A servo-driven puller and cutter produces small-diameter medical tubing, including heart and brain catheters. The MedLine puller and cutter from Conair (Pittsburgh; www.conair.com) includes controls to simplify the production of tubing features, such as tapers and bubbles.
A transparent methacrylate/acrylonitrile/butadiene/styrene (MABS) for external medical and diagnostic equipment applications is now commercially available in North America. BASF (Florham Park, NJ; www.basf.com) launched its Terlux 2802 HD resin in Europe in 2005.
A miniature solid-state imager is fully contained within a special lightweight but durable alloy case. The MS-4 imaging device from Microscan (Renton, WA; www.microscan.com) has powerful algorithms and can accurately decode both linear bar codes and 2-D symbols, such as Code 39, Data Matrix, PDF417, and RSS. These can be read omnidirectionally on multiple surfaces and at close range.