Products : Electronics & Computers
AC/DC Power Supply

Daitron (Wilsonville, OR) has released the MFS series of low-noise AC-DC power supply products that provide 50W of switching power for noise-sensitive medical applications. They feature an output noise of less than 10mV (rms) range and meet EMI class 8 requirements. Leakage current is less than 75 μA at 264VAC input...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Athermal Laser Machining

Norman Noble (Highland Heights, OH) offers Noble UltraLightTM, an athermal laser machining process designed to create precise features in materials such as bioabsorbable polymers, shape memory metals, and other exotic alloys without producing any heat affected zone (HAZ). This ultrashort pulse (USP) laser enables the...

Products : Materials
No-Drip Adhesive

Master Bond (Hackensack, NJ) offers the EP42HT-2ND2, a no-run, two-part medical adhesive that has a paste-like consistency to facilitate application when bonding vertical surfaces. It cures at ambient temperatures, complies with the testing requirements for USP Class VI biocompatibility, and exhibits thermal stability up to 450...

Products : Motion Control
Electric Cylinders

EC1 electric cylinders from Kollmorgen (Radford, VA) provide a linear positioning alternative to pneumatic and hydraulic systems in applications requiring continuous thrust of ≤150 pounds. They feature controllable speed up to 0.325 m/s, accurate mid-stroke positioning, and position holding without power (with brake option)....

Products : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
FPC-to-Board Connectors

Hirose Electric (Simi Valley, CA) has introduced the BM10 series of flexible printed circuits (FPCs)-to-board connectors that are RoHS-compliant and halogen-free. They are available with stacking heights of 0.6 to 0.8 mm, and feature a 2.98-mm depth and 0.44-mm contact pitch. The 40-position connectors feature an enhanced...

Products : Materials
Thermoplastic Elastomers

Teknor Apex (Pawtucket, RI) has developed thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) compounds that feature double the adhesive strength of standard TPEs when overmolded onto high-density polyethylene (HDPE) substrates, according to the company. The technology will be used to custom-compound TPEs in the Medalist® range of...

Products : Medical
Passive Voltage Dividers

BI Technologies (Fullerton, CA) offers the SFN06VDKIT, a passive voltage divider engineering sample kit that contains eight SFN Series voltage dividers, including two ultra-stable precision thin film resistors. The resistors are packaged in a SON (QFN) 6-pad package measuring 2 square mm with a 0.65-mm pitch. All...

Products : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Rod and Cylinder Sensor

The Model CR rod and cylinder sensor from MTS Systems Corp., Sensors Division (Cary, NC), integrates a standard Model CS or CM sensor inside a rugged, thick steel mechanical package that protects the electronics from mechanical and environmental damage. It employs magnetostrictive, non-contact, absolute position sensing...

Products : Electronics & Computers
Power Supplies

Protek Power North America (Hudson, MA) offers the PM42 Series of AC/DC power supplies that provide 30-48W and compliance to both EN60101-1 medical safety standards and EN60950-1 ITE safety standards. They are suitable for a variety of applications, including patient vicinity medical devices, dental electronics, and laboratory...

Products : Imaging
Mutation Detection Kit

Transgenomic (Omaha, NE) has introduced the SURVEY-OR Scan K-RAS kit, a mutation detection kit that features the SURVEYOR Nuclease and WAVE® HS DHPLC platform. It uses PCR amplification reaction and hybridization to form heteroduplex DNA molecules in samples with K-RAS mutation. K-RAS mutation status is a strong predictor...

Products : Materials
Thermoplastic Elastomers

PolyMedex Discovery Group (Putnam, CT) offers NanoMedTM thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) formulations for minimally invasive medical devices. These formulations increase flexural modulus (stiffness) of polymers while maintaining flexibility, resulting in increased push and torque performance for catheter devices. The...

Products : Electronics & Computers
RF/EMI Shields

Photofabrication Engineering (Milford, MA) has introduced a line of EMI/RF shields with snap-on/snap-off covers, allowing access to components within the shields. The shields are designed to protect components from radio frequency/electromagnetic interference and environmental hazards, and to provide electrical grounding in...

Features : Software
Robotics Algorithms Provide Nutritional Guidelines

On July 5, 1997, a small robot emerged from its lander like an insect from an egg, crawling out onto the rocky surface of Mars. About the size of a child’s wagon, NASA’s Sojourner robot was the first successful rover mission to the Red Planet. For 83 Martian days, typically about 40 minutes...

Briefs : Medical
Tissuelike 3D Assemblies of Human Broncho-Epithelial Cells

Three-dimensional (3D) tissuelike assemblies (TLAs) of human bronchoepithelial (HBE) cells have been developed for use in in vitro research on infection of humans by respiratory viruses. The 2D monolayer HBE cell cultures heretofore used in such research lack the complex cell structures...

