NextFlex awarding $12 million to fund flexible hybrid electronics projects

NextFlex, the San Jose, Calif.–based hybrid electronics manufacturing institute, today announced $12 million in funding for seven projects in areas ranging from healthcare to avionics to infrastructure monitoring. The funding is part of NextFlex’s Project Call 3.0 and includes $7 million in cost-share contributions from participants. The Project Call program overall has awarded more than

This new material could eliminate motors and actuators in robots and medical devices

Researchers at the University of Hong Kong have developed a new material that eliminates the need for motors and actuators to be used in robots, medical devices, prosthetic muscles, exoskeletons and more. The new actuating material is made from nickel hydroxide-oxyhydroxides and is powered by visible light, electricity and other stimuli. The material actuation is

Schott to acquire Primoceler and its glass micro-bonding packaging tech

Schott (Mainz, Germany) recently announced that it has agreed to acquire Primoceler Oy and its hermetic packaging portfolio with glass micro-bonding technology. The Primoceler technology out of Finland is meant to enable the manufacture of vacuum-tight, ultra-miniature, ultra-reliable medical implants. Financial terms of the deal, announced Monday, were not disclosed. Primoceler’s glass bonding method is based

MicroCare announces webpage for its critical cleaning lab services

MicroCare (New Britain, Conn.) has created a dedicated webpage to introduce its critical cleaning lab services. Part of a website update, the new page highlights what MicroCare describes as unique service that analyze specific critical cleaning applications for electronics, industrial parts and medical devices. MicroCare relies on its research and development to provide customers with

How’d they do that? 7 innovations from medical device contract manufacturers

Charles Darwin wrote, “In the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed.” Medical device companies get the credit for many innovations, but many need the ingenuity and commitment of contract manufacturers who design and produce the components that make those big splashes possible.

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Raumedic touts tubing set that stimulates bodily functions for liver transplants

Raumedic is touting a complex tubing set that is featured in the Metra device from OrganOx. The tubing set simulates vital bodily functions for liver transplants. With the system, the disposable tube set helps keep donor livers perfused outside of the body for up to 24 hours. Once the liver is connected to the transplant

Resonetics acquires Swiss manufacturer Medelec

Resonetics (Nashua, N.H.) announced today that it has acquired Medelec (Puidoux, Switzerland). The financial details of the deal were not disclosed. “We are excited about the Medelec team joining Resonetics. Marc and Sandra But have established a very strong reputation in the medtech industry for precision and quality and have made significant investments in technology

Johnson & Johnson launches new self-shortening Dynacord suture

Johnson & Johnson through its DePuy Synthes franchise has announced the U.S. launch of its Dynacord suture for soft tissue repair in areas such as the rotator cuff in the shoulder. The Dynacord suture, available on Healix Advance anchors, is part of the DePuy Synthes Mitek Sports Medicine portfolio. J&J launched Dynacord today at the San

Flexcon sees opportunities in the wearables market: Here’s how

Wearable medical device makers need adhesives that keep a wearable stuck to the user without damaging their skin. Officials at Flexcon (Spencer, Mass.) see opportunity. “Flexcon as a company has been focused on the graphics and labels business for 60 years. Now we see a core capability that we have in coating adhesives on films that

Mean Well expands high-performance medical power supply line

Mean Well recently announced that it has extended its MSP line up to 1000 W with its MSP-1000 series. The MSP-1000 series shares the same mechanism of Mean Well’s MSP-600 series, according to the Fremont, Calif.–based company. The shared mechanism means that customers are able to replace a 600 W power supply with a 1000 W

Adhesives and medical devices: How to make sure things don’t go wrong

Too often the adhesive selection for a medical device is left to the end of a project. It doesn’t help that there are so many adhesives as to make the choice overwhelming. With so many potential negative outcomes, here are tips on making the right choice. Tony Kaufman and Del R. Lawson, Critical and Chronic Care

Traco Power announces 3.5 W medical dc-dc converters

Traco Power recently announced the release of their TIM 3.5 and TIM 3.5SM families of medical 3.5 W DC/DC converters  — in compact DIP 16 or SMD 16 package that measures only 0.95 x 0.57 x 0.40 in. The new converters are ideal for healthcare products where small size is required and parts are applied

3M sticks it to non-sticky medical tape

3M has introduced a non-woven, elastic blend tape that may offer medical device wearers some relief from annoying problems, including wearables losing stickiness and skin irritation. The company says the single-coated tape, called 3M 4077, is water resistant, offers improved stretchiness and air penetration, and can be worn for up to 14 days. It combines adhesive with a

Krohne launches electromagnetic flowmeter with biocompatible disposable flow tube

Krohne (Beverly, Mass.) recently announced that it has launched its FlexMag 4050 C electromagnetic flowmeter with a biocompatible disposable flow tube. The flowmeter is designed for single-use biopharmaceutical applications like the filtration processes, chromatography or buffer and media preparation. The FlexMag 4050 C features high accuracy and factory calibration that eliminates the need for in-situ calibration.

Resonetics lean expert touts the benefits of beauty in a purpose-built facility

Resonetics has opened a purpose-built manufacturing facility in Davis, Calif. The building was designed specifically for laser-cut metal tubing with the idea of minimizing waste and inefficiency. The new facility represents a six-fold increase in size over the former manufacturing plant to support continued growth. Grayson Beck, SVP velocity and automation, designed the layout with the