ECG cable system 2000
It makes the heart jump – for joy. The ECG cable system 2000 packed with all the expertise of NICOLAY.
Greater performance in the smallest space thanks to ‘Great Performance Engineering’ – the ECG cable system 2000 is the next generation of our standard bipolar system. Only smaller, more compact, lighter and much more versatile. This is made possible thanks to a specially developed new film resistor that enables a higher packing density as well as the integration of the defib protective resistor and OR lead set. Custom mechanical codings and a unique range of configurations mean unparalleled variability. And on top of that, the system is easy to clean and looks quite nice, too.
It needed to be smaller, more compact, lighter and a clear advancement of the standard bipolar system developed back in 1980 – the ECG cable system 2000. The objective was to simplify production and, if possible, to optimise costs. Furthermore, the system had to be PVC-free, visually appealing, watertight and easy to clean. But the real challenges lay in the technical details.
Despite its compactness, the new cable system still had to offer the option of fitting a defib protective resistor in the distribution board as well as integrating surge protection. Individual leads with connectors according to DIN 42802 should still be of the plug-in variety and it should still be possible to use different electrode cable diameters. OR lead sets also had to be preserved. Further challenges included ensuring that the user is certain the connectors are securely mated as well as offering customised mechanical coding. In addition to the existing 3-, 5- and 10-cable (5+5) configurations, GPE also needed to develop 6+4-, 4+6- as well as 3+7-cable configurations. All in all, the aim was to produce a sophisticated modular connector system that would be easy to clean.
The result was the ECG cable system 2000. Thanks to a new type of coaxial shielding and a higher packing density, the system is now smaller and more compact – with the same function and finer tolerances. A central feature of the solution is the new, specially developed film resistor, which enables both the integration of the defib protective resistor and the retention of the OR lead sets. Thanks to the compact arrangement of the surge arresters, the system continues to offer surge protection. The smaller design GPE achieved makes the entire system lighter overall. This is also because the electronic components are foamed instead of moulded, as was previously the case. The easy-to-clean seal is guaranteed by the selection and combination of plastics that bond together to prevent gaps from forming. The connector interface in the distribution board is designed in such a way that the individual connectors can also be plugged in according to DIN 2802. Leads are assigned via coloured dots on the label. The optimised cable outlet and strain relief design as well as the modular tool design ensure that the system can also be used for different electrode cable diameters. The shield contact and shielding plate contain a snap-in mechanism, which noticeably and audibly informs the user that the connector is securely mated. Thanks to the modular tool design and the modifiable connector geometry, custom mechanical codings as well as the desired configurations are possible. Due to a material change that permits hard components and soft overmouldings to be joined, the entire cable system is now PVC-free. GPE even succeeded in cutting costs and simplifying production by designing parts and manufacturing them in a way that could be partially automated. A special cable design contributes to this optimisation and simplification. The master cable is now available in a copper version instead of flattened wire. In addition, the leads have been combined into one block and are now more compactly arranged and easier to clean. In summary, the ECG cable system 2000 is an all-round success – also because the appealing look was developed by a professional design agency. This makes the heart jump – for joy.