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Portescap Motor Technology in Healthcare Simulators

Posted by Chris Schaefer   Jun 15, 2021   0 Comments

Portescap Motor Technology in Healthcare Simulators

Healthcare simulators are sophisticated training tools for medical professionals that resemble actual patients exhibiting various medical conditions.

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Topics: Custom motors, Medical, Stepper Motors

Differential Compact Drives

Posted by Vivek Salve   Jun 10, 2021   0 Comments

Motor Innovations: Differential Compact Drives

What is the need for new gearing technologies?

Miniature motion technology demands flexibility as well as compactness with higher power and efficiency. Conventional gear technologies have some limitations which restricts the development of new concepts. One such new concept is a “Differential Compact Drive” which differentiates with other concepts in such that it provides high reduction, high efficiency, lower noise, and a compact length gearbox. Before reviewing the advantages of this new concept lets first review the limitations of Conventional Planetary systems.

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Topics: miniature motors, Custom motors, Brush DC Motors

Motion in Dental Applications

Posted by Clemence Muron   Jun 08, 2021   0 Comments

Motion in Dental Applications

The dental market is growing. An aging population and greater demands for cosmetic dentistry are some of the factors driving this growth.

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Topics: Medical & Diagnostics

40mm Brushless DC Slotless Motors

Posted by Guillaume Mougin   May 27, 2021   0 Comments

Cost Optimized 40mm Brushless DC Slotless Motors

Portescap is introducing a new cost-optimized brushless DC slotless motors in 40mm diameter. This 4-pole motor offers both high speed and high peak torque capability without compromising on the smooth operation and long life.

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Topics: Industrial Power Tools, BLDC Motors

Powered Surgical Tool Reliability: Protecting Against Moisture and Corrosion

Posted by Jon Culp   May 18, 2021   0 Comments

Powered Surgical Tool Reliability: Protecting Against Moisture & Corrosion

Powered reusable surgical tools have gained popularity thanks to their ability to reduce procedure times and improve patient outcomes. An array of sensor, feedback, and control components make these advances possible. These parts are prone to corrosion from saline, steam sterilizations, or other contaminants. In order to ensure reliable performance over several years of surgeries and re-use, device OEMs need to protect their tools against moisture ingress. This blog post will explain how moisture, corrosion, and other harsh conditions can compromise reusable surgical tools and offer mitigation strategies to ensure long service life.

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Topics: Medical & Diagnostics, Surgical Motor Solutions

Convert Rotary Motion Into Linear Motion With These Options

Posted by Clemence Muron   May 11, 2021   0 Comments

When it comes to motion for handheld and miniature medical device designs, a standard electrical mini motor may seem like a good starting point. But while a miniature motor generates rotary movement, applications like medical pipettes or syringes, and mesotherapy devices often move loads linearly instead of rotationally. For these medical tools as well as some industrial devices, engineers must develop their own system to translate rotary motion into linear motion. Here are some of the basics to understand when considering your linear motion options.

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Topics: Medical & Diagnostics, Custom motors, Stepper Motors

Portescap Design Partnership Among Multiple Stakeholders

Posted by Brandon Steinberg   Apr 23, 2021   0 Comments

Portescap Design Partnership Among Multiple Stakeholders

Medical device development normally involves the coordination of many stakeholders. Original equipment or device manufacturers (OEMs or ODMs) are increasingly utilizing design and manufacturing partners to develop and launch their products. Additionally, start-up companies typically work with investors and incubators to support their nascent businesses. All of these stakeholders add value to the development process, but they also bring unique needs and goals for the project that an OEM or ODM must accommodate.

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Topics: Medical & Diagnostics, Others, Quality

Portescap E-Store – Mini Motor Purchasing Available On-Line

Posted by Dave Beckstoffer   Apr 13, 2021   0 Comments

Portescap E-Store – Mini Motor Purchasing Available On-Line

Portescap has opened our new E-Store where you can find and purchase miniature motion technologies to suit any configuration, environment, or envelope. All Portescap motor technologies are available for review including Brushless DC, Coreless Brush DC, and Stepper (Can Stack, Disc Magnet, and Linear Actuator). You can view all motors within a technology and drive down to an individual motor page for a deeper evaluation. Once your selection is ready, you can purchase directly in the store if available or submit a request for a quote on the product.

