Electronics
Electronics Cleaning Process
Posted in Electronics, Products, Board-Level Electronics, Electronics on Friday, 01 February 2013
Digicom Electronics, Inc., Oakland, CA, a technology and quality- driven electronics manufacturing services company, introduces its new Diamond Track Cleaning Process. This process uses a proprietary combination of chemicals, temperature, wash cycles, timing, and equipment that results in printed circuit boards with superior quality and cleanliness. A recent lab analysis for ion contamination found zero ion contamination on assembled boards.
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Tiny EZ-Mount Rotary Position Sensor
Posted in Electronics, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Products, Board-Level Electronics, Electronic Components, Electronics, Sensors on Friday, 01 February 2013
Piher Sensors & Controls S.A., Chicago, IL, has introduced the MTS-360 Mechanical Mount Rotary Position Sensor with integral PCB for fast and easy mounting. Designed with the sensor directly mounted onto a PCB, the MTS-360 Sensor/PCB Combo package allows engineers to easily install a fully featured rotary sensor without first having to design a printed circuit board for the sensor. Available with either 6 pin (dual output) or 3 pin (single output) Molex 90119 Series mating connectors.
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Risk Assessment for Power Supplies to Comply with IEC 60601-1 3rd Edition
Posted in Custom & Contract Manufacturing, Electronics, FDA Compliance/Regulatory Affairs, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Monitoring & Testing, Features, Electronics, Power Management, Power Supplies, FDA Compliance/Regulatory Affairs on Tuesday, 01 January 2013
For medical device OEMs seeking compliance to the 3rd Edition of IEC 60601-1 for their power supplies, what is quite clear by now are the regional dates for enforcement, the required risk management at the medical electrical equipment or system level, the new definitions of Means of Operator Protection (MOOP) and Means of Patient Protection (MOPP), and other differences as compared to the 2nd Edition. What is not clear is how to address these new definitions and requirements. Rather than simply redesigning and resubmitting for 3rd Edition certification, questionnaires and flowcharts that map out the requirements at the device or system level help to minimize the evaluation and redesign at the power supply level. By having the medical device OEM and power supply vendor answer the questionnaire concurrently, deficiencies from the equipment or power supply can be quickly assessed in order to satisfy the requirement.
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Wireless ELF 2 System
Posted in Products, Electronic Components, Electronics, PCs/Portable Computers, Sensors on Tuesday, 01 January 2013
Tekscan, Inc., Boston, MA, has released a Wireless ELF 2 System, which eliminates wires and enables a laptop or PC to quickly capture and store force data for product research, quality assurance, and testing. Wireless ELF 2 combines ultra-thin (0.008”) piezoresistive FlexiForce single-element load sensors with a battery-operated Wi-Fi transmitter and simple software. The software displays real-time force data in pounds, grams, or Newtons.
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EMS Capabilities for Medical Devices
Posted in Products, Electronic Components, Electronics on Saturday, 01 December 2012
Suntron Corporation (Phoenix, AZ), a leader in integrated electronics manufacturing systems (EMS) and embedded computing solutions, will showcase its capabilities for the medical industry in Booth #126 at BIOMEDevice San Jose. Suntron provides FDA class I - III box build, printed circuit board assembly, large scale system integration, and other full-contract manufacturing services.
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Defibrillator Setting Change Leads to Health Gains
Posted in News, Electronics, Implants & Prosthetics on Wednesday, 28 November 2012
A new study shows that many implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs), which are designed to detect and correct dangerous heart rhythms, are programmed to too low a setting, delivering painful shocks for heart rhythms that aren’t dangerous. Making a simple change in the way physicians set or program the device can lead to a dramatic 80 to 90 percent reduction in inappropriate therapies delivered for rhythms not life threatening. Cardiology researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY, found that simply raising the heart rate at which the device is set to fire significantly increased survival, lowering the risk of death by 55 percent compared to patients whose devices used traditional programming. This is above and beyond the usual decrease in mortality associated with defibrillator therapy, leading to an overall 70 percent reduction in death.
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Disposable MEMS Market Growing, Study Says
Posted in News, Electronic Components, Electronics, Drug Delivery & Fluid Handling, Sensors on Tuesday, 27 November 2012
The market for microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) used as pressure sensors in medical electronics is likely to grow by 7 percent this year, aided by the use of disposable devices as well as respiratory monitoring, according to iSuppli, El Segundo, CA, a global leader in technology value chain research and advisory services, now part of IHS. Their report says revenue for pressure sensors in medical electronics applications will reach $137.6 million in 2012, and growth will be steady over the next few years, with revenue projected to reach $186.7 million by 2016.

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