Patient compliance is the single biggest reason for medical therapy failure. To improve compliance, medical device designers must constantly work to make their devices smaller, more discreet, and easier to use. Low-power medical devices can achieve all of those goals. Better energy efficiency leads to smaller and longer-lasting batteries, ultimately making medical devices more portable and...
A company employs proprietary advanced process quality planning practices, including its PCpk process modeling predictive analysis capability, to ensure consistent metal-injection-molding (MIM) services for medical device manufacturers. A net-shape process suitable for the production of solid-metal medical device parts, MIM results in material properties resembling those of wrought metal with the...
A designer and manufacturer of custom and standard magnetic components and assemblies for medical device applications has launched four new technologies within the company’s family of high-current inductors. Available in four standard sizes as well as in a variety of custom formats, the new high-current inductors feature a flat-wire, ferritecore construction that generates both real estate...
A two-component, silver-filled, electrically conductive epoxy for chip and substrate bonding can be cured at under 100°C and still exhibit a volume resistivity between 1 and 2 × 10–3 Ω∙cm. Polytec PT EC101 can be used in microelectronic, hybrid circuit, optoelectronic, LED, and photovoltaic applications on indium tin oxide film, transparent conductive oxide film, metals,...
Independently certified as touch-safe in accordance with the IP20 ingress protection rating, the ProLine low-voltage UL67 panel board from ABB Inc. has patented design elements that prevent any foreign object as large as a finger from making contact with its hazardous energized parts. The board thus completely isolates the operator from shock, arc flash, and arc blast while performing electrical...
A series of nonmolded, magnetically operated open-reed proximity switches has been developed specifically for surface-mount PCB assembly. The MK23 series sensors are suited for use in medical equipment applications that require little or no external power for operation. Variations in available glass size, power, switching voltage, switching current, and breakdown voltage make these reed switches...
Pixus Technologies, a supplier of backplane, chassis, and embedded component solutions, offers components and hardware for electronics enclosures that can be challenging to locate. These items are used in medical applications. The company offers enclosure systems in Eurocard and commercial designs, as well as plug-in board components such as ejector handles, panels, and more. The company also...
Deciding what heat-shrink tubing to use can be a critical decision for medical electronics designers. An upcoming MED Webcast sponsored by Arrow Electronics and TE Connectivity seeks to help you choose the product for your application. The free event takes place this coming Tuesday, October 16, 2012, starting at 2 p.m. EST. Titled, "How to Choose the Right Heat-Shrink Tubing for Your...
A designer and manufacturer of precision engineered compressors and vacuum pumps found in medical systems offers a line of twin piston pumps and compressors designed to withstand the most demanding applications. Comprised of the 2660/2668 Series, these pumps and compressors feature air flows to 5.3 cfm (148.7 l/min), pressures to 160 psi (11 bar) and maximum vacuum to 99% of local barometer (990...
A provider of custom-designed and standard ac-dc and dc-dc high-voltage power convertors for medical applications has introduced a series of 6-kW high-voltage power supplies. The STR is available in positive or negative polarities in 19 different models with outputs ranging from 1–150 kV. It also features a front panel for local control, an extensive analog interface that provides...
Using a proprietary automated dip-and-spray coating process that maintains tight tolerances on wall thickness and other product specifications, a company can enhance the performance of medical devices such as stents, guidewires, sensors, wire cages, scope tubing, films, and balloons. The company manufactures specialty and disposable components that have polymer-based thin-layer functional...
A subminiature push-pull device, the 2EP-series thermal circuit breaker is used in medical equipment applications requiring high interrupt performance and high resistance to shock and vibration. The circuit breaker is temperature-compensated to allow maintenance of a constant calibration, even under extreme temperature conditions. Its push-pull action lowers the risk of accidental tripping, and...
A designer, manufacturer, and distributor of connectors and cable assemblies has unveiled a connector for small devices. The MiniMax is an all-in-one, 20-signal (0.5 A) and 4-power (5 A) connector with 24 mixed contacts. It has a durability of more than 500 mating cycles. It is designed for harsh environments, passing extreme temperature tests and 1000 hours of salt water spray. The new connector...
