New micro brushless motors from Sanyo DC Micro Motor Division feature a ceramic air bearing design and frictionless, quiet, high-speed operation. The design eliminates the need to lubricate with oil, which tends to break down over the life of the motor. A 20 mm-size motor is available, with a 14 mm-size model to come. The motor has already been applied in a rear projection television color wheel, because it runs at high speeds and temperatures and is very quiet. It is also suitable for medical applications requiring high-reliability where an out-gassing oil bearing might cause an unacceptable level of contamination.
Cost, product development rigor, the patient-as-a-user movement, and consumer electronics that include wireless connectivity are just a few hot topics swirling around medical devices. Each brings challenges that create innovation opportunities. If we briefly look at each one, we can see that one common need will be innovation in simplicity.
The supply chain will change significantly over the next 10 years as industry 4.0 technology enhances supply chain performance, according to the 2015 MHI Annual Industry Report, “Supply Chain Innovation — Making the impossible possible.”
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