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Topics: Others, Motion Compass, Motor Application Tips

Ultra EC Ideal Solution for Battery-Operated Power Tool

Posted by Portescap   Mar 30, 2021   0 Comments

Ultra EC: The Ideal Solution for Battery-Operated Power Tools

Ultra EC high-performance motors are an ideal solution for battery-operated power tools. Constructed using the very best technology, Ultra EC motors are built to surpass the rigorous demands of industrial users. 

Enhanced Ultra EC Video with Animation - Part 3 of 3 - Battery Operated Power Tools
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Topics: Ultra EC, Industrial Power Tools, BLDC Motors

Miniature Motor Selection on Demand

Posted by Dave Beckstoffer   Mar 24, 2021   0 Comments

Miniature Motor Selection on Demand

Portescap has released the MotionCompass, a virtual environment that allows users to configure specific motion needs, compare performance across motor technologies and select an optimal mini motor solution. By inputting the basic application parameters (speed and torque), the MotionCompass generates motor recommendations for Brushless and Coreless Brush DC motors. All data is dynamically generated in real-time based on the product specifications. Users can compare performance metrics (Speed, Efficiency, Power and Current) and confirm the optimum solution for their application.

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Topics: Others, Motion Compass

Lower Surgical Hand Tool Costs Without Sacrificing Reliability

Posted by Anand Hasurkar   Mar 23, 2021   0 Comments

Lower Surgical Hand Tool Costs Without Sacrificing Reliability

Surgeons worldwide have come to favor advanced surgical hand tools for their effectiveness and successful patient outcomes. In order to keep costs in check, these sophisticated tools are re-used many times. In between procedures, the tools require steam sterilization, or autoclaving. While Tier-I surgical centers can afford frequent re-use of premium surgical tools, this model is often too expensive for smaller-scale Tier-II and Tier-III operations. However, the right motor can allow designers to create affordable surgical tools with high quality and durability. 

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Topics: Medical & Diagnostics, Surgical Motor Solutions, BLDC Motors

U-Coil Technology

Posted by Portescap   Mar 23, 2021   0 Comments

Portescap Ultra EC U-Coil is The Key to Performance

Portescap's proprietary U-Coil technology is a new design that is key to outstanding performance with our brushless, slotless miniature motors.

Watch this video to learn more about its design and benefits

Enhanced Ultra EC Video with Animation - Part 3 of 3 - Battery Operated Power Tools (1)
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Topics: Ultra EC, BLDC Motors

The Ultra EC Family

Posted by Portescap   Mar 16, 2021   0 Comments

Meet the Line of Ultra EC Brushless Motors

Below is a video on the Ultra EC Brushless Motor, featuring the Portescap's Ultra EC three families of motors. We highlight each motor in the Ultra EC line, discussing each features and benefits.

Enhanced Ultra EC Video with Animation - Part 1 of 3 - Ultra EC Family of Motors
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Topics: Ultra EC, BLDC Motors

How to Select a Mini Motor Technology for Your Surgical Device Design

Posted by Portescap   Mar 09, 2021   0 Comments

How to Select a Mini Motor Technology for your Surgical Device Design

Powered surgical hand tools are a mainstay of the operating room. For decades surgeons and device makers have relied on sterilizable Brushless Direct Current (BLDC) motors to meet the torque, speed, and reliability requirements of surgical hand tools. With the advance of surgical robotics and robotically assisted surgical devices, more than device makers count on BLDC motors to meet their most demanding requirements.

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Topics: Medical & Diagnostics, Surgical Motor Solutions, Robotics

Precision Motors for Medical Infusion Systems

Posted by Dave Beckstoffer   Mar 02, 2021   0 Comments

Precision Motors for Medical Infusion Systems

Overview

Portescap offers a range of motor technologies and accessories that enable innovation for Medical Infusion Systems. Whether it is a DC Coreless solution that utilizes its high efficiency to extend battery life or a stepper linear actuator that applies its mechanical precision for accurate dosing, Portescap marries the desired patient benefits to the infusion system requirements to create the optimum design. The addition of gearboxes and encoders provide flexibility in size, weight, and feedback for the motion solution.

