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Articulation in the medical sector

05 January 2010

With the launch of its new AV-D30 dynamic mounting arm, Southco has been able to satisfy a number of manual positioning control applications in the medical engineering sector. The arm offers a useful feature set that allows the user to achieve precise over-arm operating efforts whilst securing ‘no drift’ positioning, even in those applications that involve dynamic loading.

Offered in a range of standard configurations to suit most common display sizes, the new arm provides swing-out extension plus tilt and swivel monitor positioning for flat panel user interfaces in applications ranging from medical imaging equipment and patient monitoring, to patient information and entertainment systems.

According to Ulrike Sturman, who is responsible for diversified markets at Southco, the medical sector is making some major strides in areas such as screening and early diagnosis, and as a consequence of this, there is a growing need for accurate positioning technology for a wide range of specialist equipment.

Southco’s hinging and positioning systems are already widely used to provide articulation of ultrasound and dialysis machines, as well as examination and treatment chairs and tables, lighting, and sterilisation equipment. These products deliver smooth action with no rebound, and are designed with low-maintenance in mind. With all this technology now integrated within the new AV-D30 arm, users can be confident that it will hold its position, even when attached screens are subject to the finger pressures associated with touch screen operation.

Among the key features of the AV-D30 are its modular design, which allows easy customisation of motion range, length and mounting method, and its ability to fold away so that no more than 50mm of the assembly protrudes from the wall when stowed. In addition, the design provides snap-open wire channels that avoid the need to thread cables during installation and replacement of monitor screens.

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