Implementing New Technology in Audible Alarms to Decrease Size, Decrease Power, and Increase FunctionalityAuthor: Daniel O'Brien
Company: Mallory Sonalert Products, Inc.
Date Published: 9/16/2015 Conference: Medical Electronics Symposium
Although Mallory's audible alarms are considered single components to medical equipment designers, they are actually complex electro-mechanical assemblies which include complex circuitry and power supplies. Mallory has identified three technology tracks to apply to audible alarms to decrease the size, decrease the power requirements, and increase functionality. The audience will not only hear about future developments with audible alarms, but will hear how about the process of implementing new technology which can be applied more broadly to medical equipment. Specifically, the audience will hear about 1. Mallory's efforts to utilize wireless technology not only to severe the physical connection between the alarm, external power-supply, & controller, but to increase functionality at the same time. 2. Mallory's efforts to utilize advanced circuit design and manufacturing techniques to provide a smaller audible alarm foot-print. 3. Mallory's efforts to increase the functionality of a piezoelectric type alarm which can meet the complex sound requirements of IEC60601-1-8 and has a 10 times power reduction over alarms using speakers (which enables the new alarm to be used with super-capacitor back-up power systems).
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