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Unbreakable: A Totally Unique Switch Technology Offers Unparalleled Performance

June 24, 2010 12:13 pm | by ITW Active Touch | Comments

The Design Challenge Imagine for a moment that you are asked to design a pushbutton switch for the most challenging applications. The pushbutton needs to be extremely rugged, capable of surviving abuse and vandalism. It needs to function perfectly

New Uses for Deep Drawn Stampings

June 24, 2010 11:43 am | by Pete Evans | Comments

Deep drawn and progressive stamping has long been valued because it can form shapes impossible with any other kind of metalworking. It has also been valued as an economical, labor saving alternative to machining and assembly. The serrated internal rotating

Determining the Most Effective Approach to EMI Shielding for Flexible Circuits and Cables

June 24, 2010 8:45 am | by Doug Walz | Comments

When electronic devices are being used in the medical field, electromagnetic interference is not merely a nuisance, it is a serious hazard that threatens the lives of the patients whose health relies upon these devices. This article presents specific advances made in the production of protective shielding to provide l

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Biomechanics: Research on the middle ear helps develop new hearing aids

June 24, 2010 6:19 am | by dSPACE | Comments

The ability to communicate is an elementary part of our lives, and without good hearing, communication becomes difficult if not impossible. This is why researchers continue to work on optimizing prostheses that improve hearing. Now researchers at the Universität Stuttgart in Germany have opened up a new avenue of

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World Precision Instruments Gains Added Precision with SYSPRO Software

June 23, 2010 10:45 am | by World Precision Instruments | Comments

World Precision Instruments (WPI) is a global leader in TEER measurement, nitric oxide sensing, and other sophisticated instrumentation vital to physiological and medical research. The privately held company began operations in New Haven, Conn., in 1967 as a small manufacturer

Vermont Company Brushes Up on Decorating Challenges

June 23, 2010 10:31 am | by Vermont Company | Comments

Printing on toothbrushes used to be a challenge in the product decorating field, until the engineers at Pad Print Machinery of Vermont sunk their teeth into the problem. “Toothbrush manufactures were coming to us with a dozen different styles of

Rapid Prototyping Resin Unlocks a New Opportunity for Direct Manufacturing

June 23, 2010 9:59 am | by John Baldo, Ph.D. | Comments

Varian, Inc., a leader in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) technology, produced the first commercial NMR spectrometer more than 50 years ago. Since then, NMR has become a standard technique for chemical, biological, medical, and physical research. NMR imaging systems are recognized as significant tools for medical dia

Labeling & Vision System Reduces Cost of Applying and Inspecting Lenses

June 23, 2010 9:31 am | by John Lewis | Comments

In response to the demand for a labeling system that is both time and cost efficient, SynergEyes Inc., has developed an innovative means of applying and inspecting product labels. This article will introduce this technology, exploring both how it works, and the benefits it offers. Labeling is a critical con

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Ceramic Substrate Machining

June 23, 2010 7:43 am | by Synchron Laser Services | Comments

Synchron Laser Services, Inc. presents its fiber lasers as a more accurate and precise alternative to CO2 lasers. Fiber lasers are proving to be a disruptive enabling technology in the scribing, drilling and cutting of ceramic substrates in an industry

Speed and Reliability in Medical Device Development Facilitated by Balancing Proper Design with Highly Functional Prototyping Materials

June 23, 2010 7:20 am | by Scott Castanon | Comments

This case study will focus on the vital role played by WaterShed XC 11122, a rapid prototyping resin from DSM Somos, which helps to ensure a remarkably fast turnaround coupled with the ability to replicate actual performance attributes of production-grade engineered thermoplastics. Two words best encompass a ch

New Horizons in Process Capability

June 23, 2010 7:03 am | by SPI | Comments

In comparison with conventional laser technologies, the primary benefits of fiber lasers are their ease of use, straightforward integration capability, high reliability, and maintenance free operation. However, as discussed in this article, SPI’s latest generation of R-4 CW-M High Power Fiber Lasers have many other fe

A New Horizon in High Speed Cutting for Mold and Medical

June 23, 2010 6:21 am | by Randy Pearson | Eldon James Corp. | Comments

What once seemed a far-off goal for mold and die work, as well as medical parts, is now a reality, based on new technologies you can investigate today. The challenge had always been threefold for mold and die work and medical parts machining, especially those medical parts in the highly competitive and materi

Understanding the Role of Silicones in Controlled Release Applications

June 17, 2010 12:20 pm | by Nathan Wolfe and Alex Kurnellas | Comments

This article will highlight key attributes of certain silicones, as well as key considerations when selecting a silicone.  As one of the most widely researched biomaterials to date, silicone has an approximate 50-year legacy of use in the healthcare industry. This history of biocompatibility has made silicone

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Adding Greater Precision to Cardiac Ablation

June 17, 2010 11:45 am | by Bob Allison | Comments

Cardiac ablation is used extensively for treating cardiac arrhythmia, but has been hindered by the lack of an adequate feedback mechanism for determining tissue temperature during ablation. This article describes a system based on microwave sensing technology that allows both heating at RF or microwave frequencie

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Morgan Electro Ceramics Powers the Ultreo Ultrasonic Toothbrush

June 17, 2010 10:08 am | by Morgan Electro Ceramics | Comments

By taking existing technologies, and reimagining them within a new context, scientists and manufacturers are able to produce innovative solutions to many everyday problems. For example, the efforts of a professor from the University of Washington, the Optiva Corporation, and Morgan Electro Ceramics have yielded a grou

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