Cleveland, Ohio – The global medical sensors market is estimated to reach $15.01 billion by 2022, at a CAGR of 8.5% between 2016 and 2022. People are increasingly adopting home healthcare services owing to the rising costs of medical treatments in hospitals and medical care clinics. With this, the demand for various healthcare devices is expected to increase in the next few years.
The introduction of new medical sensors in the global market is expected to contribute toward the growth of the global medical sensors market in the years to come. The base year considered is 2015 and the market forecast provided is between 2016 and 2022. The medical sensors market is segmented into application, type, placement, and geography. Recently, Hitachi Medical Corp. and Redlen Technologies Inc. announced their plans to jointly develop and introduce a direct conversion semiconductor X-ray detector, a medical device for new photon counting computed tomography (PCCT) systems.
The medical sensors market report analyses the market in a view of different types of medical sensors, application, and geography. A detailed qualitative analysis of the factors responsible for driving and restraining the growth of the global medical sensors market and future opportunities has been provided in the report.
- North America held the largest share of the medical sensors market in 2015
- ECG sensors held the largest share of the medical sensors market in 2015
- APAC expected to witness highest growth during the forecast period
Major applications of the medical sensors market include imaging, medical therapeutics, diagnosis, monitoring, and fitness & wellness. Monitoring is the leading application in the medical sensors market. Moreover, increasing market penetration of home healthcare-based medical devices has enabled patients with the ability to self-diagnose and monitor long-term illnesses using these products. The market for ingestible medical sensors is expected to grow at the highest CAGR over the next six years. Major factors expected to boost segment demand include growing demand for digital medicine and sensor-enabled pills.
The key players of the medical sensors market include ST Microelectronics (U.S), Measurement Specialties (U.S), Medtronic Plc (Ireland), Honeywell International, Inc. (U.S), Analog Devices (U.S.), Smiths Medical (U.K.), First Sensor AG (U.S), and NXP Semiconductors N.V (Netherlands).
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Roscoe, Illinois – Forest City Gear has expanded its high-volume gear production capabilities with the addition of a Reishauer RZ 160 gear grinding machine and Felsomat FRC 600 high-speed load/unload automation. The system is part of a new 8,500 sq. ft. facility, located in close proximity to Forest City Gear’s main plant, dedicated to the high-volume production of eight different gears for a robotics application.
The new Reishauer offers a highly productive, and extremely accurate, continuous generating grinding process, as well as dual workspindles to further increase productivity by enabling workpiece setup, and synchronization, on the idle workspindle while simultaneously gear grinding on the other spindle. As a result, Forest City Gear has added significantly to its capacity for hard finishing gears in volumes much higher than what was possible before, and with exceptional quality, according to Forest City Gear Director of Operations Jared Lyford. “Previously, we were using our hobbers to perform the finishing operation after heat treat using the carbide re-hobbing process, commonly known as skiving,” says Lyford. “But with volume levels now four times what they were at the start of this project in early 2015, we needed a process that would greatly increase hard finishing throughput and free up more spindle time on the hobbers for rough cutting. The RZ 160 is delivering these benefits, and more.”
Lyford estimates that at current part volumes, some 13,000 hours of machining time would have been necessary to finish the gears using the carbide re-hobbing process; the new Reishauer can finish the same number of gears in just 2,400 hours. In addition, the annual cost for tooling has been reduced from an estimated $300,000 for the solid carbide hobs used in the carbide re-hobbing process to an estimated $25,000 for the multi-start grinding wheels used in the continuous generating grinding process.
Forest City Gear has also invested in several system enhancements that will add even more productivity to the system, according to Lyford. “At these volumes wheel dressing takes place frequently, about once an hour, so we’ve invested in a ‘multi-rib’ dressing diamond tool that dresses all five of the starts on the grinding wheel in a single pass, versus the usual process of dressing each start one by one,” Lyford explains. “We’ve also integrated a Felsomat FRC 600 30-station, dual-pallet parts conveyor with a high-speed FANUC robot to automate workpiece load/unload for greater efficiency.
“For those in the global marketplace that have always known Forest City Gear as a low volume, high-precision manufacturer of one-off gears – guess again,” Lyford says. “Today, we’re prototyping, qualifying, and producing gears at volumes no one would have expected here a year or two ago.”
Roscoe, IL based Forest City Gear has, for more than 60 years, been one of the gear industry’s leading sources for the development, manufacture and inspection of the highest quality gears, for use in applications that range from medical devices to motorcycles, airplanes to automation, even including the Mars Curiosity Rover.
Source: Forest City Gear
Gaithersburg, Maryland – Additive manufacturing (AM) is a high-priority technology growth area for U.S. manufacturers. Innovative AM processes that fabricate parts layer-by-layer directly from a 3D digital model have great potential for producing high-value, complex, individually customized parts. Companies are beginning to use AM as a tool for reducing time to market, improving product quality, and reducing the cost to manufacture products. Metal-based AM parts are already in use in a number of applications, including medical, automotive engines, aircraft assemblies, power tools, and manufacturing tools.
In support of the development of polymer-based additive manufacturing, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released the Measurement Science Roadmap for Polymer-Based Additive Manufacturing, a guide that identifies future desired capabilities, challenges, and priority R&D topics in polymer-based AM. The report is the result of the “Roadmap Workshop on Measurement Science for Polymer-Based Additive Manufacturing,” last June at the NIST campus in Gaithersburg, Maryland. The workshop brought together nearly 100 AM experts from industry, government, national laboratories, and academia to identify measurement science challenges and associated R&D needs for polymer-based AM systems. The workshop was hosted by NIST, and sponsored by the National Science Foundation, Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation, and NIST’s Material Measurement Laboratory.
Additive manufacturing is an important research priority for NIST and a key component of MML’s Five-Year Strategic Plan. By identifying high priority goals and challenges in polymer-based AM, the report can serve as a roadmap for R&D, standards development, and other future efforts. It includes detailed analyses of the complexities surrounding material characterization, process modeling, in situ measurement, performance, and other cross-cutting challenges for polymer-based AM. As such, the report can help guide public and private decision-makers interested in furthering the capabilities of polymer-based AM, and accelerating its more widespread use, and contribute to a robust national research agenda for polymer-based AM.