Medical Device Manufacturing Software

Master Control, Salt Lake City, UT, has released a software platform designed to automate production and improve operational quality. MasterControl Manufacturing Excellence™ removes remaining paper from the shop floor to ensure that product reviews and releases are fully digital, connected, and accelerated; eliminates preventable errors, long review cycles, and costly waste created by manual data entry processes to get production right the first time; and reduces friction between operations and quality assurance priorities and metrics to improve line performance and accelerate production. A builder tool allows organizations to configure the digital solution to their existing processes, streamlining both implementation and adaptability. The builder tool houses the global elements of the manufacturing processes, allowing users to update once and have information propagated throughout the system.

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Additive Manufacturing Platform

Nanofabrica, Tel Aviv, Israel, has launched a mass production additive manufacturing (AM) platform aimed at micromanufacturing applications. Using single micron resolution, the technology is targeted microelectronics, microfluidics, life sciences, and other sectors. It brings the benefits of AM to micromanufacturers with no tooling costs, minimal set up costs, and the ability to mass customize and personalize products. It is appropriate for prototyping, small batches, and mass manufacturing. The platform uses a digital light processor (DLP) engine in conjunction with adaptive optics. Once the image is projected through the DLP unit, the light then passes through an adaptive optics module, which electronically controls various critical optical working point parameters such as focus, tilt, and astigmatism.

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Metal 3D Printing

Protolabs, Minneapolis, MN, has launched production capabilities for its metal 3D printing service. The new capabilities use secondary processes to improve the strength, dimensional accuracy, and cosmetic appearance of metal parts. As part of the launch, enhanced inspection reporting is also available. The company uses direct metal laser sintering (DMLS) technology to 3D print metal production parts. Once parts are built, several secondary options like post-process machining, tapping, reaming, and heat treatments are possible, and quality control measures like powder analysis, material traceability, and process validation are taken.

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Low-Voltage Drives

American Control Electronics, South Beloit, IL has introduced microprocessor based, low-voltage PWM drives for brushed DC motors up to 24 and 48 VDC, respectively. The DCR300-60 and DCR600-60 series can be easily programmed for use in the field without trim pots, saving time and money on installation, calibration, and field support. The microprocessor allows for custom programming to fit specific OEM requirements, potentially eliminating the need for a PLC and supporting devices. The drives are rated for 30 A continuous operation or 60 A for one minute. The regenerative controls are capable of braking or reversing on the fly.

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RF Capacitors

Exxelia, Paris, France has launched a new line of broadband RF capacitors. Series UBZ, UBL, and XBL combine high technical performances (ultra-low insertion loss and excellent return loss over a wide bandwidth up to 40 GHz), quick installation (available in standard EIA sizes compatible with SMT pick and place), and easy soldering (made of reliable ceramic material compatible with any soldering process). The series is RoHS compliant. Applications include optoelectronics and high-speed data.

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Voice Motor Coil

Moticont, Van Nuys, CA, has released a new linear DC motor with internal shaft and bearing. The GVCM-051-127-01 offers high speed, high acceleration/deceleration, zero backlash, high accuracy, high repeatability, and a high force-to-size ratio of 5.0 lb (22.2 N) continuous force and 15.8 lb (70.3 N) of peak force in either direction, in a housing measuring 2 in. (50.8 mm) dia. × 5 in. (127 mm) long. The 3.75 in. (95.3 mm) stroke of the precision ground 0.236 (6.0 mm) diameter shaft with an internal thread, is guided by a long-life plain bearing that can allow side loads up to 1 lb (4.4 N).

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Cleaning Solvent

A fluorinated precision cleaning solvent from AGC Chemicals, Exton, PA, provides medical device manufacturers a safer, highly effective, and environmentally friendly alternative to n-propyl bromide and trichloroethylene solvents. Amolea AT2 is used to clean a range of medical devices such as orthopedic implants, catheters, tubes, scopes, needles, dental devices and surgical tools. The solvent has no ozone depletion potential and low global warming potential. It is non-flammable and offers low latent heat of vaporization.

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Nonfluorescing Adhesive

Dymax, Torrington, CA, offers medical device adhesives that cure with UV/visible light for rapid bonding of COC and COP, as well as a variety of other plastics typically used in the manufacture of medical devices. Applications for MD® 1072-M include lab-on-chip lamination, reservoir assembly, transducer assembly, and medical potting. The resilient, moisture-resistant product bonds a wide variety of substrates from stainless steel to PVC and more. The adhesives contain no nonreactive solvents and cure upon exposure to light.

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Machining Center

Methods Machine Tools, Sudbury, MA, has launched a new high-performance machining center. The FANUC RoboDrill ecoPLUS offers a larger 21 tool capacity and increased speed via an optional 24,000 RPM spindle. Two ecoPLUS models are available, including one with a large x-axis travel and table size. The ecoPLUS D21MiB has a working cube of 19.7 × 15.7 × 13 in. (500 × 400 × 330 mm). The exoPLUS D21LiB offers travels of 27.6 × 15.7 × 13 in. (700 × 400 × 330 mm). Standard features on both systems include a 14.75 HP (peak) 10,000 rpm or 24,000 rpm direct drive spindle with precision-enhancing thermal compensation, HRV control, and a 21-station tool changer.

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