Cogmedix receives grant from Massachusetts Workforce Training Fund
Cogmedix, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Coghlin Companies Inc. was awarded a $244,000 grant through the Massachusetts Workforce Training Fund Program (WTFP). The program awards grants to companies for the creation of customized training that promotes job growth and retention, increasing opportunities for workers throughout the Commonwealth. Cogmedix received one of the largest grants the program has to offer.
“Our Caring Associates are our most important asset, and the driving force behind providing the personalized services that are the cornerstone of our business,” said Coghlin Companies President and CEO, Chris Coghlin. “The benefit of these training grants is undeniable: our workforce gains new skills, our productivity and competitiveness continue to excel, and our customers gain new resources to draw on. Investing in the growth of our Caring Associates is a win for everyone.”
MachineMetrics, Fiix partner to deliver complete IIoT solution
MachineMetrics and Fiix have announced a new partnership between MachineMetrics’ cutting-edge manufacturing IoT platform and Fiix’s industry-leading maintenance platform that enables businesses to drive turnkey automated maintenance solutions with real-time data from their production equipment.
“MachineMetrics is the machine data component of the digital factory. Now, together with Fiix, manufacturers can leverage real-time data from our platform to easily empower factory worker maintenance actions and maintenance system automations,” says Bill Bither, CEO and co-founder of MachineMetrics,
The combined offering between MachineMetrics and Fiix enables manufacturing teams to monitor the health of equipment in real-time with MachineMetrics and automatically trigger maintenance activities in Fiix based on asset usage, condition, or predictive algorithm. The integration also sends alerts when anomalous behavior occurs on a machine and creates in-depth reports on asset performance and condition, and more. You can see an in-depth summary of the integration’s capabilities here.
Trelleborg expands silicone molding capacity at Delano, Minnesota facility
Trelleborg Healthcare & Medical has completed an expansion of its Delano, Minnesota-based manufacturing facility. The expansion includes the addition of a 6,000 square foot ISO Class 7 cleanroom and enhanced silicone molding and contract manufacturing capabilities.
Due to increasing demand for silicone-molded components, Trelleborg has invested in new presses and other equipment designated specifically for silicone molding, including a material mixing station, cleanroom silicone storage, alcohol wash and tumbling machines and a packaging cell.
The services performed at the Delano facility extend beyond technical silicone and thermoplastic molding to include assembly and secondary operations, in-house tool making, high-precision machining for micro molding and automation. The Delano facility is ISO 9001:2016 and ISO 13485 certified and is also FDA registered.
Buehler Sponsors Wilson Hardness Days Nov. 4-5, 2020
Buehler, an ITW Company is hosting Wilson Hardness Days, Nov. 4-5, 2020. This virtual educational program includes two half days of an immersion into Hardness Testing, Calibration, the Latest on Hardness Testers and DiaMet™ Software. Hardness Days is part of the centennial anniversary celebration of Buehler’s Wilson hardness tester product line and is offered complimentary to all.
Dr. Mike Keeble, US Labs and Technology Manager and Dr. Evans Mogire, EU Labs and Technology Manager have planned educational programs for both beginners and experienced lab technicians. Along with other Buehler experts they will share their knowledge on key hardness testing topics that will be of interest to Materials Labs at Universities, Research & Development Centers and Production Quality Control laboratories in many industries including automotive, aerospace, defense, and metals.
Mikron Tool embracing US customary units
The Swiss cutting tool manufacturer Mikron Tool expands its offering and now provides tools with diameters in fractional inches, starting from 1/64" up to 1/4" depending on the product line. The United States is not only an industrially and technologically advanced nation but is also at the forefront in many high-tech industries such as aerospace. Therefore, many measuring elements in this sector are expressed in U.S customary units (inches). Not only in the United States but worldwide.
The need for such dimensions is increasing that’s why Mikron Tool has introduced a fractional inches diameter range for a large assortment of its drilling and milling cutter families. The selection is focused on materials such as stainless steel, titanium and superalloys. The range includes micro drills and micro mills of 0.016" and extends up to diameter 0.250". From the high-performance small Crazy Drill Steel up to the cylindrical micro end mill Crazy Mill Cool, Mikron Tool offers a tool range that will satisfy most every need in a multitude of projects.
Solar Manufacturing ships five furnaces to Southeast US
Solar Manufacturing recently shipped five Mentor® vacuum furnaces to a customer in the Southeast USA who provides products to a wide array of industries, including aerospace and medical. The model HFL-2018-2IQ furnaces feature a graphite-insulated hot zone, a load weight capacity of up to 250 lbs, and maximum operating temperature of 2,400° F. The Mentor® vacuum furnaces will be used primarily to sinter and stress relieve stainless steel components.
