Flush-Head Studs

Self-clinching flush-head studs from Penn-Engineering, Danboro, PA, feature a thread profile that enables quick mating with push-on plastic nuts, wire tie products, or other plastic fasteners in thin metal assemblies. The PEM® FHX™ coarse thread design — larger threads relative to the stud's diameter — reduces assembly time by allowing for easy mating of plastic parts and promotes especially high retention force. The thread design additionally accommodates paints and coatings without compromising fastener performance in service. The studs install permanently in metal sheets as thin as 1 mm.

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Motorized Digital Test Frames

The L.S. Starrett Company, Athol, MA, has introduced a series of motorized digital test frames for performing a wide range of basic, high-volume in-situ lean manufacturing force testing applications including tension, compression, flexural cyclic, shear, and friction. The FMM digital force testers are part of the new Starrett L1 Line of entry-level computer-based force measurement solutions. Optimized for production and quality control testing, the architecture of the L1 system is designed for fast, easy-to-use, reliable and repeatable operation. The to be used with either Starrett L1 software for computer-controlled testing or with a Starrett DFC digital force gage.

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Cloud-Based DHR

42Q, San Jose, CA, has released a cloud-based solution for its MES platform that enables medical device manufacturers to quickly implement and start using eDHR capabilities. Rapid eDHR automatically collects, records, and reports all required regulatory data, and it provides manufacturing executives with secure and instant access to the status of eDHR activity, from any location and on any mobile device. It digitally records quality records in accordance with GAMP5 guidelines and can be used to produce Class 2 and Class 3 medical devices with UDI (universal device identifier) labeling.

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High-Temperature Coatings

Electro Optical Components, Santa Rosa, CA, has released a low internal stress coating that is biocompatible and has high temperature stability. The coating has high temperature stability up to 750 °C. These nanoamorphous carbon coatings can also be made electrically conducting, with conductivity varying from dielectric to metallic. A current was sent through the coating with rapid heating to cauterize surgical tools. Sample coatings on suitable substrates such as titanium are available for testing.

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KOA Speer Electronics, Bradford, PA, has introduced a new 0.2 m | resistance value to its PSJ2 series of power shunt current sense resistors. This resistor features a 12 W power rating and is available in a 3920 package. The resistors offer ultralow resistance suitable for large current sensing, as well as a broad operating temperature range of –65° to +175 °C. The resistors offer T.C.R. of ±75 ~ ±200 ppm/°C with resistance tolerance of ±1 percent. The power shunts are offered in resistance values of 0.2, 0.5, and 1 m | and are AEC-Q200 qualified.

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Displacement Connectors

Low-profile insulation displacement connectors (IDCs) are available from AVX Corp., Fountain Inn, SC. The 9176-800 series reduce the z-axis height of the next-lowest-profile insulated IDC connector, the 9176-400 series, by 1 mm, reduce the total overall volume of the standard 00-9176 Series IDCs by more than 50 percent. Designed to connect discrete 22–26 AWG solid and stranded wires and leaded components to PCBs, or to connect PCBs together in a daisy chain configuration, the low-profile IDCs feature redundant, fatigue-resistant phosphor bronze contacts that provide gas-tight, cold-welded wire connections compatible with potting and overmolding encapsulation processes for environmental protection.

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DC Current Transducers

NK Technologies, San Jose, CA, has introduced a series of DC current transducers. The DT-FD series provides a large sensing window and the ability to safely monitor circuits with voltages up to 1500 VDC, and up to 400 A. The sensor can be mounted on a DIN rail or attached to a back panel with screws. The easily accessible power supply, output-signal, and finger-safe terminals are located on the top of the sensor to allow for a clean and trouble-free installation. The one-piece design combines the current sensing elements and the signal conditioning to provide an output compatible with most control systems. Features include industry standard analog output and externally powered 24 VAC or DC.

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Miniature Coded Structures

Mimotec SA, Sion, Switzerland, has developed a process to manufacture miniature coded structures as mold inserts using proprietary CLR-Liga technology. The inserts can be placed at the tip of ejector pins or in other noncritical areas, forming a coded logo or text, invisible to the naked eye, each time an injection molded part is made. The patterns are created using diffractive nanostructures, tuned to laser light frequencies. A simple laser pointer reveals the text or image, so inspections can easily be performed in the field. For clear material, the light will shine through and project the message onto a surface behind the part. In the case of opaque material, the message will be reflected to a surface held at an angle.

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Medical Extrusions

Spectrum Plastic Group, Alpharetta, GA, recently launched an upgraded e-commerce store on behalf of Apollo Medical Extrusion. The online store showcases the company's quick turn, off-the-shelf extrusion program. Products, which are available as both stock and custom, feature the most common medical-grade materials and additives related to catheter delivery system development and innovation. Examples include single-lumen tubing with ultra-thin walls down to 0.003 in. (0.08 mm), dual-, triple-and quad-lumen medical tubing, and 5-lumen steerable catheter liners. Tubing and catheters are available in Nylon 12, Pebax® (35D-72D), PEEK, and FEP with radiopaque and low-friction additives.

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High-Temperature Adhesive

EpoxySet Inc., Woonsocket, RI, offers advanced polymers used extensively for medical device manufacturing. Included are high-performance biocompatible adhesives, sealants, and potting materials approved and certified to USP Class VI and ISO-10993-5, including EB-177, a very high-temperature adhesive used extensively in medical devices. This epoxy can withstand continuous operation at 250 °C and intermittent temperatures to 300 °C. Approved to USP Class VI for biocompatibility, it is used in any applications where high strength at elevated temperatures is required. It also provides excellent optical transmission of over 95 percent at 1500 nm with a refractive index of 1.52.

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Wall Mounting Kit

OKW Enclosures, Bridgeville, PA, has launched a new suspension element for its EVOTEC designer tabletop enclosures, enabling them to be wall mounted. The wall kit makes the enclosures ideal for access control. Although designed for EVOTEC, the new suspension element will suit any small plastic enclosure with a flat base. Each kit comprises two parts: an adapter attached to the enclosure and a holder fitted to the wall. The adapter (and enclosure) can then be clipped to the wall holder. The adapter is attached to the base of the enclosure using four tamperproof Torx stainless steel screws (supplied). Both the adapter (4.17 × 2.95 in.) and the holder are molded from UV-stable ASA+PC-FR (UL 94 V-0).

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This article first appeared in the March, 2019 issue of Medical Design Briefs Magazine.

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