Ultrasonic Welding Platform Emerson, Danbury, CT, has launched a highly configurable ultrasonic welding platform. The Branson GSX is a modular system that enables users to execute precise and repeatable ultrasonic welds to meet the broad requirements of their applications. The modular architecture enables shorter build and delivery times. It is available with electromechanical, proportional pneumatic, or pneumatic functionality. To help achieve consistent welds from one welder to another, the platform employs an advanced actuation system and multicore processor that ensures improved welding control and position accuracy. A low trigger force ensures precise, accurate ultrasonic welds. Smart hardware and software enable fast setups and changeovers. Implant-Grade 3D Printing Material Evonik, Essen, Germany, has developed a polymer filament based on PEEK (polyether ether ketone) in implant-grade quality for use as a 3D printing material for implants. This high-performance material can be used in fused filament fabrication (FFF) technology and is expected to enable additive production of 3D plastic parts for medical implants. The new PEEK filament is based on VESTAKEEP® i4 G, a highly viscous implant-grade material. The product exhibits biocompatibility, biostability, and x-ray transparency. A less-expensive “testing grade” version is also available. Health Sensor Platform Mouser Electronics, Inc., Mansfield, TX, offers a health sensor platform from Maxim Integrated. The MAXREFDES101 Health Sensor Platform 2.0 incorporates a comprehensive range of Maxim products to provide a rapid prototyping, evaluation, and development platform for medical applications, providing accurate monitoring of body temperature, heart rate, and electrocardiogram (ECG). The platform is comprised of a watch enclosure that houses a display, battery, micro board, and sensor board. The micro board integrates a microcontroller, power-management IC, dual-mode Bluetooth® technology, and a six-axis accelerometer and gyroscope. The board includes an optical sensor, integrated biopotential and bioimpedance analog front-end (AFE), temperature sensor, and biometric sensor hub. Image Signal Processors OmniVision Technologies, Santa Clara, CA, has expanded its medical image signal processor (ISP) family, designed to pair with its high-performance medical image sensors for quick integration into single-use and reusable endoscopes as well as catheters. Five new OVMed® processors provide resolution of up to 4K2K, while supporting streaming video at 60 frames per second. Products in the Pro line accept up to 4-lane digital MIPI/sub-LVDS input. They can connect to image sensors via longer input cables of up to 5 m. The Pro ISPs feature dynamic shading control, distortion correction, advanced backlight compensation, an automatic exposure and gain control window, and exposure weighting and compensation. Two new ISPs (Mini and Pro) offer dual-channel processing that supports 3D stereoscopic imaging. All products are certified to comply with IEC 60601 (ESD, EMC, EMI, patient isolation), IEC 62304 (software quality), and ISO 14971 (risk management). Medical-Grade Connectivity Framework Real-Time Innovations (RTI), Sunnyvale, CA, has added a variety of new capabilities to its connectivity software, RTI Connext DDS. Based on the Data Distribution Standard™ (DDS), this release addresses critical design challenges faced in developing secure, interoperable medical devices for healthcare systems of the future. RTI Connext 6 provides syntactic interoperability to lay a foundation for standards-based semantic (i.e., data model) interoperability in the future. It ensures a secure system according to governing regulatory bodies, provides access to real-time patient data from a variety of near patient medical devices, and enables connected health solutions to scale to thousands of nodes, providing critical infrastructure for device manufacturers and providers. Medical Vision Computer Fujitsu Components America, San Jose, CA, has released a series of customizable, flush-surface, resistive touch panels with less than half the input force of conventional resistive panels, nearly identical to that of projected capacitive panels. The FID-1300 (4-wire) and FID-1520 (5-wire) series touch panels support a minimum input force of 0.02 N (0.45 typical while maintaining reliable user input and smooth sliding and flicking operations. A variety of implements can be used to activate touch input, including bare skin, gloved fingers, wet fingers, pens, or stylus pens. The FID-1300 is available with two-point input, enlarge/shrink, and rotation operations using a dual-touch control board. Consisting of a film-glass sensor layer with a flush-surface film overlay, the touch panels are dustproof, waterproof, and easy to clean. Compact Step Motors for Medical Devices Applied Motion Products, Watsonville, CA, offers compact step motors in NEMA sizes 8, 11, and 14 for medical device and other applications with limited space. These lightweight motors offer high torque up to 22 oz-in at low speed. Even while sized smaller, the compact step motors operate with high step accuracy and resolution as well as low vibration and noise — important factors in medical equipment. With a 1.8° step angle, the RoHS compliant units are available in both single- and double-shaft versions. Medical Device Manufacturing Software Master Control, Salt Lake City, UT, has released a software platform designed to automate production and improve operational quality. MasterControl Manufacturing Excellence™ removes remaining paper from the shop floor to ensure that product reviews and releases are fully digital, connected, and accelerated. It also eliminates preventable errors, long review cycles, and costly waste created by manual data entry processes to get production right the first time, and it and reduces friction between operations and quality assurance priorities and metrics to improve line performance and accelerate production. A builder tool allows organizations to configure the digital solution to their existing processes, streamlining both implementation and adaptability. The builder tool houses the global elements of the manufacturing processes, allowing users to update once and have information propagated throughout the system. Composite Medical Tubing Polygon, Walkerton, IN, has released a high-performance composite tubing for surgical applications. PolyMed® is ideal for use in placement on electrosurgical devices surgical ablation tools, suction irrigation or trocar cannula, endoscopic/laparoscopic instruments, and robotic surgery technologies. The lightweight tubing is invisible to x-ray, thermally insulating, and nonconductive. It can be rigid or flexible and can replace stainless steel tubing in a variety of endoscopic and laparoscopic instrumentation applications. The ISO 10993-compliant tubing can be sterilized. Architectures include braided, circumferentially wound, and unidirectional. The thin-walled material can be produced in multi-lumen shapes as one piece. Materials Resource Guide I.W. Tremont, Hawthorne, NJ, has released an updated Diagnostic Device Materials Guide. The recently revised guide contains technical information as well as samples to help diagnostic and medical device design teams instantly explore materials without waiting for samples. The guide contains specifications and samples of the company’s D-23® whole blood separator as well as a section on glass microfiber used for wicking and conjugate pads and liquid sample mobilization. The guide also includes optimized high-purity cellulose papers. Technical information and material samples are designed to support the needs of a device designer in choosing material function and physical properties. Proportional Pressure Controls Microcontrollers from Clippard, Cincinnati, OH, utilize the company’s EVP and DVP proportional valves allowing for steady, repeatable downstream pressure as demand or processes change. The Cordis provides a precise linear pressure control within a closed-loop system with ultra-high resolution (≤5 mV) and repeatability. Features include accuracy of ±0.25 percent of full scale, real-time adjustable PID control, and integrated 0–10 VDC, 4-20 mA signal, or 3.3 VDC serial communication. Ultrasonic Welder Cycle time, changeover, and downtime can be significantly and efficiently reduced with a new ultrasonic welder from Herrmann Ultrasonics, Bartlett, IL. The HiQ Dialog offers SoftTouch mode, which prevents damage to sensitive joints. High Motion Control ensures a calibrated and repeatable process. The programmable stroke selection (start and end position of the sonotrode) optimizes cycle time. The stroke can be individually adjusted for the required weld task and the size of application being welded.