Mission Accomplished : Medical
NASA Light Technology Helps Reduce Painful Side Effects from Radiation and Chemotherapy

Results of a two-year clinical trial indicate that a NASA technology originally developed for plant growth experiments on space shuttle missions has successfully reduced the painful side effects resulting from chemotherapy and radiation treatment in bone...

News : Medical
Ultrasound's Benefits Get Down to Earth

If you’re familiar with our Mission Accomplished section, you may already know about the many ways that NASA-funded research has translated to medical applications right here on Earth. The National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI) is involved with many of these projects, including some that...

News : Electronics & Computers
Wrist-Mounted Device for the Visually Impaired

The Tacit, a haptic sonar glove that helps a visually impaired person navigate complex environments, has been released as a public prototype. The invention uses ultrasonic sensors to sense objects from about 1 inch to 10 feet away, and translates that information into pressure on the user's...

News : Medical
U.S. Army Offers Afghans a Leg up in Prosthetics

Advances in prosthetics technology are usually more applicable to the developed world than a country like Afghanistan, even though it has one of the highest amputation rates. With this in mind, U.S. Army Task Force Spartan soldiers have produced a simple and easily reproduced prototype prosthetic...

News : Materials
Waving ‘Jell-O’ to the Next Wave of Biocompatible Electronics

North Carolina State University researchers have developed a memory device that is soft, functions well in wet environments, and features “the physical properties of Jell-O,” according to Dr. Michael Dickey, an assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at NC...

News : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Storytelling & Human Factors Engineering

An article from the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society calls attention to a recent study published in Ergonomics in Design, "Using Storytelling to Elicit Design Guidance for Medical Devices." In the study, human factors/ergonomics researchers evaluated the use of storytelling as a qualitative research...

Features : Tubing & Extrusion
The Cool Future of UV Curable Silicone Extrusion

Silicone elastomers are high-performance thermoset materials broadly used in diverse industries, including automotive, aerospace, electronics, consumer goods, and health care. They are recognized for their unique combination of properties, including high heat resistance, physiological inertness,...

Features : Manufacturing & Prototyping
For Precise Medical Components, Abrasive Waterjet Makes the Cut

Still a relatively young technology, abrasive waterjet has evolved to the point where it offers substantial benefit to some manufacturers of surgical instruments and a broad variety of other medical applications. With the ability to hold positioning accuracy as tight as ±0.001" and...

Products : Imaging
Reverse Engineering

NVision (Coppell, TX) now offers industrial CT scanning for reverse engineering and full inspection of medical components. Industrial CT scanning utilizes X-ray equipment to produce 3D representations of both internal and external components. It is suitable for non-metallic components fitting within an envelope of 150 mm...

Products : Electronics & Computers
Silicone Cabling

Standard and custom high flex silicone flat cables from Cicoil (Valencia, CA) are free of halogens, do not shed surface particulates, and are water and chemical resistant. The cables are suitable for incorporation into power conductors, shielded signal pairs, video and coax conductors, tubing for air or fluid transfer, and other...

Products : Motion Control
Precision Linear Motor Tables

The MMG Mini-Mag line of precision linear motor tables from Dover (Westborough, MA) is now available in aluminum-based versions with an optional single phase motor to reduce controller complexity, system footprint, and cost. Technology enhancements also enable operation in a vertical orientation without requiring a...

Products : Motion Control
Servo Drives

Galil Motion Control (Rocklin, CA) has introduced two multi-axis servo drives that perform sinusoidal commutation: the AMP-43540, which contains four 600 Watt servo drives, and the AMP-43640, which contains 20 Watt servo drives. Both models are sinusoidally commutated, which minimizes torque ripple compared to drives using...

Products : Medical
Multi-Layer Polyimide Tubing

PolyMedex Discovery Group (Putnam, CT) has announced the availability of custom multi-layer tubing composed of thermoset polyimide and thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) laminate, suitable for medical device applications. Thermoset polyimide has a minimum tensile strength of 20,000 PSI (138 MPa), 30% greater than...

Products : Medical
Class VI Colorants

PolyOne (Avon Lake, OH) offers OnColor™ HC Plus, a new line of USP Class VI colorants for the healthcare industry. The palette of standard and custom colors is pre-certified to meet or exceed ISO 10993 and USP Class VI requirements in seven different medical grade resin carriers as well as liquid. The colorants are...

Products : Electronics & Computers
Compact Connectors

Spectrum Advanced Specialty Products (Fairview, PA) has introduced the Mini-MIL circular connector, a small, lightweight connector that offers space and weight savings with performance equivalent to MIL-DTL-38999. It is available filtered and unfiltered with feed-through or Pi capacitance, and comes in a durable package...

