Northwire expands biocompatibility compliance

Northwire (Osceola, Wis.) announced that it has finished additional testing to certify its BioCompatic material line to be in accordance with ISO 10993-10 irritation and skin sensitization requirements. The company’s BioCompatic material is designed to create optimized, safe and dependable medical cables while meeting biocompatibility standards under USP Class VI and compliance to ISO 10993-5 cytotoxicity.

Murata Electronics touts Nordic-based BLE module for IoT solutions

Murata Electronics recently announced the release of MBN52832 – a Bluetooth Low Energy/NFC module that the company says enables ultra-low power connectivity for data communication. The miniaturized MBN52832 device consists of Nordic Semiconductor’s nRF52832 IC, a 32 MHz crystal for timing and an on-board antenna – packaged into a small form factor. The device also includes

This startup is bringing vision care to developing countries

PlenOptika, an MIT startup, has developed a portable autorefractor device that measures refractive errors of the eye and is able to estimate prescriptions in 10 seconds, bringing vision care to less accessible areas. The device, known as QuickSee, is more cost-effective than current technology and is currently on the market in India. “People at the

Sensirion unveils new RH/T sensor module

Sensirion will tout its CO2 and RH/T sensor module SCD30 that is designed to sense humidity, temperature and carbon dioxide concentration at AHR Expo 2018. The AHR Expo is set to take place in Chicago, Jan. 22-24. The sensor features CMOSense Technology for IR detection to accurately measure carbon dioxide levels through a dual-channel principle.

Solar Atmospheres of Western PA expands with in-house tensile tests

Solar Atmospheres of Western PA recently announced that it has added another type of mechanical testing to its in-house repertoire: tensile testing. Tensile tests are essential in determining and understanding the ultimate strengths of materials. Solar Atmospheres has traditionally outsourced all tensile testing through locally accredited independent laboratories, but shipping and transportation of test specimens could

OKW announces new size and stations for its Body-Case wearable enclosures

OKW has added a new size M and two stations to its Body-Case range of fully wearable device enclosures. Smart and comfortable Body-Case is designed for a wide range of wearable electronics applications including tracking and monitoring; emergency call and notification; and bio-feedback sensors for healthcare, wellness and sports fitness. It can also be used

Keystone Electronics unveils new battery insulating pull tabs

Keystone Electronics (New Hyde Park, N.Y.) recently introduced a new line of battery insulators designed to protect batteries and circuitry from energizing during shipping and storage. Device creators can install the pull tabs in a product along with the batteries so that they can insulate and prevent the batteries from energizing prior to use. Device users simply

How Zeiss microscopes could enable battery innovation

University College London’s Electrochemical Innovation Laboratory is using Zeiss Xradia 810 Ultra X-ray microscopy to study the inner-workings of batteries and fuel cells, Zeiss recently announced. The Xradia 810 Ultra helps researchers to study the evolution of microstructure down to 50 nm resolution. Such resolution offers a 3D picture of the fine details of lithium

Morgan Advanced Materials touts new CD coating

Morgan Advanced Materials’s Technical Ceramics business announced that it is launching a charge dissipative (CD) coating for ceramic parts to support the development of compact medical equipment. Reduced size and improved resolution and imaging performance is in high demand for medical diagnostic imaging equipment like CT scanners and mobile X-ray machines. Morgan’s CD coating of

7 medical devices combating the opioid crisis

Opioid-related deaths have become an epidemic in the U.S., garnering attention from the White House, the FDA and many other governmental bodies. From 2000 to 2014, nearly half a million Americans died from drug overdoses. In 2015, more than 50,000 people died from drug overdoses, and 33,000 were opioid-related. Prescription overdoses continue to cause more

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Cadence expands laser processing capabilities

Cadence has expanded its laser processing technologies with a new CL900 Cincinnati laser cutting machine. The new 4,000W fiber laser cutter adds to Cadence’s modified tube cutting lasers and completely custom flat sheet cutting lasers, Cadence announced yesterday. It also has the ability to cut 1,000 in. per minute (IPM) with a positioning accuracy of +/-0.001

Omnia Medical receives FDA 510(k) clearance for vertebral body replacement system

Omnia Medical has received FDA 510(k) clearance for a vertebral body replacement (VBR) system for use in the thoracolumbar spine to replace collapsed, damaged or unstable vertebral body. The VBR system is manufactured from PEEK-Optima HA enhanced polymer through a collaboration with Jalex Medical on product development and regulatory activities and Invibio Biomaterial Solutions who

Overmolding: 2 types to know

MTD Micromolding Some micro projects require specialty micro injection molding processes, such as overmolding. Overmolding involves two or more materials molded together to become one part. Examples include molding plastic over plastic or molding plastic over a preformed part, such as a metal insert. (See examples of common polymers and substrates below.) MTD specializes in

Lemo redesigns outer shell of S Series connectors

Lemo announced today that it has redesigned the outer shell of its S Series connectors with the company’s iconic “chocolate block” look. The new S Series uses the half-moon insert configuration. It’s fully compatible with the existing S Series connectors on the market since the early 1960’s. Both the straight plug and free receptacle now

CUI launches new open frame series for medical power supplies

CUI‘s Power Group recently released five new open frame series for its line of internal ac-dc medical power supplies. The series ranges from 180 W to 550 W and is certified to the medical 606011 edition 3.1 standards for MOPP applications and fourth edition EMC requirements. The VMS180, VMS225, VMS275, VMS359 and VMS550 also have