Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Temperature Logger

The DS1925 iButton data logger from Maxim Integrated Products, San Jose, CA, monitors cold chain and other temperature- sensitive products or processes. With 122 kbytes of data-log memory, the device delivers high accuracy over a wide temperature range, and can measure battery life. It also retains measurements even if the...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Screw and Barrel Package for LSR

Nordson Corp., New Castle, PA, developed the Xaloy® LSR Package, a complete injection-unit package for liquid silicone rubber (LSR) molding that meets the special mixing and metering requirements of low-viscosity thermoset ingredients. It can be retrofitted on standard injection molding machines. The package...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Disposable Cartridge Components

Plastikos, Erie, PA, offers disposable cartridge components made of cyclic olefin polymer (COC) for wearable drug delivery devices holding medications such as insulin and pain medicines. The disposable cartridges are manufactured under strict tolerance levels and multi-cavity tooling. Every cavity on each mold was...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
AC/DC Power Supplies

Protek Power, Hudson, MA, released the PM1100 Series of medical AC/DC switching power supplies that delivers 1100 Watts of continuous power (with 1250 Watts peak) in a package layout of 5.91 × 9.25 × 2.4". The supplies offer a universal input voltage range of 90-264 VAC, and single output voltages of 24, 28, 32, 34, 36,...

Products : Medical
Pushbutton Switches

Steute Industrial Controls, Ridgefield, CT, offers wireless, batteryless pushbutton switches that feature an internal electrodynamic energy generator so no battery is required. Actuation of the pushbutton sends a wireless telegram to one or more compatible, easily programmed receivers. The switches are available for operation...

Products : Medical
Medical-Grade Flexible Shafts

Suhner Manufacturing, Rome, GA, announced standard and custom flexible shafts for rotary power transmission on a variety of medical, orthopedic, endoscopic, and laparoscopic instruments. The rotary flexible shafts are available with options such as passivation, electropolishing, and Teflon® coating. They come in...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Anti-Counterfeit Marker

DeTek™ functional color concentrates from Teknor Apex, Pawtucket, RI, contain small traces of an anti-counterfeit marker, or taggant, that enables plastics manufacturers to ensure product safety and supply chain integrity with no effect on color quality or product performance. Used at standard letdown ratios in a wide...

Features : Design
Wearable MedTech — Designing for New Frontiers in Healthcare
Wearable MedTech — Designing for New Frontiers in Healthcare

Look around you. Doesn’t it seem like everyone is sporting a Fitbit® or other wearable technology? The fact is, consumers are quickly embracing devices that help them monitor...

Wearable MedTech — Designing for New Frontiers in Healthcare
Features : Medical
Bigger Isn't Better - How the Demand for Smaller, More Portable Medical Devices Is Driving Innovations in Sensor Technologies

The world today has become increasingly mobile with advances in powerful and portable technologies, such as smartphones and wearables. These trends aren’t exclusive to the consumer market. Medical devices traditionally...

Features : Medical
Managing Cybersecurity Risks in Connected Medical Devices

The landscape of the medical device industry is changing, driven by emerging technologies and the influx of smart devices, telemedicine, and new patient care models. This new frontier is not without risks; integrating connected capabilities into medical devices has raised the stakes. In...

Features : Medical
Gaining a Security Advantage with a Well-Managed Software Stack

Medical platform development requires a security-focused mindset, making system protection a priority in the earliest stages of system design. Just as features like authentication and encryption are essential to the security of medical data, smart steps should be taken to harden the...

Features : Materials
Common Causes for Adhesive Problems

High-tech adhesives are very reliable and issues do not occur often. When used correctly, these adhesives can resolve many design issues while also saving money, time, and effort. However, there are many potential reasons for a possible failure when using these materials. Failure can be defined as no adhesion...

Features : Medical
Making Robot Caregivers Safer

According to a study conducted at the Robotics and Mechatronics department at the University of Twente in The Netherlands, robots carry out their tasks more safely if they are controlled by another technology. This makes them much more suitable for use in the healthcare sector.

Features : Test & Measurement
Solving the Compliance Puzzle for Medical Startup Companies: The Entrepreneur’s Basic Guide to Understanding Product Regulations & Testing

Often, the last thing first-time and even serial entrepreneurs think about is how the result of their passionate, innovative imagination is going to stand up to product testing and regulatory compliance...

Features : Medical
Good News/Sad News

For much of our recent Editorial & Sales Meeting, we discussed trends that we are seeing in the marketplace, in the news, and in discussion with contributors to evaluate coverage for this year and to help sharpen our editorial focus for next year. Manufacturing will continue to see greater coverage as we increase the...

