Today, more than one in five Americans suffer from some form of cardiovascular disease. No longer under an automatic death sentence, most heart patients today will suffer fewer heart attacks, undergo less invasive surgery, and live longer, more productive lives-thanks to the efforts of design engineers who are devoting their talents and energy to improving patients' quality of life.
In this special report on how engineers are fighting heart disease, join us for a fascinating look behind the scenes at the latest technologies and advances in diagnostic tools, surgical procedures, and implantable devices. Specifically, you'll learn about the material innovation behind a new angioplasty- balloon design that allows for more accurate positioning. Read about the electronics behind a new ultrasound catheter that pro- vides doctors with more accurate images of the heart, and a liquid-core laser catheter that eliminates blood clots in the brain. And find out how magnetic bearings will vastly improve the longevity of two new and different implantable heart pumps.
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
In a bid to boost the viability of lithium-based electric car batteries, a team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has developed a chemistry that could possibly double an EV’s driving range while cutting its battery cost in half.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.