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Microcontroller

Microchip Technology, Chandler, AZ, has expanded its product line to include a new line of 8-bit microcontrollers (MCUs) that combine a controller area network (CAN) bus with an extensive array of core independent peripherals (CIPs). The CIPs increase system capabilities while making it easier for designers to create CAN-based applications without the complexity of added software. A key advantage of using a K83 MCU in CAN-based systems is that the CIPs provide deterministic response to real-time events. They shorten design time and can be easily configured through the MPLAB Code Configurator (MCC) tool.

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Optical Fibers

Optical Fibers from OFS, Norcross, GA, offer an improved coating that enables wider operating temperatures than any commercially available polymer-coated fibers, according to the company. With its reliable performance for fiber optics in extreme conditions, Pyrocoat K optical fiber provides thermal stability over various continuous temperatures/lifetimes: 275 °C for 80 years, 300 °C for 13 years, 325 °C for 2.2 years, and 350 °C for 18 days. These new optical fibers can also withstand short excursions at even higher temperatures and long-duration stability at low temperature extremes, at and below –65 °C.

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Automated Injection Molding Workflow

Stäubli, Duncan, SC, offers a workflow system for fully automated injection molding. Networked Industry 4.0-compatible components enable each of the individual processes to be coordinated and optimized to create an automation solution. According to the company, its SMED — Single-Minute Exchange of Die — allows the exchange of injection molds to be performed to the highest safety standards within minutes. The system integrates sensors that detect the condition of the mold, the molding force of the magnetic clamping system and a variety of other factors and feed that data into the process. Any faults, like a failure to reach the correct operating temperature, will be recognized early so the fault can be corrected.

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MEMS Pressure Sensors

Pewatron, Zurich, Switzerland, offers two MEMS pressure sensors from Fujikura. The AG3 and AP3 series, which were developed originally for highly accurate measurement of blood pressure, have now been shown to be suitable for other applications, such as dialysis or treatment of DVT — anywhere where excellent resolution and a fast sampling rate are required. The sensors feature an exceptionally low noise analog output signal. True 16 bit resolution at a proper AD conversion is possible, and all 16 bits can be evaluated — with no fuzzy bits. The analog series is a two-chip system consisting of a MEMS sensor chip and a signal-conditioning chip. The signal conditioning IC does not have A/D and D/A converter steps in the gain amplifier. They also have single-point pressure threshold detection.

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Foot Switches

Foot switches from Altech Corp., Flemington, NJ, are for light-or medium-duty applications where hands-free operation is routinely required to start and stop equipment. The compact and sturdy foot switches are available in a wide variety of pedal colors (with or without imprinting) with up to six pedals per foot switch meeting typical contact and switch insert configurations. Two levels of ingress protection (IP 43 and IP 65) are standard. The switches are available with momentary, maintained, or two-stage momentary activation modes.

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QMS Software

Greenlight Guru, Indianapolis, IN, has added to its existing quality management software platform to help companies get high-quality medical devices to market faster and with less risk. With the introduction of its Grow product, the company’s software can assist medical device companies after the launch of a device by connecting its entire quality ecosystem. Grow, which is tailored for the medical device market, has additional workflows for CAPA and other postmarket needs and is designed to escalate and manage quality events that require a CAPA investigation.

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Cleaning Fluid

MicroCare, New Britain, CT, has introduced a family of cleaning products to address environmental concerns associated with cleaners. Each Tergo™ cleaner is tailored to a different cleaning problem or environmental concern. The nonflammable, Tergo Chlorine-Free Cleaning Fluid which contains no chlorine-containing compounds yet is specifically engineered to clean the most challenging contamination. According to the company, it handles even the most difficult contamination and is highly effective for quickly and gently cleaning delicate substrates. It avoids the expense of aqueous technologies and the environmental challenges of chlorinated fluids and can be used in any standard vapor degreaser.

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Thermoplastic Compounds

Colorite, a Tekni-Plex business unit, Wayne, PA, which specializes in custom medical-grade compounds, has introduced a line of thermo-plastic elastomer (TPE) compounds. Cellene® TPEs are suitable for a wide variety of uses in medical devices, packaging, and other regulated markets. The compounds are formulated to be silicone, latex, phthalate, halogen, and PVC-free using FDA-compliant raw materials to meet USP Class VI and ISO 10993 standards. According to the company, TPE alternatives are ideal for manufacturers desiring nonphthalate containing materials.

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Liquid Cold Plates

Advanced Thermal Solutions, Norwood, MA, has added a new line of high-performance liquid cold plates to its liquid cooling solutions. The liquid cold plates are constructed with an innovative fin design, featuring an optimized aspect ratio, which offers more than 30 percent improvement in thermal performance compared to other commercially available cold plates, according to the company. The cold plates are lightweight and compatible with industry-accepted coolants. They have been leak-tested to 100 psi and feature industry-standard inlet/outlet hole sizes for hassle-free connections. Customization is available to meet the specific requirements, including size, hole patterns to accommodate different devices, and connections for device mounting.

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