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Products : Medical
BX53M System Microscope & Software

Olympus Corporation, Center Valley, PA, introduces its new modular-construction BX53M System Microscope, with easy-to-adjust aperture settings and a new LED illuminator, which makes it easy for users to quickly and accurately undertake a variety of analytical tasks. When combined with new OLYMPUS Stream 2.1...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Medical-Grade AC/DC Desktop Power Supply

Protek Power North America, Hudson, MA, launches the new PMP92 Series of AC-DC desktop medical power supplies with 90 watts of continuous output power. The units are enclosed in a 5.51" x 2.79" x 0.87" 94V-0 rated polycarbonate case with an IEC 320/C6 or IEC320/C8 inlet that mates with an interchangeable...

Products : Medical
SMT Spring-Loaded Connectors

Mill-Max Manufacturing Corp., Oyster Bay, NY, introduces new .050" pitch spring-loaded right angle and horizontal SMT connectors to its standard product lineup. These connectors are ideal for mating boards in a perpendicular orientation or for parallel, daisy chaining applications. Their fine pitch and low profile...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Custom Alloys in Small Quantities

Goodfellow, Coraopolis, PA, now offers a custom alloy service to researchers and design engineers seeking performance characteristics not available from standard alloys. Custom alloys have been produced with gold, silver, palladium, platinum, copper and/or nickel as major constituents, with other elements...

Products : Medical
Precision Metal Shims

SPIROL International Corporation, Danielson, CT, recently released its new Precision Metal Shims catalog. SPIROL specializes in quick turnaround delivery of precision engineered shims ranging from simple OD/ID shapes to complex geometries, particularly in low to medium volumes. All shims are custom-made to customer...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
MD Series Portable Power Source

Triad Magnetics, Perris, CA, introduces the MD Series of rugged, portable medical-grade power sources. The units, complete with power cord and receptacles, provide a simple and reliable means for safely isolating medical devices , diagnostic instruments, patient monitoring equipment, and electrical stimulus...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Improved Cable Creator

Pasternack, Irvine, CA, released an improved version of its online tool called The Cable Creator, which allows engineers to quickly and easily create customized RF cable assemblies to meet their specifications. Designers can choose from more than 1,300 connector types and 115 different coaxial cables to construct a cable...

Products : Medical
Small Size Actuator Family

BEI Kimco, Vista, CA, announces its new family of linear unhoused medical-grade Voice Coil Actuators (VCAs) with aperture sizes of 15mm, 20mm, and 24.9mm. Available in three standard models, the throughhole design allows an OEM assembly to pass directly through the middle of the actuator, resulting in reduced weight,...

Features : Markets
New Innovations Supporting Product Development of Next-Generation Structural Heart Devices

Interventional cardiology is one of the most dynamic medical device markets, witnessing a surge in new product development with accompanying mergers, investments, and acquisitions. Dozens of companies, both new and established, are developing...

Features : FDA/Regulatory
Changes at FDA and New Publication Launch

By the time you read this, Robert M. Califf, MD, a recognized global leader in cardiology, clinical research, and medical economics, will have been installed as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s new Commissioner of Food and Drugs. As the top official of the FDA, he is committed to strengthening...

Features : FDA/Regulatory
Chemical Characterization Can Supplement and Support Biocompatibility Testing

Manufacturers producing medical devices that involve patient contact are typically required to perform biological safety evaluations, including biocompatibility tests to ensure patient safety, as specified by ISO 10993. Chemical characterization can help support the...

Features : Medical
How User Research Influences Medical Device Design Aesthetics

Whether creating a wearable device for in-home use, or an advanced surgical tool for the operating room, good design starts with user insights. Through user insights, design firms learn how users become aware of the need for such a device, what features or functionality draw people to...

Features : Materials
Materials for a Modern World: How Trends in Population Growth Are Driving Advances in Drug-Delivery Materials Science

According to the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs—Population Division, the world’s population is projected to skyrocket from approximately 7 billion in 2012, to nearly 10 billion by 2050. In addition,...

Features : Materials
Setting a Course for Environmental Sustainability

Environmental sustainability is a growing concern among consumers and businesses. Like other industries, the healthcare sector is engaged in major sustainability initiatives. Medical device engineers and managers will be responsible for developing new products to meet greener expectations and...

Features : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Advanced Laser Welding Technology Meets the Challenges of Medical Device Manufacturing

The medical industry continues to develop new devices that are smaller in size and more sophisticated in functionality. From in vitro diagnostics and treatment of chronic disease to completely taking over bodily functions, today’s medical devices are...

