Products : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Wireless ELF 2 System

Tekscan, Inc., Boston, MA, has released a Wireless ELF 2 System, which eliminates wires and enables a laptop or PC to quickly capture and store force data for product research, quality assurance, and testing. Wireless ELF 2 combines ultra-thin (0.008”) piezoresistive FlexiForce single-element load sensors with a...

Products : Medical
Range of Silent DC Brush Motors

Crouzet has introduced the DCmind Brush range of direct current brush motors. These soundless motors, even under full load, offer exceptional efficiencies, long service life, and a wide range of gearboxes and accessories. The motors have a noise level of only 35db — 20db less than the current motor standard...

From the Editor : Medical
From the Editor: January 2013

You may have noticed that there have been some changes afoot at Medical Design Briefs. I’m very pleased to have been come aboard as the new Editor effective with the August 2012 issue. It’s an exciting time for the magazine, having just completed its first full year as a monthly, and experiencing rapid...

Features : Manufacturing & Prototyping
An Overview of Additive Manufacturing Considerations

Speed equates to cost, so faster prototyping and production mean lower costs and faster time to market. Although this statement seems to be fairly easy, there are some considerations to make when thinking of additive manufacturing, also called 3D printing, where a three-dimensional object is...

Features : Medical
Design for Manufacturing: Concept to Reality

Design for Manufacturability (DFM) is a well-established practice, essential in realizing the transformation of new product concepts into mass-produced medical devices. And yet, all too often issues that could have been avoided are identified very late in the process and impact production costs and...

Features : Materials
First Totally Implantable Hearing Device

Hearing loss can occur as a result of aging, genetic predisposition, an illness or injury, or over the course of years of exposure to loud sounds, which cause intense vibrations that damage the hair cells inside the cochlea. It is estimated that 10 percent of the world’s population has hearing problems....

Features : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Configuring Complex Part Designs for Prosthetic Devices

ToughWare Prosthetics, an engineering and design group dedicated to developing innovative new assistive technologies, helps satisfy the global need for prosthetic devices that are inexpensive, designed to enable intense physical activity, labor, self-reliance, and are easy to maintain. The...

Features : Materials
Bacterial Resistant Polymers Identified

Scientists at the University of Nottingham, in the UK, have discovered a new class of polymers that they say are resistant to bacterial attachment. These new materials could lead to a significant reduction in hospital-acquired infections and medical device failures.

Features : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Exoskeletons Provide Hope for Those with Paraplegia

According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, somewhere between 236,000 to 327,000 people in the US are living with serious spinal cord injuries. About 155,000 have paraplegia. Until now, being able to stand and walk again has been only been a dream for people paralyzed below...

Features : Materials
Advantages of Laser Micromachining for Balloons and Catheters

Drug-eluting balloon (DEB) and drug delivery catheter (DDC) based treatments are increasingly being offered and used for the treatment of coronary, peripheral, neurovascular, and ENT applications. European markets have already seen a larger acceptance of these therapy choices ahead of...

Products : Electronics & Computers
EMS Capabilities for Medical Devices

Suntron Corporation (Phoenix, AZ), a leader in integrated electronics manufacturing systems (EMS) and embedded computing solutions, will showcase its capabilities for the medical industry in Booth #126 at BIOMEDevice San Jose. Suntron provides FDA class I - III box build, printed circuit board assembly, large...

Products : Motion Control
Series 1336 and 1741 CXR Brushed Motors

MICROMO (Clearwater, FL) has expanded its range of brushed motors with the addition of two new CXR series graphite commutated motors. The new drives offer high-power density with 4 or 8 mNm continuous output torque and an extremely flat gradient of the n/M curve. Featuring compact dimensions of 13 mm or 17...

Products : Medical
Configurable CAD Models for DC Brush Motors

PITTMAN Motors, a division of AMETEK Precision Motion Control (Harleysville, PA), introduced configurable DC motor 3D model downloads. The 3D model system is an online system that allows an engineer to fully configure a DC brush motor with a wide variety of optional components such as planetary and...

Products : Medical
Slotless Frameless Direct Drive Motors

Applimotion, Inc., (Loomis, CA) introduces new models of its UTS Slotless frameless direct drive motors expanding covering sizes from 12 mm diameter to 300 mm diameter. The slotless motor product line is optimum for smooth motion when imaging or positioning at sub-micron levels due to the zero cogging and...

Products : Test & Measurement
Temperature Profiling Success Stories

Datapaq (Santa Cruz, CA), the world's leading supplier of temperature profiling systems, announces the digital publication Application Success Stories, an online anthology of end-user case studies describing the successful usage of Datapaq in-process temperature profiling products and systems in a broad...

