Features : Medical
Silicone Solutions for Lubrication in Medical Applications

For over 50 years, silicones have been used extensively in the design and manufacture of medical devices intended for short- and long-term human implantation. Silicone’s overwhelming success in the healthcare arena is not only due to its proven bio-inertness, but also to silicone...

Features : Software
Hubble Software Manages Hospital Schedules

In 1985, a team of engineers at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore began developing software to manage various tasks for the Hubble Space Telescope. In the early phases of development, the complexity of scheduling different tasks became clear when the engineers realized Hubble’s power...

Features : Medical
Noninvasive Test Detects Cardiovascular Disease

For decades, NASA has been using advanced cameras to create images of the universe never before seen and then transmit these pictures back to Earth, where scientists then ask themselves, “What exactly are we looking at?”

Features : Medical
Planetary Imaging Technology Aids Enzyme Screening

As part of an internship in NASA’s Space Biology Program, Mary M. Yang had the opportunity to work in NASA’s Mission Control Center and see the first close-up images of Saturn being piped back to Earth from the Pioneer 11 spacecraft in 1979.

Features : Medical
Space-Proven Medical Monitor Provides Total Patient Care

By mid-1963, American astronauts had visited space on six different occasions, all as part of NASA’s first human space flight program, the Mercury Program. During the final Mercury mission, launched on May 15, 1963, astronaut Leroy Gordon Cooper logged 34 hours in orbit, the longest an...

Features : Imaging
Discovering New Drugs on the Cellular Level

As a potential source of food for long-duration space missions, space-grown plants could give astronauts an important psychological boost, as fresh vegetables could serve as a welcomed change from reconstituted foods in plastic bags. Even more, these plants could likely aid in the recycling of air and...

Products : Motion Control
Vortex Mixers

Vortex mixers from Jeio Tech (Woburn, MA) feature three kinds of mode operation by two-mode key (touch, continuous, and high-continuous) and a BLDC motor. They have a wide ad justable speed range up to 3,000 rpm, measure 6.06 × 8.27 × 3.27" without attachments, and weigh 7.72 pounds. The touch switch offers real-time mixing and...

Products : Imaging
Digital Computer Microscope

The speckFINDER HD from Dazor (St. Louis, MO) is a digital computer microscope designed with a flat panel digital display for training, instructing, or supervising. With three USB outputs and a video output, users can output files to a Flash drive or project live images to an overhead screen. The high-resolution,...

Products : Motion Control
Linear Stepper Motors

Johnson Electric (Vandalia, OH) offers Saia® UAL Series linear stepper motors that deliver constant positioning force of up to 30 N over the full travel distance of up to 15 mm, at speeds up to 4.16 mm/sec at 200 Hz. The motors feature a removable bayonet-style flange for easy mounting and a compact 20 × 30 mm footprint...

Products : Motion Control
Pump Module

IDEX Health & Science (Oak Harbor, WA) has introduced a controlled delivery module (CDM) that provides precise liquid flow control through feedback from an integrated flow sensor. It can be integrated into an equipment manufacturer’s instrument. It has been applied to applications ranging from mass spectrometry calibration to in...

Products : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Push-Pull Connector

The REDEL 1P connector from LEMO USA (Rohnert Park, CA) is lightweight, and EtO and gamma sterilizable. It is available in 2 to 14 contacts in a variety of colors for easy identification. It features golden contacts and an outershell in PSU.

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Metal Microtubing

RepExact (Gastonia, NC) offers thin-wall metal microtubing for medical applications, including specialty tubes, stents, and instrumentation. Materials offered include stainless, titanium, nitinol, and other common and precious metals. Tubing diameters range from 0.02" to 0.98" with wall thicknesses from 0.0006" to 0.079".

Products : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Ball Screws

Small-diameter ball screws from Nook Industries (Cleve land, OH) are designed for smaller-footprint medical applications. Screw diameters range from 6 mm to 12 mm, and they feature standard leads from 1 mm to 6 mm. They feature a load capacity of 40 to 100 pounds. Standard rolled screws feature a lead accuracy of ±100 μm/300 mm,...

Products : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Miniature Coils

Medical Precision Windings, a division of Classic Coil (Bristol, CT), offers MicroCoil coils for medical applications. They have an outside diameter as small as .012" and an inner diameter of .005". They can be wound with 39-58 AWG copper, platinum, gold, nickel, or exotic magnetic wire materials. Applications include catheter...

