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Wireless Body Area Networks for Health Monitoring

A wireless personal health monitoring system using smartphones to upload data could revolutionize US healthcare. Faculty in the departments of electrical and computer engineering are leading research in mHealth at The University of Alabama in Huntsville. mHealth capitalizes on what Dr. Emil Jovanov, associate dean for graduate education and research in the College of Engineering, calls “major revolutions” in computer informatics, smartphones, and energy-efficient and miniaturized electronics and sensors. It can provide health information to the patient directly, to the physician via the Internet, and to researchers as aggregated databases.

Posted in: Bio-Medical, Software, Imaging & Diagnostics, FDA Compliance/Regulatory Affairs, Electronics, Medical, Diagnostics, Briefs, MDB

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Integrating Force Sensors into Robotic Surgery

Force sensing resistors provide tactile feedback during robotic surgery. Due to advances in electronics and technology, robotic surgery has become increasingly popular. Surgeons no longer have to operate directly on a patient, but instead can control a robot to carry out the procedure. Robotic surgery has benefits to both the surgeon and the patient. For the surgeon, robots display 3D visualization for enhanced viewing of the operative area and improve the control, precision, and range of motion of smaller instruments. While robotic surgery may seem like the future of the medical industry, it still has obstacles to overcome. One significant disadvantage to robotic surgery is the lack of haptic technology, which provides physical sensations that enable electronics to give their users force feedback.

Posted in: Bio-Medical, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Surgical Robotics/Instruments, Biosensors, Sensors, Medical, Briefs, MDB

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The True Cost of Bearing Lubrication

Today, machine and equipment manufacturers are feeling more pressure than ever to reduce costs without sacrificing machine performance and this balancing act can be difficult to achieve. Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) often overlook a simple solution that can have a positive, long-term impact on profitability for themselves and their customers: the elimination of bearing lubricant. By eliminating lubrication systems where possible, OEMs can reduce production costs, while at the same time making their equipment more marketable and less expensive to operate for the end users.

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

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Broadening the Scope of User Requirements When Selecting Valves for Medical Devices

It is paramount to move beyond the specifications when identifying the best valve for a device. By broadening the scope of user requirements, one can ensure that a valve will function as expected over the device’s entire life cycle - from manufacturing through clinical use. Below are several requirements worthy of consideration. Although they are important, they often are unshared unless the valve supplier and device engineer engage in open communication early in the purchasing cycle.

Posted in: Bio-Medical, Custom & Contract Manufacturing, Medical, White Papers, MDB

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Addressing Compliance Mandates with Product Lifecycle Management

How lifecycle management software can enhance product development. Regulations from the FDA impact every step of the medical device lifecycle from properly classifying a device and developing a regulatory strategy, to preparing FDA submissions. So, just how are successful medical device manufacturers cost effectively achieving compliance while, at the same time, meeting their product delivery targets?

Posted in: Bio-Medical, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Software, FDA Compliance/Regulatory Affairs, Simulation Software, Medical, Briefs, MDB

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Improving Single-Patient-Use Model with Disposable Blood Pressure Cuff

Single-use cuff could cut infection spread. Each year, hospital-acquired infections cost hospitals approximately $5 billion in the United States, according to a report in the American Journal of Infection Control. Reducing infection spread helps hospitals avoid these costs and improve patient safety. To help reduce cross-contamination, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend the use of patient-dedicated products. While catheters, gloves, and the like are high on the hospital’s radar to help address this, blood pressure cuffs are often overlooked, despite research that shows that blood pressure cuffs used on multiple patients can transmit pathogens such as MRSA or C. diff. The single-patient-use cuff solutions that do exist are traditionally expensive, wasteful, and difficult to implement.

Posted in: Bio-Medical, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Materials / Adhesives / Coatings, Materials, Plastics, Medical, Patient Monitoring, Briefs, MDB

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Automating a Bottling Plant for Reaction Vessels

Lubrication-free lead screws fit the bill for feed mechanism IVD machine Tasked with the design and build of a fully automated in vitro diagnostics (IVD) bottling plant, an engineering firm specializing in the development of analytical medical equipment found itself presented with a unique challenge.

Posted in: Bio-Medical, Imaging & Diagnostics, Electronics, Automation & Controls, Medical, Machinery & Automation, Briefs, MDB

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