Researchers working to design new materials that are durable, lightweight and environmentally sustainable are increasingly looking to natural composites, such as bone, for inspiration: Bone is strong and tough because its two constituent materials, soft collagen protein and stiff hydroxyapatite mineral, are arranged in complex hierarchical patterns that change at every scale of the composite, from the micro up to the macro.
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Cognex has integrated advanced 2DMax+ code reading software technology into the compact DataMan 100 and 200 fixed-mount barcode readers. With 2DMax+, the readers can now identify and decode severely damaged or poorly marked 2-D matrix codes.
Working with a microscope for several hours a day demands a high degree of concentration and strains users’ eyes and posture muscles. If workstations and the microscope itself are designed ergonomically, this strain may be reduced considerably.
For less than $100, University of Washington researchers have designed a computer-interfaced drawing pad that helps scientists see inside the brains of children with learning disabilities while they read and write.
Shares of Medtronic slipped Tuesday, a day after the medical device maker announced findings from independent reviews of studies of its Infuse bone graft. The Minneapolis company said the reviews, conducted through Yale University, concluded that clinical success rates with its Infuse product were equivalent to more traditional bone graft procedures in which bone is taken from the hip.
For a long time, heat insulation was en vogue – and nearly no one was concerned about poor indoor air quality. And yet excess CO2 hampers concentration. Now, researchers have come up with an intelligent door seal system.
3D printing can now be used to print lithium-ion microbatteries the size of a grain of sand. The printed microbatteries could supply electricity to tiny devices in fields from medicine to communications, including many that have lingered on lab benches for lack of a battery small enough to fit the device, yet provide enough stored energy to power them.
Aesculap Implant Systems recently introduced the CeSpaceXP Interbody System for ACDF procedures. The CeSpaceXP fuses two proven materials, an innovative Plasmapore®XP osteoconductive porous Titanium coating and a PEEK-Optima® radiolucent core, that delivers enhanced implant stability, artifact-free imaging, and an optimal scaffold for cervical fusion procedures.
OrthoSensor has announced that the Company has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the VERASENSE Knee System with limb alignment. VERASENSE is the first intraoperative instrument system to combine quantifiable data on limb alignment, implant position and soft tissue balancing for surgeons during total knee replacement surgery.
Surgical Theater’s Surgical Rehearsal Platform (SRP) provided neurosurgeons the opportunity to rehearse a complicated cerebral case before entering the operating room, saving the surgical team critical seconds on a time-sensitive procedure.
Foster Corporation has introduced ProPell thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) and polyether block amide (PEBA) compounds for improved manufacturing and handling of medical catheters.
Autosplice has introduced a new series of compact surface mount contacts for antenna applications in mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. The new single-piece contact designs are ideally suited for Near Field Communications Antenna requirements as well as other grounding applications within wireless communications designs.
Laboratory Testing has announced the expansion of services available for X-ray inspection, also called radiography or radiographic testing. The laboratory’s Nondestructive Testing Department now performs computed radiography with a Carestream Industrex HPX-1 Digital System, in addition to conventional film radiography.
New technologies have been announced that combine the advantages of thermoplastic elastomers over PVC, the quality benefits of calendering, and the sealing efficiency of radio frequency welding. These technologies will be highlighted by Teknor Apex Company at MD&M East.
“Take two and call me in the morning.” That’s the phrase that came to mind while preparing a particular article recently. While “Coating for Consumption” doesn’t deal with taking two pills and calling the doctor in the morning, I couldn’t help but think about how far we’ve come since the days when that phrase reflected what most people thought was “modern healthcare.”
Nemicon continues to push the envelope in high-performance miniaturization with its 7S Series Incremental Rotary Encoder. At just 7.2mm in diameter, and based on Nemicon’s successful line of 18mm and 12mm diameter miniature encoders, the 7S Series shaft type encoder features high resolution, high noise immunity and high reliability.