Robots for military, medical, surveillance and logistics purposes are all assisting humans by undertaking dangerous or monotonous tasks but can still have very different power needs, based on the legislations they are subject to and their reliance on battery power. Here we examine the vital functionalities of bomb disposal robots, drones, surgical robotics and logistics robots that can influence the power solutions they require.
For large medical devices, battery power is mainly used as a backup in case of mains failure. For handheld and wearable devices however, they are the primary power supply. Any downtime could threaten the well-being of the patient, which makes the efficacy of the batteries just as vital as the monitors or sensors they might be powering.
According to PR Newswire, the wearable medical devices market is expected to be worth $14.41bn by 2022. Developments in technology are paving the way for smaller, lighter devices with an increasing range of features. However, OEMs must rely on compact batteries to power them.
Funding for the Department of Health has slowed by around 3% compared to historical trends. As a result, hospitals are likely to assess cost savings in their purchasing decisions, which will have a knock-on effect on the prices that medical device manufacturers (OEMs) are able to charge. Therefore, OEMs may consider reducing spending on parts such as the battery. Accutronics’ range of Entellion pre-engineered batteries are an excellent low-cost option, as they have no tooling or qualification costs and are certified to comply with medical legislation. The range includes VR series, CMX series and credit card batteries.
Are you seeking a medical battery solution to be incorporated in a ventilator, anaesthesia workstation, dialysis machine or other medtech equipment? Take a look at our six factors to help you make the right choice:
Developments such as portable devices have restructured how many healthcare professionals operate and, crucially, driven a necessity for device manufacturers to deeply consider the lifespan and effectiveness of their products.
When you think of Germany, what do you think of? Most people will usually say football, beer, and BMWs. What most people won't say is medical technology (medtech). Despite that, Germany’s medtech sector is by far the largest in Europe and the third largest in the world. It’s home to some of the largest Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and presents a wide range of opportunities for technology experts. Here, Michele Windsor, global marketing manager of professional battery manufacturer Accutronics looks at the key features of the German battery industry.
The consumer electronics industry has embraced obsolescence as a way of increasing profits. Smartphones, laptops, and media players are designed to fail, central to this is the rechargeable battery. Many manufacturers now seal the battery into the device, so rather than simply swapping the lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery when it reaches its end of life, users are strong-armed into buying a new product. However, when it comes to medical devices obsolescence on such a large scale is unacceptable.