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Originally Published September 2000


Automated Assembly Equipment

Developed specifically for the medical device industry, a rotary synchronized indexer can be adapted to perform a range of assembly operations and to meet varying speed and precision requirements. Manufactured by OKU Automatik (London, ON, Canada), the CleanCell unit attains 120 cycles per minute and can accommodate up to 32 stations. Laminar-flow units and safety guards can be easily integrated into the automated assembly machine.

PTFE Materials

Customizable expanded PTFE is available for a variety of medical and scientific applications. Poro-Tex membranes are supplied by DeWAL Industries Inc. (Saunderstown, RI) in pore sizes ranging from 0.05 to 5 µm, making them suitable for use in liquid chromatography and microfiltration processes as well as in the manufacture of venting media, test strip blotters, and medical apparel. The material is breathable and resists particulate buildup.

Light-Emitting Diodes

Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) provide up to 5000-mcd luminosity at 20 mA, depending on color. The LEDs, supplied as standard two-lead through-hole components by Gilway Technical Lamp (Woburn, MA), emit red, orange, yellow, green, blue, or white light. Operating at voltages ranging from 2 to 4.5 V dc, the products are available in surface-mount and tape-and-reel formats.

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