Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Flex Assemblies

FCI (Etters, PA) has introduced the Flexible Connections(SM) series, which includes flex assemblies, fine-pitch jumpers, high-density BGA-based flex assemblies, and rigid flexes using press-fit backplane connectors. Signal routing is contained in flat “2D” spaces to improve ventilation, and natural mechanical forgiveness of...

Products : Electronics & Computers
Electronic Valves

The EW Series electronic valves from Clippard Instrument Laboratory (Cincinnati, OH) feature wire leads out of the top of the valve and are available in 2-way or 3-way, normally closed or fully ported. The series offers flexibility in design with its in-line or manifold mount options, and choice of several DC voltages. The...

Products : Medical
Image Processing Solution

National Instruments (Austin, TX) has introduced the NI 1483 Camera Link adapter module in combination with the NI FlexRIO field-programmable gate array (FPGA) board, offering a solution for embedding vision and control algorithms directly on FPGAs. Users can process and analyze an image in real time with little or no...

Products : Packaging & Sterilization
Radiation Sterilization Process Indicator

Akron Coating and Adhesives (Akron, OH) offers the ACA60-140, a radiation sterilization process indicator that changes color at 25 kGy of gamma radiation and is suitable for use with the sterilization of medical devices. The labels reveal the extent of radiation exposure to the product, changing from a...

News : Medical
New System Improves Cataract Surgery

A new system for femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery developed at Stanford University School of Medicine uses a new approach to make the procedure less dependent on surgical skill and allow for greater consistency.

Features : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Human Factors Engineering in the Design of Surgical Instruments

In July 2010, the FDA released a warning on a number of fibrin-based bleeding control products that were demonstrated to cause air embolisms in patients when used improperly during surgery. The article reported that the embolisms, though rare, could be caused by the clinician using...

Features : Medical
Lasers Deliver a Bright Future for Diagnostics

Biophotonics, the interaction between light and biological material, serves as the basis for various medical applications. The following research efforts and technologies highlight some ways in which medical lasers and biophotonics continue to contribute to the refinement of diagnostics and...

Features : Medical
Express Testing Makes for More Effective Vet Visit

From “man’s best friend” to the exotic mammals and reptiles that grace the grounds of a zoo, recent improvements in wellness and prevention care are leading to longer and healthier lives for animals, as well as fewer trips to the veterinary office.

Features : Software
Keeping Hearts Pumping

An estimated one million people worldwide have heart conditions that would benefit from a heart transplant. However, the number of donor hearts available is extremely limited, with fewer than 3,000 total transplants performed each year in the United States. Fortunately, for people with such heart problems, a unique...

Features : Medical
'Mindshift' Biofeedback Gaming Technology

The gamer's quest is for reality, but there are limits when an animated, armored man is shooting at a banshee flying at him at simulated warp speed on a video screen; or a caricature of an athlete is trying to hit a light that represents a ball that can curve in ways that defy physics.

Briefs : Medical
Preserving Phase for Bionic Implants by Rearranging a Signal’s Components

Any signal can be decomposed into components of sinusoids. This pioneer technique expands the theory of interchangeability of phase and a shift of time (or a shift of another variable). It faithfully preserves phase information by mathematically rearranging the...

Briefs : Materials
Thermographic Printing Using Organic Silver Salts

The materials presented allow the writing on a single sheet of these materials without ink, but only by heat, thereby revealing a black and white image. This process is called thermographic writing or printing.

Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Retractor System for Abdominal Surgery

Adjusting abdominal clamps to open up a larger operating field during surgery typically requires the use of two hands: one hand to unscrew the clamp, and the other hand to pull the clamp to increase the operating field. Furthermore, one hand has to retain the clamp in position while the other is used to...

Briefs : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Repeatable, Low-Cost UV Assembly of Biosensors

A biosensor is an analytical device that converts a biological response into an electrical signal. It is increasingly being used as a cost-effective diagnostic tool that offers the capability to render efficient, easy-to-use, and accurate diagnosis. While technological advances in biosensors are...

Briefs : Medical
Tethered Endoscope for Photographing the Esophagus

Conventional endoscopes are the “gold standard” for investigating and evaluating mucosal disease of the esophagus. Free-swimming camera pills are large because they must carry camera, batteries, memory, illumination, and some level of image processing power on board. A typical camera pill...

Briefs : Medical
Isolation of the 'Paenibacillus phoenicis', a Spore-Forming Bacterium

A microorganism was isolated from the surfaces of the cleanroom facility in which the Phoenix lander was assembled. The isolated bacterial strain was subjected to a comprehensive polyphasic analysis to characterize its taxonomic position. Both phenotypic and phylogenetic...

