Ensure medical imaging stays cool

Medical imaging systems provide detailed pictures on the structure of a body in multiple topographies. Detailed contrasts are visible between the different soft tissues and are useful in neurological, cardiovascular and oncological analysis. CT and PET scanners use ion radiation created by X-rays to capture topographical images, while MRI equipment use magnetic and radio frequency

HVAM High Voltage Axial Leaded Resistors Released

Stackpole Electronics, Inc. announces the release of the HVAM series of high voltage axial leaded resistors. The HVAM deposition technology produces a non-inductive resistive element with high stability, low noise and high voltage ratings. Precision tolerances are available down to 0.1% with TCR as low as 50 ppm. Resistance values range from 500 Kohm to

6 challenges to understand before starting a wearable medical device project

Before you start a medical wearable device project, consider the following challenges and suggestions on how to address them. Diana Eitzman, Ph.D. and Kris Godbey Skin is unlike any other substrate. It sweats, grows hair, secretes oil, harbors bacteria, constantly sheds old cells, regenerates new ones and changes with health, environment and age – characteristics

“STF1-9” Valveless 400 µl Dispensing Pump

Fluid Metering, Inc.(FMI) introduces their new 400 µl Dispensing Pump ideal for Medical, Analytical and Biotech Instrumentation. Having the identical compact design dimensions as their STH & STF OEM Pump lines, the STF1-9 expands dispense and metering capabilities of previous STH designs by 100% while maintaining 0.5% precision. The STF1-9 is available in nine drive configurations

OKW Adds Two New Sizes To Its Beautiful STYLE-CASE Range

OKW has extended its STYLE-CASE range of beautiful high-gloss handheld enclosures with two new sizes – size S (4.84” x 1.88” x 0.94”) and size M (5.78” x 2.20” x 1.06”). These complement the existing size L (6.53” x 2.51” x 1.22”) models.   STYLE-CASE is ideal for remote controls, notably in medical and social

New Low-Cost Linear Position Sensors from POSITAL

POSITAL has extended its range of LINARIX linear position sensors with new low-cost versions of these rugged and versatile industrial measurement tools. The new products make use of compact, inexpensive plastic draw wire assemblies in place of the metal components used in earlier models. They are ideal for monitoring the linear position of components in

Laird’s Liquid Cooling Systems Increase Medical Imaging Equipment Uptime

Laird delivers custom, self-contained liquid cooling systems (LCS) that provide precise temperature control in medical imaging equipment like CT scanners, PET scanners and MRI scanners. Liquid cooling systems provide a high coefficient of performance (COP) that ensures efficient, low power operation to maximize uptime and optimize performance of medical imaging equipment. When compared to compressor-based systems,

DC/DC converters put out 15, 20-W single/dual output in 1×2-in. footprint.

MINMAX is proud to announces its new MKW015M and MKW020M families of IEC/EN/ES 60601-1 Type BF Approved Medical DC/DC Converters offering 15 and 20 Watts of single / dual output power in the industry standard 1 x 2 inch footprint. Each of the MKW15M and MKW20M consist of 21 models offering input ranges of 9~18

Voice coil with 1 micron positioning resolution

For the small medical instrument needs, this compact HCDS-025-038-02-B1-01 Voice Coil Stage from Moticont has a foot print of 2.000 in. (54.0 mm) wide by 5.000 in (127.0 mm) long and features a positioning resolution of 1 micron and a 0.125 in. (3.175 mm) open aperture. This precision cross roller stage has a 0.97 in.

Power supplies for standalone machines

When design situations require that all components be enclosed in one unit, this power supply could be a solution. With these enclosed power supplies, the hardware is designed for inclusion in a self-contained piece of automation equipment.  They mount with basic screw holes to the machine. The small IP20 enclosure makes them suitable for small

RNCS Kits For Prototyping Precision Anti-Moisture Applications

Stackpole Electronics, Inc. offers engineering sample kits for their popular RNCS Series of anti-moisture thin film chip resistors. The RNCS0603BKE kit offers 20 pieces each of the 45 most popular 0603 values ranging from 49.9 ohms up to 249K in 0.1% tolerance and 25 ppm TCR. The RNCS0805BKE kit offers 20 pieces each of the

Edmund Optics Announces 2017 Educational Award Recipients

Edmund Optics® (EO), provider of optical components to both industry and academia, announces the recipients of its 2017 Educational Award program. This award is given in recognition of outstanding undergraduate and graduate optics programs in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics at non-profit colleges and universities worldwide. The EO Educational Award Team evaluated over 750 applications

