Medical devices are often smaller and lighter in weight than the majority of applications that require some type of motion control, simply because they are often portable/mobile, hand-carried or lifted. Internal components needed for these devices are chosen carefully to make for the smallest overall device footprint. This poses unique challenges to component manufacturers supplying the medical market.
Sensata Technologies has developed a new Voice Coil Actuator (VCA) to meet the ultra-small size and exacting motion control requirements in the evolving medical industry where portability and size are becoming increasingly important. In this application, Sensata met the needs for motion control in a ventilator with its new BEI Kimco LAH08-15-000A.
The VCA can control inhalation and exhalation valves on ventilators to provide the exact amount of air specified and the necessary reliability for life-critical applications. Additionally, with its bi-directional capability, permanent magnet, and magnetic latches, the VCA will remain in position at one end or the other during a power failure. This ensures the valves will stay open or closed and continue to supply uninterrupted air to patients. .
The tiny VCA measures just 0.75″ in diameter and weighs only 2.3 ounces, thereby minimizing weight. Delivering a peak force of nearly 1.81 pounds and an operating stroke of ±0.2mm (total 0.4 stroke), it also features low hysteresis, zero cogging, high acceleration, and long life cycle. In addition to ventilator applications, the new VCA provides the accurate linear motion control needed for anesthesia machines and other medical instruments in an extremely small size. For more information, visit the page on these actuators at beikimco.com.
Sensata Technologies is one of the world’s leading suppliers of sensing, electrical protection, control and power management solutions with operations and business centers in thirteen countries. Sensata’s products improve safety, efficiency and comfort for millions of people every day in automotive, appliance, aircraft, industrial, military, heavy vehicle, heating, air-conditioning and ventilation, data, telecommunications, recreational vehicle and marine applications.
BEI Kimco, a brand of Sensata Technologies, specializes in the design and manufacture of high performance rotary and linear motion components, including Brushless DC Motors and Voice Coil Actuators. These products are designed for applications where performance, precision, and reliability are critical. Using proprietary magnetic design methodologies, BEI Kimco has the ability to produce custom, cost efficient products within multiple manufacturing locations. BEI Kimco is a leader in medical, industrial, aerospace & defense markets.
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