Robotics & Automation

Mechanical Components

Learn about the design and testing of mechanical components in medical devices, including MEMS pressure sensors, connectors, wires, and cables.

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...

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: Medical
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: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Ultra Miniature 2-Port Solenoid Valve

The Lee Company, Westbrook, CT, introduces an even more compact High Density Interface (HDI) solenoid valve. Featuring a 2-port normally closed design, this valve is exceptionally small in size, light...

Products: Sensors/Data Acquisition
MEMS Pirani Vacuum Sensors

Posifa Microsystems, Inc., San Jose, CA, announces its new line of MEMS Pirani Vacuum Sensors. The PVC 1000 family embodies the latest MEMS innovations, and offer a breakthrough vacuum measurement solution that...

Products: Test & Measurement
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,...

Industrial-grade materials commonly find their way into medical designs due to the R&D time crunch. My experience has shown that industrial-grade O-rings are more readily...

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: Medical
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: Robotics, Automation & Control
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...

News: Medical
Easy Scanning Detection of Eye Diseases

A new optical device about the size of a hand-held video camera, developed by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, can scan a patient’s entire retina in seconds and could aid primary care physicians in early detection of many retinal diseases, including diabetic...

R&D: Robotics, Automation & Control
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...

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