Features : Software
Matching Simulation Software Capabilities with Medical Design Needs

The product development process in the medical device field poses a demanding design environment for engineers and project managers. The design process often requires integrating the input from a multi-discipline team; in addition to engineers from various disciplines, team...

Features : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Accelerating Cure Times of Medical Silicone Adhesives With Infrared Radiation

Utilized in a wide variety of adhesion applications — from urinary catheters to cardiac pacemakers — one-part condensation-cure adhesives have traditionally been the most commonly used silicone adhesives in the healthcare industry. Despite their acclaimed and...

Features : Medical
Sensor Chip for Monitoring Tumors

Medical engineers at Technische Universitaet Muenchen (TUM) have developed an electronic sensor chip that could someday be implanted to determine the oxygen content in a patient’s tissue fluid, allowing doctors to monitor tumors that are either difficult to operate on or growing slowly. This data can then be...

Features : Medical
Soft Tissue Expansion Solutions for Reconstructive Surgery

The concept of tissue expansion for surgical reconstruction was first reported over 50 years ago, although the technique did not gain popular acceptance until the 1980s, when it was used predominantly in delayed breast reconstruction.

Features : Software
Signal Processing Methods Monitor Cranial Pressure

When you think of a beating heart, you might assume it beats at regular intervals, but in actuality, velocity, and pressure change with every beat, and the time interval between each beat is different. Now a NASA-developed technology is helping researchers understand blood flow and pressure in...

Features : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Successful Outsourcing from Start to Finish

Medical device OEMs face ongoing pressure to develop and commercialize innovative products faster, at lower costs, and in compliance with increasingly stringent regulatory standards. As in other industries, device manufacturers often look to partner with outsource providers to fulfill both core and...

Products : Medical
Extruded Film and Rod

Foster Corporation (Putnam, CT) has introduced custom extruded film and rod from drug/polymer blends for implant, patch, and oral drug delivery applications. The company blends polymers with active pharmaceutical ingredients with twin screw extrusion technology in a cGMP clean room environment. Custom blends are provided in...

Products : Materials
Elastomers for Medical Tubing

Teknor Apex (Pawtucket, RI) has introduced a series of advanced medical-grade elastomers that provide a fully practical alternative to PVC for many tubing applications. The new Medalist® MD-500 Series compounds exhibit crystal clarity and mechanical properties comparable to those of PVC, provide similar clamp...

Products : Motion Control
Motion Control Solution

The Simotion Scout, the engineering system used for configuring Simotion motion controllers from Siemens Industry (Atlanta, GA), has been updated with a range of usability improvements. Simotion is the scalable motion control system that enables central machine functions to be implemented with just one controller. It is...

Products : Materials
Thermoformed Low-Pressure Balloons

Polyzen (Raleigh, NC) provides medical product designers with an alternative to latex materials for the construction of low-pressure balloons. A series of polyurethane films can be thermoformed, then welded together to form a medical balloon that achieves high neck-to-body ratio. These balloons can be produced...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Ultrasonic Cleaning Capabilities

ITW Highland Manufacturing (Waterbury, CT) offers in-house ultrasonic cleaning and testing capabilities to meet specifications for medical applications. Gravimetric, optical, and quantitative analysis of particle contamination is performed after cleaning parts. The gravimetric analysis employs filters, a cleaning...

Products : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Pierceable Membrane Cap

Sarstedt (Newton, NC) has introduced a screw cap with pierceable membrane for use with its range of 0.5 mL to 2 mL micro tubes. When used in combination with a screw cap micro tube, the membrane cap enables efficient filling without unnecessary cap manipulation. Made from medical grade polypropylene, the cap features an...

Products : Packaging & Sterilization
Class 7 Cleanroom Packaging

Perfecseal (Oshkosh, WI) has certified its sterile medical pouch and bag manufacturing facility to ISO 14644-1 (1999) Class 7 cleanroom standards. Vision inspection systems have already been installed on several production lines including the large coating line that applies heat seal coatings like Perfecseal® CR27 to...

Products : Materials
ISO Certified Dry Lubricant Coating

The Duraglide® dry lubricant coatings from MicroCare Medical (New Britain, CT) are now ISO 10993 certified for topical use in clinical indications where the surface or lining may have been breached in order to evaluate local tissue responses. This test standard applies to materials that are solid and...

Products : Materials
Masking Process for Medical Devices

Medi-Solve Coatings (Natick, MA) has developed a way to mask a medical device during the coating process. Catheters and guidewires are typically coated at the end of the device manufacturing process; sometimes, only a portion of the device requires a highly lubricious coating. This new masking material and...

