Barcode Reader

Omron, Hoffman Estates, IL, has launched a handheld barcode reader with algorithms that readily capture challenging codes, including direct part marks (DPMs) and ultra-compact symbols. The V410 family’s three models — the XD, the SR, and the HC — are designed for traceability throughout the manufacturing process and beyond. The SR model boasts an outstanding read range, while the HC is designed for life science and hospital environments. The barcode reader operates on the company’s WebLink platform, which makes it possible to export images to a PC file location, customize the data output pre-amble and post-amble, and save/restore barcode reader configuration files.

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Risk-Management Software

Cognition Corp., Lexington, MA, has released a new suite of risk management software. Compass’ risk management feature includes guided risk analysis supported by regulatory standards, sequence of events management, and native integration with requirements and test management to ensure quality is integral throughout all phases of product development. The software guides users through the risk analysis process, and enforces policies based on regulatory standards like ISO 14971 and the project’s risk management plan. Risk management is tightly integrated with requirements and test management to assess the impact of every change across every function.

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Tubing Dies

Guill, West Warwick, RI, has introduced 2–6 layer extrusion tooling designed to produce the highest quality, highest material-efficient ⅛ to 6 in. OD tubing. The redesigned Series 800 produces smooth extrusion and layer definition of fluropolymer and other materials for all multi-layer, multi-lumen medical tubing. The design allows thin layer combinations of polymers and adhesives to 0.02 mm or less. The tooling is produced with computer simulation of the flow channels using computational fluid dynamics programs, resulting in optimum uniform flow with no weld lines.

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Servo-Drive System

A new servo drive system in the safety extra-low voltage range for 24–48V EC motors is available from Siemens, Plano, TX. The Simatic Micro-Drive system with UL- and CE-marked components consists of the PDC (Profidrive Control) servo drive in conjunction with a flexible range of motors and connecting cables from product partners. The system offers units from 100 W to 1 kW and allows side-by-side rail mounting. It is available in a standard (only hardwired safe torque off [STO]) and a fail-safe version. STO, SS1, SLT, SLS, and SSM safety integrated functions are included with the Micro-Drive F variant.

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Ball Rail Systems

Bosch Rexroth, Bethlehem, PA, offers BSHP ball rail systems and BASA ball screw assemblies that achieve lubrication intervals that are up to four times longer. BASA achieves up to 200 million revolutions with the basic factory lubrication. The balls on the screw cover a distance of around 12,800 km. For applications which require relubrication, various lubrication options ensure optimum accessibility to the linear guides in the machine.

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Mid-IR Detector

Opto Diode, Camarillo, CA, has introduced a high-performance, two-stage, cooled, lead selenide (PbSe) detector that operates in the mid-infrared (IR) spectral region with peak sensitivity between 4.3 and 4.5 μm. The cooler on the BXT2S-28T allows the detector element to operate as low as –45 °C to maximize detectivity (D*). The device also features responsivity of 7.5 × 104 V/W (typical). The detector provides high sensitivity when monitoring small changes in gas mixtures.

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Hospital-Grade Plugs

Interpower, Oskaloosa, IA, has released NEMA 5-20 hospital-grade plugs in molded colors of clear, black, or gray on 10-ft lengths of flexible cord. The molded plugs complement the company’s NEMA 5-20 hand-wired hospital-grade plugs. Options include: North American 18A Hospital Grade Power Cord on 14 AWG SJT Cable (P/N 86630010, P/N 86630020, and P/N 86630030), and North American 18A Hospital Grade Cord Set with C19 Connector on 14 AWG SJT Cable (P/N 86630040, P/N 86630050, and P/N 86630060).

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Custom Labels

Empire Screen Printing, Onalaska, WI, offers a wide range of printing technology to medical device and equipment manufacturers. Applications include control panels, graphic overlays, decorative and informative graphics, dead fronts, nameplates, brand identification, and warning/danger decals. The company develops customized solutions in close collaboration with customers. Application experts evaluate materials for stability and durability, as well as for compliance with the latest health and safety standards. The team produces samples for testing and conducts rigorous evaluations to ensure labels maintain their form and function under the stresses that medical products encounter in actual use.

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Smart Modules

A multiprotocol platform from InnoPhase, San Diego, CA, provides low power wireless connectivity. The Talaria TWO™ INP1012 and INP1013 modules for smart health applications combine wireless connectivity and integrated microcontroller for edge-of-network IoT devices that require low power consumption and a direct-to-cloud connection. The miniaturized modules are 40 percent smaller than the original INP1010/INP1011 and add more intelligence and functionality to their products while meeting the growing demand for faster time to market and more compact designs.

