An ultrathin cable module for single-use endoscopes has been released by Omnivision, Santa Clara, CA. The OVMed® OCHTA cable module connects very small 400 × 400 resolution imagers to endoscopes with ultrathin 0.45 mm cables that are available in 1.5- and 2.5-m lengths (or up to 4 m if customized), allowing the option to add mini-LED illumination. This complete turnkey solution, including the lens and image signal processor, is designed to reduce cost and speed time to market for medical-device OEMs. The cable modules feature a six-wire cable that allows manufacturers to add their own LED illumination. Off-the-shelf cable modules and evaluation kits are available.
Medical-Grade DC-DC Converter
CUI Inc, Tualatin, OR, has released a 15-W, 5-Pin DIP isolated dc-dc converter, specialized for medical instrumentation and home medical supplies. Offering 4000 Vac isolation or 5600 Vdc isolation with a 2:1 input voltage range, the PTP15 series is compliant with the IEC/EN 60601-1 and EN 55011 Class A safety standards without external components. Housed in an industry standard 2 × 1 in., encapsulated, board mountable package, the converter can be used in temperature ranges from –40 up to +100 °C and features output overcurrent, short circuit, and overvoltage protections.
Vision Engineering, New Milford, CT, has launched the third generation of a range of ergonomic optical stereo microscopes. The new Mantis generation (PIXO, ERGO, and IOTA), includes improved optics for both hand-to-eye coordination and excellent depth perception, a three-position turret to house up to three objectives ranging from 3x to 15x, and the introduction of an 8x super long working distance lens. Other features include five different illumination options designed to provide flexibility to optimize the lighting to view the perfect image and an improved, higher-resolution camera for image and video capture. The system also features an option to switch between white light and UV light using a toggle switch.
Materials for Wearables
Henkel, Dusseldorf, Germany, has expanded its portfolio for wearables in healthcare applications. The company is leveraging its capabilities and portfolio of high-performance materials for a variety of wearable application types. The company's technology portfolio includes high-impact solutions for low-pressure molding technologies, skin bonding, assembly adhesives, and electronics and printed electronics.
Packaging solutions specifically designed to address challenges faced by medical device and pharmaceutical manufacturers are available from SupplyOne, Newtown Square, PA. The company offers custom corrugated and other value-added packaging products, equipment, and packaging-related services, including environmentally friendly packaging designed to reduce customers’ total cost of packaging ownership.
A chip carrier from Harting, Biel, Switzerland, enables the integration of more functions in a limited space. The 3D-Circuits Component Carrier addresses the need for miniaturization by allowing for vertical placement of electronic components on a PCB. It is suitable for a wide range of applications, including Hall effect and acceleration sensors, ICs, and LED applications. It is also compatible with multiple soldering processes, making it a versatile and flexible solution. It eliminates the need for manual assembly and improves accuracy and repeatability.
Parting and Grooving Tool
Sandvik Coromant, Mebane, NC, is upgrading its long-established parting and grooving concept. CoroCut® 1-2 is designed to offer improved stability, more flexibility, and significant productivity gains. The tool now has internal coolant and an improved clamping finger design, which offers a higher clamping force and better side stability. Other features include new and updated grades and geometries, including the new first choice grade GC1225, a wiper design for all parting geometries and greatly enhanced edge line quality on all inserts.
Urethane Potting Compound
A new potting compound from EpoxySet, Woonsocket, RI, has been formulated to protect electronic components in high moisture and thermal environments. UC-2210M cures to a semi-rigid polymer that minimizes stresses on delicate and sensitive components. It has good thermally conductive thus further protecting electronics from heat stresses. Offering exceptional thermal shock from –55 to 130 °C, it also provides high impact resistance. The room temperature curing system is easy to apply as a potting, encapsulation, or casting compound. The low viscosity allows for easy air removal as well as penetration of intricate encapsulated areas.
Precision Thin Metals
Arnold Magnetic Technologies Corp., Rochester, NY, offers precision thin metals suitable for gamma shielding, x-ray shielding, RFI, and EMI shielding in the medical industry. Molypermalloy is constructed of nickel-iron alloys and other soft magnetic materials because of their high permeability and low core losses. The company offers adapted testing to better predict material performance across applications. Standard testing can measure iron losses up to 20 kHz in electrical steels. For applications that operate at higher frequencies, a high-frequency tester can provide permeability results, both real and anticipated, from 1 MHz to 2.5 GHz.
ER:YAG Laser Active Elements
A broad line of ER:YAG laser active elements primarily used in medical, surgical, dermatological, cosmetic, and dental applications has been introduced by Meller Optics, Inc., Providence, RI. The lasers, which operate at 2940 nm, deliver precise ablation while minimizing thermal damage to surrounding tissues. These laser active elements are offered semi-finished and finished to suit variety of OEM requirements. Available in 11 standard sizes from 3 × 35 mm to 6 × 100 mm and custom sizes on request, they feature diameter tolerances of +0/–0.05 mm and with matting or polishing +0/–0.1 mm, and length tolerances of +0.5/–0.5 mm. Notching, spherical end facing, and coatings are offered.