Robotics & Automation

Mechanical Components

Learn about the design and testing of mechanical components in medical devices, including MEMS pressure sensors, connectors, wires, and cables.

Products : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Solenoid Valves

Sensortechnics (Walpole, MA) offers the Ten-X Series of 2-way and 3-way solenoid valves available with integrated "Hit and Hold" drive electronics to reduce power consumption and heat generation using pulse width modulation. The valves offer high flow rates of 8 lpm at 6 psi and 22 lpm a t30 psi through a 0.060" orifice. The...

Products : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Sensor Connector

Hirose Electric (Simi Valley, CA) offers a sensor connector for users of blood glucose monitoring devices and strips. It increases mating cycles to more than 10,000. The connector incorporates an automated ejection mechanism for the blood sensor, which allows a more hygienic approach to strip removal. Users push a button to...

Products : Motion Control
Safety Valves

Bimba Manufacturing (Monee, IL) has introduced the Pneumatic Isolation Valve (PIV) Series to its line of air preparation products. The series is available in nine sizes, ranging from 0.25" to 1.5". They feature a lock out — tag out style and meet OSHA and ANSI/PMMI standards that require a lockout valve installed on all...

Products : Motion Control
Rotary Encoder

The MSR 40 modular steel tape rotary encoder from RSF Elektronik (Tarsdorf, Austria) is now available in North America through the HEIDENHAIN Corporation (Schaumburg, IL). The encoder is suitable for measurement applications with diameters of 6 in (150 mm) to 6 ft (~2 m). The steel tape of the MSR 40 utilizes the proven...

Products : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Connectors

Fischer Connectors (Saint-Prex, Switzerland) offers AluLiteTM connectors that can endure more than 5,000 mating cycles within a temperature range of -50 °C to 150 °C. The anodized finished connector housing is engineered with an anticorrosive aluminum alloy. Cable diameters range from 1.4 to 10.7 mm. The series is available in...

Products : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Sanitary Fittings

Qosina (Edgewood, NY) offers sanitary fittings that feature a pre-attached platinum-cured silicone gasket. Hose barbs in sizes from 1/4” to 3/4” with flanges adhering to both the “Mini” and “Maxi” standards are available. They are Class VI, animal-additive-free, and gamma- or autoclave-sterilizable. Three types of...

Products : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Miniature Circular Connectors

Hypertronics (Hudson, MA) offers miniature circular connectors as an extension of the circular push-button D Series connector design. The connectors feature Hypertac® hyperboloid contacts in a 0.3 mm pin size, and maintain five signal contacts rated at 1A each, with a dielectric withstanding voltage rating of 750V....

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
DC Motor

Portescap (West Chester, PA) has introduced the AthlonixTM high-power density brush DC motor that features a compact, lightweight package (15 to 53 grams, depending on frame size), and output power of up to 9 watts. The energy-efficient coreless design includes optimized self-supporting coil and magnetic circuit, which delivers...

Products : Motion Control
Touch-Free Door Opening System

Sanidoor (Daytona Beach, FL) offers a touch-free door-opening system designed to reduce the spread of germs in restrooms in hospitals and healthcare facilities. It can be retro-fitted to swinging doors and includes safety measures for impediment or entrapment protection. The system is ADA compliant and approved to...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Brushless Flat DC Motors

MicroMo Electronics (Clearwater, FL) offers brushless flat DC micromotors suitable for laboratory and medical applications. The motors deliver nominal voltages of 6 or 12 V. The 15 m-diameter motors provide continuous output torque of 0.6 mNm, while the 26-mm-diameter motors provide 3.8 mNm. Gearmotor versions of these...

Features : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Selecting Motors for Medical Pumps

Creation of small, portable infusion pumps opened a new chapter in medical care. A patient can receive carefully metered and timed doses of medicine without requiring a visit to a medical practitioner, allowing life to be less restrictive. Ambulatory pumps have been developed to deliver insulin, nutritive...

Products : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Electric Cylinders

EC1 electric cylinders from Kollmorgen (Radford, VA) provide a linear positioning alternative to pneumatic and hydraulic systems in applications requiring continuous thrust of ≤150 pounds. They feature controllable speed up to 0.325 m/s, accurate mid-stroke positioning, and position holding without power (with brake option)....

Products : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
FPC-to-Board Connectors

Hirose Electric (Simi Valley, CA) has introduced the BM10 series of flexible printed circuits (FPCs)-to-board connectors that are RoHS-compliant and halogen-free. They are available with stacking heights of 0.6 to 0.8 mm, and feature a 2.98-mm depth and 0.44-mm contact pitch. The 40-position connectors feature an enhanced...

Briefs : Motion Control
Controlling Devices Using the Ear as an Output Source

Current methods of device control include joysticks, which involve using one or both hands, external microphones that are cumbersome and pick up ambient noise, and external arrays that are also cumbersome and can restrict a user’s movement. Additionally, the external microphone and array...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Connector/Cable Systems

Plastics One (Roanoke, VA) custom designs, molds, and assembles medical connector/cable systems for applications in areas such as body-worn diagnostic testing and monitoring components. Standard connector component products also are available.

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