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Piston Compressor

Gast Manufacturing, Benton Harbor, MI, has released a two-horsepower rocking piston compressor. The Gast 120R Series has airflow capacity up to 12 cfm and pressure to 145 psi. One unit can replace two or more smaller compressors — meeting a system’s pressure demand faster while reducing extra hardware and maintenance costs. The compressor, which can be easily integrated into an existing system, provides an oil-free design.

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AI-Enabled Software

Synopsys, Mountain View, CA, has released AI-enabled software for segmentation and landmarking in orthopedics and cardiology. Simpleware R-2021.03 adds fully automated segmentation and landmarking tools for new anatomies, as well as improvements to the software’s established family of AI-enabled workflows. Algorithms are verified by clinical professionals and are scalable to process large batches of data up to 50 times faster than traditional methods. The modules produce models in just 1–3 minutes when using a standard engineering laptop.

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Secure Software

ITTIA, Bellevue, WA, has released, an SQL to extend data management automation capabilities to FlexCtrl and improve system data storage and processing. ITTIA DB SQL enables manufacturers and architects of industrial systems to securely collect, process, and distribute data in real time. It unlocks the power of sensors and devices to gain intelligence and take action. FlexCtrl, a middleware solution that creates control and monitoring applications in industrial automation systems, embeds ITTIA DB SQL to store, secure, distribute, and act on industrial systems data to make critical decisions.

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Axial Torsion Test System

Instron, Norwood, MA, has launched a torsion add-on for universal testing systems. Recently redesigned to take advantage of the latest functionality of the company’s 6800 Series, the Torsion Add-On 3.0 system is designed to be simpler, safer, and more intuitive. The Torsion Add-On product line performs axial, torsion, and simultaneous axial-torsion testing, simulating real-world use of products and components in a testing environment. It also meets the requirements of a variety of international testing standards, including ISO 11040-4, ISO 80369, and ASTM F543.

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Robot Cell

A robot cell from GROB Systems, Bluffton, OH, offers a complete system with a uniform design and coordinated interfaces. The customizable GRC system is capable of part handling as well as pallet handling, which allows for maximum flexibility. The compact design of the robot cell, which uses standardized software, has a shared base frame enabling quick and easy installation. The feeding system with part drawers enables longer unmanned production. An automatic clamping fixture and part gripper change is available for different clamping fixtures and part types.

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Power Supplies

COSEL, Tokyo, Japan, has expanded its medical power supplies offering with a new series. The 600 W PJMA600F and the 1000 W rated PJMA1000F have a universal input range of 85–264 VAC and comply with international safety standards. Designed for demanding medical applications, the PJMA series input/output isolation complies with 2MOPP requirements. The PJMA series is available in four output voltages of 12, 24, 36, and 48 VDC. The series includes inrush current limiting circuitry, overcurrent and overvoltage protection, as well a thermal protection.

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COM-HPC Starter Set

A new COM-HPC starter set is available from Congatec, San Diego, CA. The starter set is suitable for modular system designs utilizing the high-speed interface technologies such as PCIe Gen4, USB 4.0, and up to ultrafast 2x25 GbE connectivity, as well as integrated MIPI-CSI vision capabilities. The embedded module generation is designed for broadband connected edge devices that are emerging in industrial IoT, including medical. The starter set’s Ethernet configuration options range from 8x 1GbE switching options and 2x 2.5 GbE, including TSN support up to dual 2x 10 GbE connectivity.

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Motion Platform

Haydon Kerk Pittman, Waterbury, CT, has released a motion platform that offers linear and rotary point-to-point motion in a compact footprint. The Z-Theta platform is a modular “bolt-in” package to reduce complexity. The platform’s ScrewRail® linear actuator combines guidance and linear transmission in a slender co-axial profile. Its unique dualmotion integration with a pair of stepper motors adds rotary (theta) motion in a manner that reduces motion system size by 50–80 percent and provides as much as a 60 percent overall cost reduction when compared to traditional design approaches.

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IoT Controller

Regent Controls, Bolton, CT, has introduced a sensorless controller for clutches and brakes in industrial Internet of Things systems. The SmartSense(IoT) provides real-time information and insights on a clutch or brake’s functional health and operation, with data that allows users to optimize maintenance, lifespan, power consumption and performance. The controller provides a variety of data in real time, including the percentage of wear, an alert when an 80 percent wear threshold has been reached, an excessive wear warning (indicating an anomaly in the drive system and corresponding components compared to the previous 3 braking or clutching cycles), and an armature motion indicator which helps to eliminate overlap between clutch or brake disengagement and motor start times.

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This article first appeared in the May, 2021 issue of Medical Design Briefs Magazine.

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