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Heart Pump with Behind-the-Ear Power Connector

One-third of patients with heart pumps develop infection at abdominal connection. Cardiac surgeons and cardiologists at the University of Maryland Heart Center are part of a multi-center clinical trial evaluating the efficacy of powering heart pumps through a skull-based connector behind the ear. The pumps, called left ventricular assist devices (LVADs), support the heart’s main pumping chamber, the left ventricle. LVADs are implanted in the chest and powered with external batteries. Typically, these devices, which are used for patients with severe heart failure, are powered through an electrical cord connected at the abdomen, where potentially deadly infections can develop.

Posted in: Bio-Medical, Drug Delivery & Dispensing, Electronics, Implants & Prosthetics, Electronic Components, Power Supplies, Power Management, Power Transmission, Fluid Handling, Medical, Patient Monitoring, Briefs, MDB

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Robotic Exoskeleton Vastly Improves Quality of Life

Worldwide an estimated 185 million people use a wheelchair daily. A company based in Auckland, New Zealand, has developed an innovative robotic technology that helps people with mobility impairment get back on their feet— the Rex Bionics robotic exoskeleton. Its integrated maxon motors help to ensure smooth limb movement.

Posted in: Rehabilitation & Physical Therapy, Implants & Prosthetics, Biosensors, Mechanical Components, Power Supplies, Electronics, Power Management, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Motion Control, Motors & Drives, Power Transmission, Positioning Equipment, Medical, Orthopedics, Articles, Features, MDB

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PICO xMOD Dispense Valve Technology

PICO xMOD Dispense Valve Technology offers unparalleled speed and accuracy for your most challenging dispensing applications. Apply fluid in hard-to access areas or unto uneven or delicate substrates at high production speeds with exceptional deposit accuracy and extraordinary process control. PICO xMOD is also configurable for high-speed contact needle dispensing. The PICO xMOD exchangeable modular technology allows for a high level of customization with a wide array of individually maintained, serviceable parts.

Posted in: Medical, White Papers

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PICO Piezoelectric Dispensing Systems

Nordson EFD recently introduced the new PICO® xMOD™ valve, a fully exchangeable and modular concept in non-contact and contact needle dispensing of assembly fluids. PICO xMOD valve system technology uses high-tech, robust, durable piezoelectric actuation for continuousoperation at speeds of up to 500 cycles/second. Applications in the medical industry include:Bonding needles to hubsBonding disposable medical device components

Posted in: Medical, White Papers

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Advanced Fluid Dispensing Systems Brochure

Brochure highlights Nordson EFD’s advanced fluid dispensing systems that apply accurate, consistent amounts of UV-cure adhesives, cyanoacrylates, silicones and other fluids used in medical device assembly processes.

Posted in: Medical, White Papers

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OEM Optical System Development

Choosing an OEM spectrometer for your new product is just like choosing a spectrometer for your experiment. However, as we discuss in this whitepaper, there are considerations related to making a product that can be reliably manufactured, sustained over time, and capable of meeting various regulatory requirements. This whitepaper provides thought-provoking guidance through the process and helps OEM developers to mitigate risks from early prototypes to final production.

Posted in: Bio-Medical, Medical, White Papers, MDB

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Sterilization of Bioresorbable Polymers

Sterilization method should be considered during the design phase. Bioresorbable polymers for medical devices encompass a broad class of materials with two of the more common materials being poly(L-lactic acid) and poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid). Some terminal sterilization processes may result in changes in materials properties, thereby significantly impacting the functional behavior of bioresorbable implants. Matching a terminal sterilization method to a bioresorbable implant requires the materials properties of the device to be considered as part of the product development process. Currently, there are several types of terminal sterilization processes in use for these polymers, including gamma radiation, e-beam radiation, and ethylene oxide (EtO). Steri lization with nitrogen dioxide (NO2) gas provides a room-temperature alternative that should be considered for this class of materials.

Posted in: Bio-Medical, Custom & Contract Manufacturing, Monitoring & Testing, Packaging, Implants & Prosthetics, Materials / Adhesives / Coatings, Materials, Coatings & Adhesives, Composites, Plastics, Medical, Briefs, MDB

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