Products : Test & Measurement
New Products and Services: August 2017 Medical Design Briefs

Reflective Optical Sensor

TT Electronics, Woking, UK, has introduced a reflective optical sensor that provides dependable edge and presence detection of reflective media under a wide range of ambient light conditions. Integrated into a 4 × 2.2 × 1.5 mm surface-mount package,...

Features : Medical
Advantages of Servo-Actuated Molds for Manufacturing Medical Devices

Electric servo motors are rapidly replacing mechanical, hydraulic, and pneumatic actuation systems in plastic injection molds, particularly those used in medical cleanrooms, where clean, precise mold actuation can make a significant difference to part quality. In general, servo...

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Piezoelectric Motors Enable MRI-Guided Prostate Ablation

Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer affecting American men, with approximately one in seven diagnosed in their lifetime. Most patients receiving conventional prostate cancer therapies such as surgery or radiation have good oncologic outcomes; however, these therapies are often...

Features : Materials
Disposables

The potential for environmental stress cracking is a common concern when plastics are used in medical devices. According to materials expert Jeffrey Jansen of The Madison Group, environmental stress cracking (ESC) is considered a leading cause of plastic part failure. “It is the premature embrittlement and subsequent cracking of a...

Features : Medical
8 Key Decisions to Make When Designing Motor Drives

Engineers designing their own motor drives must accomplish many different tasks, from selecting a microcontroller to choosing the right connectors and power supply for mechanical integration. Yet knowing the right questions to ask before beginning a design, and what decisions must be made at...

Features : Medical
Thin-Silicon Implantable Chip Gives Patients More Control over Haptic Prosthetics
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A prototype implantable chip aims to give patients more intuitive control over their arm prosthetics. The thin-silicon chip is a world’s first for electrode density and was developed by Imec, a...

Features : Medical
Tactile Force Sensors

In the past, surgeons relied on simple tools, training, and their own interpretations to perform their surgical procedures. The innovative minds behind designing new medical devices focused on developing tools that produced quantifiable data, which in turn improved the integrity of the surgical procedure.

Features : Medical
Powerful Processors, Touch Panels Drive Advances in X-Ray Imaging

According to a report from Markets and Markets, the diagnostic imaging market is expected to reach nearly $36.43 billion by 2021, at a CAGR of 6.6 percent from 2016 to 2021. The report notes that technological advancements in diagnostic imaging modalities are driving the growth of...

Features : Medical
Keeping Your Eye On UDI

As medical technology accelerates at an almost incomprehensible pace, regulations and requirements increase correspondingly. With rapid innovation and the desire to speed time to market comes more rigorous requirements for safety and effectiveness, which drives the establishment of programs such as FDA’s unique device...

Features : Medical
Drug-Delivery Systems: Building in Reliability

Systems that deliver medication — whether implanted or at the patient bedside in the hospital — are often vital for the survival of patients. Drug-delivery devices include ambulatory infusion pumps, patch pumps for insulin delivery, linear peristaltic pumps, rotary peristaltic pumps, and tiny...

Products : Medical
New Products and Services: July 2017 Medical Design Briefs

Product of the Month: Self-Clinching Steel Locknuts

Self-clinching steel locknuts from PennEngineering, Danboro, PA, integrate a unique Tri-Dent® locking feature to hold mating screws tight over time by providing sufficient torsional resistance to withstand...

Features : Medical
The Critical Role of Material Performance and Processing Data

Successfully using liquid silicone rubber (LSR) and other advanced silicone technologies in medical devices often depends upon access to a deep and broad repository of research and test data, paired with specialized expertise in the multiple ways that material properties and...

Features : Medical
Solar-Powered Skin Offers New Possibilities for Prosthetics

Anew way of harnessing the sun's rays to power ‘synthetic skin’ could help to create advanced prosthetic limbs capable of returning the sense of touch to amputees. Engineers from the University of Glasgow, who have previously developed an ‘electronic skin’ covering for...

Features : Medical
Integration Drives the Future of Portable Healthcare Devices

The global home healthcare services industry is already worth billions of U.S. dollars and, with a growing and aging population, this is expected to continue to increase. The industry includes any service that provides care in the home by trained professionals and, not surprisingly,...

Features : Tubing & Extrusion
Reinforced Silicone Tube Options for Kink, Wear, or Burst Resistance

Its biocompatibility, flexibility, and durability have made extruded silicone the top choice for tubing in many medical devices. Of course, designing devices that will be attached to or be lodged within the body is not the easiest of tasks, even given the positive qualities of...

Features : Medical
What's Trending in 3D Printing for Healthcare

In the last three years, there has been an explosion of published content in medical journals related to 3D printing in medicine. This is a great testament to the uptick in innovation and application development around 3D printing and patient-specific 3D data, and how the combination of the two is...

Features : Medical
Reliable Protection for the Latest Advances in Diabetes Management Technologies

According to the American Diabetes Association, more than 29 million people have been diagnosed with diabetes in the United States alone, and an additional person is diagnosed every 23 seconds. As the disease has turned into an epidemic, medical manufacturers have...

Products : Medical
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...

Features : Tubing & Extrusion
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....

Features : Medical
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...

Features : Medical
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.

Features : Medical
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...

Features : Nanotechnology
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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