Portable Medical Equipment

Subsystems and Subcomponents are Critical to OEM Instrumentation Design

A subsystem is a self-contained module within a larger system. Often in the life sciences market space, manufacturers look for partners that specialize in a specific industry to design and supply...
On September 17, 2019

New Miniature Proportional Valve for Next Generation Ventilators

  One of the most import medical devices created in the last century is the ventilator. The ventilator is critical for patients who cannot breathe on their own due to medical procedures or long-term...
On August 1, 2019

Point-of-Care Testing Requires Microfluidic Precision

Point-of-care testing (POCT) is a rapidly expanding segment of the healthcare industry. This expansion is driven by an increasingly diverse array of advanced medical diagnostic equipment that can be...
On July 8, 2019

Advances In SCBA Couplings Give Manufacturers Innovative Options

A self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) has long been standard equipment for firefighters, rescue personnel and divers. SCBA has even found its way into the health care industry for use by...
On May 31, 2019

The Importance of Reliability in Diaphragm Pumps

Reliability is the quality of being trustworthy or of performing consistently well. Here at Parker, we’ve made reliability the focus of our products since the company was established; this has...
On March 7, 2019

New Miniature Poppet Solenoid Valve Increases Battery Life

Some of the biggest challenges for designing battery operated, handheld medical devices are size, weight and battery life. All three can be significantly improved by using our new miniature solenoid...
On March 31, 2016

How to Integrate Motor Speed Control for Pump Motors in Medical Devices

Providing miniature size, light weight and low power coupled with integration capabilities for pump and motor units in medical devices provide an ideal solution for design engineers. They are now able...
On February 22, 2016

Mini Subcomponents for Medical Devices Make a Big Design Difference

Miniaturization is big in all fields these days. This trend is a challenge for machine designers faced with packing the same capabilities into a smaller space. Take the life sciences, for example....
On February 18, 2016

Portable Oxygen Concentrators vs. Liquid Oxygen

Requiring oxygen can be a difficult change in a person’s life. Patients are being diagnosed with medical conditions like COPD at younger ages and are not ready to give up an active lifestyle. This is...
On October 27, 2015

Meeting the Biocompatibility Challenge in Respiratory Device Designs

Design engineers face the challenge of improving system performance and capability, while they remain under constant pressure to reduce system cost. Meeting these challenges—along with meeting the...
On November 15, 2013

Indego® is the Real 'Elysium' for Human Motion and Control

For people with parapalegia, the promise of companies developing powered exoskeletons that will afford them a new level of independence is not just with movie entertainment.  Parker Hannifin...
On August 26, 2013

Three Obstacles to Optimal Utility of Patient Care Products

What is the greatest obstacle to success in the design of a medical device that’s to be used directly by patients in their homes or in their bodies? In Parker-Hannifin’s view, the three...
On July 23, 2013