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Learn about the growing surgical robot market. See examples of surgical robots, including autonomous and computer-assisted technologies.

Products: Motion Control
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...

News: Robotics, Automation & Control
Muscle-Inspired Actuators Could Automate Robotics

To help pave the way for a new generation of robots that are soft-bodied and safer to perform tasks in close proximity to humans, a team of researchers at Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering have developed an actuator that generates movements similar to those of...

News: Robotics, Automation & Control
Soft Electronics Can Aid Robotic Movement

Scientists at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Lausanne, Switzerland, say that their research into soft electronics for a new type of gripper can change the way robots can touch and pick up delicate objects like eggs and paper. This lightweight gripper could be incorporated into...

Products: Motion Control
Airflow Temp and Velocity Scanner

Advanced Thermal Solutions, Inc., Norwood, MA, offers the ATVS- 2020 scanner which measures airflow temperature and velocity of inside electronic devices. The ATVS-2020 scanner accommodates up to 32 sensors...

Manufacturing interventional cardiac devices, such as stents, has traditionally employed two-axis systems consisting of a rotary...

Products: Medical
Right Angle Spiroid Gear

maxon precision motors, Fall River, MA, introduces right angle gearheads designed to be configured with maxon’s 22mm and 32mm dc motors. These compact, lightweight, and high torque gearheads were developed to...

Products: Motion Control
ServoSpline™ Positioning Stage

Bell-Everman Inc., Goleta, CA, introduces ServoSpline™, a positioning stage offering a unique drive mechanism that provides backlash-free motion and simplified control. ServoSpline is an extension of a...

In December, we asked Medical Design Briefs readers to select the one product from our 12 Products of the Month that you thought was the most significant new...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Miniature Slide Guides

NB Corporation of America, Hanover Park, IL, announces the widest selection of miniature linear slide guides. All-stainless models are ideal for high temperature applications. Choose from retained-ball (whose...

Products: Motion Control
J Series Servo Motors

Applied Motion Products, Watsonville, CA, announces the latest extension to its servo motor lineup. The J series of low inertia, high performance servo motors are a cost effective choice for demanding automation...

Products: Motion Control
Linear Voice Coil Actuator

BEI Kimco, Vista, CA, introduces its small, yet powerful model LAH04-10-000A Linear Voice Coil Actuator (VCA) as the latest addition to its extensive line of housed moving magnet actuators. BEI Kimco’s housed...

maxon precision motors, inc., Fall River, MA, expands its offering of miniaturized controllers with its latest OEM plug-in module featuring excellent controller characteristics. This high-performance...

Products: Motion Control
Simotion Version 4.4

Siemens Corporation, Washington, DC, has updated its Simotion motion control system to version 4.4, offering users new functions to make the engineering of motion control projects even easier and more efficient. Simotion...

ATI Industrial Automation, Apex, NC, introduces the Wireless F/T, a small wireless transmitter that streams data from up to six 6-axis transducers simultaneously. The Wireless F/T communicates...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
WH SpeedLine Linear Units

Thomson Industries Inc., Wood Dale, IL, announces that its high efficiency WH SpeedLine is a belt-driven positioning slide with an H-type roller guideway system designed to handle high forces and moments. The units...

The pipette is a basic fluid control tool for transferring tiny amounts of liquids. Electronic or motorized pipettes are an ergonomic alternative to manual pipettes and an efficient way to increase...

Products: Motion Control
M12 CANopen Integrated Motors

Schneider Electric Motion USA, Marlborough, CT, announces that Lexium MDrive® integrated motor systems expand industrial field bus communication options with CANopen with M12 circular connectors on...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
I² DC Servo Motor

Specialty Motors, Inc., Valencia, CA, announces its fully integrated I² DC Servo Motor is easily programmable to perform complex velocity and positioning movements within minutes. The all-in-one unit contains the...

Products: Motion Control
Microohmmeter Probes

TEGAM, Inc., Geneva, OH, has introduced five new Kelvin probes designed for heavy-duty applications or extremely tight spaces, depending on model. When used with TEGAM's R1L bond meters or the 1740 or 1750 microohmeters,...

News: Medical
Microhairs Could Improve Lab-on-Chip Diagnostics

A team of engineers at MIT, Cambridge, MA, have fabricated a new elastic material covered with microscopic, hair-like structures that tilt in response to a magnetic field. Depending on the field’s orientation, they say, the microhairs uniformly tilt to form a path through which fluid can flow....

News: Motion Control
Nature-Inspired Model for Low-Friction Bearings

The natural mechanical properties of natural joints are considered unrivalled. Cartilage is coated with a special layer of lubrication that allows joints to move virtually friction-free, even under high pressure. Using simulations on supercomputers, scientists from Forschungszentrum Jülich in...

News: Motion Control
World’s Smallest, Fastest Nanomotor Created

A team of engineers at The University of Texas at Austin say that they have built the smallest, fastest, and longest-running synthetic motor to date. This nanomotor, which could fit inside a human cell, is an important step toward developing miniature machines that could one day move through the body...

News: Medical
Intra-Aortic Balloon Pump May Help Certain Heart Patients

Physicians at the Medical College of Georgia and Georgia Regents University, Augusta, say that the intra-aortic balloon pump, one of the most frequently used mechanical circulatory assist devices in the world may have untapped potential. One of its many uses is helping ensure adequate...

News: Motion Control
Micro-Muscle Breakthrough

While vanadium dioxide is already known for its ability to change size, shape, and physical identity, a team of researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory say that super strength can now be added to that list of attributes. They demonstrated a micro-sized robotic...

Products: Motion Control
Servo Class Couplings

Zero-Max, Inc., Plymouth, MN, precision machined ServoClass couplings are available with hub taper adapters for use on servo motors with tapered shafts in high speed applications. The hub adapters fit precisely in the...

Amacoil, Inc., Aston, PA, released a linear speed control option for Model RG rolling ring linear drives that lets users fix a specific speed in one or both directions. Medical equipment designers may...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
PCM4806E Encoder-Ready IDEA Drive

Haydon Kerk Motion Solutions, Waterbury, CT, announces its latest addition to the IDEA Drive™ line of sophisticated stepper motor controllers. The RoHS-compliant PCM4806E drive allows an encoder input to...

Products: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Custom Direct Drive Motor Assemblies

Applimotion, Inc., Loomis, CA, offers custom direct drive motor assemblies with its popular ULT, UTH, UTS, and UTO brushless frameless motor kits inside. With sizes ranging from 10 mm to 500 mm in...

News: Electronics & Computers
Robotics Technology Advances Artificial Legs

Recent advances in robotics technology enables prosthetics that can dramatically improve the mobility of lower-limb amputees, allowing them to negotiate stairs and slopes and uneven ground, and significantly reducing their risk of falling, say a team of engineers at Vanderbilt University’s Center...

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