Electronic Components
Medical Devices to Be Affected by RoHS Directive in 2014
Posted in Electronic Components, Electronics, FDA Compliance/Regulatory Affairs, Medical, News, MDB on Monday, 18 March 2013
In addition to the Chemicals Regulation REACH (Regulation concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemical substances), medical devices will soon have to comply with the European RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) Directive on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment. This affects US exports to the EU, the EFTA countries (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway), Switzerland, and Turkey. The current scope of products will expand until the use of the RoHs 6 hazardous substances: lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, and the flame retardants PBB and PBDE, will be essentially banned in all electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) up to 1,000 Volts AC, 1,500 volts DC sold in the EU.

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Scaling Up Production of Graphene Micro-Supercapacitors
Posted in Batteries, Electronic Components, Board-Level Electronics, Power Supplies, Electronics, Power Management, Medical, News, MDB on Tuesday, 12 March 2013
The demand for ever-smaller electronic devices has led to the miniaturization of a variety of technologies, but energy-storage units, such as batteries and capacitors, have lagged behind. Now, researchers at UCLA say that they have developed an innovative technique using a DVD burner to fabricate micro-scale graphene-based supercapacitors, which can charge and discharge a hundred to a thousand times faster than standard batteries. These micro-supercapacitors, made from a one-atom–thick layer of graphitic carbon, can be easily manufactured and readily integrated into small devices such as next-generation pacemakers, they say.

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Analytical Electronic Valves
Posted in Drug Delivery & Dispensing, Electronics, Mechanical Components, Electronic Components, Medical, Drug Delivery & Fluid Handling, Products, MDB on Friday, 01 March 2013
Clippard Instrument Laboratory, Inc., Cincinnati, OH, introduces a new series of electronic valves designed for the analytical industry, and for applications where cleanliness is especially important. The pneumatic valves utilize a unique patented system with a low power consumption of only 0.67 watts, a response time of 5 to 10 milliseconds, and voltages of 6, 12, or 24 VDC. Available in 2-way or 3-way, normally- closed or fully ported.
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SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Connectors
Posted in Electronics, Electronic Components, Medical, Products, MDB on Friday, 01 March 2013
Mill-Max Mfg. Corp., Oyster Bay, NY, introduces four new USB 3.0 connectors. USB 3.0, SuperSpeed USB, provides a 10x faster data transfer rate over Hi-Speed USB with a 5 Gbps signaling rate. SuperSpeed USB is a Sync-N-Go technology that minimizes user wait time and provides optimized power efficiency. Mill-Max offers both standard size and micro USB 3.0 connectors, which are are smaller and lighter than existing USB connectors for portable and handheld devices.
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Industry’s Fastest Piezoelectric Jet Valves
Posted in Manufacturing & Prototyping, Electronics, Electronic Components, Industrial Controls & Automation, Consumer Product Manufacturing, Mechanical Components, Joining & Assembly, Medical, Products, MDB on Friday, 01 March 2013
Nordson EFD, East Providence, RI, has more than tripled the speed of its PICO™ series of piezoelectric jet dispensing systems— from 150Hz (cycles per second) up to an industry-leading continuous 500Hz, making the new and improved versions the fastest piezoelectric valves available to the global manufacturing community. PICO systems are used to apply adhesives, lubricants, and other assembly fluids in amounts as small as 2 nanoliters. They are ideal for applying precise amounts of fluid on uneven surfaces or products with small components, tight tolerances, or hard-to-access areas, such as medical devices.
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3D Magnetic Mapping of Reed Sensors
Posted in Electronics, Electronic Components, Sensors, Medical, Products, MDB on Friday, 01 March 2013
Standex-Meder Electronics, Cincinnati, OH, announces its 3D magnetic mapping capabilities for reed sensors, which allows designers to more accurately place sensors and magnetic components within a system, eliminating issues that may result in faulty operation. 3D mapping also helps designers adjust the magnetic sensitivity of the reed sensor and/or the magnet’s size and strength. It is particularly useful in applications using more than one reed sensor or more than one magnet.
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Smart Voice Coil Actuator
Posted in Electronics, Electronic Components, Sensors, Medical, Products, MDB on Friday, 01 March 2013
BEI Kimco Magnetics, Vista, CA, introduces its latest generation Housed Voice Coil Actuator (VCA), the LAS28-53-00A. Engineered as an all inclusive package, the new VCA incorporates an integrated position feedback sensor with analog output for servo positioning or velocity control. It includes shielded cables and connectors that allow plug and play installation. With shaft and bearings contained in the housing, there is no need to design parts to capture the coil and field assemblies and maintain concentric position.
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