Products : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Adjustable Mounting Shaft Collars

A line of adjustable mounting shaft collars that can be customized for securing sprockets, pulleys, lever arms, and other drive components is available from Stafford Manufacturing Corp. (Wilmington, MA). Accu-Mount™ Collars are available in steel, stainless steel, and aluminum, in 11 sizes from 1/2" to 2" I.D....

Products : Medical
One-Trip Temperature Data Logger

Lemos International Co., Inc., (Barrington, RI) offers the compact and easy-to-use disposable PicoLite USB data logger, which provides a simple solution for temperature monitoring through out mass transportation cold chain processes. The PicoLite features a built-in temperature sensor, activation button, bi-color...

Products : Medical
PwrBlade Power Distribution Connector

FCI USA, LLC (Etters, PA) has developed the PwrBlade Series connector, which incorporates a modular design that enables easy upgrades to medical equipment. It also simplifies equipment designs by satisfying both power and data requirements in one connector, reducing the number of connectors required in the...

Products : Medical
Miniature Micropump for Air, Gas, and Fluids

Servoflo Corporation (Lexington, MA) announcees the MP-6 Series of micropumps. Based on piezoelectric diaphragm pump technology, the MP-6 micropump delivers air, gas, or liquid for low flow applications in a wide variety of industries. The MP-6 is extremely small in size, measuring 30 mm × 15 mm ×...

Products : Medical
Solenoid Pump for Greater Design Flexibility

The Lee Company (Westbrook, CT) offers a new LPL2 Inert Solenoid Pump featuring a revolutionary port head design that allows tubing connections and manifold mounting, and enables the designer to test the fluidic system using connections to soft 1/16" tubing. Once the system design has been finalized,...

Products : Medical
Integrated Wireless Data Transmission System

Mahr Federal Inc., (Provi dence, RI) has added a new Mar Connect Integrated Wireless data transmission system to its family of MarCator Digital Indicators at prices that compete with typical wired systems. New low power data transmission technology allows the transmitter to be built into the digital...

Products : Medical
High Endurance 12GS Brush DC Motors

Portescap (West Chester, PA) introduces 12GS motors to their Athlonix™ platform of high-power density brush dc motors. The 12GS motors deliver spectacular speed-to-torque performance in a compact lighter weight package with output power up to 1.2 watts, and feature an energy efficient coreless design. They...

Products : Medical
Metalworking Fluids for Medical Tools

High precision, high quality medical machining products require fluids from Cimcool Fluid Technology LLC, (Cincinnati, OH), designed in conjunction with medical suppliers to meet the technical challenges of the industry’s metalworking applications. Like all CIMCOOL fluids, these meet stringent quality,...

Products : Medical
Software Suite for 3D Part Processing

To meet the needs of manufacturers processing 3D components on abrasive waterjet machines, OMAX Corporation released the latest version of its Intelli- MAX Software Suite. The new Intelli-MAX 18 provides programming power and solutions together with functions and features that deliver increased...

Products : Medical
Hospital Grade V-Lock Cordsets

Schurter Inc., (Santa Rosa, CA) expanded its range of V-Lock power cords to include two types designed to ensure patient safety in critical medical and dental applications and that meet UL 817 testing. The solid pin construction and extra-safe wiring are visible through the plug’s transparent material. The cord...

Features : Robotics, Automation & Control
Creating a Healthier Future

The 10th annual “Create the Future” Design Contest, attracted more than 950 innovative product ideas from engineers and students in 65 countries. The Medical category itself received 92 outstanding entries from 21 countries.

Features : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Grand Prize Winner

The Sensordrone, an invention that dramatically extends the sensing capabilities of smartphones and tablets, came out of the Consumer Products category, but could well have been entered in almost all of the categories because of its versatility. The keyfob- sized device includes sensors that enable consumers to run a variety...

Features : Medical
Medical Category Winner

The Medical winner was simply named Prosthetic Leg Connector. Its simplistic name belies the amount of thought and care that went into the creation of a device to replace the traditional silicone rubber “sock” that is pulled very snugly over a residual limb before attaching an artificial leg.

Features : Medical
Honorable Mentions

According to the Centers for Disease Control, the best way to prevent the two million annual cases of hospital-acquired infections is by increasing hand hygiene among staff members. Yet the average US hospital has a 40% compliance rate with guidelines.

Features : Electronics & Computers
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Current navigational aids for the visually impaired include global positioning systems (GPS) and other devices using expensive or complex sensing systems that require setup, calibration, and adjustment. These sensors mount on a cane or directly on the person, forcing the user to put the system on, boot it up, and make sure...

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