Insights into fastener torque auditing and certification

An improperly torqued screw can mean the difference between passing certification and product failure. A new technical article from Futek outlines the importance of gasket and seal integrity validation, as well as third-party repair certification, and standards compliance and traceability in this fastener validation process. Requirements for tool verification are similar, whether the end product is

How should I think about insert molding in medical devices?

Justin Strike/Program Manager/Sil-Pro  Does your device have sufficient mechanical interfacing to meet performance requirements? Can plasma or corona treatments enhance product performance? Will mechanical surface prepping, chemical adhesion or a combination of both processes be necessary for your product? Overmolding or insert molding is ideal for projects with complex final molded component designs. Overmolding offers extended

What are electromechanical devices?

Almost any single device with an electrical and mechanical component can be referred to as electromechanical (EM). You might even call an electric motor an electromechanical device, because it turns electricity into rotary (mechanical) motion. For this discussion, let’s focus on a few examples of simple designs most often used externally for manufacturing medical devices.

“Plug and spin” brushless DC motors in just a few seconds with STMicroelectronics’ new nucleo pack

STMicroelectronics introduces a $35 starter kit plus a new free software algorithm to help engineers and hobbyists implement efficient vector control in a short time for motor-driven projects such as drones, appliances, E-bikes, home-automation, healthcare and industrial machinery. The P-NUCLEO-IHM001 Motor-Control Nucleo Pack in combination with new software elements from the STM32 Motor Control Ecosystem

Continuous 225W with natural convection for medical type BF power supply

Powerbox, a European power supply company, introduces new Medline 225 series ac and dc single output open frame converters for medical type BF applications. The new OFM225 with its 3 x 5 in. footprint and 1.5 in. height is designed for a continuous output power of 225W with natural convection and 40°C ambient temperature, increasing to

PBC Linear’s guide for approved bearing inspection method

Understanding the method to properly inspect the Frelon liner in PBC Linear’s Simplicity plain bearings is essential to taking full advantage of the product. The Frelon liner supplies numerous attributes that make it preferable in many unique applications; however, being a teflon-based material requires a different method of inspection: Approved Inspection Method: Pin Gauges (AKA: Go or

Banner Engineering Q4X laser measurement sensor now available in analog models

Banner Engineering announces its industry-recognized Q4X laser distance sensor is now available with analog output. Featuring 4 to 20 mA and 0 to 10 V output options, the Q4X analog models expand the variety of applications Banner’s Q4X laser distance sensor can solve, including fill level indication, part positioning, roll diameter, loop control, thickness verification

Kollmorgen exhibits leading hygienic design solutions at PACK EXPO 2015

Kollmorgen will exhibit its industry-leading motion solutions at PACK EXPO, September 28 to 30, 2015, at the Las Vegas Convention Center. PACK EXPO attendees are invited to register online using Kollmorgen’s complimentary pass code: 79K95. In addition to product demos of the company’s innovative servo motors and stepper motors, Kollmorgen will highlight new enhancements to

How to ensure bolted joint integrity when using a Compression Limiter in a plastic assembly

Compression Limiters are used to protect plastic components in bolted joints and maintain a threaded fastener’s clamp load by eliminating plastic creep. To function properly, bearing surface beneath the bolt’s head must extend over the Compression Limiter to contact the plastic component. Assembly considerations Several factors including speed and assembly method must be considered when

MST offers custom, quality components

Designers needing custom, complex-shaped components with precision, high-strength quality features will find Miki Pulley an ideal source. Miki Pulley Sintering Technology (MST), components such as spur gears, pinions, rotors, timing pulleys and compound gears are manufactured economically to specification for medical devices. MST includes unique 500 to 1000 ton, multi-stage CNC forming press systems capable

New corrosion-resistant, all plastic Cam Latch from Southco meets Nema 4 and Ip65 standards

Southco, a company who engineers access solutions, has expanded its successful E5 Cam Latch series with a new, plastic version. The redesigned plastic E5 Cam Latch features an all plastic, corrosion resistant design that meets NEMA 4 and IP65 standards for water and dust protection, making it ideal for use in highly corrosive environments. The plastic

Fairview Microwave presents cost effective, coaxial packaged and low-noise amplifiers

Fairview Microwave, a supplier of on-demand microwave and RF components, has several active components that cover broad RF & microwave frequency bands. For medical applications, components such as coaxial RF amplifiers can find their way into patient monitoring and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) systems supporting the testing and scanning functions. Also they can be deployed

Methods Machine Tools presents the new Nakamura-Tome NTRX-300

Methods Machine Tools, a developer of precision machine tools and automation, has introduced the new Nakamura-Tome NTRX-300, a multitasking turning center featuring complete parts machining in one operation, with a built-in load and unload automation system and advanced operator recognition management software. The NTRX-300 features true opposing twin spindles: an 8 in. A2-6 25 HP or

Kollmorgen introduces the next generation of stepper motors

Kollmorgen introduces the next generation of stepper motors, the PMX series, adding smaller 08, 11 and 14 frame sizes to the traditional 17, 23 and 34 frame size offering. Thanks to a wider range of sizes and options, OEMs now have added flexibility to meet multiple performance and application needs from a single motion source.

Simple rubber washer prevents shaft collars from getting stuck on shafts

Amacoil has introduced the Elasto-Ring washer for use with U-Clip quick release shaft collars. Elasto-Ring installs by hand with no tools required and assures easy removal of the U-Clip collar. Amacoil is the exclusive U.S. distributor for Elasto-Ring washers, Uhing U-Clip and EasyLock shaft collars and for Uhing rolling ring traverse drives. When a U-Clip