Products : Electronics & Computers
BGA Socket

Ironwood Electronics (Burnsville, MN) offers a BGA socket for 1.118 mm pitch, 729 pin BGA IC’s. The SG-BGA-6345 socket is designed for 31 × 31 mm package size and operates at bandwidths up to 8 GHz with less than 1 dB of insertion loss. They are designed to dissipate up to several watts without extra heat sinking and can handle up...

Products : Materials
Medical Elastomer

Teknor Apex (Pawtucket, RI) offers a transparent medical elastomer gel available in free-flowing pellets. The Medalist MD-447 is ultrasoft and scores a rating of 25 on the Shore OO test for ultra-soft materials. The compound is based on a standard hydrogenated styrenic block copolymer, and is free of latex, phthalates, or...

Products : Motion Control
Metric Ball Screws

Ultra Motion (Cutchogue, NY) has upgraded its linear actuator product line to include precision ground metric ball screws. Several different lead accuracies (ranging from 8 to 50 micron) and backlash specifications (ranging 0/preloaded to 20 microns) are possible. The actuators can be configured using a number of different...

Products : Electronics & Computers
External Medical Power Supplies

XP Power (Sunnyvale, CA) has introduced the AHM series of external AC-DC power supplies aimed at medical and IT applications. The series comprises 5 single-output ranges of 85, 100, 150, 180, or 250 Watt output, and provides the popular nominal outputs from +12 to +48 VDC. All units are convection cooled, removing...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Carbide Drill

Seco Tools (Troy, MI) offers the Feedmax™ SD230A solid carbide 30xD drill in diameters ranging from 4 mm to 10 mm as standard, with 3 mm available as semi-standard. A 4-facet point geometry provides centering capability, with primary and secondary relief angles and a point angle of 136°. The tool also features a low friction,...

Products : Electronics & Computers
LED Light Engine Platform

SCHOTT (Southbridge, MA) has introduced the 2nd generation of LEDgine™ LED light engine platform that now offers twice as much light as before. It was developed for more efficient coupling of LED light into fiber optic bundles, and illuminates active diameters from 3.0 to 6.0 mm. The small diameter is suitable for...

Products : Medical
Mercury-Free Batteries

The Renata Batteries (Dallas, TX) division of The SWATCH Group has developed a line of 0% mercury silver oxide batteries suitable for powering medical devices including insulin pumps, glucose meters, and surgical tools. The mercury-free batteries are useful for complying with state laws that make it illegal to sell devices...

Products : Electronics & Computers
Surface Mount Chips

Stackpole Electronics (Raleigh, NC) offers the RPC Series of surface mount chips that offer pulse withstanding in a 5% tolerance part. It is completely untrimmed, which allows the entire width of the resistance element to dissipate the pulse power without any current crowding. The thick film chip resistors are suitable for...

Products : Electronics & Computers
Triple Row Connectors

Mill-Max (Oyster Bay, NY) offers 804 and 805 Series interconnects, suitable for high pin count I/O and board-to-board applications. The triple row pin field allows for signal connections to be more densely packaged. Placing and soldering one connector rather than three SIP sockets or a single and double row combination...

Products : Electronics & Computers
COTS Filters

LCR Electronics (Norristown, PA) offers a line of single phase COTS filters that operates over an extended temperature range of -40 °C to 85 °C (-40 °F to 185 °F). The RoHS-compliant Single Stage F9100 Filters and Double Stage F9200 Filters are suitable for high ambient environments or in applications with limited temperature...

Products : Materials
Silicone Swelling Agent

MicroCare Medical (New Britain, CT) has introduced Swellex™ silicone swelling agent as a solution to joining silicone to rigid parts. This newer class of solvent utilizes proprietary solvent technology that swells silicone more effectively than hexane solvents, and meets Environmental Protection Agency...

Products : Motion Control
Servo Motors

Myostat Motion Control (Ontario, Canada) has revised the CM1 line of CoolMuscle integrated servo motors. The new Revision C incorporates new, more readily available components into a slightly smaller casing with an updated and more accurate encoder.

Products : Medical
LAN-Controlled Transient Recorders

Elsys Instruments (Monroe, NY) has expanded its family of LAN-controlled transient recorders to include several high-speed modules that offer sampling speeds of 240 MS/sec or 120 MS/sec at 14-bit or 16-bit vertical resolution. The compact TPCX-24014 and TPCX-12012 series offer vertical and offset accuracy...

Products : Medical
Antimicrobial Adhesive

Avery Dennison Medical Solutions (Pasadena, CA) has developed an antimicrobial adhesive featuring NIMBUS® technology from Quick-Med Technologies (Gainesville, FL) that can be used for a variety of medical applications including surgical, wound care, and vascular access. The performance of the antimicrobial adhesive has...

Products : Motion Control
Industrial Housed Motors

WITTENSTEIN (Bartlett, IL) has introduced industrial motors specifically designed and developed to support OEM needs. They are suitable for precise, high-speed positioning applications, feature high dynamic performance and energy savings, and are produced with brushless 3- phase technology.

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