IoT Prototyping Board

Renesas, Tokyo, Japan, has introduced a low-power prototyping board that will simplify and speed up product development for IoT endpoint equipment including healthcare equipment. The RL78/G14 Fast Prototyping Board is based on the company’s RL78/G14 MCU, which has a numerical processing performance of 51.2 DMIPS at 32 MHz, up to 512 KB of flash memory, and up to 48 KB of RAM. According to the company, it has the industry's lowest levels of current drain, 66 μA/MHZ, when the CPU is operating and 240 nA in standby mode (STOP).

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Wireless Platform

A highly integrated, single-chip solution for a wide range of low-power, battery-based IoT product designs is available from Innophase, San Diego, CA. The Talaria TWO System on a Chip (SoC) includes the company’s patented PolaRFusion™ radio — a complete 2.4 GHz radio built using a polar architecture that enables extreme low power and programmable functionality. It includes an Arm Cortex-M3 processor, memory, RF, baseband, PHY, and MAC functionality integrated into a small, single-chip design. The chip initially supports IEEE 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE 5.0) standards.

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Asset Management

Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence, North Kingston, RI, has released a cloud-ready software solution that offers access to real-time machine status and utilization reporting. The HxGN SFx software unlocks data typically siloed in individual coordinate measuring machines (CMM) to provide real-time insight into the performance, use, and status of multiple CMMs across one or several sites. Manufacturers can shift from managing assets as a cost center to optimizing equipment profitability and value creation. The data aggregated can be used to pre-emptively schedule maintenance and identify sources of downtime.

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Ventilation System

IVEC, Newlin, WI, has introduced an on-demand ventilation system. The new Ultra™ high-efficiency air quality control system not only significantly reduces energy costs but also improves air filtration, extends filter life, and reduces equipment maintenance requirements. The system automatically adjusts power usage and fan speeds based on demand and filter conditions. A core component of the system is the new General Ventilation Self Cleaning (GVSC) dust collector, a non-ducted, self-contained ambient air filtration unit designed for easy, versatile configuration above the work zone.

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FDR Technology

EOS, Krailling, Germany, offers fine detail resolution (FDR) technology for processing polymers. According to the company, it is the first powder-based 3D printing using a CO laser. The process makes it possible to produce extremely delicate yet robust parts with fine detail resolution surfaces and minimum wall thicknesses of only 0.22 mm. The 50-W CO laser creates an ultra-fine laser beam with a focus diameter that is only half the size of current SLS technologies.

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Composite Tubing

Polygon, Walkerton, IN, offers a composite tubing for use a diverse array of demanding medical applications. PolyMed is invisible to x-ray, thermally insulating, and nonconductive. Its strength and performance characteristics are said to exceed those of stainless steel and traditional thermoplastic materials. It can be rigid or flexible and can acts as a drop-in replacement for stainless steel tubing in a variety of endoscopic and laparoscopic instrumentation applications. The tubing is ISO-10993 compliant and can be sterilized.

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Thermoelectric Coolers

Laird Thermal Systems, Morrisville, NC, offers thermoelectric coolers that provide active cooling below ambient temperatures to extend the life of reagents. The CP Series offers a cooling capacity of up to 125 W in a compact form factor. Featuring solid-state construction with no moving parts, the cooler offers low power, high reliability operation with no noise — all in a small footprint. Solid-state operation also offers design and integration flexibility, as the thermoelectric device can be mounted in any orientation.

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Portable Interface

Cogiscan, Bromont, QC, Canada, has launched a faster, more efficient, and error-proof portable operator interface for manufacturing and production. The TTC Go! Is designed for Android 7+ supported mobile devices. The intuitive, context-driven interface guides users to achieve simple tasks with as little clicks, data entry, or scanning steps as possible. The new application upgrades outdated technology that is no longer supported.

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Sensor Module

Fujitsu, Sunnyvale, CA, has introduced a three-channel, 24 GHz Doppler radar sensor with a wide speed-detection range and high interference tolerance. The FWM7RAZ01 module and evaluation kit facilitates the rapid development and evaluation of various non-contact, movement sensing products even without high-frequency RF electronics expertise. Target applications include human vital sign and fall monitoring. The kit supports IF (I/Q) output signals from 1 Hz to 1 MHz, enabling it to wirelessly detect movement speeds from 6 mm/sec to 6 km/sec, within a 30-m range.

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Power Supplies

A complete line up of configurable power supplies for medical applications is available from COSEL, San Jose, CA. The AME series — AME400F, AME600F, AME800F, and AME1200F — cover applications from 400 to 1200 W. Each version can host independent output modules that can be combined and mixed to offer a unique configuration as required by the application. Two versions of output modules are offered, 120 and 240 W. Both modules are available in four output voltages: +5, +12, +24, and +48V. The AME series input/output isolation complies with 2 MOPP requirements.

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TPE Compound

A line of thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) compounds for medical device applications is available from Colorite, Wayne, PA. Cellene TPE 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. The compounds are ideal for medical device manufacturers looking for alternatives to PVC, phthalate-plasticized compounds, and various rubber materials.

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MES Software

GE Digital, San Ramon, CA, has launched a multi-modal manufacturing execution system (MES). Plant Applications 8.0 helps manufacturers leverage real-time production data to optimize operations. According to the company, it is the first enterprise scale MES that supports discrete, process, and multi-modal manufacturing. The software is built for easy adoption, is simple to configure, and can be scaled to cover multiple sites globally, helping manufacturers to maximize overall equipment effectiveness, improve production scheduling, and drive improvements in product quality.

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Actuator System

Kyntronics, Cleveland, OH, has developed an all-in-one actuator. The patent-pending HSHF (High Speed/High Force) single cylinder actuator is designed to overcome the problem of having to oversize actuation components for applications that have a rapid stroke at low force with a load stroke at high force. The system leverages valves to control the pump flow to either the HS or HF cylinder. The motion program is capable of accurately controlling position, force, and speed in all four quadrants throughout any position in the HF cylinder

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Proportional Isolation Valves

A proportional isolation valve from Clippard, Cincinnati, OH, utilizes a robust and powerful miniature linear actuator. The patent-pending Eclipse valve is designed for optimal performance and durability. The valve is ideal in critical medical applications requiring ultra-fine resolution and excellent repeatability. In addition, the unique design allows for custom flow profiles. Flow Resolution is 0.19 ml/min water and 0.007 l/min air max @ 30 psig.

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Component Assemblies

Qosina, Ronkonkoma, NY, has introduced “Build-It-Yourself Assemblies,” a visual reference that helps customers easily find and order components. The resource features a downloadable bill of materials for design planning and a one-click download of related documentation needed for regulatory filings. Users can also request component samples, place an order, or request a quote to have the parts assembled for them. Assemblies will be added to the gallery on an ongoing basis.

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This article first appeared in the March, 2020 issue of Medical Design Briefs Magazine.

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