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Topics: Medical & Diagnostics

Brushless DC Motors Achieve ISO 13485 Certification

Posted by Portescap   Feb 12, 2021   0 Comments

Brushless DC Motors Achieve ISO 13485 Certification for Respirators

 We’re excited to announce that our slotless brushless DC motors for respirators have recently received ISO 13485:2016 certification. Thanks to this compliance, medical device original equipment manufacturers (OEM) can be confident their motion control system has been manufactured to the highest quality standards.

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Topics: Others, Quality, BLDC Motors

Motor Sterility Management: Protecting vs. Autoclaving

Posted by Brandon Steinberg   Jan 15, 2021   0 Comments

Motor Sterility Management: Protecting vs. Autoclaving

Surgeries must be performed using sterile equipment to prevent infection. While some simple surgical tools can be manufactured inexpensive enough to be economically thrown away after each use, more sophisticated tools such as drills, saws, and shavers must be reusable and therefore sterilized. The motor is a critical part of these tools, and if not protected properly, its electronic components can be susceptible to the moisture and temperature of the steam sterilization process (autoclave).

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Topics: Medical & Diagnostics, Others, Motor Application Tips, Surgical Motor Solutions

How to Optimize Your Product or Device Output

Posted by Chris Schaefer   Jan 08, 2021   0 Comments

How to Optimize Your Product or Device Output

Early engagement with an Application Engineers (AE) can be a valuable first step when working on your application design and looking for the optimal motion solution. Our AEs will gather valuable information during the motor selection process, to ensure that they use the right motor for the allotted space and application.  After a thorough analysis and discussion, they can provide speed/torque curves for various motor options. If they know the duty cycle, they can help to determine whether or not to use a smaller motor in a temporary overdrive application.

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Topics: Others, Motor Application Tips

Brush DC and Stepper Technologies for Security and Locking Devices

Posted by Jeet Shah   Dec 18, 2020   0 Comments

Brush DC and Stepper Technologies for Security and Locking Devices

Security systems are an important part of any commercial buildings whether it’s an office or a warehouse. Biometrics is one of the most deployed systems in a wide variety of industries, from government institutions to industrial buildings. A motor plays a vital part in the design of security locks. Portescap offers the best viable solution for these applications with its various technologies.

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Topics: Security & Surveillance, Stepper Motors, Brush DC Motors

Motion Considerations for Motorized Multi-function Surgical Power Tools

Posted by Brandon Steinberg   Dec 11, 2020   0 Comments

Motion Considerations for Motorized Multi-function Surgical Power Tools

Orthopedic trauma and implant procedures involve many areas of the body and several types of operations. But despite the diversity of applications, Orthopedic surgeons need to perform three primary functions to accomplish the majority of joint replacements and repairs of broken bones.
  1. Sawing:  Remove large portions of bone to be replaced by implant (sagittal, oscillating, or reciprocating versions)\
  2. Drilling:  Create small cylindrical holes into which pins and screws are inserted to either secure an implant or secure a cutting jig that then guides the saw cuts
  3. Reaming:  Hollow out cavities within the bone to accept implants
These functions are all achieved using Surgical Hand Tools with a high-performance motor powering the drill, saw, or reamer bit. But not all tool OEMs take the same approach to their product line.

Some companies produce a different tool to perform each of these functions. The advantage of this is optimizing performance specifically to that function. However, the downside is that 3 different tools must be purchased and prepared for each surgery, which carries higher costs as well as more items requiring sterilization.

But many surgical hand tool companies instead produce a single tool that can perform all three functions by incorporating modular attachments that include the gearing and couplers required for the sawing, drilling, and reaming. This reduces the number of tools a surgical center must purchase and sterilize between surgeries but requires motors that can handle a wider range of working points. There are also hybrid models in between these two models where more specialized functions (like sternum saws or hip reamers) are handled by a unique tool while all others are handled by a modular tool.

The decision of which approach to take has significant implications on motor selection. Portescap has experience designing motors for all types of tools and can assist in choosing the right model given other design goals. Portescap can also collaborate in the design or manufacturing of the gearing in the modular attachments to develop an optimized complete system.

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Topics: Medical & Diagnostics, Surgical Motor Solutions, BLDC Motors