain, CT, manufacturers of the Skinner and Gold Ring lines of solenoid valves and the Sinclair Collins line of process control valves, offers a line of manifold mount Cartridge Valves, an innovative and simplified alternative to solenoid operators and stud mount valves. The...

Products : Medical
Tiny EZ-Mount Rotary Position Sensor

Piher Sensors & Controls S.A., Chicago, IL, has introduced the MTS-360 Mechanical Mount Rotary Position Sensor with integral PCB for fast and easy mounting. Designed with the sensor directly mounted onto a PCB, the MTS-360 Sensor/PCB Combo package allows engineers to easily install a fully featured rotary...

News : Medical
Hydrogel Destroys Drug-Resistant Biofilms

Researchers from the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN) in Singapore,in collaboration with IBM Research say that they have developed the first-ever antimicrobial hydrogel that can break apart biofilms and destroy multidrug-resistant superbugs upon contact.

Tests have demonstrated...

News : Imaging
How Owls Rotate Their Heads Without Causing Stroke

Neurological imaging experts at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, have figured out how owls, which can rotate their heads by as much as 270 degrees in either direction, do so without cutting off blood supply to their brains and without damaging the delicate blood vessels in their necks...

News : Medical
Breast Pump Industry Booming; Can Supply Equal Demand?

Tucked within the Affordable Care Act is a provision requiring insurance companies to cover breast pumps. Insurers must pay for the new benefit, but the law doesn’t specify whether insurers must cover certain brands or types of breast pumps. It directs health plans to pay for “the costs...

News : Medical
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