Under the term ‘dental equipment’ most people think of drills, ultrasonic cleaners, air and water jets, etc.
However, the range of electronically controlled devices in dental practices and dental clinics goes much further - from the various suction apparatus, amalgam carvers, disinfection or sterilisation equipment, polymerisation lights, air flow and sanding devices to electro-surgical instruments, equipment for mechanical root canal preparation and X-ray machines. There are also, CNC milling and similar devices to mill from blank customised replacement parts (bridge, crown or implant). In addition, dental chairs with their very wide range of adjustments and the (LED) lighting can only be properly controlled with the help of elaborate electronics. EBV Elektronik supports its customers in the design of all these and other devices that are used on a day-to-day basis in dental practices.
The range of laboratory equipment is very broad and ranges from simple centrifuges and complex chromatographs to devices used in DNA analysis
In many cases, this involves the analysis of blood and other body fluids for viral and bacterial detection as well as various procedures for the analysis of biological material. Sometimes special disposable semi-conductor-based elements called labs-on-a-chip already exist for these purposes.
Surgery / surgical instruments
High-technology is now required for the surgery/operation procedures (not only for the life-support systems)
Even the operating table is very complex, since it contains many electronically controlled motors and often more than a dozen sensors. In addition, an operating table must function properly in battery mode in the case of power failure. Moreover, there is also the lighting for the entire operating theatre to consider. Since germs, including multi-resistant bacteria, can lodge relatively easily in cables and connectors, medical-equipment manufacturers wish to eliminate these elements as far as possible so that they increasingly rely on wireless control technologies. However, there are particular safety aspects to note. Thus, a foot switch to adjust the operating table may only work in the operating theatre itself, but not when it is in a side room and someone steps on it by accident. Such foot switches are now independent devices with their own unique addresses in the wireless network. Tools used in surgery now contain a lot of electronics: from laser scalpels, high-frequency surgery and bone cutters to navigation devices and surgical robots for high-precision cutting. Although a doctor still controls the robot, the next developments entail the robot achieving a positioning and cutting accuracy of 0.1 mm or even 10 microns with the help of a corresponding sensor technology, an order of magnitude, which is at the limit of that achievable by surgeons. All these devices require high-precision sensors, sensor signal processing (often with fast A/D converters), signal and data processing, interfaces to the outside world, power electronics, and of course control elements.