Micro-manufacturing: 5 things you need to know

The health outcomes that minimally invasive surgical devices provide – shorter hospital stays and recovery periods – are as remarkable as the micro-manufacturing methods that produced the devices. Micro-manufacturing involves more than making conventional tooling smaller. Micro-extrusions and micro-molding also involve ultra-fine wires and electronic components. Helmbrechts, Germany-based Raumedic, which has its U.S. headquarters in

Aerospace may have something to teach medtech about materials: Here’s how

QuesTek Innovations has used advanced computer modeling to produce innovative materials in the aerospace sector. Now it’s looking to recreate the same magic in the medical device space. Chris Newmarker, Managing Editor Medical device developers typically turn to off-the-shelf materials and then design based on the properties of the materials. But does it have to

Paper pump powers microfluidic devices for less than a dime

North Carolina researchers have developed a pump that powers microfluidic devices using paper. The inexpensive paper pump – developed by researchers at  North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – uses capillary actions to power portable microfluidic devices, which control fluids of 1 ml or less volume. “One longstanding

Cadence launches new CadenceScience.com website

Cadence has launched a new e-commerce website, cadencescience.com. The website, announced yesterday, is meant to allow Cadence’s customers to easily conduct online purchasing of custom and standard precision fluid handling components and fluid movement systems for laboratory testing and dispensing applications. “We hope that our customers enjoy this new solution. It helps our customers to easily

‘Electronic tattoos’: Could they be the future of wearables?

Japanese researchers have pushed the boundaries even further when it comes to flexible electronics for wearable medical devices. They say they used a household inkjet printer without soldering to produce 750 nm–thin elastomeric sheets that feel like “electronic tattoos.” The result of the Waseda University researchers’ work was ultrathin stick-on electronic devices using elastomeric “nanosheet” film.

Think small: Raumedic at Medtec Europe

Raumedic, a polymer component system provider for the medical technology and pharmaceutical industry, will present at the Medtec Europe in Stuttgart – the heart of the German medtech industry. The company will be demonstrating its ability to implement customer ideas in products that expertly combine functionality and cost-effectiveness. This year one, of the themes guiding

B. Braun, Iatric Systems integrate Outlook infusion pump, Accelero Connect software

B. Braun Medical said today that it integrated its Outlook large-volume infusion pump with Iatric Systems‘ Accelero Connect integration software. The technology enables the pump to communicate with electronic health record systems, such as Meditech. Bethlehem, Pa.–based B. Braun said it used Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise standard communication protocols and transactions to support the integration.

Pump makes breath biopsy more than a pipe dream

A micropump from TTP Ventus is enabling such innovations as Owlstone Medical‘s breath biopsy technology, which is designed to detect early lung or bowel cancers through volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Officials at The Technology Partnership specifically spun out TTP Ventus to help commercialize the second generation of its signature product Disc Pump. Disc Pump is

Plas-Tech Engineering establishes Equinox Medical for prototyping and production of pre-filled syringes

Plas-Tech Engineering, a leading custom molder of medical devices and diagnostic components based in Lake Geneva, Wis., has announced the formation of Equinox Medical, a stand-alone business entity that manufactures pre-filled syringes for leading pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. Plas-Tech Engineering formed the new company in response to strong customer demand from emerging biotech and drug

How TE Connectivity wants to transform patient care

TE Connectivity (TE), a connectivity and sensor products and services company, is showcasing technologies designed to mitigate medical device design challenges at MD&M West this week in Anaheim, Calif. Product experts from TE will be on site (Booth #3149) to discuss how TE’s customized sensing, connectivity and minimally invasive device solutions are helping to transform

Noninvasive neuromodulation device to get tested in France

PathMaker Neurosystems announced this week that it has established a research relationship with the Brain and Spine Institute (Institut du Cerveau et de la Moelle Epinière, or ICM) at the Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital in Paris. The institute will carry out the clinical trials that PathMaker needs to achieve CE Mark for its MyoRegulator system. Boston-based PathMaker boasts that

Raumedic showing off tiny tubing, multilayer tubing at MD&M West

As a polymer component system provider for the medical technology and pharmaceutical industry, Raumedic will be exhibiting at the MD&M West show in Anaheim, Califoria in February. The company will be demonstrating its ability to implement customer ideas in products that expertly combine functionality and cost-effectiveness. This year, the themes guiding Raumedic’s presence at MDM

SunTech’s Oscar 2 ABPM features patient diary app

The next-generation Oscar 2 24-hour ambulatory blood pressure monitoring system from SunTech Medical is meant to further increase efficacies for general practitioners, clinicians, cardiologists and pharmaceutical researchers. The new SunTech Oscar 2 is now available with the True24 ABPM Patient Diary mobile app, which links to the Oscar 2 via Bluetooth. The True24 app provides

Vention Medical expands PEEK extrusion offerings online

Vention Medical has expanded its extrusion offerings to their online store, offering 25 new and different configurations of PEEK extrusion tubing. It offers 30 different sizes of extrusion tubing, with PEEK’s extrusion sizes ranging from 0.5 FR to 13 FR, an OD of 0.051 mm to 4.267 mm and wall thickness ranging from 0.424 mm

Why ultrafast laser systems are a unique manufacturing tool

Femtosecond and picosecond laser systems provide minimal heat input and high-quality machining in the medical device manufacturing space and elsewhere. Geoff Shannon, Amada-Miyachi America Ultrafast or ultra-short pulse lasers offer unique material processing possibilities, because the laser’s pulse duration is less than the target material’s conduction time. Essentially this means that cold machining of parts