Products : Medical
Dynamic Test Instruments

Instron (Norwood, MA) has released the ElectroPuls E10000 and E10000 Linear-Torsion allelectric dynamic test instruments capable of running slow-speed static tests through to highfrequency dynamic tests at over 100 Hz. Tests include evaluation of tensile strength of soft tissues and fracture mechanics. They feature no...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
CT X-Ray System

North Star Imaging (Rogers, MN) offers the ImagiX compact computed tomography (CT) X-ray system, designed for the scanning of small items sized from 0.02" to 6". It can also be used for digital X-ray inspection. The system features an array of 3D computed tomography reconstruction and evaluation capabilities with NSI’s efX-CT...

Products : Motion Control
Linear Actuator

HaydonKerk Motion Solutions™ (Waterbury, CT) has introduced the MotoDrive™ PDE integrated linear actuator and electronic drive, available in size 17 single or double stack. It is designed to operate with optically isolated inputs of pulse, direction, and enable signals. It can be programmed for microstepping, ranging from...

Products : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Connector/Cable Systems

Plastics One (Roanoke, VA) custom designs, molds, and assembles medical connector/cable systems for applications in areas such as body-worn diagnostic testing and monitoring components. Standard connector component products also are available.

Products : Materials
LED-Curable Adhesive

The 1020-M Ultra Light- Weld® from Dymax (Torrington, CT) is a tack-free, LED-curable adhesive designed for rapid bonding of plastics typically used in the manufacture of medical devices. It is formulated for on-demand cure with the Dymax BlueWave® LED Prime UVA spot-curing system, which produces an output of...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Spin Welding

Veridiam Medical (San Diego, CA) provides spin welding that allows plastic components to be cleanly and permanently attached to metal assemblies, using heat generated from rotational friction. This facilitates the completion of complex projects that require both metal manufacturing and plastic attachment.

Products : Motion Control
Dispensing Valve

The Model 455 dispensing valve from Tridak, a DYMAX Company (Torrington, CT), is a pneumatically operated, two-way pinch valve that features micrometer control over the flow rate, ensuring that materials are dispensed repeatedly and accurately. The valve has an over-stroke adjustment, positive shutoff, and disposable inert...

Briefs : Medical
Magnetic Plungerless Injection System

The Magnetic Plungerless Injection System (MPIS) was invented to enhance the therapeutic value and market availability of parenterally delivered pharmaceuticals and vaccines. The MPIS is a mechanical arrangement of a proprietary single-dosage cartridge and a magnetic actuator, and is a combination of the...

Briefs : Medical
Exact Dose Dispensing Closure for Semi-Solids

A novel closure technology now makes it possible to consistently squeeze an exact dose of semi-solids from a tube by means of a 180-degree rotating closure. It has potential uses in pharmaceutical transdermal and oral applications, as well as glue dispensing, semi-solid food dispensing, and paint...

Briefs : Medical
Graphite Non-Wovens as Functional Layers in Diagnostic Test Kits

The separation of serum or plasma from whole blood is of overriding importance in clinical chemistry. In particular, many diagnostic detection reactions of blood components proceed without impairment only after the red blood corpuscles have been separated off. This particularly...

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Modular Electronic Air Sterilization Technology

Ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI) technologies are being used as infection control devices, primarily in healthcare facilities. No standard exists, but the dose of UV and the airflow are critical to ensuring all contaminated air is treated. The UVGI process is mainly influenced by the...

Products : Medical
Fever Detection Instruments

Fever Alert™ products from Wahl Instruments (Asheville, NC) include handheld infrared thermometers, handheld thermal imaging cameras, and high-resolution thermal imaging systems. The products automatically detect the hottest temperature on a subject, detecting critical temperature differences in real time. They give...

Briefs : Medical
Quantifying Therapeutic and Diagnostic Efficacy in 2D Microvascular Images

VESGEN is a newly automated, userinteractive program that maps and quantifies the effects of vascular therapeutics and regulators on microvascular form and function. VESGEN analyzes two-dimensional, black and white vascular images by measuring important vessel morphology...

Briefs : Medical
Microwave Sterilization and Depyrogenation System

A fully functional, microgravity-compatible microwave sterilization and depyrogenation system (MSDS) prototype was developed that is capable of producing medical-grade water (MGW) without expendable supplies, using NASA potable water that currently is available aboard the International Space...

Features : Medical
In-Line Filtration Improves Hygiene and Reduces Expense

Water is highly prized in the unforgiving realm of space travel and habitation. Ample water reserves for drinking, food preparation, and bathing would take up an inordinate amount of storage space and infrastructure, which is always at a premium on a vessel or station. Water rationing and...

Briefs : Medical
Reliability and Validity of a Prototype Fluid Intake Monitor

Maintaining adequate hydration is an important part of maintaining health, especially under extreme operational and environmental conditions where medical assistance might not be readily available. One approach to measuring the amount of fluid consumed is through the use of Fluid...

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