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,

Portescap announces new autoclavable BLDC motor controller

Portescap (West Chester, Pa.) has introduced the CNT1530, a new autoclavable brushless DC motor controller that can drive large bone orthopedic handpiece motors. The CNT1530 is meant to provide a reliable, customizable solution to the orthopedic market. Says Portescap: “This new controller will help improve your surgical hand tool’s performance and reliability, and take your application

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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How Igus bearings helped create an exoskeleton to support surgeons

Igus bearings are helping to take the load off of surgeons by way of Airframe exoskeletons from Levitate Technologies. Airframe exoskeletons are designed to support the arms of those who encounter repetitive motions or stationary arm elevation for an extended period of time. The exoskeletons help transfer the weight of the arms from the shoulders,

How Igus moving plastic components are enabling medtech innovation

Advanced plastic components maker Igus sees more medical sector opportunities. Here’s how its e-chains, bearings and linear systems are enabling innovation.  Igus – maker of advanced plastic components including e-chain cable carriers, bearings and linear systems – has its main medical customers in Europe. But that could soon change. The company plans to sell to

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How to mitigate heating in a handheld surgical tool

Here are two main sources of power losses, and hence heating, when it comes to handheld surgical tool motors. Urs Kafader, Maxon Motor Motors operated at the rated torque limit can get very hot. In continuous operation, the winding can reach 155 °C, resulting in a housing temperature of some 120 °C. No surgeon would

Cell stacking technology creates living human organs

Research engineers at Brown University have figured out a way to build tiny versions of human organs one micro-level at a time, and Igus technology helped enable the innovation. Using cells that are shaped as microscopic honeycomb-like patterns, Jeffrey Morgan, a professor at the university, created a method that consists of precisely stacking molded cells and

Allied Motion completes acquisition of Heidrive

Allied Motion Technologies Inc. announced that it has officially completed the acquisition of Heidrive GmbH, a drive technology and engineering company, for 20 million euro (approximately US $22 million). Headquartered in Kelheim, Germany, Heidrive designs and manufactures customized, innovative synchronous motion systems for highly demanding applications such as medical technology, robotics, cargo aviation and building

Positioning peristaltic rollers allows more precise dispensing

David Bach / BST-Bach Solutions & Technology, LLC Accurate dispensing affects a great deal of drug development and delivery. For instance, leading-edge pharmaceuticals, bio-tech “designer molecules” and high-potency compounds are tremendously expensive and come with difficult safety concerns that require accurate dispensing and aspirations. Many of these compounds are composed of proteins or synthetic molecular chains

“Plug and spin” brushless DC motors in just a few seconds with STMicroelectronics’ new nucleo pack

STMicroelectronics introduces a $35 starter kit plus a new free software algorithm to help engineers and hobbyists implement efficient vector control in a short time for motor-driven projects such as drones, appliances, E-bikes, home-automation, healthcare and industrial machinery. The P-NUCLEO-IHM001 Motor-Control Nucleo Pack in combination with new software elements from the STM32 Motor Control Ecosystem

Robotic arm for real-time MRI guidance

Fannin Innovation Studio, an early-stage life science commercialization firm, and the University of Houston have formed a startup company around the college’s robotic arm technology, which enables interventions using real-time MRI guidance. GuidaBot is developing a robotic, four-degree-of-freedom manipulator designed to work within the powerful magnetic field of an MRI, allowing physicians to perform interventions

Kollmorgen exhibits leading hygienic design solutions at PACK EXPO 2015

Kollmorgen will exhibit its industry-leading motion solutions at PACK EXPO, September 28 to 30, 2015, at the Las Vegas Convention Center. PACK EXPO attendees are invited to register online using Kollmorgen’s complimentary pass code: 79K95. In addition to product demos of the company’s innovative servo motors and stepper motors, Kollmorgen will highlight new enhancements to

How Universal Robots doubled production at Tegra Medical

Medical device manufacturer, Tegra Medical, has recently deployed three robot arms from Universal Robots (UR) at their facility in Franklin, Mass. The robots freed up 11 full time workers, who now handling more complex tasks, and improved product quality. Tegra’s ROI from these three robot arms happened in three to six months. Employing three collaborative robot

Saelig presents new Amplicon Impact-R 1100F series computer

Saelig Company announces the Amplicon Impact-R 1100F series, a fanless system powered by the Intel ATOM D2550 processor. Configured with a high performance 2.5 in. MLC Solid State Drive (SSD), the Impact-R 1100F series is a silent controller system. With options for multiple serial communication ports, the Impact-R 1100F can offer up seven DB9 connections

Kollmorgen introduces the next generation of stepper motors

Kollmorgen introduces the next generation of stepper motors, the PMX series, adding smaller 08, 11 and 14 frame sizes to the traditional 17, 23 and 34 frame size offering. Thanks to a wider range of sizes and options, OEMs now have added flexibility to meet multiple performance and application needs from a single motion source.