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With Carbon Nanotubes, a Path to Flexible, Low-Cost Sensors

September 25, 2013 11:11 am | by Technische Universitaet Muenchen | News | Comments

Carbon nanotube-based gas sensors created at TUM offer a unique combination of characteristics that can't be matched by any of the alternative technologies. They rapidly detect and continuously respond to extremely small changes in the concentrations of gases including ammonia, carbon dioxide, and nitrogen oxide.

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Compact, Low-Voltage Power Supplies Suit Many Applications

September 25, 2013 11:09 am | by MDT Staff | Product Releases | Comments

TDK Corporation has announced the extension of the TDK-Lambda GWS500 series power supplies with the addition of two low output voltage models. Combining the same high efficiency, high power density and low standby power characteristics as other models within the GWS500 series, the 5V 80A and 7.5V 67A models are well-suited for fitting into 1U enclosures.

Ultra-Durable Controlled Impedance Cable & Assemblies

September 25, 2013 11:03 am | by MDT Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Cicoil has announced the introduction of its ultra-durable Controlled Impedance Cable. Unlike bulky round cables and non-flexible woven cables, the Cicoil deign can be utilized in applications requiring submersion in water, repetitive motion and exposure to harsh environments.

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FPC Connectors Deliver up 2.5 Times Higher Retention Force

September 25, 2013 10:41 am | by MDT Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Hirose Electric has developed a 0.3 mm pitch (FPC) flexible printed circuit connector that supports high speed transmissions and provides high retention forces. The back flip style actuator utilizes dual-sided FPC and helps it to achieve the excellent impedance characteristics that allow it to be used for high speed transmissions...

3D Printed, CNC Machined, or Molded Prototypes: Which and When?

September 25, 2013 10:38 am | by Gus Breiland, Customer Service Engineer Manager, Proto Labs | Proto Labs, Inc. | Articles | Comments

When it comes to component fabrication for production ready parts, designers typically have a good idea which process they’d like to specify. However, when it comes to prototyping, they may not be as clear on the best process for their needs. This article looks at three common fabrication processes—3D printing, machining, and molding—and clarifies which to use when for prototype parts.

Determining Marginal Improvement in Innovation

September 25, 2013 10:23 am | by Keith Calvert, Director, CMNA Engineering Administration, The Tech Group | Blogs | Comments

Research and development is the cornerstone of growth in the medical device industry. R&D funding is available; however, the issue isn’t availability as much as availability for marginal improvement. The question to ask is, “Will a marginal improvement reduce costs for the patient and caregiver?”

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Clot Busting Simulations Test Potential Stroke Treatment

September 25, 2013 10:07 am | by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Computing Sciences | News | Comments

Researchers are using computer simulations to investigate how ultrasound and tiny bubbles injected into the bloodstream might break up blood clots, limiting the damage caused by a stroke in its first hours. Strokes are the most common cause of long-term disability in the United States and the third most common cause of death.

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Engineers Develop a Stretchable, Foldable Transparent Electronic Display

September 25, 2013 9:51 am | by University of California - Los Angeles | News | Comments

OLED technology is used today in screens for many smartphones and some televisions. The new ultra-stretchable OLED material developed at UCLA could lead to foldable and expandable screens for new classes of smartphones and other personal electronic devices; new minimally invasive medical tools; and many other applications.

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Researchers Use Smart Phone Photography to Diagnose Eye Disease

September 25, 2013 9:48 am | by Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary | News | Comments

Retinal (or fundus) photography is an essential part of any ophthalmology practice. Commercial fundus cameras can cost tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars, making the technology out of reach for smaller ophthalmic practices and to physicians in third-world countries.

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Stryker Buying Mako Surgical for about $1.41B

September 25, 2013 9:39 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Stryker will spend $1.41 billion to acquire Mako Surgical and all of its robotic assisted surgery technology. The medical device maker will pay $30 per Mako share, an 86 percent premium to its $16.17 closing price Tuesday. The companies put the deal's value at about $1.65 billion.

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Upgraded High Performance Multi-Pixel Photon Counter Detectors

September 24, 2013 4:08 pm | by MDT Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Hamamatsu Photonics have introduced a completely updated range of Multi-Pixel Photon Counter (MPPC) detectors. Hamamatsu’s already highly regarded MPPC technology has found uses in various applications from medical physics and high energy physics to general optical measurement applications.

External Power Supply Lines Available in 30-Watt or 50-Watt Configurations

September 24, 2013 3:57 pm | by MDT Staff | ICCNEXERGY | Product Releases | Comments

ICCNexergy has announced the launch of its new 30-watt and 50-watt desktop power supply lines for both medical (MWA030, MWA050) and ITE/commercial (FWE030, FWE050) applications. These new power supply lines meet Level V efficiency standards and are available in both class I and class II designs.

Ivera lobs another lawsuit at Covidien

September 24, 2013 2:59 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

California medical device maker Ivera Medical announced a 2nd lawsuit against Covidien, this time in a district court in Southern California, claiming infringement of patents for disinfecting caps for medical devices. The new lawsuit alleged infringement of a 4th patent...

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True RMS Self-powered AC Voltmeter

September 24, 2013 2:25 pm | by MDT Staff | Murata Power Solutions | Product Releases | Comments

Murata has announced the DMR20-1-ACV "nanometer" self-powered four-digit bright LED voltmeter. This line powered AC voltmeter can measure the true RMS value of its input from 85 to 264 VAC to within 0.1 V resolution.

Insulet slides on report of increased adverse events, customer complaints

September 24, 2013 2:23 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Insulet shares are off some 4.5% since the end of last week, after a JMP Securities report of increase adverse event reports and rampant customer complaints for its OmniPod insulin management device. PODD shares were trading at $37.75 apiece at market's close Sept. 19, having reached a 52-week high, but fell some 5.5% the next day...

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