How Proto Labs is helping the blind to see—with their tongues

Injection-molded polycarbonate parts from Proto Labs played a significant role when it came to Middleton, Wis.–based Wicab ramping up production of its BrainPort “oral electronic vision device.” The BrainPort V100 received FDA de novo marketing approval last year for use among the profoundly blind. It uses a small headset-mounted video camera to capture visual information. The

TE Connectivity’s new two position positive lock housings for RF series relays

TE Connectivity introduces two-position housings for use with our Positive Lock Mark I receptacle terminals and our SCHRACK RF series relays. These housings provide insulation, allow the user to make two connections to the relay in one easy step, improve ergonomics, and it can accommodate low insertion force, high retention force Positive Lock receptacles. RF

RSX extreme-force actuator designed for hydraulic cylinder replacement

Tolomatic’s new RSX hydraulic-class electric linear rod actuator meets the need for extreme forces and is an ideal choice for replacing hydraulic cylinders. Designed and tested for 100% duty cycle, the actuator’s roller-screw drive ensures long, consistent life. Applications include pressing, punching, stamping, riveting, fastening, joining, injection molding and sawmilling. The Tolomatic RSX family of

Secant Group launches Regenerez Extruded Components

Secant Group launched Regenerez Extruded Components at the Compamed tradeshow in Düsseldorf, Germany on November 14 to 17, 2016. Regenerez Extruded Components represent the next generation of the bioresorbable polyglycerol sebacate (PGS) polymer for implantable medical devices. Regenerez PGS polymer has shown to be antimicrobial and promote natural healing and tissue growth. Secant Group has

AVX releases new MM series medical grade MLCCs

AVX, a manufacturer and supplier of passive components and interconnect solutions, has released the new MM Series multilayer ceramic capacitors (MLCCs) for medical applications. Designed for use in medical devices that require significantly less parametric flexibility than commercial capacitors offer, but stop short of demanding the exceptionally stringent features of fully qualified medical capacitors, the

Miki Pulley 101 Electromagnetic Actuated Clutches feature zero-backlash design

Miki Pulley is introducing its 101 Electromagnetic Actuated Clutches for direct sale to OEM’s in North America. These 101 Clutches have zero-backlash design. They handle a variety of motion applications including stepped speed-changing mechanisms, switching between forward and reverse operation, position/indexing and inching. Miki Pulley 101 Clutches accurately connect and release power by being located

SDP/SI solves high-speed application challenge

Each component in a design impacts its future direction. Make sure your choices are the best to achieve your desired objective. In today’s high-speed and lightweight applications plastic components succeed where metal formerly served. Cam Followers using plastic, high-load capacity composite rollers are a maintenance-free, clean and quiet running alternative to traditional metal designs. Established

Clippard DR-2 precision diaphragm regulators

When Clippard invented miniature regulators in 1962, the MAR Series became popular as a simple, robust, and cost-effective regulator in a small package with exceptionally long life. As regulator applications continue to increase, Clippard is meeting the demand with the newest addition to the reputable regulator line. The new DR-2 Series provides greater accuracy and

Twelve specs to consider when choosing a microcontroller for your product

Editor’s Note: This article is written by John Teel, president of Predictable Designs. The vast majority of electronic products require a microcontroller or microprocessor to serve as the brains. For advanced products needing high-speed processing capabilities (i.e. a smartphone or tablet) then a microprocessor is necessary, otherwise a microcontroller is usually the best solution. As

Qutoplex plastic from Minnesota Rubber & Plastics is ideal for metal conversions

Minnesota Rubber and Plastics specializes in metal to plastic component conversions using Qutoplex a proprietary high performance plastics (HPP). Proven to lower costs, reduce weight, increase corrosion resistance and perform better in many applications, Qutoplex is a new option for component designers. Qutoplex is another “first” in the advances in HPP technologies allowing conversions of

NN Precision Engineered Products Group announces electron beam welding capabilities for advanced manufacturing of medical devices

NN Precision Engineered Products Group, a global manufacturer of highly engineered precision solutions serving the medical market, announces the addition of deep weld process technology to provide customers more options for complex precision assemblies. This electron beam welding capability will be used wherever high strength bonding of metal components is required, such as orthopedics and

HPLC Column Oven controls 30 cm x 3/8 in. column from room temperature to 90° C

Torrey Pines Scientific announces its new EchoTherm HPLC Column Oven Model CO20. The temperature range is from room temperature to 90.0° C readable and settable to 0.1° C. The PID temperature control software regulates temperatures to ±0.1° C. Temperature accuracy and stability are ±0.1° C with a stable temperature indicator lamp on the front panel that

Tech-Etch presents custom board level shielding options

Tech-Etch offers the ability to design the ideal shield for any application. By using the latest technology available including Solid Works and AutoCad, simply send in circuit board electronic data files and Tech-Etch will provide customized shielding files and drawing designs for any requirements. Board level shielding is typically etched from 0.007 to 0.020 in. brass, nickel

Flex to integrate Aito haptic touch sensors into surfaces for automotive interiors

Flex, a provider of Sketch-to-Scale solutions, and Aito, the a designer of haptic interface technology, have partnered to enhance the automotive user experience by embedding touch sensors with button-like tactile feedback into automotive applications such as overhead consoles, steering wheel controls and other vehicle interior applications. Aito’s proprietary piezo-based technology provides haptic feedback to a user’s

Kelpac Medical buys VitalMED

PPC Industries’ Kelpac Medical said today it bought medical injection molded component maker and design, development and contract assembly company VitalMED. The acquisition of Lakeville, Mass.-based VitalMed will aid Kelpac in offering medical device component solution packages and opportunities, according to the company. “The acquisition of VitalMED allows Kelpac Medical to execute on our strategy