Products : Software
Part Inspection Software Module

DISCUS Software Company (Columbus, OH) has released the DISCUS 5.0, an update that further streamlines first article inspection and process planning for quality engineers. The release includes a new product, DISCUS CMM, a revamped DISCUS OCR product, and enhanced tools and functionality. The software module allows...

Products : Motion Control
Brushless DC Motor

Maxon Precision Motors (Fall River, MA) offers a newly designed EC16 brushless DC servo gearmotor that offers a 60° winding pattern, NdFeB high-performance magnet, and higher power output. The EC 16 is available in five winding types as well as with hall sensors or sensorless. Four high-power motors are available: 30 Watt or...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Liquid Silicone Rubber Molding

Minnesota Rubber and Plastics (Minneapolis, MN) offers custom injection molded liquid silicone rubber for thinwalled diaphragms suitable for healthcare related applications from dispensing and fluid filtration systems to purification systems. Liquid silicone rubber has good heat resistance to 180 °C and good...

Products : Materials
Vapor Degreasing Solvents

MicroCare Medical (New Britain, CT) will showcase a vapor degreasing process and its offering of precision cleaners. The low viscosity and surface tension ratings of the precision cleaners, combined with their volatility, allow them to clean effectively and penetrate small areas that other cleaners, such as water-based...

Products : Medical
Quartz Crystal

The CC7A-T1A MHz quartz crystal from Micro Crystal (Grenchen, Switzerland) is designed for implantable medical and medical telemetry applications. The precision timing crystal has a package height of 0.90 mm and a foot print of 3.2 × 1.5 mm. It offers a temperature range of –40 to +85/+125 °C, and a highthermal stability (down...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
RF Plastics Welding

Genesis Plastics Welding (Indianapolis, IN) specializes in radio frequency (RF) plastics welding of thermoplastic products and components for industries including medical. The proprietary heat sealing technology allows RF plastics welding of polyethylene, polypropylene, and many low-loss polymers in film, foam, and fabric...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Automated Mandrel Straightener

Machine Solutions (Flagstaff, AZ) offers the MS700S Automated Mandrel Straightener, which recycles bent or bowed mandrels through an automated straightening process. It is designed to reduce assembly material costs. The Mandrel Straightener utilizes a pick and place handling system capable of picking a single...

Products : Imaging
X-Ray/CT System

North Star Imaging (Rogers, MN) has introduced the X25 X-ray/ Computed Tomography (CT) system, which is shielded for up to 160kV and designed to integrate with a number of X-ray tubes and flat panel detectors for various applications. It features an anti-vibration cabinet design and is capable of achieving submicron resolution on...

Products : Medical
High-Pressure Valve

B. Braun OEM Division of B. Braun Medical (Bethlehem, PA) now offers a high-pressure normally closed back check valve that handles 400 psi for both forward and backward pressure. Designed for intermittent injection of fluids while preventing backflow, this oneway valve opens when 1.5–5 psi of pressure is applied. It is...

Products : Materials
Fluorosilicone Grease

The MED-6731 silicone grease compound from NuSil (Carpinteria, CA) can be used in applications that require a solvent-resistant grease and may be used as a high-vacuum grease around glass, ceramic, and ground glass joints. A fluorosilicone fluid may be used for applications in which a dimethylpolysiloxane grease has...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Design & Development

Via Biomedical (Maple Grove, MN) offers SPECTRAL medical balloons fabricated for medical applications using a series of proprietary processes and custom equipment. The balloons are robust, clear, and durable. Other services include R&D, product development, project management, and design control and manufacturing.

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Assembly Services

Vesta (Franklin, WI) utilizes advanced capabilities, including encapsulation, bonding, reinforcing and robotics, to assemble finished medical devices. The company has also introduced a Quick Turn thermoplastic extrusion program for designers and engineers with short lead times. Typical Quick Turn lead times in commonly...

News : Medical
Medical Design Briefs Welcomes Two New Members

Tech Briefs Media Group, publisher of Medical Design Briefs (MDB), has added two top sales professionals to their team, Helene Beck and Desiree Stygar, formerly associated with UBM Canon.

Briefs : Medical
Pulse Oximeter for Mobile Phone Platforms

Pulse oximetry non-invasively measures blood oxygen saturation (SpO2) and heart rate using a photo sensor to track the amount of absorbed light emitted by a red and infra-red LED. It allows for the rapid diagnosis of hypoxemia (low blood oxygen levels), which is difficult to identify...

