Products : Materials
Lubricious Coatings

Bayer MaterialScience (Pittsburgh, PA) offers Baymedix™ CL 100, a lubricious surface treatment for medical devices that gives a durable coating. The coating has demonstrated low coefficients of wet friction, 0.02-0.03, on prototype devices. Directly grafting the treatment onto the surface of the medical device achieves a...

Products : Medical
Transdermal Adhesives

NuSil Technology (Carpinteria, CA) has introduced two transdermal adhesives. The DDR-1370 is a one-part, non-curing, traditional pressure sensitive adhesive (PSA) dispersed in ethyl acetate. It has a typical viscosity of 1,450 cP, and once coated onto a substrate, can be die cut into various shapes. It offers high cohesive...

Products : Materials
F-Treated FKM Elastomers

Minnesota Rubber & Plastics (Minneapolis, MN) offers F-treated FKM elastomers for custom-designed seals located in medical devices such as endoscopes. The F-treat process provides a low coefficient of friction surface that will not dissipate with wear. The treatment provides surgeons with more sensitivity and “feel”...

Products : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Breakaway Connectors

ITT Interconnect Solutions (Santa Ana, CA) offers the Nemesis Series and MKJ Series breakaway connectors that incorporate a simple push/pull mating mechanism to engage and disengage the connector systems. The coupling mechanism utilizes a canted spring design, which allows for quick disconnect and ratings of more than 5,000...

Products : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Single-Use Connectors

Colder Products Company (St. Paul, MN) offers AseptiQuik™ connectors with a "click, pull, twist" design: an audible click confirms the initial connection, pull tabs allow simultaneous membrane removal, and a twist of the integrated lock ring provides secure final assembly. Connection can be made without the need for...

Products : Electronics & Computers
Power Supplies

TDK-Lambda (San Diego, CA) has introduced the NVM175 series of medically approved AC-DC power supplies. Combining 4.5 kVac reinforced input to output isolation with dual input fusing and an output-to-ground isolation of 1500 Vac, the NVM175 meets UL/EN/IEC60601-1 and is suitable for use in BF (Body Floating) type medical...

Products : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Solenoid Valves

Sensortechnics (Walpole, MA) offers the Ten-X Series of 2-way and 3-way solenoid valves available with integrated "Hit and Hold" drive electronics to reduce power consumption and heat generation using pulse width modulation. The valves offer high flow rates of 8 lpm at 6 psi and 22 lpm a t30 psi through a 0.060" orifice. The...

Products : Materials
Cure-Indicating Adhesive

DYMAX (Torrington, CT) offers DYMAX MD® 1200 series adhesives for rapid bonding of a variety of substrates found in medical devices. These adhesives are bright blue in their uncured state, making them easy to see on a variety of substrates, in deep wells, or when sandwiched between two layers of materials. The blue...

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RFID Cabinet

The new RFID-Enabled Cabinet from Terso Solutions (Madison, WI) is suitable for operating room supply centers and catheterization labs. It has 25 cubic feet of storage space and measures 36" wide, 26" deep, and 80" tall. To access the cabinet, the user presents an electronic access control card to a cabinet-mounted scanner and...

Products : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Sensor Connector

Hirose Electric (Simi Valley, CA) offers a sensor connector for users of blood glucose monitoring devices and strips. It increases mating cycles to more than 10,000. The connector incorporates an automated ejection mechanism for the blood sensor, which allows a more hygienic approach to strip removal. Users push a button to...

Products : Motion Control
Rotary Encoder

The MSR 40 modular steel tape rotary encoder from RSF Elektronik (Tarsdorf, Austria) is now available in North America through the HEIDENHAIN Corporation (Schaumburg, IL). The encoder is suitable for measurement applications with diameters of 6 in (150 mm) to 6 ft (~2 m). The steel tape of the MSR 40 utilizes the proven...

News : Materials
Sealing Wounds

A compound found in sunless tanning spray may help to heal wounds following surgery, according to research by biomedical engineers at Cornell University.

News : Medical
Tumor Marking

Researchers at Ohio State University have developed a way to enhance how brain tumors appear in MRI scans and during surgery, making the tumors easier for surgeons to identify and remove.

Features : Medical
Implants and Prosthetic Devices: Helping the Body Reach its Full Potential

Medical technology is currently capable of treating such physical hardships as loss of limb, eyelid paralysis, and chronic osteoarthritis – but researchers are continually finding ways to improve upon the effectiveness of these and other implanted and prosthetic device...

Features : Robotics, Automation & Control
Going the Distance: Surgical Robotics and Remote Medical Care in the Battlefield

Providing medical care from afar using robotic technology is a fascinating concept that could save more lives in the battlefield. The technology still has a way to go, but it is starting to make its way into reality. One thing researchers are discovering is that...