Granite MEDSystems (Mequon, WI) and Bjorksten | bit 7 (Madison, WI) have partnered to provide end-to-end manufacturing services for the medical device industry. The joint venture will streamline the companies’ programs and result in accelerated product development and lower cost programs for medical device OEM clients, according to a press release. Granite MEDSystems is a provider of...
A provider of medical grade ac-dc switching power supplies and dc-dc converters to medical OEMs offers a new line of 300-700 W medical grade ATX PC power supplies. The power supplies are approved to the latest 3rd edition of UL 60601-1, IEC 60601-1, and EN 60601-1 medical standards, including ANSI/AAMI ES 60601-1: 2005, CAN/CSA-C22.2 No. 60601-1:08, EN 60601-1:2006, IEC 60601-1:2005 standards and...
New Digital Radiography (DR) equipment captures DR images using conventional x-ray equipment and procedures. Wireless cassette-size DR detectors can capture digital images and transmit them to a DR system’s capture console. Untethered detectors also enable cordless positioning, which results in greater patient comfort and faster exams. Typical detectors are 14 in. by 17 in. and only .05 in...
Small, lightweight, Micro-D connectors have a squeeze-latch system that is designed to facilitate cable connections to small rack- and-panel-mounted equipment. The high-reliability panel-mount connectors also offer options for connecting inside the equipment, including PCB lead frames and direct wiring. Their toolless push-and-latch design minimizes the time and effort required to plug a...
Aries Electronics, an international manufacturer of standard, programmed and custom interconnection products,  offers a top-load burn-in socket that saves  time and money over conventional top-load sockets for new IC pin-out designs.  Based on a modular design, the new socket can  be configured to accommodate devices on 0.3 mm pitch and higher and can be employed virtually any...
Honeywell has released its new basic board-mount pressure sensors. The NBP Series  board-mount pressure sensors are a cost-effective, basic performance, mV output, unamplified, uncompensated, high-quality, and high-resolution products for customers seeking high-volume, economical board-mount pressure sensors.   Honeywell’s NBP Series is well-suited for customers who want to do...
Designed for production use, the Model C200 twin-blade rotary wire stripper and twister can remove insulation made of Teflon, PTFE, PVC, nylon, rubber, Kel-F and other materials from solid and stranded wires. This machine from Eraser Company, Inc., is able to twist stranded wire at the same time as it removes the insulating material. Depending on the material, the unit can strip lengths of...
Custom-manufactured precious-metal-clad wire can be formulated to meet specified OEM performance characteristics such as corrosion resistance, resistance to extreme temperature, and biocompatibility. Anomet Products Inc. metallurgically bonds platinum, silver, or gold to core wire made of such lower-cost materials as copper, Kovar, nickel iron, molybdenum, stainless steel, tantalum, and titanium...
The 2EP-series thermal circuit breaker for use in medical equipment applications requiring high interrupt performance and high resistance to shock and vibration in a small component is a subminiature push-pull device. Available from Sensata Technologies, the circuit breaker is temperature-compensated to allow maintenance of a constant calibration even with extremes of temperature. Its push-pull...
Rigid-flex circuit boards are the specialty of a manufacturer that serves the medical device manufacturing industry. Through a recent acquisition of equipment that increases inner-layer capacity and manufacturing yields, Printed Circuits Inc. is equipped to provide rigid-flex products in higher production volumes than before with greater project economies. The company has installed and qualified...
Small G30A planetary gearboxes from Pittman, engineered to complement five series of dc motors, are designed for maximum torque density and durability and allow a range of output torques and speeds. The mounting profile of the gearbox is 1.20 in. diam or, when the optional mounting flange is used, 1.50 in. square. Lengths vary between 1.33 and 2.02 in., depending on the gear reduction. The...
The Sensor Prototype Kit is a plug-and-play tool designed to accelerate prototyping, validation, and product development for medical gas–measurement instruments. Offered by Cal Sensors, the kit consists of two digital drive boards with integrated electronics; a one- to four-element detector; a high-output, high-pulse rate emitter; and development software. Supporting PbS and PbSe detector...