Briefs : Medical
Cell Radiation Experiment System

The cell radiation experiment system (CRES) is a perfused-cell culture apparatus, within which cells from humans or other animals can (1) be maintained in homeostasis while (2) being exposed to ionizing radiation during controlled intervals and (3) being monitored to determine the effects of radiation and the...

Briefs : Imaging
Monolithically Integrated, Mechanically Resilient Carbon-Based Probes for Scanning Probe Microscopy

Scanning probe microscopy (SPM) is an important tool for performing measurements at the nanoscale in imaging bacteria or proteins in biology, as well as in the electronics industry. An essential element of SPM is a sharp, stable tip that possesses...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Diaphragm Dosing Pumps

KNF Neuberger (Trenton, NJ) has introduced the FEM 1.02 and FEM 1.09 diaphragm dosing pumps for liquids that integrate simple 2-phase stepper motors. An optional and adaptable control module can be integrated into any system to expand control potential and suit particular application requirements. Typical applications...

Products : Motion Control
Low-Profile Foot Control

KNF Neuberger (Trenton, NJ) has introduced the FEM 1.02 and FEM 1.09 diaphragm dosing pumps for liquids that integrate simple 2-phase stepper motors. An optional and adaptable control module can be integrated into any system to expand control potential and suit particular application requirements. Typical applications...

Products : Medical
Thermally Bonded Tubing

NewAge Industries (Southampton, PA) has introduced Hot Bond thermally bonded tubing. The Hot Bond process joins lengths of reinforced and unreinforced tubing of similar material using heat instead of leachable adhesives or solvents. Four types of Hot Bond exist: permanent bond, strippable bond, skip bond, and electric hot...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Laser Diode Driver

The WLD3343 general-purpose laser diode driver from Wavelength Electronics (Bozeman, MT) provides up to 3 A output in a compact 14-pin DIP package. It is suitable for a variety of electro-optical instrumentation, including spectrometers and medical diagnostic equipment. The upgraded WLD3343 is available in five models: the...

Products : Electronics & Computers
Power Supplies

Emerson Network Power (Carlsbad, CA) offers the NPS20-M series open-frame power supplies, feature a 2” × 4” footprint and a height of 1”. The series supports up to 25 W with convection cooling and up to 40 W with forced air cooling. Under normal operating conditions, the power supplies require less than 49 W of input power...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Compact DC Motors

AMETEK Technical & Industrial Products (Kent, OH) offers compact Pittman® slotless brushless DC motors for medical device applications that require high efficiency and power with minimal heat, EMI, vibration, and noise. They are sized for use in handheld or small medical devices. Motor diameters range from 0.375” to 1.1”....

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Cable, Wire, and Tubing

Alpha Wire (Elizabeth, NJ) offers a cable, wire, and tubing solution set for the medical device market. It is suitable for applications in diagnostic equipment such as MRI and CAT scanners, laboratory equipment, and other noninvasive testing and treatment equipment. Xtra-Guard® 1 cables feature tough PVC insulation and...

Products : Medical
PTFE Medical Device Coating

Boyd Coatings Research Co. (Hudson, MA) has introduced a proprietary formulation of PTFE medical device coating. The CRC 7000 series is suitable for medical applications such as guidewires and other device components that require high-temperature resistance, low coefficient of friction, and non-thrombogenicity. This...

Products : Medical
Imaging Solution

Toshiba Teli America (Irvine, CA) offers a medical imaging solution based on the ilS-BF4 SmartDragon™ FireWire-B (IEEE1394.b) processor that can connect and simultaneously receive data from up to four Toshiba Teli CSFS20CC2 FireDragon™ color cameras. The solution combines the FireDragon cameras and the SmartDragon processor...

Products : Software
Track-and-Trace Software

Cognex (Natick, MA) has introduced In-Sight® Track & Trace, an add-on software package for In-Sight vision systems. The software delivers a ready-to-deploy data capture and verification solution designed to help achieve unit-level product traceability. It combines Cognex code reading and verification software with a...

Products : Electronics & Computers
Product Literature

Keystone Electronics (Astoria, NY) offers more than 125 new products designed for use with SMT or THM applications in a 16-page supplement. The supplement offers battery hardware, contacts, clips, holders, and retainers for coin cell and button cell batteries; new, multi-use fuse holders and clips for mini and standard auto...

Products : Photonics/Optics
Optical Prisms

Bern Optics (Westfield, MA) offers submillimeter optical prisms with dimensions to 0.20 mm for use in laparoscopic and endoscopic medical devices. They can be custom-engineered, ground, and polished in a variety of difficult configurations, including optical wedges of any given angle, beam splitter cubes, parallel plates, and...

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