Mission Accomplished : Medical
Diaphragm Pacing Helps Patients with ALS Delay Need for Ventilator

An electronic system that stimulates the nerve of the diaphragm muscles received approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in patients with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease or motor neuron disease. The system, called...

Features : FDA/Regulatory
Quality Management: Key To Medical Electronics Assembly and Manufacturing

No other industry in the US is under more pressure than medical electronics, and those pressures continue mounting each year for greater innovation and products that are faster, better, at lower cost, and in total compliance with regulatory standards. Those standards are...

Features : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Safety in Medical Electrical Equipment Starts with the Power Connection

Electrical equipment used in medical technology must not place patients or medical staff in danger. This, in turn, requires that designing safe equipment starts at the point where the power is supplied. Power connectors and power entry modules with or without a powerline...

Features : Medical
For FDA Approval, It All Boils Down to the Validation

We’ve all purchased new technologies, trinkets, and toys that were so counterintuitive that it was surprising how the product ever made it to market. While a poor gadget may present little more than inconvenience or frustration, in the medical device community, user confusion creates real...

Products : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Radel Replaces Acetal in Quick Couplings

LinkTech Quick Couplings, Ventura, CA, a global supplier of quick couplings and valves, is offering a new quick coupling made of Radel polyphenylsulfone (PPSU) resin from Solvay Specialty Polymers USA specially designed for surgical sterilization equipment. The quick coupling consists of a body, internal...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Heat-Cure Colored Inks

NuSil Technology LLC, Carpinteria, CA, launched a new heat-cure colored inks series, MED-6613-X. The two-part, additioncure inks can be used for pad-printing and silk-screening for marking or coloring silicone rubber parts, such as catheters. Because their cure is accelerated with heat, these inks are suitable for...

Products : Medical
Li/CFx Cells Enhance Battery Performance in Medical Devices

Contour Energy Systems, Inc., Azusa, CA, introduces its new Lithium/Carbon Fluoride (Li/CFx) primary batteries to be used in medical devices. A proprietary Fluoronetic fabrication technique combines multi-layered carbon nano-materials with new manufacturing processes to achieve long...

Products : Materials
Customized Plastic Tubing

Plastic tubing and hose manufacturer NewAge Industries, Inc., Southampton, PA, now offers eight ways to customize tubing. These products, made to an engineer’s or buyer’s specifications, offer the following tubing customization methods: custom extrusions, Hot Bond® thermally bonded tubing, heat-formed shapes,...

Products : Software
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...

Global Innovations : Robotics, Automation & Control
Implantable Robotic Arm Controlled by Thought
Chalmers University of Technology,
Gothenburg, Sweden
www.chalmers.se/en/pages/default.aspx

A team of researchers at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden, say that they have created the world’s first implantable robotic arm controlled by thoughts. Prosthetic...

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...

Mission Accomplished : Medical
NASA Tooling Techniques Enhance Medical Imaging

They can release as much energy as tens of billions of hydrogen bombs exploding at the same time. They send protons and electrons rocketing at near the speed of light. They heat gas in the Sun’s atmosphere to tens of millions of degrees Celsius. They send a blast of gas and particles toward...

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
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 : Motion Control
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 : Manufacturing & Prototyping
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...

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