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New Products and Services: June 2017 Medical Design Briefs

Optical Encoders

US Digital, Vancouver, WA, has introduced high-resolution versions of miniature optical encoders to its existing E4T line. The high-resolution optical encoders operate at 400 and 500 cycles per revolution (CPR) resolutions. Specifically designed for robotics,...

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Polycarbonates Play Pivotal Role in Growing Disposable Medical Device Market

The definition of a disposable device can vary. At one end of the spectrum are completely disposable, single-use devices that are designed for use on one patient during a single procedure. These items are packaged sterile by the manufacturer, and remain sterile until...

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On-Demand Injection Molding: 3D Printed Assistive Devices for the Blind

Helping blind people gain a sense of vision — and doing so through their tongues — sounds like pure science fiction. It's now a reality, however, thanks to the BrainPort V100 — a wearable medical device that enables users to process visual images with their tongues....

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Maximizing Power in Wearable Heart Monitors

Measuring multiple parameters, accurate readings, and having a long battery lifetime: these are the most critical parameters for a wearable device that monitors cardiovascular health. Wearable devices that were initially meant for sports and wellness purposes are now being designed for medical...

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12 Techniques For Better Fluid Dispensing Control

In any manufacturing environment, including life science manufacturing, it is difficult to evaluate a process that cannot be quantified and measured. But today's precision dispensing technologies provide many ways for medical OEMs to achieve accurate, repeatable, and measureable results.

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Laser-Induced Graphene Enables Intelligent Artificial Throat

Researchers at Tsinghua University have developed an intelligent artificial throat based on laser-induced graphene. The intelligent device both detects and generates sound in a single unit. The biocompatible artificial throat, which attaches to the larynx, is designed to produce...

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Nanotechnology Developments Drive the Future of BIOPHOTONICS

The global biophotonics market is estimated to reach $91.31 billion by 2024, according to a report by Grand View Research, San Francisco, CA. The developments in optical technologies, increasing investigations by researchers, and mounting demand for early diagnosis are anticipated to...

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Top 10 Tips for Developing Implantable Medical Textiles

Medical device engineers are increasingly gravitating toward biomedical textiles to aid in implant performance, including cardiovascular applications such as structural heart implants or stent grafts. These textiles, which can be used to enable a broad range of functions such as occlusion,...

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New Products and Services: May 2017 Medical Design Briefs

PRODUCT OF THE MONTH: Titanium Components

Tech-Etch Plymouth, MA, supplies thin component parts made from titanium for use in medical devices. Titanium is a versatile material because of its low weight, high strength, and corrosion resistance. Because it is inert and completely...

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Advanced Tactile Sensors Drive the Next Generation of Blood Pressure Devices

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 blood pressure measurement is the best way to monitor and mitigate the risks of hypertension.

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Draw-Tower Gratings in Multicore Fiber: A Paradigm Shift in Curvature Sensing

Fiber-optic curvature sensing has great potential for a number of medical and industrial applications because alternative solutions are practically nonexistent, at least for similar small sizes. FBGS has shown the feasibility of performing curvature sensing using a...

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Lasers: The Perfect Tool for Industry 4.0

With the advent of Industry 4.0, digital manufacturing promises speed, directness, and flexibility — so it needs a tool that meets those demands. Fortunately, the right technology has been evolving and is poised to step into that role. Laser systems have long played an integral part in the evolution of...

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Plastic Welding Technologies for Medical Device Design and Assembly

The structures of most medical devices are far too complex to mold as a single piece. Therefore, it is necessary to assemble their components into a finished product. While this may be done with mechanical fasteners or adhesives, plastic welding may offer significant advantages....

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Open Core Engineering: New Freedom for Machine Automation Programming

The increasing sophistication and complexity of medical devices is compounded by strict regulatory requirements that demand systems that can produce consistent, repeatable results. Automation has been key to achieving these goals while maximizing output and minimizing...

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Additive Manufacturing Revolutionizes Medical Device Production

For years, the medical device industry has been leading the adoption of additive manufacturing. With the evolution of high-precision printers that span a large offering of performance resins, thermoplastics, and metals, the small size and high customization requirements of today's...

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Plasma-Applied Silicone Coatings for the Next Generation of Medical Devices

For many medical device manufacturers, the application of proprietary coatings and surface treatments can play a critical role in differentiating their products as they develop new devices and reimagine the next generation of their existing products. For products such as...

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Adhesives with Additives: Dressings Designed to Deliver Added Value

Multipurpose functionality has become an expectation in the modern lifestyle. A washing machine is no longer just a washing machine but rather a computerized appliance that...

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New Products: April 2017 Medical Design Briefs

PRODUCT OF THE MONTH — Introducer Sheath

Freudenberg Medical, Jeffersonville, IN, has launched a new introducer sheath for medical device companies looking to accelerate time to market with a unique white label device. The FlexSeal® introducer sheath is designed for companies looking to...

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New Products & Services: April 2017 Medical Manufacturing & Fabrication

Pulsed Fiber Laser Welding System

Amada Miyachi America, Monrovia, CA, has added a new pulsed fiber laser welding system to its LMF series of lasers. The 70-W LMF70-HP is ideal for welding small components and thin metals up to 0.01-in. (0.25 mm) thick. It is...

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New Customized Medical Extrusions from Zeus

Tie Layer — Improved Catheter Construction

Zeus' new Tie Layer improves liner-to-jacket bond strength for a stronger and more consistently performing catheter. With bond strength...

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Maintaining Quality and Efficiency of Extrusion Tooling

Today's machining tolerances are held extremely close on multilumen and multi-layer medical tubing through the use of state-of-the-art production equipment and processes. Any misalignment of the tools may be exaggerated in the final product output.

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Computational Fluid Dynamics in Extrusion Tooling

Applying fluid dynamic principles to extrusion tooling design benefits any medical device company involved with continuous extrusion. Benefits include improved product tolerances, reduced...

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Fixating on Innovation: A Revolution in Spinal Fusion Surgery

When a person suffers from degenerative disc disease, spine trauma, or cancer of the spine, the result is decreased stability that can produce pain — often severe — during normal activities. Surgeons will first attempt conservative measures such as cortisone injections and...

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Connector Technology: Miniaturization in Medical Devices

Connectors are getting smaller and denser. The question is, how small can connectors go? To answer this question, it is important to remember that the applications that use connectors demand a number of performance and reliability requirements, particularly in medical devices.

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Microspec has extruded bump tubing since 1990 and is recognized as an industry leader in multi-lumen bump extrusions. Bump extrusion technology has enabled designers to shrink distal dimensions while maximizing the functionality at the proximal end. Microspec led the industry with its development and introduction of micro multi-lumen bump extrusions.

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