Smart watches keep you connected to your email, but this death watch counts down your remaining years to the second that you will die. Currently seeking funding on Kickstarter, the Tikker, despite its morbid cognomen, hopes to inspire users to make every second count.
Concussions, also known as mild traumatic brain injuries (MTBI), are a very serious topic in the world of sports today. According to the Center for Disease Control, nearly four million MTBIs are reported each year due to impacts in sports and...
Low power systems are key for portable imaging devices, and helps bring them closer to the patients. They allow these devices to be available in emergency vehicles, field hospitals and remote health care centers. To keep power low...
With a high percentage of voluntary recalls of medical devices caused by labeling and packaging defects, it’s easy to see why companies focus so much individual attention on the label as part of the production process. The implications of product recall...
Founded in 1899, Miele is a world leader in premium domestic products such as cooking, baking, and steam-cooking appliances; refrigeration products; coffee makers; dishwashers; laundry; and floor-care products. Miele also produces specialized dishwashers, washer-extractors, and tumble dryers for commercial use as well as washer-disinfectors and sterilizers used in medical and laboratory settings.
MRI—magnetic resonance imaging—is a powerful medical technology that has revolutionized diagnosis of a very wide range of illnesses and injuries, greatly reducing or in many cases eliminating the need for exploratory surgery. It provides medical practitioners with two- and three-dimensional images...
As medical device sizes shrink, their designs increasingly push the limits of feature complexity and material properties. Advances in fabrication technologies must keep pace with the demands of cost-effectively manufacturing these increasingly micro-scale, sophisticated devices.
Designing a medical device and pondering if metal injection molding (MIM) is the right technology for the project? As a design engineer, do the following questions come to mind when specifying MIM into a design: What type of material is best suited for my needs?
Handling fluids within a medical device can be a messy, but critically important, task. It is vital for medical device designers to ensure they are making the best selection when it comes to the components that are involved in this portion of the device. This article attempts to clarify the significant considerations in selecting the right pump for a project.
Allied Electronics and RS Components have developed a 3D design software solution called DesignSpark Mechanical, a 3D solid modeling and assembly tool that is available to all, totally free of charge. Developed in conjunction with SpaceClaim, the easy-to-use DesignSpark Mechanical will bring major benefits to design engineers around the world and is available in multiple languages.
In an effort to advance the benefits that lasers can offer to surgeons, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center partnered with a motor and motion control specialist to fabricate an endoscopic laser scalpel that incorporates a remote-controlled beam steering device right in the endoscope head. This article highlights the efforts of that collaboration.
Drug delivery coatings are not a new technology to the medical device industry. However, as more implantable devices are tasked with achieving a greater level of healthcare, they do offer great benefit to design engineers. This article reviews drug coating technology and looks at application areas where it has made a significant impact.
Most manufacturing and industrial businesses are familiar with equipment leasing and financing, but may not know the kinds of specific information they need to make the best financing decisions for their investments in equipment or software. Understanding the ways in which leasing fits your company’s particular needs can help to build a solid business case for financing as well as determine which financing option to choose.
A manufacturer of orthopedic implants needed to improve measurement and documentation proficiency of parts with literally hundreds of configurations. Air gaging from Mahr Federal was chosen because it could quickly and accurately measure precision tapers, along with being simpler and cheaper to engineer than any mechanical gages.
Medical devices are increasingly dependent on software, evolving from the use of a simple two-transistor circuit for early artificial cardiac pacemakers to sophisticated modern systems supporting infusion pumps, electrocardiogram analysis, and image-guided surgery.