Features : Packaging & Sterilization
Advances in Polycarbonate Color Compensation Technology to Withstand Sterilization by Irradiation Methods
Advances in Polycarbonate Color Compensation Technology to Withstand Sterilization by Irradiation Methods

Single- and multiple-use medical devices typically require sterilization prior to their use in order to provide for patient safety....

Advances in Polycarbonate Color Compensation Technology to Withstand Sterilization by Irradiation Methods
Features : Materials
Project Aims to Improve upon Silicone Rubber Speech Valve

Morgan Technical Ceramics (MTC) (Cleveland, OH) worked with the UK-based University of Hull to develop a new valve used to restore vocal function for patients with throat cancer. The new tracheo-esophageal fistula speech valve uses Zyranox™ bio-compatible yttria partially-stabilized...

Features : Materials
Testing Out a Practical Alternative to PVC Tubing

PVC has long been the material of choice for tubing. Increasingly, however, issues such as those focusing on the phthalate plasticizers used to make PVC flexible are causing some tubing producers or their device manufacturer customers to look for alternative materials. Until now, the proposed...

Features : Materials
BYU Engineers Conceive Disc Replacement to Treat Chronic Low Back Pain

In between the vertebrae of the human spine are 23 Oreo™ cookie-sized, cartilage-filled discs that hold the vertebrae together and allow for spine movement.

Products : Medical
Universal Serial Bus Foot Control

Linemaster Switch Corporation (Woodstock, CT) has introduced the Universal Serial Bus (USB) foot switch, offered in various wired and wireless configurations to suit most applications. It performs multiple functions like emulating a mouse or keyboard keystroke. Certain models are field-programmable and supplied...

Products : Medical
Rubber Covered Fluoropolymer Hose

PAGE International Hose of Parker Hannifin Corp. (Fort Worth, TX) offers USP Class VI certified RCTW (Rubber Covered Fluoropolymer Hose) to transfer materials without contaminating the integrity of the product. USP Class VI certification includes stringent testing of the tube materials to determine...

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Lithium Battery Holders

Keystone Electronics (Astoria, NY) has introduced a new selection of polarized SMT and THM CR2 and CR123A lithium battery holders. With polarized contacts, these holders accommodate all CR2 or CR123A batteries from major manufacturers. Equipped with heat-resistant Nylon housings, these are suitable for traditional...

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Brushless Flat Motor and Encoder

The EC 90 flat motor from Maxon Motor (Fall River, MA) is now equipped with the EC 90 flat MILE (Maxon’s Inductive Little Encoder), offering precision with resolutions of up to 3,200 impulses per turn, and a high nominal torque of 175 mNm. It operates on the detection of high-frequency inductivity, which...

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Pitch Connectors

Mill-Max Mfg. Corp. (Oyster Bay, NY) has added right angle options to its line of .070" pitch connectors. These single-row right-angle sockets and headers can be combined with vertical .070" pitch connectors for a variety of interconnect configurations. Additionally, the .070" pitch spacing allows for higher density packaging...

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Low-Volume Valveless Metering Pump

Fluid Metering (Syosset, NY) has introduced its low-volume valveless metering pump for precision dispensing of air-sensitive, crystal-forming fluids. These “H” Series pump heads are now available with an isolation gland to provide a fluid barrier between the pumped process fluid and atmosphere. They include...

Products : Medical
Custom Fluid Administration Sets

B. Braun (Bethlehem, PA) offers an array of standard and custom fluid administration sets to meet a variety of needs. The OEM Division has manufacturing facilities flexible enough to produce everything from high-volume quan - tities to customized, low-volume products requiring manual assembly. Products include IV...

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Miniature Diaphragm Pump

Thomas Division (Sheboygan, WI), a Gardner Denver Company, has introduced the 1410 Series DC miniature diaphragm pump for medical and other applications requiring a compact package. At 3.3" × 1.2" × 2.1", this pump is lightweight (0.4 lbs/180 g) and is EMC suppression qualified to EN55011-B on some designs. Maximum...

Features : Electronics & Computers
Getting to the Heart of Tomorrow's Cardiovascular Technologies

Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death in the world. About 1.2 million Americans suffer from heart attacks every year. Approximately 2,000 Americans get heart transplants each year, but transplant hearts are in short supply, and many thousands of other advanced heart...

Features : Tubing & Extrusion
Extrusion and Catheter Technologies Revolutionize Medical Device Design

Advancements in medical technology and material science have created new engineering challenges for medical devices used in minimally invasive interventional procedures. Medical device companies are making devices that are smaller (less invasive), more complex, and...

