Exxelia Ohmcraft Resistors serve Neurodiagnostics of 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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Published on 04 Jan 2021 by Rebecca Charles

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