Heat is on for Plating Temperature Probe
Conductive and durable plating of ThermoScan Pro 6000 tip at SAT Plating in Troy, Michigan.
Welch Allyn required a best-in-class plating supplier to plate a critical component of its breakthrough ear speculum device to measure human body temperatures. The company found the help it needed at SAT Plating in Troy, Michigan.
First, some background. Within the medical community, measuring body temperature is critical to effectively treat patients. Current technology may lead to inaccurate readings resulting in potentially serious errors in patient care. Welch Allyn and partner companies Kaz and Keytronic created the Braun ThermoScan Pro 6000, with advanced design and algorithms that more accurately measures body temperature.
Integral to the success of the ThermoScan Pro 6000 is the conductive and durable plating in requisite areas of the probe tip, which is inserted into the ear to take a temperature reading. This piece is a molded, multi-shot plastic component that requires selective plating of copper and nickel in three discrete bands that measure temperature in various locations within the ear canal.
Welch Allyn required the probe tip be highly reliable with a long life. The probe tip was created using multi-shot molding of plastics; one plastic that is readily plateable PC/ABS and the other chemically resistant polysulfone (PSU).