“Our customer worked directly with our R&D team at our sister company, Solar Atmospheres, including in-house metallurgists and PhD Chemist,” states Dan Insogna, Southeast Regional Sales Manager for Solar Manufacturing. “In partnering with Solar Atmospheres, we developed the furnace recipes with use of Mentor® furnaces at Solar Atmospheres. The customer received a line of brand new Mentor® furnaces with their custom recipe preloaded and ready to go.”
Mitutoyo America Corp.’s Virtual Trade Show Oct. 20-23, 2020
At the Mitutoyo America Corporation Virtual Trade Show, Oct. 20-23, 2020, officials will showcase and demonstrate new products and technology. During the four-day event, attendees will see a combination of virtual product displays, interactive equipment stations, technology demonstrations and educational discussions. Several of Mitutoyo’s Solution Centers across the U.S. will be linked up in real time where live product demonstrations will occur daily. Additionally, 3D interactive models of Mitutoyo’s newest products will provide customers the chance to virtually interact with a tool and see its features and operations up close.
“We appreciate our customers determination, endurance and support during these challenging times and as a company Mituoyo is more determined than ever to keep innovating and becoming a stronger partner and solution provider to the market we serve, says Matt Dye, president of Mitutoyo America Corporation.
The show will be kicked off with a special keynote address from Titan Gilroy, CEO of Titans of CNC, a free project-based education platform that helps guide students and teachers on CNC machine operation and programming. Titans of CNC entered a sponsorship agreement with Mitutoyo America Corporation in November 2019. Additionally, Dr. Jim Salsbury will be speaking about calibration during a breakout session.
Bright Machines helps drive manufacturing resiliency
Bright Machines equips manufacturers with new tools to weather supply chain disruptions and get products to market faster, with the introduction of new software capabilities for intelligent automated assembly lines. Covid-19 has presented manufacturers with significant challenges, including travel and factory access restrictions and unpredictable changes in consumer demand, which have stalled lines and crippled production output across the globe. With streamlined commissioning and the ability to perform remote monitoring and servicing, manufacturers can now tap into resilient and scalable production capacity for consistent performance through any disruption. The new features are another step in the company’s goal to bring intelligent automation to factories through their Bright Machines Microfactory.
Hosted by Richard Aboulafia, Vice President of Analysis at Teal Group, and produced by Aerospace Manufacturing & Design, Aerospace markets in 2021: Up, down, or flat? is a virtual event you won’t want to miss! Aboulafia will be updating his aerospace markets forecast from May and offering his latest insights into when the recovery will start and what it will look like.
Richard Aboulafia is Vice President of Analysis at Teal Group. He manages consulting projects in the commercial and military aircraft field and analyzes broader defense and aerospace trends. He has advised numerous aerospace companies, including most prime and many second- and third-tier contractors in the US, Europe, and Asia. He also advises numerous financial institutions on aerospace market conditions.
Frequently cited as an aviation industry authority by trade and news publications, Richard has appeared on numerous television news and radio programs including ABC, BBC, Bloomberg, Reuters, CBS, CNN, NBC, NPR, and PBS.
At the 2020 Medical Innovation Summit, the Cleveland Clinic officially released its Top 10 Medical Innovations for 2021. Read more on these innovations.
1. Gene Therapy for Hemoglobinopathies
Latest research in the hemoglobinopathy space has brought an experimental gene therapy, giving those who suffer from sickle cell disease and thalassemia the potential to make functional hemoglobin molecules. Read more.
2. Novel Drug for Primary-Progressive Multiple Sclerosis
A new, FDA-approved therapeutic monoclonal antibody with a novel target is the first and only MS treatment for the primary-progressive population. Read more.
3. Smartphone-Connected Pacemaker Devices
Earning its place amid other new innovative medical technology are Bluetooth-enabled pacemaker devices to remedy this issue of disconnection between patients and their cardiac treatment.Read more.
4. New Medication for Cystic Fibrosis
A new combination drug, FDA approved in October 2019, is providing CF relief for patients with the most common CF gene mutation (F508 del) – estimated to represent 90% of individuals living with CF.Read more.
5. Universal Hepatitis C Treatment
A new, approved fixed-dose combination medication has vastly improved hepatitis C treatment. More than 90% effective for hepatitis C genotypes 1-6, the treatment represents an effective option for a wider scope of patients with the disease. Read more.
6. Bubble CPAP for Increased Lung Function in Premature Babies
Unlike mechanical ventilation, b-CPAP is a non-invasive ventilation strategy – delivering continuous positive airway pressure to newborns to maintain lung volumes during exhalation. Read more.
