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Products

Threaded Inserts for Plastics

New aluminum versions of SI® brand threaded inserts from PennEngineering, Danboro, PA, introduce lead-free and lightweight alternatives to brass counterparts and eliminate potential environmental and recycling issues. The aluminum option — approximately 70 percent lighter than brass equivalents — can be specified for all types of SI inserts. They provide durable and reusable metal threads in plastics to accept mating hardware and subsequently allow for access to an assembly whenever required. The line includes ultrasonic/heat staking inserts for installation ultrasonically or with a thermal press, molded-in types installed during the molding process, and press-in types installed by pressing the insert into a premolded or drilled hole.

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Updated LiveLink Software

COMSOL, Burlington, MA, has announced an update to its LiveLink™ for SOLIDWORKS® product. As an add-on to the COMSOL Multiphysics® software, LiveLink for SOLIDWORKS allows a CAD model to be synchronized between the two software packages. The latest version allows easy access for launching and running simulation apps that can be used in sync with SOLIDWORKS software. Simulation specialists and analysts can now build apps with the Application Builder to let users, such as design engineers, analyze and modify a geometry from SOLIDWORKS right from the app’s interface. Users can browse and run apps from within the SOLIDWORKS interface, including those that use a geometry that is synchronized with SOLIDWORKS software.

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Fluorescence Illuminators

Excelitas Technologies, Waltham, MA, has added two new units to its X-Cite fluorescence illuminator product line. The X-Cite Vitae vIR is a customizable, multi-wavelength illumination system designed for high-precision medical illumination and diagnostic applications. The X-Cite Vitae vIR provides versatile, high-performance illumination for color-sensitive applications, including surgical endoscopy. Designed to replace traditional 180 or 300 W xenon sources, this high brightness, solid-state white light source features adjustable color temperature and repeatable output in an easily integrative turnkey system. X-Cite Vitae vIR can shape the spectrum in accordance with the camera being used to obtain the desired color temperature in an image for accurate diagnosis. It offers up to six high-power wavelengths (400–410, 450–460, 500–600, 625–640, and 780–790 nm), ranging from visible to IR, for fluorescence excitation in applications such as endoscopy and surgical visualization.

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Retractable Cord Reel

Hunter Spring, Horsham, PA, has expanded the availability of its DuraReel™ medical cord reels with its recently obtained CE mark. The medical-grade power cord reel is housed in a durable white/grey, high-impact plastic case with 10 ft of cable that retracts smoothly and safely. The easy-to-clean cord reel features a permanent antimicrobial additive that continuously protects the reel from mold, mildew, and odor. An automatic pawl and ratchet system securely locks the cord at a desired length, and a standard ball stop keeps the cord within easy reach. It has been tested specifically in environments containing E. Coli and Staphylococcus Aureus microorganisms. All contact surfaces, such as the housing, ball stop, retractable cord, and plug, have been molded with the antimicrobial additive that will not wash off or diminish over time.

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Disinfectant-Resistant Materials

Henkel, Rocky Hill, CT, is collaborating with PolyOne Corporation on the development of new materials and assembly methods that are more resistant to harsh disinfectants now in use in hospitals. The collaboration is said to provide higher-performing solutions, shorten development time, and speed up manufacturing processes. Henkel tested its Loctite® brand adhesives with PolyOne’s polymer blends to provide a complete disinfectant-resistant solution for a variety of medical devices. By evaluating and testing various Loctite adhesive and substrate combinations in its labs, Henkel helps materials suppliers provide pre-evaluated substrate and assembly method solutions to their medical device customers.

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Sensors

All Sensors, Morgan Hill, CA, has added a new sensor to BLCR series. The series is a basic low pressure, compact sensor with the company’s CoBeam2™ dual die reference technology to reduce all output offset or common mode errors. The compact size of this series is excellent for small mobile devices and battery applications. The series offers a low supply voltage (1.8–3.3 V). Features include ratiometric basic output, 0.1 percent typical linearity, improved front to back linearity, and reduced position sensitivity. It has an operating temperature range of –25 to 85 °C. Parylene coating is available upon request.

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Stepper Motor with Encoder

Lin Engineering, Morgan Hill, CA, has integrated AMT encoder technology from CUI, Tualatin, OR, into its G3718V stepper motor. The encoders are available in incremental, absolute, and commutation versions. The series comes with programmable features, including resolutions up to 4096 PPR, zero position, line drivers, and in the case of the absolute version, a 12-bit absolute output. It provides an operating temperature from –40 to +125 °C. With a step angle of 1.8°, the G3718V motor offers smooth motion and high accuracy similar to a 0.9° motor. The series also provides up to 25 oz-in (0.18 N-m) of holding torque.

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Medical Materials

Vancive Medical Technologies, Chicago, IL, has introduced three new medical materials. A breathable double-coated tape for wearable device applications is designed to serve as a construction layer connecting a device’s skin contact material to its sensor/electronics casing. The company also offers a single-coated elastic nonwoven tape with a fabric-like feel. Also breathable, this material conforms to contoured body surfaces and has applications for use in wearables, wound dressings, and other medical devices. A new microporous breathable tape can be used for surgical applications, ostomy flanges, and a variety of other end uses.

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USB Hub

ACCES I/O Products, San Diego, CA, has announced a new rugged, industrial-strength, four-port USB 3.1 hub. Designed for the harshest environments, the USB3-104-HUB features extended temperature operation (–40 to +85 °C), locking USB and power connections, and an industrial steel enclosure for shock and vibration mitigation. The OEM version (board only) is PC/104 sized and can be installed in new or existing PC/104-based systems. The hub can be bus powered or self (externally) powered. Both power jack and terminal block power inputs are available to provide a full 900 mA source at 5 V on each of the downstream ports. Additionally, a wide input power option accepts from 7 to 28 VDC. All type A and type B USB connections feature a locking, high-retention design that complies with class 1, Div II minimum withdrawal requirements.

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