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X-ray tablet connection clamps switch from metal to PEEK

Victrex : 26 September, 2013  (Application Story)
Victrex' PEEK (polyetheretherketone) thermoplastic polymer is wear resistant, and being a dielectric material, functions as an excellent insulator in electrical connectors and cable applications for medical components and instrumentation. High-precision, injection-moulded Ametek X-Ray tablet medical clamps not only reduce total costs, but are also lighter and more durable.
X-ray tablet connection clamps switch from metal to PEEK
Clinics and hospitals depend on lightweight durable digital imaging equipment. The reliability of X-ray tablets hinges on their electrical cable connections being secure and durable. Metals are not able to withstand the repetitive sliding and locking when used in connection clamps and can degrade the mating connector on the tablet.
 
PEEK has been used in medical devices for many years in hospitals and laboratories around the world. The polymer is up to 70% lighter compared to metals. “PEEK has become the material of choice for our X-ray tablet connection clamps,” explains Kirk Mikkelsen, Director of Engineering for AMETEK Engineered Medical Components. “PEEK was chosen to replace metal for this application due to its excellent resistance to abrasion and its overall toughness and strength."
 
When frequently used, medical equipment that cannot keep up with daily wear and deterioration are at risk for safety and reliability. Connections for cables and wires in medical devices demand a level of wear resistance that can withstand repeated use. They also require excellent chemical and hydrolysis resistance to withstand the processes involved in sterilisation.
 
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