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GE and EG&G Team Up on a Digital X-Ray Detector

GE and EG&G Team Up on a Digital X-Ray Detector

Multipurpose instrument to provide fast, cost-effective x-rays

GE Medical Systems (Milwaukee) has given EG&G Inc. (Santa Clara, CA) exclusive rights to manufacture a multipurpose digital x-ray detector designed to perform fast and cost-effective x-ray examinations.

Designed by GE to replace conventional x-ray film and chemicals, the detector system features computer images that can be stored electronically or sent anywhere in the world via telecommunications technology.

The digital detector is based on amorphous silicon technology that converts x-rays into digital data, which then become high-quality images to be viewed by a physician, stored electronically, or transmitted to consulting physicians worldwide. The digital detector is the product of one of GE's 10-year, $100-million R&D efforts.

A provider of complete systems and components to the medical industry, EG&G's participation in the project accelerated prototype development by at least one year, according to GE. For more information, contact EG&G at 408/565-0850 or GE Medical Systems at 414/544-3530.

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Travelers Expands Liability Coverage

Will insure medical product manufacturers

Travelers Specialty (Hartford, CT), a division of Travelers Property Casualty that provides hard-to-find commercial insurance products, has expanded its general liability class business coverage to include medical product manufacturers and distributors.

Included in the broad range of higher hazard classes are risks associated with clinical trial exposures, personal protective shields (Class I devices), bone-cutting equipment and bronchial tubes (Class II devices), and endometrial equipment (Class III devices).

Travelers' coverage offers clients flexibility in that both occurrence and claims-made coverages are available as well as prior acts coverage. The company can write an entire general liability program or the product liability only. Coverage is also available for all of an insured's products or specific product lines. Policies may be written over a self-insured retention where claims are handled by a third-party administrator. For more information, contact Travelers Specialty at 860/277-9878.

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Phillips Plastics Opens Regional Design Center

Gives customers better access to company's resources

Phillips Plastics Corp. (Prescott, WI) has completed construction on a facility in Framingham, MA, that will house Customer Center Northeast. The center provides complete services from concept to design for manufacture. Services include stereolithography, selective laser sintering, rapid prototyping, tooling, injection molding, decorating, and assembly, all supported by complete program management.

Like the company's other regional locations, the Massachusetts facility will allow customers greater access to all of its resources. For more information, contact Phillips Plastic Corp. at 715/262-5451.

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RELA to Produce Analyzer Instrument for Xylum

Company has expertise in product design

Xylum Corp. (Scarsdale, NY) has chosen RELA (Boulder, CO), a subsidiary of Boulder-based Colorado MEDtech Inc., to produce an analyzer instrument for its clot signature analyzer (CSA) system. RELA's experience in developing and producing automated diagnostic instruments was key in Xylum's selection.

Xylum develops flow technology for assessing homeostasis and coagulation. The company's CSA system is designed for use in university, hospital, and pharmaceutical research centers. Colorado MEDtech is an integrated custom product development and manufacturing services company specializing in electronic and electromechanical products and software systems for the medical device industry. For more information, contact Colorado MEDtech Inc. at 303/530-2660.

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