Nortech Systems expands China manufacturing facility

Nortech Systems recently announced that it is expanding its Suzhou, China manufacturing space. The new manufacturing space will be 15,000 sq. ft bigger than it currently is and will still offer Nortech Systems’s full-service electrical manufacturing services. This expansion comes after the Maple Grove, Minn.-based company expanded its Mexico operations in February by building a new

Why new battery technology will lead to disruptive medtech innovations

What’s the next big disruption in battery technology? Three experts from Integer, a global leader in medical device outsourcing, weigh in. Martin Cholette, Robert Rubino and Chris Williams, Integer What new technologies in medtech are being enabled by advances in battery technology? Chris Williams: One new technology is the leadless cardiac pacing market. Integer has developed

Keystone Electronics launches new coil battery contacts

Keystone Electronics recently announced that it has launched its latest, coil spring battery contacts that are designed to slide into molded cases. The new battery contacts are engineered using a contact design that can be adjusted to different battery lengths to ensure low contact resistance and connectivity. The also have the option of being drop

TT Electonics wraps up acquisition of Stadium Group

TT Electronics (Woking, U.K.) said today that it has completed its purchase of Stadium Group, a Reading, U.K.–based supplier of connectivity products and services, power supplies, human-machine interface (HMI) and electronic assemblies. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Stadium products are used in applications including medical equipment, smart home, industrial robotics and aircraft cabin controls

What is a connector and how does it work?

What is a connector? A connector provides interconnection routes in medical electronic systems, giving a power pack or supply to multiple modules in an instrument, according to Bob Stanton, director of technology at Omnetics Connector Corp., based outside Minneapolis. Different units inside equipment do different work, which means they require different current and voltage levels to

Why smaller wearables warrant more powerful microbatteries

Jeffrey Ortega, ZPower Whether they’re detecting a life-threatening change in vitals or helping to manage chronic pain, wearable medical devices have the potential to enhance the quality of life and deliver advanced care to people with health issues ranging from the emergency to the long term. Wireless connectivity and Internet of Things technological advancements are resulting in

How to protect medical cables and connectors from electromagnetic interference

Cable and connector experience from military and satellite systems could help pave the way for safer electromagnetic interference control in the medical device industry. Robert Stanton, Omnetics Connector Corp. Today’s medical treatment suites are crowded with increasingly complex electronic devices designed to monitor, display, assist and alarm the staff involved in patient services. The newest

Sanmina receives FDA registration at India facilities

Sanmina recently announced that it has received FDA registration at its Chennai, India manufacturing facilities. The registration allows for the company to manufacture finished medical instruments and devices in India. Sanmina is the first tier 1 electronic manufacturing services company to have FDA registration in India. The FDA registration ensures that manufacturing controls and documentation

This patented 3D printing method could boost medical device innovation

Michael McAlpine, a 3D printing pioneer at the University of Minnesota, suspects that a method he helped invent to print semiconductors could help boost innovation in the medical device field and elsewhere. The U.S. Patent Office in February issued a patent for “3D printed active electronic materials and devices.” The patent covers work that McAlpine, a

AVX announces new medical-grade tantalum capacitors

AVX Corp. today announced the release of its T4Z Medical Series HRC4000 medical-grade tantalum capacitors. The T4Z series is designed to replace commercial capacitors in the filtering, hold-up, and charging circuits of non-critical medical devices, according to Fountain Inn, S.C.–based AVX. Devices ranging from neurostimulators to patient monitoring and diagnostic equipment require high-reliability and strict change control, the

MD&M West: Here’s what you may have missed

MD&M West is one of the largest medical device manufacturing events in the world, so it’s easy to lose your way on the show floor. Even if you were in Anaheim, Calif., for the February 2018 event, you may have missed a lot. From Omron to Micromo to MedPlast to Apex Motion Control, WTWH Media

Linak unveils new basic actuator system for hospital beds

Linak is touting a new OpenBus basic actuator system that the company says can be easily and cost-effectively introduced to adjustable healthcare applications including hospital beds. The solution, the company says, involves the control unit ACOM along with the control box CO41. Says Linak: “Combined with a number of linear actuators LA40 and the hand control HB70,

Nortech Systems is expanding its Mexico operations

Nortech Systems (Nasdaq: NSYS) says it has signed a lease on for a new facility to be built in Monterrey, Mexico — about 5 miles from Northech’s present location in the northeastern Mexican city. Nortech (Maple Grove, Minn.) plans to occupy the facility — which is double the size of the present location — by

MD&M West: 10 technologies you should know

MD&M West is one of the largest medical device manufacturing events in the world, so it’s easy to get lost on the show floor. Even if you were in Anaheim, Calif., for the event last week, you may have missed a lot. From a new robotics insights display from Rethink Robotics to a disinfectant-resistant plastic

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4 ways to make sensors work for mobile health

Healthcare systems in the U.S. and around the world are increasingly turning to mobile health – keeping people out of expensive hospitals and instead treat people’s health problems from their homes. Sensors have a major role to play in enabling the shift. Sensor technology can help make up for the fact that the home, unlike