Electronics

Treatment for Space Atrophy Finding Application on Earth

The lack of gravity in space reduces the mechanical loading seen by both the muscles and bones of the body, especially those related to standing and moving. The body adapts to reduced loading by losing bone mass and muscle mass. In long-duration space flights this leads to “disuse atrophy,” and an astronaut may lose up to 20% of their bone mass in one year in space. A countermeasure therapy using passive vibration for neuromusculoskeletal stimulation was originally designed by Jeff Leismer, PhD, founder and CTO, VibeTech, Inc., Sheboygan, WI, to enable longer space flights by reducing atrophy.

Posted in: Features, MDB, Electronics, Medical, Rehabilitation & Physical Therapy, Motion Control, Motors & Drives, Sensors

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The Evolution of Miniaturization Within Medical Instrumentation

Recent demands from hospitals, practitioners, and even patients themselves calling for more functions and increased portability, has created a market for upgraded surgical, diagnosis, and monitoring equipment. Coupl ed with increasing medical costs, the push for shorter hospital stays has increased the need for upgraded portable monitoring equipment that can physically travel with the patient through recovery and after release. As a result of this dynamic change in the medical service system, a new focus has been driven towards smaller, lighter, and more portable medical equipment. In order to accomplish this, every portion of the medical device itself is considered a candidate for miniaturization.

Posted in: Features, MDB, Custom & Contract Manufacturing, Electronic Components, Electronics, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Medical

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A New Alloy for Medical Electronics Applications

History Although the deadline for RoHS compliance for medical device manufacturers is nearly a year away (July 22, 2014), there is more than ten years of testing and in-service data that can be used to ensure a smooth transition to lead-free medical devices and equipment.

Posted in: Features, MDB, Board-Level Electronics, Electronic Components, Electronics, Medical

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Flat Cable & Assemblies Catalog

Cicoil, Valencia, CA, the leading manufacturer of high Perfor mance Flexx-Sil™ Flat Cables and Assemblies, an nounces its New Mas ter Cat alog. Avail able in print or downloadable, the catalog offers an extensive selection of 700+ standard part numbers, 27 New Products, custom capabilities, specification tables, and technical field sales support tools. It includes product features and benefits, specifications, applications, photos, and ordering information for each bulk cable and cable assembly design.

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Fiber Assemblies for UV Wavelengths

Laser Components USA, Inc., Hudson, NH, presents assembled patchcords based on UV fibers for immediate application. UV fiber assemblies are required for many applications, for example in fluorescence spectroscopy, UV laser power transmission, medical technology, or UV illumination tasks. Depending on the application and the wavelength, different types of fibers are available.

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World’s Most Powerful Form C Reed Switch

HSI Sensing (Hermetic Switch, Inc.), Chickasha, OK, created a quality line of high-power, high-voltage reed switches, engineered for fluid processing applications, including the world’s highest-power Form C reed switch. Engineered with tungsten contacts, the HSR-933W boasts a power rating of 100 watts, making it 25% more powerful than any other Form C available. It can also be modified to carry up to 400 watts.

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Ultra Precision Chip Resistors

KOA Speer Electronics, Inc., Bradford, PA, introduces the 0402 (1E) size of their RN73H line of ultra precision chip resistors. These thin film (metal) chip resistors feature high heat resistance (up to +155°C) and ultra high precision (±0.1%) tolerance. The RN73H offers enhanced moisture resistance (85°C ±2°C, 85% ±4% RH, 1000h) by the use of a special protective layer over resistive film construction. RN73H1E chip resistors are ideal for medical applications, especially where high temperature/ high humidity are design considerations.

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