Features : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Design of a System for Real-Time Online Monitoring and Process Control

The analytical techniques currently available to monitor chemical and biochemical production processes are difficult to apply in real time. Recent advances in solid-state fiber optic sensing technology allow new techniques to complement the existing tool kit. The use of...

Features : Medical
Polymer Biomaterials Offer Possibilities for Orthopedic Implants

Since the 1950s and John Charnley’s introduction of the low friction hip prosthesis, metal-on-polyethylene bearings have remained the gold standard in terms of the long-term performance of orthopedic implants, and have represented the largest share of the orthopedic implant...

Features : Software
Sensor Enables Non-Intrusive, Remote ECG Monitoring for Heart Failure Patients

Chronic conditions and long term illnesses account for a large percentage of patient visits to emergency rooms, hospital visits, rehospitalizations, and subsequent death in hospitals. In the United States alone, 28.1 percent of Medicare beneficiaries classified as...

Features : Photonics/Optics
Optical Design Considerations and Performance-Critical Components for Ophthalmic Surgical Laser Systems

The application of femtosecond laser systems for eye surgeries has been a tremendous success story, not only driven by developments in new and improved laser sources, but also due to the continued development of optical systems to deliver the...

Features : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Sensors Hit the Spot for Sleeker, Smaller Devices

A young engineer recently recounted that his Senior Design professor would frequently repeat this mantra: “A good engineer designs to spec, to budget, and to deadline.”

Therefore, it came as little surprise when a recent survey of medical device design engineers, conducted in April...

Features : Manufacturing & Prototyping
3D Printer With Nano-Precision


Printing three-dimensional objects with incredibly fine details is now possible using “two-photon lithography.” With this technology, tiny structures on a nanometer scale can be fabricated. Researchers at the Vienna University of Technology (TU Vienna) recently made...

Features : Medical
Polarization-Sensitive OCT Device Could Enable Earlier Glaucoma Detection

Three days a week, Dr. Grady Rylander treats patients at the Eye Institute of Austin, a private practice he joined 34 years ago after graduating from The University of Texas at Austin and finishing his residency at UT Health Science Center at San Antonio.

Features : Medical
Assessing a Patient's Risk for Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is a leading cause of death in the United States, accounting for an estimated 300,000 deaths each year — more than lung cancer, breast cancer, and HIV/AIDS combined. SCA occurs abruptly and without warning; the heart’s electrical system malfunctions and blood...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Rod Cutter

Teleflex Medical OEM (Kenosha, WI) has launched a high-performance rod cutter specifically designed to handle extremely strong cobalt chromium (CoCr) and titanium rods. Performance tests indicate the durable rod cutter can cut cobalt chromium rods more than 500 times with minimal raised burrs or edges. The cutter features a guide for...

Products : Semiconductors & ICs
Laser/LED Switch

iC-Haus GmbH (Bodenheim, Germany) has introduced a spike-free laser/LED switch iC-hG, with six independent channels with 0.5 A apiece, which can be freely combined as required. One simple, integrated device in a QFN package just 5 mm wide can drive up to six laser diodes or LEDs, or can supply 3x 1A if switched in parallel and...

Products : Photonics/Optics
Fluorescence Bandpass Filters

Edmund Optics (Barrington, NJ) has expanded their TECHSPEC® Fluorescence Bandpass Filters, suitable for fluorescence imaging applications. The filters feature greater than 93% transmission and greater than OD6 blocking outside the desired passband, less than 3% from the edge of the bandwidth to ensure detection of...

Products : Electronics & Computers
Memory Device

Datakey Electronics (Savage, MN) has confirmed that its GammaSafe memory tokens survive e-beam sterilization with no data loss. The GammaSafe memory token also supports sterilization by ethylene oxide (EtO) gas, autoclave, or gamma radiation, and allows medical device manufacturers to electronically limit the use of their...

Products : Photonics/Optics
LED Fiber Optic Light Module

Excelitas Technologies (Waltham, MA) has announced the addition of the XLM Plus LED Fiber Optic Light Module with Electronics, suitable for integration into endoscopy, surgical microscopy, and headlamp applications. It provides light output comparable to 180 W Xenon sources, and adds the benefits of LED lighting:...

Products : Electronics & Computers
Imaging Solutions

A range of ultra-high integrity hermetic seals and feedthroughs from Douglas Electrical Components (Randolph, NJ) provides solutions for passing signals into and out of sealed X-ray tube enclosures. These products are custom-engineered to meet the unique requirements of medical imaging equipment, including installation...

Products : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Anti-Vibration Grommets

Keystone Electronics (Astoria, NY) has developed a series of anti-vibration grommets engineered for electrical insulation, mechanical damping, and noise suppression in office or lab equipment. The devices feature “fingers” that flex as needed to dampen unwanted noise or vibration. Incorporated are special shoulder...

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