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Exxelia Ohmcraft Custom Resistors Enable Rapid COVID-19 Testing
Diagnostic medical device companies have been working tirelessly to develop testing solutions, particularly those that can provide rapid and reliable results. To make these test kits possible, manufacturers turned to Exxelia Ohmcraft—a leader in thick-film, high-voltage, high-precision resistor design and manufacturing The new all-inclusive rapid testing solutions involve processing patient samples using a thermocycler, an instrument that is used to amplify DNA and RNA to identify COVID-19. The thermocyclers utilize high-ohmic-value, low-noise surface mount resistors from Exxelia Ohmcraft to function. The resistors were required to meet tight specifications, including a small form factor to enable the testing devices to be portable. “Due to the current crisis, the customer was moving extremely quickly to get these test kits developed, produced, and into the hands of as many healthcare systems as possible. As a U.S. manufacturer with industry-leading lead times, Exxelia Ohmcraft was able to provide custom resistors essential to their mission,” said Eric Van Wormer, Vice President of Exxelia Ohmcraft. “We are proud to partner with companies committed to helping fight COVID-19.” Exxelia Ohmcraft’s technology utilizes the proprietary Micropen electronic printing system to “print” precise, narrow, serpentine lines with resistive ink on a ceramic substrate, producing higher performance resistors over a wider range of values on a smaller surface area than is possible with conventional film resistor technology.
Exxelia's components onboard Rover Perseverance
At the end of a seven-month journey, NASA's Perseverance robot has landed on Mars yesterday at 3:55 pm EST. The mission's objective is to search for traces of ancient primitive life on the Red Planet. The robot is equipped with several measuring and sampling instruments, including SuperCam, MEDA and PIXL served by our components: Transformers and Inductors : SESI, CMC and MPCI series Film capacitors PM94 series Tantalum capacitors CTC21 series Ohmcraft resistors HVD, HVR and CN series The main objective of SuperCam is to characterize the rocks present on Martian soil. The instrument can perform remote analyzes thanks to its laser and its spectometers, without waiting for the samples to return to earth, all with the aim of detecting any traces of primitive life. The Mars Environmental Dynamics Analyzer, known as MEDA, makes weather measurements including wind speed and direction, temperature and humidity. It also measures the amount and size of dust particles in the Martian atmosphere. PIXL is an X-ray fluorescence spectrometer that provides fine-scale detection and analysis of chemical elements within the rocks and soil.