Features : Medical
2015 Create the Future Design Contest: Grand Prize Winner

Development of a Non-Surgical Circulatory Support Device for the Treatment of Chronic Heart Failure

Omar Benavides, PhD, Senior Product Development Engineer; Benjamin Hertzog, PhD, President & CEO; Jason Heuring, PhD, Chief Operating Officer; Reynolds M. Delgado III, MD,...
Features : Medical
2015 Create the Future Design Contest: Medical Category Winner

Smart X-Ray Source

Mark Eaton, CEO; Dr. Ronald Hellmer; Dr. Shuo Cheng; Hugo Leon; and Dr. Leif Fredin
Stellarray, Austin, TX

Since the discovery of X-rays 110 years ago, affordable X-ray sources have all been point source X-ray tubes, in which x-rays are...

Features : Medical
2015 Create the Future Design Contest: Honorable Mentions

Method for Treating Cartilage Defects

Michael Lytinas
Ideas Foundation, Boston, MA

This invention is a method to treat cartilage defects in osteoarthritis and cartilage injuries by moving ions into a collagen matrix of the defective cartilage using electricity....

Features : Medical
Applying Metallic Thermal Interface Materials for Medical Electronics

A well-performing thermal interface material (TIM) fulfills a variety of application requirements within the broad range of electronic modules and systems incorporated in medical imaging and other medical electronics systems. Understanding how high-performance metallic and...

While technological advancements continue to enable medical devices to become more capable and more compact, the use of advanced electronics has also created thermal...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Product of the Month: Modular Quick-Change System

American Kuhne, Ashaway, RI, introduces a new modular extrusion system that enables processors of tubing and other small-diameter medical products to be up and running with a new job just three minutes after the previous run, leaving the tasks involved in die and barrel cleanout to take place...

Products : Medical
First High Performance Bi-Directional Flow Sensor

MEMSIC Inc., Andover, MA, announces its MFC2030 Bi-Directional Flow Sensor for a wide range of applications such as analytical instruments, anesthesia and other medical flow devices, and process control. The MFC2030 is highly configurable, with multiple mounting options including manifold mount,...

Products : Medical
Fluid Automation F4-5 & F4-55 Equipment

Graco Inc., North Canton, OH, announces the release of the Graco Fluid Automation F4-5 & F4-55 liquid silicone rubber (LSR) dispensing equipment. The new Graco Fluid Automation F4 series systems are designed to keep the dispensing of two-component LSR consistently precise, with two flow meters ensuring...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Open Frame Power Supplies

Qualtek, Mentor, OH, has expanded its series of compact, high efficiency, low cost AC/DC open frame power supplies to include 35, 45, and 200 watt versions. The three model families include: QPS-35, QPS-45, and QPSF-200. The power supplies can accommodate a universal input voltage range of 90 to 264 VAC and a wide range...

Products : Medical
IX Series of Metering Pumps

Iwaki America Inc., Holliston, MA, announces the IX-D, the latest addition to its IX Series direct-drive, digitally controlled metering pumps. The new D150 and D300 sizes expand the IX Series to a maximum capacity of 80 GPH (300 l/h) and a pressure rating up to 150 PSI (10 bar). The drive is maintenance free over the...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
E3X-HD Fiber Optic Amplifier

Omron Automation and Safety, Hoffman Estates, IL, offers the E3X-HD fiber-optic sensor amplifier. With simple, one-button smart tuning for sensor threshold and light intensity, the E3XHD is easy to operate. Its Smart Power Control feature automatically compensates for LED-aged deterioration, dust/grime build-up, and...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Electric Rod Actuators

Tolomatic, Hamel, MN, announces that its electric rod actuators and rodless electro-mechanical actuators are available for specification on Rockwell Automation’s Motion Analyzer web-based software, making it easier for engineers to specify, design, and validate motion control systems that use Allen Bradley controls. This...

Products : Medical
MWZ Series of Micro Switches

APEM, Inc., Vista, CA, is launching its MWZ Series of snap-action micro switches. The UL-approved MWZ Series provides IP67 sealing, protecting against dust and liquid ingress. The switches provide dependability, performance, and versatility with a mechanical life of over 1 million cycles, a 5(2)A 125/250VAC rating,...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Family of Embolic Coils

Codman Neuro, Raynham, MA, part of the DePuy Synthes Companies of J&J, has introduced a new platform of embolic coils to treat brain aneurysms, supported by an enhanced detachment system designed to improve microcatheter stability and provide an optimized detachment zone for coils. Tactile fluoro markers on the...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Training Management Software Update

AssurX, Inc., Morgan Hill, CA, announces the latest update to its AssurX training management software. AssurX training management software is an intuitive, flexible system that ensures proper training compliance, even in complex, fluid environments. The software includes a detailed and auditable electronic...

