Software for Linux

Synopsys, Exeter, UK, has launched Simpleware Release P-2019.09. The latest version of the software includes new features and performance improvements. Simpleware ScanIP Medical version includes new support for handling and generating x-ray images. Version P-2019.09 allows users to create a custom “My tools” tab for frequently used tools to be accessible all in one place to find tools quicker with a new search bar and shortcut. The software shortens learning curves with a range of interactive tutorials now built into the Simpleware ScanIP interface. A new 3D manipulation widget makes manual position and orientation adjustments more convenient than before.

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Calibrator

Mahr, Providence, RI, has added image processing to its Precimar® ICM 100 Dial and Digital Indicator Calibrator. The new vision capabilities incorporate the fast image processing of a USB 3.0 camera and stable daylight-independent LED illumination, along with secure digital identification and reading of digits. The company’s Precimar Software for Gage Calibration controls the measuring device, evaluates the camera image of the scale or number display of the test object, compares the values with the high accuracy internal reference scale, and automatically completes the process of calibrating the product under test. The software also makes it possible to create and store test certificates. MD&M West, Booth 3055

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Cleaning Proteins

Alconox, White Plains, NY, offers a concentrated, anionic detergent with protease enzyme for manual and ultrasonic cleaning. The solution is designed for removal of proteinaceous soils, tissue, blood, and body fluids from glassware, metals, plastic, ceramic, porcelain, rubber, and fiberglass with no interfering residues. Tergazyme is ideal as a cleaning agent in reverse osmosis and ultra-filtration systems. MD&M West, Booth 2286

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Miniature Camera Module

A new miniature camera module from Omnivision, Santa Clara, CA, is designed to address challenges posed by reusable medical imaging equipment, including cross-contamination risks and inefficiencies due to high maintenance costs. The OVM6948 CameraCubeChip can be integrated into a catheter or endoscope with a diameter as small as 1.0 mm. With this camera’s small size and high 40 KPixel backside-illuminated resolution, high-quality images can be captured from within the body’s narrowest blood vessels.

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Ultrasonic Welder

A line of ultrasonic welders from Emerson, Danbury, CT, support the growing demand for the assembly of smaller and more intricate plastic components. The Branson GSX-E1 offers closed-loop force control, which precisely regulates even ultralow trigger forces. It features simple and intuitive software, supported by a high-definition 12-in. touchscreen HMI, which enables operators to perform faster, correct setups, reducing application testing time. The platform is Industry 4.0/IIoT-enabled, with web services connectivity that ensures easy access for weld-data monitoring and transfer. MD&M West, Booth 3201

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Medical-Grade 3D Printer

B9 Creations, Rapid City, SD, has launched a new medical-grade printer and suite of biocompatible materials. The B9 Core Med 500 integrates additive manufacturing into the design, production, and use of medical devices, anatomical modeling, surgical tools, and more. The printer is four times faster than industry average. Formulated for medical manufacturing, the BioRes Medical/Wearable biocompatible materials are designed for prolonged skin contact of up to 30 days. MD&M West, Booth 226

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Software Platform

nTopology, New York, NY, has released the latest version of its computational-modeling software, nTop Platform 2.0. This major release includes support for prepackaged, application-specific nTop Toolkits, letting engineers quickly learn and use it right out of the box. The platform was developed to solve engineering problems where geometry is a bottleneck. It can handle complexity and iteration with speed and ease. The prepackaged toolkits and authoring capabilities can both be used to automate engineering workflows, delivering efficiencies, and scaling an organization’s best talent across the enterprise.

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Thermal Design Services

Advanced Thermal Solutions, Norwood, MA, provides design engineering services for companies doing business with Digi-Key Electronics. Through its Design Services Provider network, the company offers comprehensive thermal analysis and design services for medical and other industries in need of cooling high-performing electronic products. Its 3-Core design process encompasses analytical, computational, and empirical methods using proprietary tools and CFD software. It studies the full packaging domain, including components, printed circuit boards (PCBs), shelves, chassis, and system packaging.