Environmentally Hardened Linear Motor Stage: LINEAX-8

LINEAX-8 The LX-8 is an environmentally hardened linear motor stage with 6 variants of travel length, from 125 mm to 750 mm. Utilizing an ironcore linear motor, the LX-8 can achieve higher speeds by producing an exponential peak force density. Recirculating ball bearing guides are capable in maintaining stable trajectory at high-load capacities. The recommended

Shifting to threads delivers better performance for ejector

When working with a patient, the last thing a dentist or dental hygienist should worry about is the saliva ejector. But if a lever gets bumped, an adapter is dropped, or a straw pops out of place, time and focus are drawn away from the patient to fix the issue. SecureTip is a manufacturer of

BioChem Fluidics and Koganei release jointly developed solenoid actuated rocker valve

Bio-Chem Fluidics Inc.–a Halma Company announced today that it has released the OPUS Solenoid Operated Rocker Valve. This is the product of a co-development effort between Bio-Chem Fluidics and Koganei Corp., bringing to market a manifold mount rocker valve specifically designed to meet the needs of clinical diagnostics and life science applications. The Bio-Chem and

3M Unveils Fastest Biological Indicator Test Available for Vaporized Hydrogen Peroxide Sterilization

Healthcare facilities can obtain faster sterility assurance results for surgical instruments following the Food & Drug Administration’s 510(k) clearance of the 3M™ Attest™ Rapid Readout Biological Indicator (BI) System for vaporized hydrogen peroxide sterilization (VH202). BI results for VH202 sterilization cycles with the 3M™ Attest™ system can now be read in just 24 minutes—the fastest

Miniature board-to-board battery connectors

Developed in response to market demand for miniaturization, the 9155-700 Series of right angle board-to-board battery connectors delivers compact, mechanically stable, high-integrity connections for use in medical, industrial, and commercial applications subject to high shock and vibration. These 2 mm-pitch right angle battery connectors are rated for 125 Vac, up to 2A, and 5,000-cycle durability.

Drive system can be steam sterilized

When designing for medical applications, a critical feature of any component is the ability to clean it. It’s not always easy to find motion systems that are easily cleaned for medical use, and particularly for sterilization. The ENX Easy encoder can be sterilized using steam. It is available in an incremental (1024 counts) and absolute

Magnet Applications expands online tech center, launches calculator app

Magnet Applications Inc. has announced an expanded online Tech Center and new downloadable calculator apps for Apple iPhone and Android devices. In the Tech Center, customers have access to Magnet Applications articles  and presentations on topics such as What’s New In Materials, How To Select The Optimal Permanent Magnet and Status of Bonded Magnets; Exclusive

Award-Winning Powder Metal Parts

The winners in the 2017 Powder Metallurgy (PM) Design Excellence Awards competition, sponsored by the Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF), demonstrate outstanding examples of PM’s diversity. These component fabricators use PM’s flexibility to push forward new concepts and process controls and demonstrate the inexhaustible well of capabilities PM can marshal in the service of component

Medical software development – where safety meets security

The medical industry is seeing increased scrutiny for both safety and security in devices. Cyber security is becoming a must-have feature. Fortunately, there is significant overlap between the practices for safety and security, and it is vital to understand both the similarities and differences between the two principles. Andrew Caples, Senior Product Manager, Embedded Systems

Clippard launches 8-mm subminiature electronic valves

These new direct actuating valves from Clippard Instrument Laboratory offer an extremely fast response time for accurate dosing of minute volumes with the same long life you expect from the original Clippard EV line of electronic valves, now in an 8-mm cartridge package. This valve was designed with a unique patented valving principle using Clippard’s

Image gallery: The engineering eye candy at NIWeek 2017

National Instruments Corp. held its NIWeek event in Austin, Tex. last week. The get-together of LabVIEW programmers and instrumentation users always includes interesting new products and clever applications for the LabVIEW system design software and instrumentation hardware. Here are a few of the developments highlighted there that had eye appeal. NEXT PAGE: Stacking cups with

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AFC Cable Systems announces MC Luminary HCF cables for healthcare applications

AFC Cable Systems, New Bedford, Mass., announces MC Luminary HCF (UL type MC-PCS) cables for healthcare facilities. MC Luminary HCF is a new addition to AFC’s line of MC Luminary metal-clad cables, which combine electric lighting and control circuits under a single interlocked armor. With a dual grounding path that enhances safety, MC Luminary HCF

MEAN WELL RPS-400 Series of Power Supplies for Medical Applications Now Shipping from Sager Electronics

Sager Electronics is now stocking MEAN WELL’s new RPS-400 series of highly reliable, green, PCB type, medical power supplies. MEAN WELL’s RPS-400 series consists of seven standard mod els with single outputs ranging from 12~48 VDC plus 5VSB @ 1A and 12V @ 500mA outputs. The supply is available in the standard open frame package