From recovery room to discharge at home, patients today encounter an number of medical devices that must be lightweight, small, safe and often, portable. To maintain these safe hygienic designs, most medical device manufacturers rely on pneumatics because they are highly customizable and compact.
As the demands for these types of components have evolved, so have the pneumatic cylinders and valves used in them. The need for smaller, lighter, devices has translated into a push for valves that offer more flow at lower power. In addition, this means the need for lighter materials, so plastic has grown in use, said Bonnie Martens, Marketing communications specialist at Kalamazoo, Mich.-based Humphrey Products.
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