Features : Medical
Image-Capture Devices Extend Medicine’s Reach

In spring 2008, Dr. Scott Dulchavsky diagnosed high-altitude pulmonary edema in a climber over 20,000 feet up the slope of Mount Everest. Dulchavsky made the diagnosis from his office in Detroit, half a world away. The story behind this long-distance medical achievement begins with a seemingly...

Features : Medical
Polymer Coats Leads on Implantable Medical Device

Langley Research Center’s Soluble Imide (LaRC-SI) was discovered by accident. While researching resins and adhesives for advanced composites for high-speed aircraft, Robert Bryant, a Langley engineer, noticed that one of the polymers he was working with did not behave as predicted. After...

Features : Medical
Medical Devices Assess, Treat Balance Disorders

You may have heard the phrase “as difficult as walking and chewing gum” as a joking way of referring to something that is not difficult at all. Just walking, however, is not all that simple – physiologically speaking. Even standing upright is an undertaking requiring the complex cooperation...

Features : Medical
Electrolyte Concentrates Treat Dehydration

For astronauts returning to Earth, adjusting to full gravity can be just as demanding as any of the challenges they faced in space. While readjusting to Earth’s gravitational pull, astronauts can experience difficulties moving and balancing, headaches, nausea, and even fainting spells.

Features : Medical
NASA Bioreactors Advance Disease Treatments

The International Space Station (ISS) is falling. This is no threat to the astronauts onboard, however, because falling is part of the ISS staying in orbit.

Briefs : Materials
Zinc-Doped Tricalcium Phosphate Ceramic for Surgical Implants

A ceramic body consisting of the phases of tricalcium phosphate and/or hydroxyapatite provides biocompatibility with hard tissues. When such a ceramic body is implanted in a bone, direct connection is formed between the bone and the ceramic body without intervention of any fibrous...

Briefs : Medical
Micro-Electrode Visual Inspection System Utilizing Image Processing Tools

A system was devised to aid in the inspection of micro-electrode assemblies utilized in clinical lab instruments to conduct impedance measurements on living cells in a 384 bottomless well casing with the electrode layer bonded to the housing, creating the closed-cell,...

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Power-Assist Control Interface for Wheelchairs

A computer-controlled, programmable control interface allows safe, intuitive manual control for motorized wheelchairs that operate in variable terrain. The key feature of this technology is its proprietary computer program that enables an operator to manage a load as if it were light and on a smooth...

Briefs : Medical
Neuroprosthetics and Solutions for Restoring Sensorimotor Functions

Advances in body armor and life-saving technology have increased survival rates of severely injured military personnel. Unfortunately, the survivors of improvised explosive devices are often left with amputations and/or spinal cord injuries. The increase in amputations and...

Briefs : Medical
Implantable Microsystems for Anatomical Rewiring of Brain Circuitry

It has been demonstrated that after a stroke-like lesion in the cerebral cortex of non-human primates, the remaining intact tissue undergoes extensive neuro-physiological and neuroanatomical remodeling. The ability of cortical areas remote from the infarct to form new...

Products : Materials
Adhesives

Avery Dennison (Pasadena, CA) offers medical-grade adhesives in a range of biocompatible acrylic, porous acrylic, synthetic rubber-based, silicone, and absorbent hydrocolloid adhesive formulations. Custom formulations are also available. The adhesives meet FDA and ISO requirements for safety and efficacy.

The adhesives are...

Products : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Connectors

Fischer Connectors (Saint-Prex, Switzerland) offers AluLiteTM connectors that can endure more than 5,000 mating cycles within a temperature range of -50 °C to 150 °C. The anodized finished connector housing is engineered with an anticorrosive aluminum alloy. Cable diameters range from 1.4 to 10.7 mm. The series is available in...

Products : Materials
Silicone Coating

NuSil Technology (Carpinteria, CA) has introduced MED-6670, a curable coating that decreases the coefficient of friction of a cured silicone surface by a minimum of 50 percent when compared to a non-coated silicone surface. This two- part, low-coefficient of friction silicone coating is dispersed in xylene. Once cured, the...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Auto-Calibration Fluid Sensor

OPTEK Technology (Carrollton, TX) offers the OCB350 Series fluid sensor that features automatic calibration circuitry. It is available with multiple output states for medical applications. Designers can initiate the calibration procedure at any time by grounding the J1-pin-4, which allows the device to be remotely...

Products : Motion Control
DC Motor

Portescap (West Chester, PA) has introduced the AthlonixTM high-power density brush DC motor that features a compact, lightweight package (15 to 53 grams, depending on frame size), and output power of up to 9 watts. The energy-efficient coreless design includes optimized self-supporting coil and magnetic circuit, which delivers...

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