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Testing Software

L.S. Starrett, Athol, MA, has introduced a flexible selection architecture that enables the range of Starrett force and material testing software programs to be compatible with its different test frame series. This interchangeable system architecture increases application versatility, providing users a wider range of solution options from basic to advanced, for their specific force and material testing needs. Starrett L2, S2, L2 Plus, and L3 software packages are now compatible and interchangeable with all Starrett Frame/Stands Series (FMM, FMS, FMD, MMS, MMD). L1 and S1 software is compatible with FMM Series Frames. MD&M West, Booth 4530

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Linear Voice Coil Motor

Moticont, Van Nuys, CA, has added two new linear DC motors to its series of linear voice coil motors (LVCM). Each motor is 2 in. (50.8 mm) in diameter, and the housings are 5 in. (127.0 mm) long. The brushless voice coil motors are efficient, high acceleration/deceleration, low inertia, clean, zero cogging motors, making them ideal for medical and pharmaceutical applications. Other uses include sorting, packaging, sampling, work holding, and clamping, laser machining and drilling, scanning laser beam steering and filtering, and wafer handling.

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Position Switches

ZF Electronic Systems, Pleasant Prairie, WI, offers Steute’s family of positive-break contact position switches. Units are available with a choice of 10 rotatable (4 × 90°) actuator styles. Each features a rugged fiberglass-reinforced thermoplastic housing, an operating rate of 1800 cycles/hour, and compliance to IP65 and cCSAus requirements. Typical applications include packaging and assembly equipment. MD&M West, Booth 1173

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Computer-on-Module

Congatec, San Diego, CA, has introduced a new SMARC 2.0 computer-on-module with Arm Cortex-A53 based NXP Semiconductors i.MX 8M Nano processor. The conga-SMX8-Nano defines a new low-end performance class for SMARC. With its ultra-low power graphics capabilities as well as its limited number of carefully selected I/Os, the new NXP i.MX 8M Mini compatible NXP i.MX 8M Nano processor targets low-cost application areas. Only up to 2 W is needed for the logic of a mobile handheld device. Engineers can also turn a complex medical user interface with various mechanical buttons into an intuitive touch based and easy to use GUI.

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Pumps

Nordson ASYMTEK, Carlsbad, CA, has introduced a series of pumps that incorporate progressive cavity pump technology in a fully integrated dispensing system solution, complete with process controls for mass flow control and a patent-pending Automated Ratio Control (ARC™) system for mixing two-component fluids. Three unique pump families in the Vortik series — VPs, VPm, and VPg — are based up general volume ranges, and each includes models for dispensing one-component (1K) and two-component (2K) fluids. ASYMTEK’s unique ARC™ technology (patent pending) in Fluidmove® software takes the guesswork out of setup to ensure accurate mixing ratios of the 2K materials.

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Tubing

Watson Marlow FTG, Wilmington, MA, has released a new tubing that offers extended lifespan and steady flow consistency, overcoming the technical challenges associated with continuous bioprocessing. The results of a recent study demonstrate that PureWeld XL provides significantly longer peristaltic pump life and sustainable flow rate delivery when compared with competing TPE (thermoplastic elastomer) tubing. It showed a lifetime of 293 hours and maintained a constant flow throughout its lifespan. MD&M West, Booth 2066

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Wound-Care Adhesives

Avery Dennison Medical, Dusseldorf, Germany, has released new private label wound-care solutions designed for use by medical device original equipment manufacturers (OEM). The five-layer silicone foam border dressing is designed to manage moderate to high wound exudate and features a PU foam and super-absorbent fiber composite pad. The product is breathable, offers gentle adhesion to the skin, and maintains a moist wound-healing environment. MD&M West, Booth 1258

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Additive Manufacturing Software

An additive manufacturing capability is available in hyperMILL® CAM software from OPEN MIND Technologies, Needham, MA. The hyperMILL® software together with additive manufacturing also provides efficient hybrid processing with simultaneous additive and subtractive processing on one machine. For highly complex 5-axis simultaneous processing, hyperMILL® additive manufacturing enables an array of flexible options for directed energy deposition processes (DED) and wire arc additive manufacturing (WAAM). Both laser-based powder nozzle machining heads and WAAM can be controlled using hyperMILL® additive manufacturing for selective material deposition, as well as conveniently programmed and automatically simulated for collision avoidance.

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This article first appeared in the February, 2020 issue of Medical Design Briefs Magazine.

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