Features : RF & Microwave Electronics
New Medical Device EMC Requirements

Implementation of IEC 60601-1-2, 4th edition is on the horizon. This collateral standard to the IEC 60601-1 medical safety standard specifies the electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) requirements for medical devices and systems. The fourth edition was issued by the International Electrotechnical Commission...

Features : Medical
Transdermal Drug Delivery Poised for Growth Thanks to Microneedle Technology

When science and nature combine in just the right amounts, the results can be astounding. Take transdermal drug delivery, which is expected to grow substantially in the next decade, with microneedle-based delivery devices expected to reach annual sales of 485 million...

Features : Robotics, Automation & Control
Surgical Robotics: The Evolution of a Medical Technology
Surgical Robotics: The Evolution of a Medical Technology

For a long time, the ability of robots to interact with humans in our daily lives was more myth than reality— and the idea of robotics performing exceptionally complex tasks such as...

Surgical Robotics: The Evolution of a Medical Technology
Features : Medical
An Overview of the Most Popular Rotary Motion Technologies

The ability to provide accurate rotary motion is critical in a wide range of applications in the automation equipment, medical device, machine tool, energy, welding, robotics, automotive, aerospace, semiconductor, and heavy equipment industries, as well as many others.

Features : Medical
Advancing Ablation Technology Using Simulation Science

Ablation, or the use of high-frequency electromagnetic (EM) energy to destroy soft-tissue tumors, has been in existence for a few decades, but in recent years its underlying technology has evolved.

Features : Medical
A Guide to Thermoforming Heavy-Gage, Complex Parts: From Material Selection to Custom Tooling

In many instances, thermoforming of heavy-gauge plastics (thicknesses of 1.5 mm/.060 in. or greater) is the technology of choice for manufacturers and new product designers. Using this process of vacuum forming heated plastic sheets is ideal for many...

Features : Robotics, Automation & Control
Surgical Robotic System for Incision-Less Surgery

A team of engineers from Hong Kong Polytechnic University and the University of Hong Kong (HKU) have collaborated on an innovative project to develop a novel surgical robotic system (NSRS) with haptic or tactile feedback that is capable of single incision or natural...

Features : Medical
The Internet of Things and UDI Compliance

Consider for a moment the modern automobile. A car’s computer can pinpoint for a mechanic exactly what’s going wrong, and provide a thorough history of how things have been working (or not) in recent weeks. Data networks keep tabs on recalls and alert drivers when parts need to be replaced. In some...

Products : Medical
J750 3D Printer

Stratasys Ltd., Minneapolis, MN, introduces an industry first with its new 3D printer, the J750. This solution enables customers for the first time to mix and match full color gradients alongside an unprecedented range of materials to achieve one-stop realism without post-processing. This, together with the system’s...

Features : Electronics & Computers
Optimizing Electronics for Medical Applications

Two years ago, in Medical Design Briefs, Derek Hunt offered some insight into the benefits of complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) technology in the miniaturization of medical devices. CMOS has been around for decades and aside from the size benefits which will be discussed shortly, the...

Features : Medical
Removing Blinders: A Key to Medical Device Innovation

Imagine yourself as an engineering manager at a decent-sized medical device company. You have a team of engineers working with you who know their jobs pretty well. They’re a good mix of young, energetic people still early in their careers and a couple of more experienced, “old-school”...

Features : Medical
Are You Getting All You Deserve?

The news cycle is never ending. Now is a time of instant gratification—and with Google, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, along with the buzz of many national, global, and local news sites, news seekers are bombarded with information. Do you need more news stories (and cat videos), or do you need access...

Features : Medical
Taking A Closer Look At Optical Grade Silicone

An already emerging technology in the consumer marketplace, manufacturing with optical grade silicone is starting to awaken the medical device industry to new possibilities. Still in its infancy within the healthcare market, the benefits of optically clear silicones offer some intriguing...

Features : Medical
Utilizing Part Consolidation and Conversion To Cut Medical Manufacturing Costs

Controlling costs continues to be a dominant issue in the US healthcare market, and companies are continually finding themselves in the position of being introspective of their organizations’ roles within this call to action. This is particularly felt among medical...

Features : Medical
Metamaterials Can Enhance Sensitivity of MRI Machines

National Research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics ITMO University, St. Petersburg, Russia


A collaboration of researchers from Russia, Australia, and the Netherlands have developed a technology that can reduce magnetic resonance...

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