7. Increased Access to Telemedicine through Novel Practice & Policy Changes
COVID-19 saw increased adoption of telemedical practices. An increasingly virtual care model and increased consumer adoption came by way of fundamental shifts in policy at government & provider levels. Read more.
8. Vacuum-Induced Uterine Tamponade Device for Postpartum Hemorrhage
The vacuum-induced tamponade device represents another minimally-invasive tool for clinicians to battle the complication & provides a low-tech solution that is potentially translatable to developing countries. Read more.
9. PARP Inhibitors for Prostate CancerKnown for their success in women’s cancers, two PARP inhibitors have been demonstrated to delay the progression of prostate cancer in men. Both were approved in May 2020 for prostate cancer. Read more.
10. Immunologics for Migraine Prophylaxis
Actively prescribed in 2020 with no signs of slowing adoption in 2021, this new FDA-approved class of medication for migraine sufferers is helping countless individuals reclaim their lives. Read more.
Researchers developed a new class of medical instruments equipped with an advanced soft electronics system that could dramatically improve the diagnoses and treatments of a number of cardiac diseases and conditions.
The researchers, led by engineers at the George Washington University and Northwestern University, applied stretchable and flexible matrices of electrode sensors and actuators, along with temperature and pressure sensors, to a balloon catheter system, often used in minimally invasive surgeries or ablations to treat conditions such as heart arrhythmias.
The system, which conforms better to the body's soft tissue than current devices, can perform a variety of functions, including simultaneous in vivo measurements of temperature, force of contact and electrophysiological parameters; the ability to customize diagnostic and therapeutic functions; and real-time feedback. The new system can also dramatically reduce the length of invasive ablation procedures and exposure of patients and doctors to X-ray radiation.
Many minimally invasive surgeries rely on catheters inserted into the body through small incisions to conduct diagnostic measurements and therapeutic interventions. Physicians, for example, use this catheter-based approach to map and treat irregular heartbeats, or arrhythmias, often by locating and killing or ablating cardiac tissue area which is causing the arrhythmias.
Though widely used in surgery, the current catheter-based approach has a number of drawbacks. The rigidity of today's catheter devices means they do not conform well to soft, biological tissues, impacting high fidelity mapping of an organ's electrophysiological signals. Current devices make contact with only a small part of an organ at a time, making it necessary to constantly move a probe around, lengthening medical procedures. Current catheter systems are also limited in the number of functions they can perform, requiring physicians to use multiple catheters in a single ablation procedure.
Additionally, long procedures – for example, to locate and ablate tissues causing arrhythmias – risk exposing both patient and physician to potentially damaging X-rays, as physicians rely on X-ray images during the course of the surgery to guide their catheters.
The new class of instruments the researchers developed will allow physicians to acquire a rich set of electrophysiological information and to complete surgeries in shorter times with a single instrumented catheter system.
By outfitting a balloon catheter with advanced organ conformal electronic components, sensors and actuators, the researchers overcame the flaws of current systems. Specific advances over previous systems include:
- Instrumented sensors and actuators in multiplexed array formats can probe the complex nature of tissues, specifically in the beating heart. This will allow, for example, for better localization of sources of lethal arrhythmias causing sudden cardiac death.
- The device's multilayered and multifunctional architecture with combined diagnostic and therapeutic functions enhances a number of minimally invasive cardiac procedures, including radio frequency or irreversible electroporation ablation--wherein cardiac or nerve cells are ablated, or "burned," to eliminate sources of arrhythmia--and the delivery of drugs and other biomaterials directly into cells through a process called reversible electroporation.
- Capabilities for real-time feedback control, enabled by simultaneous, multimodal operation of sensors and actuators.
From the researchers
"We have taken new breakthrough materials and fabrication techniques typically employed by the semiconductor industry and applied them to the medical field, in this case cardiology, to advance a new class of medical instruments that will improve cardiac outcomes for patients and allow physicians to deliver better, safer and more patient-specific care." - Igor Efimov, the Alisann and Terry Collins Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the George Washington University
"Hard, rigid catheters cannot conform to the heart because the heart itself is not hard and rigid. We leveraged our advances in soft, stretchable and flexible electronics to develop medical devices that include elastic, interconnected arrays of sensors and actuators, capable of gently and softly conforming to tissue surfaces. The result improves the accuracy and precision of associated surgical processes, for faster, less risky and more effective treatments." - John A. Rogers, the Louis A. Simpson and Kimberly Querrey Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Biomedical Engineering and Neurological Surgery at Northwestern University.