Rethink Robotics wants to make advanced manufacturing smarter: Here’s how

Rethink Robotics is touting a value-add to its Sawyer manufacturing robots: a new feature called Intera Insights that displays key performance indicators (KPIs) on a customizable on-robot display, as well as on smart devices on the same network. Think easy access to metrics including cycle time, part count, speed and force. “Instead of just having it be ones and

Could this Eastman polymer improve medical device housing durability?

Specialty plastics provider Eastman used the recent MD&M West to tout the ability of its MXF221 copolyester to hold up to repeated application of hospital disinfectants. Eastman officials think MXF221 could be a new option for medical device manufacturers – especially because a cracked housing could endanger the electronics inside expensive equipment including ultrasound and

MasterControl thinks it can speed up validation: Here’s how

MasterControl officials are touting cloud-based software-as-a-service as a way for medical device manufacturers to speed up validation processes. Their first validation excellence tool (VxT) involves risk-based software validation. The VxT — which MasterControl (Salt Lake City) showed off last week at MD&M West in Anaheim, Calif. — is a value-add on top of MasterCloud’s software solutions.

Dow touts versatility in latest LSR grades for overmolding

Dow Medical Solutions, a business unit of the DowDuPont Specialty Products Division has introduced two new liquid silicone rubber (LSR) technologies to support a broader range of rigid plastic substrates for overmolding applications. These new elastomeric products give designers and manufacturers greater options for creating differentiated devices with improved safety and durability. The two grades include

GlobTek touts EAC-certified off-the-shelf power supplies for medical, other applications

GlobTek is touting the wide variety of EAC-certified power supplies that it is offering for applications including medical, information technology equipment, household and more. A full list is available on the Northvale, N.J.–based company’s website.  EAC certification, formerly known as the Russian GOST-R certification, implements a new logo (EAC mark)  – and involves the implementation

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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