Keyword: Protective equipment

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Briefs: Materials

It may look like a bizarre bike helmet, or a piece of equipment found in Doc Brown’s lab in Back to the Future, yet this gadget made of plastic and copper wire is a...

R&D: Sensors/Data Acquisition
A new mask sends an alert to the wearer via their smartphone when the recommended healthy CO2 limits inside the facemask are exceeded.
Global Innovations: Packaging & Sterilization
A team has successfully developed a method for disinfecting PPE so it can be reused or safely recycled.
R&D: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Researchers have developed a lighter, yet more robust knee brace for the elderly who suffer from knee problems.
Technology Leaders: Manufacturing & Prototyping
A modular exoskeleton relies on robust connectors.
R&D: Materials
A new sterilization technology could be the key to safely reusing disposable face masks.
R&D: Materials
A new type of chain mail fabric is flexible like cloth but can stiffen on demand.
Applications: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Infiplast, a plastics company for medical devices, was asked to design, prototype, test, and manufacture a critical component for ventilators.
Applications: Manufacturing & Prototyping
While AM brings speed, efficiency, and an alternative supply chain, the manufacturing method can also lead to better patient care.
Features: Manufacturing & Prototyping
When the COVID-19 pandemic grounded much of the U.S. aerospace business in 2020, a Massachusetts-based contract manufacturer was forced to improvise.
Features: Wearables
The COVID-19 pandemic has ushered in a new period of growth for wearables.
Features: Medical
See how ultrasonic welding technology is being widely used in nonwoven PPE production.
R&D: Robotics, Automation & Control
Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed a new measurement method to test whether an exoskeleton and the person wearing it are moving smoothly and in harmony.
Features: Test & Measurement
Regardless of the pace of production, quality control testing is still required to ensure that the products being sent to our front lines will perform as required.
Features: Medical

As summer 2020 gives way to fall and we continue grappling with unprecedented challenges, healthcare industry efforts persist to ensure that medical supplies are available when and where they are...

Applications: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Major ventilator manufacturers began implementing "crash programs" to expand their production lines, attempting to cram multiple years’ worth of output into the span of a few months.
Briefs: Design
The prototype mask, which includes an N95 filter, can be easily sterilized and worn many times.
Features: Materials
Collaboration and innovation, born of necessity, hold potential to improve the healthcare industry’s PPE product choices and supply reliability.
Briefs: Wearables
The sensor has remarkable sensitivity, allowing the wearer to detect the light brush of a feather.
Briefs: Medical

“Seventy-five percent of all fatal motorcycle accidents globally involve brain injury, with rotational forces acting on the brain being the primary cause of death,” According to NHTSA....

R&D: Materials

Researchers hope to make everything from protective clothing to medical implants stronger and more corrosion resistant thanks to a newly developed hyper glue formula. The team of...

Briefs: Medical

Most football fans have seen players get hit so hard they can barely walk back to the sideline. All too often in years past, those players were back on the field just a few plays...

R&D: Medical

A University of North Texas (Denton, TX) graduate student is taking a step toward making exoskeletons available to help more people. Typically, exoskeletons, which are wearable mobile...

Features: Medical

Hypertension (high blood pressure) is the number one risk factor for premature death worldwide, affecting 70 million American adults (one out of three). Day-to-day...

R&D: Medical

In partnership with General Motors, researchers from Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, have revealed that honeycomb “cellular” materials support a range of new...

R&D: Medical
Flexible Rehealing Glove Treats Traumatic Hand Injuries

Engineers at the University of Texas at Arlington Research Institute (Fort Worth, TX) and The University of Washington (Seattle, WA) have developed a healing glove that delivers needed medicine to an injured hand. The device, known as the Bioengineered Smart-Glove for Regenerative Healing...

Features: Regulations/Standards

Many medical devices, both existing and new designs, are laser-based. For some time, lasers have been designed into medical devices from...

Briefs: Software
Visual Image Sensor Organ Replacement

This innovation is a system that augments human vision through a technique called “Sensing Super-position” using a Visual Instrument Sensory Organ Replacement (VISOR) device. The VISOR device translates visual and other sensors (i.e., thermal) into sounds to enable very difficult sensing tasks.

Global Innovations: Medical
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China
http://www.polyu.edu.hk/cpa/polyu/index.php

Ateam of researchers in the Interdisciplinary Division of Biomedical Engineering...

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Dan Sanchez on How to Improve Extruded Components

Improving extruded components requires careful attention to a number of factors, including dimensional tolerance, material selection, and processing. Trelleborg’s Dan Sanchez provides detailed insights into each of these considerations to help you advance your device innovations while reducing costs and speeding time to market.

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Rapid Precision Prototyping Program Speeds Medtech Product Development

Rapid prototyping technologies play an important role in supporting new product development (NPD) by companies that are working to bring novel and innovative products to market. But in advanced industries where products often make use of multiple technologies, and where meeting a part’s exacting tolerances is essential, speed without precision is rarely enough. In such advanced manufacturing—including the medical device and surgical robotics industries — the ability to produce high-precision prototypes early in the development cycle can be critical for meeting design expectations and bringing finished products to market efficiently.

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