Position Sensor

A new sensor for hydraulic cylinders from ASM Sensors, Elmhurst, IL, simplifies installation and maintenance. The posichron® EasyMount is an absolute, non-contact and wear-free linear position sensor system with measurement ranges up to 5,750 mm. The core part of the sensor is a strong, maintenance-free magnet fixed inside the cylinder. The sensor itself is mounted on the outside of the hydraulic cylinder. No deep hole drilling is necessary for sensor installation. Small piston diameters with insufficient installation space can be equipped with sensors. Installation in synchronous cylinders is possible.

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Battery Retainer

A miniature button cell retainer from Keystone, New Hyde Park, NY is suited for portable medical devices that use high-density PCB packaging. The new retainers are manufactured of phosphor bronze with tin-nickel plating and engineered with reliable spring tension to ensure low contact resistance while firmly securing batteries within retainers. This micro battery retainer accepts all 5.8 mm diameter lithium and silver oxide batteries from all major manufacturers and is compatible with all soldering and reflow operations (including lead free and high temperature) and with most vacuum and mechanical pick-and-place assembly systems.

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Ductless Fume Hood

Air Science, Fort Myers, FL, offers ductless fume hoods that are ideal for use in laboratory environments where space is limited or where only small volumes of harmful substances are handled. The Purair Advanced Series ductless fume hoods are available in seven standard sizes in metal or polypropylene construction. The series of high-efficiency products is designed to protect the user and the environment from hazardous vapors generated on the work surface.

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Air Preparation

Bimba, University Park, IL, has expanded its air preparation family of filters, regulators, lubricators, and accessories. The AIROS family of products includes micro-fog lubricator options that create a very fine mist of oil that can travel longer, more complex circuit paths than traditional lubricants. New vapor removal filters remove hydrocarbon odors from the air, providing filtration for ultra-sensitive applications. All bowls utilize dual locks to ensure the bowl is in the correct position every time. Bayonet pressure locks make it nearly impossible to remove a bowl under pressure.

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Development Kit

Nippon Pulse, Radford, VA, has introduced an evaluation kit to help original equipment manufacturers reduce development time and investment, and ramp up production of their applications. The evaluation kit utilizes the Nippon Pulse Commander core — a four-axis hybrid IC motion controller — and full software package for application development. It contains everything necessary to start evaluating or developing an application: the Commander core itself, evaluation board, reference designs, and a complete cable set.

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CPAP Mask

AG Industries, St. Louis, MO, has launched a full face pediatric CPAP mask. The Nonny full face mask, along with the Nonny nasal mask, offers advanced pediatric CPAP technology that provides children with a better night’s sleep, helping them breathe easier with improved compliance. The mask holds innovative design features that include a 3D mask cushion for an excellent seal, forehead support for stability, and an air vent that minimizes noise and enables efficient CO2 washout. The mask is available to distributors or medical OEMs.

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CT Scanner

A 225 kV CT scanner from Exact Metrology, Cincinnati, OH, includes a 3k detector (3008 × 2512 pixels), voxel size between 2 and 80 μm, photogrammetric calibration, 5-axis kinematics, measuring area of Ø 240 mm, H. 400 mm, temperature balancing, and I/O port. The GOM CT enables the inspection of complex parts based on volumes. All surfaces (including internal structures) can be used for shape and dimension analysis.

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Power Clamps

Destaco, Auburn Hills, MI, has launched a new family of power clamps. Model 84A40-1/84A50-1 power clamps have a compact double-arm design. The pneumatically powered clamps produce high force and tolerance compensation for firmly holding sheet metal together during various critical assembly applications, such as welding. The standard opening angle of the clamp is 90°, but the opening angle of both arms is independently adjustable. Three different sets of arms are available for the smaller 84A40-1 model and four for the 84A50-1.

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Sensor Beacons

Fujitsu Component America, Sunnyvale, CA, has added a series of Bluetooth® 5 beacons and sensor beacons for secure IoT solutions. The new beacons leverage the benefits of Bluetooth 5, including reduced power consumption, faster communication speed, greater LE advertising data communication capacity, and an increased number of channels. The FWM8BLZ07 beacon features an embedded advertisement function that encrypts data and securely authenticates and decrypts messages by utilizing an antispoofing function known as a message authentication code (MAC).

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Universal Testing System

A new generation of universal testing systems is available from Instron, Norwood, MA. The 3400 and 6800 Series are successors to Instron’s 3300 and 5900 series systems and are available in single and dual column models, with capacities ranging from 500 N to 50 kN. The series is equipped with an all-new collision mitigation feature to help reduce accidental equipment and specimen damage. It enables the systems to continually monitor force during jog and return and will automatically stop the crosshead movement if unexpected force is detected.

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Biomedical Coatings

Jaro Corp., Ipswich, MA, has added the capability to apply a new advanced two-component polyurethane coating to medical devices. Sherwin-Williams Polane 8400 provides a biocompatible, chemically resistant, and durable surface finish appearance. Applicable in both smooth and textured finishes, the coating can be applied to most metal, plastic, and composite base materials. The finish not only protects the material surface, but also remains inert during patient contact.

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Fume Hoods

Hemco, Independence, MO, offers fume hoods ideal for additional hood space applications and student workstations. The EcoFlow fume hoods are available in 24, 30, 36, and 48 in. wide models. Because of the reduced size, the hoods require less exhaust air to be drawn from the lab. Fully adjustable sliding sash is made of 3/16 in. thick shatterproof plexiglas and is fully adjustable to allow easy access into the fume chamber. Easy-Touch operation allows for precise positioning. A full selection of accessories and components including work surfaces, base cabinets, plumbing, and electrical services is available.

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3D Imaging Software

Synopsys, Exeter, UK, has launched a new Simpleware ScanIP software module for automated segmentation of medical images. Simpleware AS Ortho is powered by artificial intelligence technology using machine learning algorithms. Embedded in the software platform and building on its established segmentation capabilities, the new module significantly reduces traditional bottlenecks around manual segmentation of hips and knees. The software provides 20–50 times faster segmentation rate.

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Embedded Vision

Congatec, Deggendorf, Germany, has announced that SGET has approved the company’s SMARC 2.1 specification. The new revision brings numerous additional features, such as SerDes support for extended edge connectivity and up to 4 MIPI-CSI camera interfaces to meet the increasing demand for a fusion of embedded computing and embedded vision. The new features are backward compatible with Rev. 2.0, which means that 2.1 modules can be integrated on 2.0 carriers. All extensions to Rev.2.0 are also optional, so all of the company’s SMARC 2.0 modules are automatically compatible with SMARC 2.1.

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Grinder

Glebar (Tridex), Philadelphia, PA, provides a solution for grinding the teeth in arthroscopic shavers with their SG-1645 and SG-2060 burr-free electrochemical surface grinding machines. The machines can cut shaver teeth burr free, without recast, slag, or heat damage and at much shorter cycle times. The company developed and manufactured its SG-1645 and SG-2060 machines for burr-free grinding applications with tight tolerances on stainless steel and other heat-sensitive materials. ECG can cut full depth forms in one pass requiring less wheel dressing with wheel life lasting up to 20× longer.

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

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