Products : Medical
Stainless Steel Aero-Pallet

AeroGo, Inc., Seattle, WA, introduces a high-capacity stainless steel pallet that makes it possible for a single operator to move and position a wide variety of components typically used in pharmaceutical, medical, and biotech manufacturing. The corrosionproof pallet is powered by compressed air, is low in height, and...

Products : Medical
RF & Microwave Power Amplifiers

Fairview Microwave Inc., Allen, TX, announces a complete portfolio of coaxial high reliability power amplifiers with broadband frequencies ranging from 0.5 MHz to 20 GHz that can operate over extreme temperatures across -55°C to +85°C. These high-rel amplifiers are commonly used in demanding environments...

Technology Leaders : Tubing & Extrusion
Selecting Pump Tubing: Just Remember “STAMP”

Choosing pump tubing successfully results in a system that delivers optimal performance and prevents redesign and troubleshooting later. For medical device applications, custom OEM peristaltic pump systems are common for fluid transfer. Designing a new medical device requires precise criteria for...

Technology Leaders : Medical
Valveless Fluid Control for Medical Diagnostic Instrumentation

The results of recent surveys suggest that more than half of all healthcare decisions are made using test results obtained from medical diagnostic instrumentation. These tests are routinely performed by diagnostic instrumentation at hospitals, diagnostic centers, and at a variety of...

Global Innovations : Medical
Graphene Coating Could Aid Chemotherapy
Norwegian University of Science and Technology,
Trondheim, Norway

Silver, which has non-toxic qualities, is often used as a coating on medical equipment used for chemotherapy. But, this silver coating can break down drugs. Now, researchers at the Norwegian...

Mission Accomplished : Medical
Vision Trainer Teaches Focusing Techniques at Home

Inventions often find unintended uses. The first mechanical clocks in Europe were intended to track the motions of celestial bodies and found their original market among monks who kept a strict prayer schedule. A mixture invented by ancient Chinese alchemists was used to fumigate insects and...

Features : Medical
There’s an App for That?

Recently, an online discussion board broached the subject of FDA approval for a diagnostic app that might be able to predict when a patient’s condition would relapse. The question postulated whether there was a way to circumvent FDA approval by launching the app in another country and making it available online. And,...

Features : Medical
An Overview of Nitinol: Superelastic and Shape Memory

The world population is growing, globalization has resulted in a higher standard of living in many countries, and people are living longer. With increased living standards and choices people make, lifestyle-related illnesses, such as cardiovascular diseases, are on the increase. Companies...

Features : Medical
Advancements in Photochemical Etching Technology Provide Benefits to Medical Device Manufacturers

Many medical devices and applications require small metal components that demand very specific characteristics. These can include:

Products : Medical
Product of the Month: MCST 3601 Drive Electronics for Stepper Motors

MICROMO, Clearwater, FL, introduces the MCST 3601 series of programmable motion controllers, which are compact, flexible, and designed to fit the full range of FAULHABER micro stepper motors.

Products : Medical
3M Steri-Vac Sterilizer

3M, St. Paul, MN, introduces the Steri-Vac™ Sterilizer/Aerator GSX Series ethylene oxide sterilization system, with state-of-the-art mechanical design, real-time cycle information on the high-resolution color touch screen, and the ability to quickly customize sterilization cycles. With the first-of-its-kind 3M™ Cycle...

Products : Medical
Clearflo Ag-47 Antimicrobial Tubing

NewAge Industries, Southampton, PA, announces its new Clearflo Ag-47 antimicrobial tubing. Suitable for a variety of fluid transfer applications, Clearflo Ag-47 is manufactured from a clear, flexible PVC compound that is free of phthalates and contains a Silver Ion additive tested in accordance with ISO...

Products : Medical
2000X Ultrasonic Assembly Systems

Branson Ultrasonics, Danbury, CT, introduces a new addition to its 2000X series of Ultrasonic Assembly Systems. The new 2000Xc ultrasonic welding system combines consistent high quality welds with the process control needs of today’s manufacturing environment. The 2000Xc locks in the welding process with fully...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
FIT Slide Bush and Shaft Assemblies

NB Corporation of America, Hanover Park, IL, announces that its FIT Series of slide bush and shaft assemblies optimize clearance between shaft and bush. Precision manufacturing assures customers the best clearance for their needs. Shaft end placement deviation is reduced 70% from the standard 0.046mm when...

Products : Medical
Platinum-Clad Tantalum Wire

Anomet Products, Inc., Shrewsbury, MA, introduces Platinum-Clad Tantalum Wire that is custom manufactured to be biocompatible, strong, and corrosion-resistant for use in fabricating implantable medical devices. The wire combines the properties of each alloy to provide a high-strength, corrosion resistant radiopaque...

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