Exxelia Ohmcraft Custom Resistors Enable Rapid COVID-19 Testing
ROCHESTER, N.Y., May 26, 2020 — Exxelia Ohmcraft plays a crucial role enabling rapid testing amid the global novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, as experts have said that widespread testing is critical to containing the spread of the virus and reopening cities.
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 onboard Solar Orbiter
Solar Orbiter, a European Space Agency mission, was launched on an Atlas V rocket 411 (AV-087) from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 11:03 p.m. EST on Sunday, Feb. 9 2020. The satellite reached its first working orbit around the Sun, called “halo orbit” and is ready to begin its first scientific observation campaign. The campaign will last six months, during which time the 55 payloads will be turned on one by one and tested before being used to perform scientific observations. Solar Orbiter is a highly complex scientific laboratory. Deploying such a mission is a one-of-a-kind achievement! The mission will take years and is one of the most highly anticipated scientific experiments of our time. And you know what they say: your best work comes when you're up against the toughest challenges. Unfortunately, these challenges aren't only in labs, but also in space. To study the Sun and its activity like never before, scientists are sending a probe into orbit around it. Solar Orbiter will be facing temperatures of up to 500°C, which is usually not survivable for complex equipment. But do you know what's even more challenging than getting data from a 500°C hot solar environment? Getting that data with expensive equipment that doesn't work, because you don't have enough reliable components at your disposal! That's why we, at Exxelia, were so happy when we heard that thousands of our capacitors and magnetics were chosen by the European Space Agency to achieve this mission; we're talking about components that will keep working in those kinds of harsh environments! They will help scientists better understand energy flow and particle acceleration within our own solar system and beyond. Shockingly, the Sun is mostly a mystery. We have some understanding of its composition, but it's unclear how the phenomena we see happen. Solar Orbiter is going to help us get a better idea of what makes the Sun tick by taking some of the most detailed images and observations of our star ever taken. Among the instruments on Solar Orbiter are: a Wide-Angle Imager and a Coronal Imager. Each will provide high-resolution images—an order of magnitude higher than those captured by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory—and spectacular views of the Sun's polar regions. The Wide-Angle Imager will capture images in five wavelengths, while the Coronal Imager will use seven wavelengths to observe phenomena that affect the upper layers of the solar atmosphere, such as magnetic fields and plasma flows. Our capacitors and magnetics are critical for stabilizing and powering these instruments on their mission to explore our home star! They need to be able to perform in a very hostile environment with temperatures ranging from -150°C (-238°F) to 500°C (932°F). Temperatures will reach their highest during the closest flybys of the Sun—which will take place as close as 15 million kilometers (about 93 million miles) from its surface. Our space capacitors and magnetics are capable of withstanding such high temperatures. They'll even keep functioning in cryogenic conditions, as low as -150°C (-238°F). These components are also very durable, which makes them perfectly suited for this mission. Choosing the right capacitors for such a mission was not easy. The requirements and technical constraints were very strict. We had also to support and select the materials that could handle the launch vibrations and the shock of the rocket launching phase, we also had to achieve a very long life and high reliability in order to succeed in the mission. This project proves that our EXXELIA components are incredibly reliable and have nothing to envy to other electronic components on the market. Several other tests have been conducted by ESA in this project such as solar radiation, thermal shock... Exxelia ESA QLP Products Onboard Solar Orbiter : 14,400 CNC chips ceramic capacitors 14,400 CEC chips ceramic capacitors 520 of our CNC stacks ceramic capacitors 470 SESI QPL Inductors 380 MSCI RF Inductors 287 ESA qualified CTC21/E Tantalum Capacitors 50 ESA Film Capacitors PM94
Exxelia unveils two brand new High Temperature Film Capacitors series operating up to 200°C
Exxelia unveils two brand new High Temperature Film Capacitors series operating up to 200°C June 30th 2020 - Paris, France - Exxelia, an established designer and manufacturer of complex passive components, resistors & sub-systems dedicated to harsh environments, launches its new 253P & 560P product series providing unmatched performances at high temperature. 253P series, the 200°C Film capacitor series with unmatched stability The PTFE 253P series is the most stable 200°C Film capacitor on the market with its unparalleled stability of <2,5% with capacitance from 0.22μF to 1μF under 250VDC to 800VDC. It offers the lowest loss characteristic (Tẟ) of all film technologies less than 0,1% at extreme temperatures (200°C) with excellent life performance in operations. The series offers great resistance to vibrations, shocks and to over voltage making it ideal for Oil & Gas applications as well as Defense and Civil Aviation. SPECIFICATIONS: Voltages from 250VDC to 800VDC Capacitance from 0.22μF to 1μF Standard Tolerance ±10%, ±5%* Operating Temperature -55°C to +200°C 560P Film Capacitor series, is a High Temperature Polymer operating up to 180°C Exxelia’s 560P product series combines electrical performance between BOPP & PET while exhibiting a higher operating temperature up to 180°C and longer lifetime, it is the perfect cost-effective solution for high reliability and performance in severe environments. With absolutely no derating up to 150°C, its very stable TCC <2,5% and its great resistance to vibrations, shocks and over voltage, the series supplant high temperature ceramics and tantalums being an ideal choice for many capacitor applications in harsh environments i.e. DC Link, AC Filtering, .... SPECIFICATIONS: Voltages from 320VDC to 800VDC Capacitance value from 0.022μF to 10μF Standard Tolerance ±10%, ±5%* Temperature ranges from -55°C to +180°C Both series are available with a high degree of customization (* tighter tolerances available upon request). Representative samples are readily available for evaluation. For more information contact [email protected] or visit www.exxelia.com