Briefs : Medical
Multi Bore Flow Restrictor

Accuracy and reliability are key issues in the medical device industry — especially regarding administration of medical fluids or gases. Many medical fluid administration sets are provided with a flow restrictor. So far, a glass capillary is usually applied. However, this component has many shortcomings. The multi...

Briefs : Medical
Bionanomatrix Coating Boosts Biocompatibility of Implants

Cardiovascular stents and other medical implants increase lifespan and quality of life for millions around the world — yet adverse effects attenuate their full potential. Bionanomatrix coatings for such devices can vastly improve long-term outcomes.

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Thermal Management Solutions for Medical Applications

Thermal management of medical electronic devices and systems is now more challenging. Power densities continue to increase while product form factors continue to shrink. Simple thermal management solutions, such as passive cooling (adding a fan and heat sink), are no longer typically viable...

Briefs : Medical
High-Resolution Ophthalmic Ultrasound System for Ocular Structures

An ophthalmic ultrasound system evaluates ocular structures more clearly by providing images of all aspects of the anterior segment. It provides images of the eye and tissues around and behind the eye to determine the presence of pathology when doctors are prohibited from viewing...

Briefs : Medical
Improved Devices for Collecting Sweat for Chemical Analysis

Improved devices have been proposed for collecting sweat for biochemical analysis — especially for determination of the concentration of Ca2+ ions in sweat as a measure of loss of Ca from bones. Unlike commercially available sweat-collection patches used previously in...

Features : Medical
Customized Adhesives Help Advance Drug Delivery Devices

The recognized benefits of the transdermal patch as a viable drug delivery system are driving the development of new forms of transdermal drug delivery systems (TDDS). These products can deliver larger compounds such as proteins and small peptides through the stratum corneum. As new...

Features : Medical
Medical Device Packaging Validation Testing 101

Package validation testing has always been an important aspect of many medical device development processes. Today, it isn’t just new packaging that manufacturers need to worry about — economic and environmental conditions are also driving manufacturers to revalidate their packaging.

Features : Medical
Get an Early Start on a Successful Packaging Solution

The packaging system is a crucial component to getting a medical device to market on time. Time constraints with new projects can affect the packaging system and may prohibit a proper design. The earlier a manufacturer starts thinking about the packaging of the medical device or system, the...

Mission Accomplished : Medical
Balance Tools Used for Return-to-Duty Assessment and Rehabilitation

Dizziness and balance issues are the most frequently reported symptoms following exposure to an improvised explosive device.

Mission Accomplished : Photonics/Optics
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...

Products : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Differential Pressure Sensors

Sensortechnics (Walpole, MA) offers LBA differential pressure sensors based on thermal mass flow measurement of air or gas through a micro-flow channel integrated within the silicon sensor chip. The LBA series offers pressure ranges from 25 Pa (0.1 inH2O) Full Scale in addition to the existing 250 Pa and...

Products : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Shock Accelerometer

Meggitt Sensing Systems (San Juan Capistrano, CA) has introduced the Endevco® model 7270AM6, a rugged high-g piezoresistive shock accelerometer with frequency response capabilities down to DC or steady state, designed to support a variety of extreme testing requirements. The built-in mechanical filter consists of an aluminum...

Products : Electronics & Computers
Chip Resistors

TT electronics PLC (Surrey, UK) has introduced chip resistors that are optimized for use with conductive adhesives and suitable for applications like medical MRI scanners where non-magnetic components must be used. The GCR series glueable chip resistors are available in several variants, with EIA chip sizes down to 0805 and...

Products : Electronics & Computers
Desktop Power Supplies

The PPWAD200 Series from Power Partners (Hudson, MA) provides 200 Watts of desktop power in a 7.42" × 4.1" × 2.36" package. The series features a no load standby power of ≤0.5W and average efficiency of ≥87%. The power supplies have a 90-264VAC input and include seven single output models ranging from 12VDC to 48VDC....

Products : Motion Control
USB-Compatible, “Medical-Grade” Foot Controls

STEUTE Meditech (Ridgefield, CT) has introduced an extensive range of USBcompatible, “medical-grade” foot controls. The USB interface is compatible with many single-function and multi-function foot control designs. A USB-compatible foot control enables medical device OEMs to integrate the...

Products : Motion Control
RF & IR Wireless Foot Controls

Linemaster Switch Corp. (Woodstock, CT) offers wireless foot switches and receivers that are now available in black. The color is available in single, twin, and triple variations. Molds are made from the same robust polymer plastic material as the light gray version. Wired foot control solutions, using the black...

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