Features : AR/AI
How Augmented Reality Technology and Lessons Learned from Automotive Manufacturing Can Improve Medical Manufacturing

At a time when the healthcare industry is undergoing profound foundational shifts and the regulatory and legislative environment continues to evolve in new directions, the stakes for the medical device manufacturing industry have...

Features : Manufacturing & Prototyping
New Technology Advancements in Plastic Welding Equipment to Support Medical Device Manufacturers

In recent decades, plastics have made healthcare simpler, less difficult, and make new techniques and prostheses possible. Therefore, it is more important than ever for medical device and component manufacturers to understand some of the latest...

Features : Medical
CAM Programming vs. Manual Programming in Medical Machining

The manufacture of medical devices involves some of the most sophisticated machining processes found in industry today. From a machining perspective, the machine tools that make up the “back bone” of medical device machining are 5-axis Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Mills, Wire...

Features : Medical
Milling Tooling Developments Increase Quality and Productivity in the Machining of Orthopedic Replacement Components

The manufacturing of medical components must meet standards of accuracy, reliability, quality, and traceability that equal and sometimes exceed those required for aerospace and nuclear parts. In addition, global competition and...

Features : Medical
Improving the Design of Medical Device Components with Rolled Threads

Fasteners and threaded parts are among the many small, precision-machined components found in medical devices. Because threaded parts can play a critical role in the operation and assembly of the device, they must be designed for high strength and dependability.

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Product of the Month: Miniature Proportional Valve VSO LowPro

Parker Hannifin Precision Fluidics Division, Hollis, NH, announces its newest miniature proportional valve VSO® LowPro for OEMs looking for innovation in portability, comfort, and manufacturability when controlling the flow rate of inert gases in medical equipment. At just 16mm...

Products : Medical
Laser Welding System

Dukane, St. Charles, IL, introduces a new Laser Welding System that allows clear-to-clear plastic welding without laser absorbing additives. The system incorporates a 2-micron laser with a greatly increased absorption by clear polymers and enables a highly precise and controlled melting through the thickness of optically...

Products : Medical
Series 320 Electronic Weld Head System

Amada Miyachi America, Monrovia, CA, announces the release of its Series 320 Electronic Weld Head System, designed specifically for applications requiring precise position and force control. Typical applications include welding squib wires, fine wire welding, and welding of wires to electrodes, as well as...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
PANELBuilder Software and PanelPrinter

AXYZ International, Burlington, Ontario, Canada, is launching a new version of its PANELBuilder software along with a new optional printing device called PanelPrinter, which combines an advanced, easy-to-use software solution with a custom machine design that enables users to design, nest, and program...

Products : Medical
FactoryLogix R3 Software

Aegis Software, Horsham, PA, announces that the third release of its FactoryLogix R3 software embraces the principles of Industry 4.0 and IoM including resource scheduling, configure to order, and a standardized machine communication technology. The latest version adds a native, factory-wide material logistics module...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Axiom 2 Dual Head Professional 3D Printer

Airwolf 3D, Costa, Mesa, CA, unveiled the AXIOM 2, a new dual extruder 3D printer featuring an easy feed filament load system, an enclosed print environment for heat containment, and an end-user replaceable cassette system for serviceability and upgradeability. Two independently controllable high...

Products : Medical
Custom Grinding Wheel Arbor

Briney Tooling Systems, Bad Axe, MI, recently developed a custom HSK50E balanceable grinding wheel arbor for a CNC grinding machine to shape bone fragments for surgical grafting. Briney has comprehensive in-house CNC turning and grinding capabilities, including in-plant heat treatment where the control of the...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Agility™ Series Slotless Motors

Celera Motion, Bedford, MA, offers the Agility™ series of slotless motors, ideal for scanning, pointing, measuring, and cutting applications that require extremely smooth velocity control and highly accurate positioning. Engineered with ZeroCog™ slotless motor technology from Applimotion, the effects of...

Products : Medical
PartMaker 2016 for Production Machining

Delcam Ltd., Birmingham, UK, has released the latest version of its PartMaker software for programming CNC mills, lathes, wire EDMs, turn-mill centers, and Swiss-type lathes. PartMaker 2016 includes powerful 2½-axis milling strategies, support for the import of multiple solid models into a single CAM...

Products : Medical
CT-350 Vertical Machining Center

Absolute Machine Tools, Inc., Lorain, OH, introduces the new CT-350 five-axis Vertical Machining Center from Tongtai, which boasts high-end machine construction at an affordable price. The CT-350 is a “C” frame-type machine designed around high level mold-type machining centers to ensure rigidity during...

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