Parker Hannifin will be showcasing its latest products, systems and services for the medical and life sciences sectors at MEDTEC 2010. In particular, Parker will be launching its product development and rapid prototyping services, as well as unveiling its latest range of pneumatic fittings.
In the UK, Parker KV has an extensive systems division that partners with customers to create electro-pneumatic products and systems to meet the needs of a diverse range of applications. For example, the company has developed: precision gas control units for use in operating theatres; modular systems for accurate delivery of liquid nitrogen for cryoanalgesic instruments; and, through a design partnership, compact systems for the control of gas, fluid and abrasive in dental air abrasion procedures.
The Milton Keynes design, development and manufacturing centre incorporates an extensive rapid prototyping facility, with 3D CAD, stereolithography, laser sintering and vacuum casting. Examples of the company's projects on show will include a specially developed mannequin for demonstrating gas-powered ventilation, with a blood pressure cuff system to simulate the inflation and deflation of lungs.
Fittings, tubing and accessories
Parker will also be launching its latest range of LIQUIfit fittings, tubing and accessories for medical applications. Manufactured by Parker's Legris Division, from a renewable bio-based material, LIQUIfit fittings are extremely compact, with a smooth, hygienic design that will not trap contaminants, while LIQUIfit PE tubing is UV-stabilised and available in a wide choice of colours. Perhaps most importantly, they are suitable for use in extreme conditions, as both components boast high chemical resistance and can operate at temperatures ranging from -10 to +95degC, at pressures of up to 16bar and can be supplied in most industry-standard sizes.
In addition, Parker Legris works hard to preserve the environment and, as a result, these products have been developed with the environmental footprint of its lifecycle in mind. For example, the fittings emit an average of five times less CO2 during their life cycle compared with standard products on the market.
Also on show will be Parker Legris' LF3800 and LF3900 stainless steel fittings, which are new 316L stainless steel instant fittings that combine robust construction with hygienic design. They are said to be quick to install, with instant sealing, making them particularly useful in demanding medical applications. Available in an extensive range of shapes and sizes, the LF3800 and LF3900 ranges eliminates dirt traps. Furthermore, these fittings provide excellent resistance to a wide range of aggressive chemicals and can operate at temperatures from -20 and +120degC at pressures to 30bar.
In addition, Parker will exhibit its latest pneutronic electromechanical actuators and drives, including miniature pumps, digital and proportional valves and multi-media valves, plus quick-release medical couplings, a range of advanced inline filters and high-performance seals.