Briefs : Medical
Endotracheal Intubation Device with Built-in Stylet and Colormetric Indicator

An endotracheal intubation device is utilized by doctors and paramedics to mechanically create an airway and to ventilate an injured person. The most common ventilating practice in the paramedic industry today requires assembly of a three-piece system at the time when...

Products : Medical
Hydrophilic Filter Cartridges

PureFlo® PES Mini filter cartridges from JALT Technologies (Manassas, VA) are highly retentive hydrophilic polyethersulfone (PES) membrane filters in an all-polypropylene construction for chemical compatibility. The membrane does not require pre-wetting with IPA or flushing with DI water. They also reduce potential...

News : Materials
New Material Mimics Bone To Create Better Biomedical Implants

A "metal foam" developed by North Carolina State University researchers could mean a new generation of biomedical implants that would avoid bone rejection that often results from more rigid implant materials, such as titanium. The metal foam is lighter than solid aluminum and can be...

News : Medical
Artificial Foot Recycles Energy for Easier Walking

University of Michigan engineers have developed an artificial foot that recycles energy otherwise wasted in between steps, which could make it easier for amputees to walk. A typical prosthesis doesn't reproduce the force a living ankle exerts to push off of the ground. As a result, test subjects...

News : Photonics/Optics
"Nanobubbles" Locate and Kill Cancer Cells

Using lasers and nanoparticles, Rice University scientists have discovered a new technique for singling out individual diseased cells and destroying them with tiny explosions. The scientists used lasers to make "nanobubbles" by zapping gold nanoparticles inside cells. "Single- cell targeting is one of...

News : Materials
Self-Healing Hydrogel Offers Applications in Tissue Growth

Researchers at the University of Tokyo have created a hydrogel that is more than 50 times stronger than comparable squishy self-healing materials. The hydrogel is made up of 95 percent water, making it suitable for applications in the body; it could someday serve as scaffolding for new...

News : Medical
Magnetometer Detects Heart Conditions With Speed and Precision

University of Leeds scientists have developed a portable magnetometer that offers a new level of sensitivity to magnetic fluctuations useful for early detection of a number of conditions, including heart problems in fetuses.

News : Materials
Lab Chip Simulates Heart Muscle

Johns Hopkins University biomedical engineers, working with colleagues at Seoul National Laboratory in Korea, have produced a laboratory chip with nanoscopic grooves and ridges capable of growing cardiac tissue that more closely resembles natural heart muscle. The scientists say this chip could be used to design...

News : Photonics/Optics
On The Cutting Edge

Ophthalmic surgeons at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas are the first in the Defense Department to employ a state-of-the-art laser that will shorten recovery times for corneal transplantation. They are using a femtosecond laser to dissect human cornea tissue for cornea transplants or refractive surgery.

Briefs : Software
More-Realistic Digital Modeling of a Human Body

A MATLAB computer program has been written to enable improved (relative to an older program) modeling of a human body for purposes of designing space suits and other hardware with which an astronaut must interact. The older program implements a kinematic model based on traditional anthropometric...

Briefs : Medical
Engineering Devices to Treat Epilepsy

Many technologies have been proposed for treating epileptic seizures, with the ultimate goal being implantation of stimulators or drug infusion devices in the brain to abort seizures before clinical onset. Device designs range from “blind” stimulators to “intelligent” devices, which are triggered by...

Briefs : Materials
Advanced Liquid-Cooling Garment Using Highly Thermally Conductive Sheets

This design of the liquid-cooling garment for NASA spacesuits allows the suit to remove metabolic heat from the human body more effectively, thereby increasing comfort and performance while reducing system mass. The garment is also more flexible, with fewer restrictions on...

Briefs : Medical
On-Demand Urine Analyzer

A lab-on-a-chip was developed that is capable of extracting biochemical indicators from urine samples and generating their surface-enhanced Raman spectra (SERS) so that the indicators can be quantified and identified. The development was motivated by the need to monitor and assess the effects of extended weightlessness,...

Briefs : Medical
GUI To Facilitate Research on Biological Damage From Radiation

A graphical-user-interface (GUI) computer program has been developed to facilitate research on the damage caused by highly energetic particles and photons impinging on living organisms. The program brings together, into one computational workspace, computer codes that have been...

Briefs : Medical
An Alternative Approach to Combination Vaccines

As the number of investigational and approved vaccines continues to increase, the frequency of vaccinations will soon reach a practical limit. The development of combination vaccines is a common practice that addresses the concern of repeated visits to the clinic by reducing the total number of...

Briefs : Medical
Fluorogenic Cell-Based Biosensors for Monitoring Microbes

Fluorogenic cell-based sensor systems for detecting microbes (especially pathogenic ones) and some toxins and allergens are undergoing development. These systems harness the natural signal-transduction and amplification cascades that occur in mast cells upon activation with antigens....

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