Features : Medical
Biomaterials Unlock Potential of Regenerative Medicine

Regenerative medicine (RM) holds the potential to address some of society’s most intractable health problems and restore or establish normal bodily function. Today, regenerative medicine is an emerging technology that relies on the convergence of a number of competencies in biotechnology...

Features : Test & Measurement
Inspection for Perfection: How 3D Surface Profiling Tools Aid Implant Manufacturers

Surface texture and shape play critical roles in the successful integration, lifetime, and effectiveness of bioimplantable devices. A variety of techniques is available to quantify the surface characteristics. Non-contact, 3D optical profiling using scanning...

Features : Photonics/Optics
Direct-to-Brain Bionic Eye

A brain implant developed at Monash Vision Group (MVG) — a collaboration between Monash University, Alfred Health, MiniFAB, and Grey Innovation — could bring sight to up to 85% of clinically blind people, including patients affected by three of the most common untreatable causes of blindness: diabetic retinopathy,...

Features : Medical
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 Earth,...

Features : Medical
Medical Device Uses Musical Lullabies to Help Premature Babies

Research has shown that music has a profound effect on the human body and psyche. The practice of music therapy is based on well-researched clinical and empirical evidence. There is evidence-based proof that music can aid in many different areas, such as pain management, depression,...

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Reflective Sensor

The OPB732 reflective sensor from TT electronics (Carrollton, TX) is suitable for automated handlers for medical diagnostics, able to detect the placement and position of test vials in real time. It is based on an Infrared LED and Phototransistor in a reflective switch configuration, and features a unique 1" sensing range...

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Miniature Proportional Valve

The VSO® MI, a miniature proportional valve from the Precision Fluidics Division of Parker Hannifin (Hollis, NH), helps provide medical equipment manufacturers repeatable pneumatic control across various media types. The miniature proportional valve has been tested to U.S. Pharmacoepoeia (USP) Class VI requirements,...

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Power Supplies

Protek Power (Hudson, MA) offers the PM60 Series of medical power supplies that provide up to 60W for a variety of medical applications, including patient vicinity medical devices. The PM60 Series accepts a 90-264VAC universal input. Single output models have voltages ranging from 5 VDC to 48 VDC and a variety of dual and triple...

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FPC Connectors

Hirose (Simi Valley, CA) has developed a new series of FPC connectors that can be mated by utilizing either its top or bottom contact points, providing engineers with enhanced product design flexibility. The FH39 Series of connectors features a low-profile 0.3 mm pitch and accepts standard 0.2 mm FPC. The connectors have a flat...

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One-Handed Hemostasis Valve

Qosina (Edgewood, NY) has introduced the one-handed hemostasis valve Y connector that allows independent manipulation of multiple guidewires. The one hand control lever action allows for lock and release with light fingertip pressure for three positions: open, semi-open, and closed. A “click” clearly identifies...

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Coating for Reusable Devices

Boyd Coatings Research Co. (Hudson, MA) has developed the CRC 8000-line medical grade coating for use in reusable medical devices/instruments. The coating line is available in a wide variety of colors, including violet, orange and green, as well as many other standard colors. CRC 8000 is based on PVDF (Polyvinylidene...

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Color Concentrates

Clariant Masterbatches (Holden, MA) offers color concentrates and pre-color compounds that serve as the basis for new colors for TOPAS cyclic olefin co - poly mer (COC), a material used for medical devices. New colors for TOPAS COC polymers were developed to work with the inherent transparency of the material. No dyes are...

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Digital Flow Meter

Sensirion (Westlake Village, CA) has launched the digital SFM3000 mass flow meter for high-volume applications in medical devices, process automation, and burner control. The flow channel is designed to achieve a very low pressure drop of less than 3mbar through the sensor element. The flow meter bidirectionally measures the...

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High-Resistance Resin

The EMERGE™ PC/PET 9500CR Advanced Resin from Styron (Berwyn, PA) is an advanced polycarbonate polyethylene terephthalate blend developed for powered medical equipment housing applications where it is necessary to protect the electrical components of the device and its outer housing from chemical attack. The material...

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Rod End Bearings

The igubal® K-Series rod end bearings from igus (East Providence, RI) are now offered in a clip version with different ball materials. The new clip-in feature makes the dimensionally interchangeable rod ends more versatile. The balls are available in six high-performance plastic blends, as well as stainless steel. Each iglide...

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Oven for Curing Connector Assemblies

The No. 984 electrically heated, 500 °F custom-designed toploading oven from Grieve Corporation (Round Lake, IL) is used for curing connector assemblies into long cables at the customer's facility. Workspace dimensions measure 72" W × 8" D × 14" H. 12KW are installed in Nichrome wire elements to heat the...

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