Exxelia Ohmcraft High Voltage Resistors Ensure Reliability of Neurodiagnostics in Newborn Patients
ROCHESTER, N.Y., January 4, 2021—Neurodiagnostic tools are used every day in neonatal critical care units to monitor, diagnose and treat impairments in newborns.
This type of equipment successfully detects disorders in the brain, nerves and muscles that have the potential to impact the child’s long-term health. To ensure the reliability of this testing, global leaders in the manufacturing of neurodiagnostic technologies leverage Exxelia Ohmcraft’s custom, high voltage surface mount resistors in their equipment.
Exxelia Ohmcraft has the ability to provide high voltage resistors in a small form factor, which is essential for the smaller multi-channel patient monitoring equipment utilized in hospitals today. Additionally, the low noise of Exxelia Ohmcraft’s resistors is critical to eliminating interference that could impact the biosignals being transmitted from the newborn patient to the monitoring equipment.
“By utilizing our resistors, leading neurodiagnostics manufacturers have been able to develop cutting-edge monitoring and testing solutions that improve outcomes and enhance the care of the youngest and most vulnerable patients,” said Eric Van Wormer, Vice President of Exxelia Ohmcraft. “We are proud to partner with many of the world’s top medical device manufacturers in the design of many products that are crucial to the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of so many diseases and conditions.”
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.
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Exxelia Ohmcraft Custom Resistors Enable Metabolic Analyses of Live Cell Cultures in Pharmaceutical Research
To do so, they must rely on life science research and diagnostic instruments with complex high gain amplifier circuits. Leading manufacturers of this type of equipment have partnered with Exxelia Ohmcraft to design custom, high-resistance surface mount resistors that are essential to the function of these circuits. Specifically, oxygen consumption rate (OCR) and extracellular acidification rate (ECAR) are two key indicators of mitochondrial respiration and glycolysis that provide a systems-level view of cellular metabolic function in cultured cells. The analyzer equipment conducts these measurements automatically. “The accuracy and reliability of these tools are crucial to the researchers’ ability to make progress in their studies, which have the potential to change—and save—lives,” said Eric Van Wormer, Vice President of Exxelia Ohmcraft. “To meet the design needs of this particular application, we developed a custom resistor solution with a unique form factor and used special terminations to facilitate the manufacturability of the end product.” 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 ACQUIRES MICROPEN TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
EXXELIA ACQUIRES MICROPEN TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION AND ADDS RESISTORS TO ITS HIGH-RELIABILITY PASSIVE COMPONENTS PORTFOLIO Micropen, Technology Leader in the Deisgn, Development and Manufacture of High Precision Resistors and Special Sensors Joins Exxelia Exxelia Completes its High-Rel Passive Component Portfolio by Adding Resistors to the Existing Capacitors & Magnetic Product Lines and Expands its Offer to Critical Sensors for the Medical & Security markets Exxelia Strengthens its Footprint in the USA with a Fourth Manufacturing Facility Micropen Scales its Business Outside the USEA Through Exxelia's Local Presence, Especially in Europe and Asia PARIS, France and HONEOYE FALLS, NY, USA, January 6th, 2020 – Exxelia, a leading designer and manufacturer of High-Rel passive components and sub-systems dedicated to severe environments, announced that it has completed, on Dec 23rd, 2019, the acquisition of Micropen Technologies Corporation. Micropen is a well-established designer and manufacturer of high technology resistors, known under the Ohmcraft® brand, serving the medical, defense, space and industrial markets. Micropen also manufactures with the same technology unique special sensors dedicated to the medical and security markets. Established in 1982 in Honeoye Falls, NY, Micropen Technologies has developed a unique process to print critical functional materials, such as conductive electrodes, precious metals, on various planar or 3D substrates, such as ceramic, plastic and others. This patented system is the core technology for the design and manufacture of Ohmcraft® complete line of resistors as well as some of the world’s most innovative monitoring & stimulating medical sensors. “We are very excited to welcome Micropen’s talented, engaged and committed team, and very proud to add Micropen’s unique technology under our already extensive portfolio of highly-engineered passive components and sensors. Thanks to this unrivaled process, Exxelia gains a foothold in the high-rel resistors world and enhances its ability to serve as a key product solution provider to customers with mission-critical applications”, said Paul Maisonnier, Chief Executive Officer of Exxelia. According to Ed Petrazzolo, President & Chief Executive Officer of Micropen Technologies, “Micropen is delighted to now be a part of Exxelia's growth and expanded product offerings. The commonalities between our two companies in culture, engineering, technology and manufacturing excellence are outstanding and we are excited by the global reach that Exxelia offers to our Ohmcraft resistors and Micropen printing capabilities”. ### About Micropen Technologies: Micropen Technologies Corporation designs, develops, manufactures and sells a line of custom, high-voltage, high performance thick film resistors and precision electronic components utilizing its proprietary electronic printing system. Micropen’s precision resistor line is marketed under the brand name, Ohmcraft, a recognized leader in custom, high performance resistors for the medical, defense, space, detection and test & measurement markets. The Micropen division is an outsourced product development and manufacturer for the medical device and detection markets. For more Information, visit ohmcraft.com and/or micropen.com About Exxelia: EXXELIA is a leading global designer and manufacturer of high performance passive components and subsystems. Exxelia’s wide products portfolio includes film, tantalum, ceramic and electrolytic capacitors, inductors, transformers, microwave components, position sensors, slip rings and high-precision mechanical parts. Recognized worldwide for its advanced design and technical expertise, EXXELIA develops both “catalog” and “custom” products exclusively serving high-reliability markets such as aerospace, defense, medical, transportation, telecommunication infrastructure and advanced industrial applications. Additional information can be found at https://exxelia.com