Medset & Biomedical Conferences
Over the past 30+ years Medset has supported and attended Biomedical conferences and tradeshows in both Canada and the US. Post-pandemic, the latter half of 2023 was a busy and productive year in this respect. Most shows reverted back to being in-attendance and this was a welcome measure for us here at Medset – it was fantastic to be able to see everyone in person again.
ACCES (Atlantic Canada Clinical Engineering Society) ACCES25 held in New Brunswick May 2023. A corporate ACCES member, Medset representatives Jerry and Jill hosted a booth for this very successful and well-attended conference that commenced in a fun evening of entertainment.
ATGBM (Association des Technologies en Genie Biomedical) Also in May, the annual Scientific Day of the Quebec Biomedical Engineering Technologists of Quebec returned again to in-person format. With over 100 participants attending from all over Quebec this year, this was another well attended conference. As always, Medset was pleased to sponsor ATGBM and had a full booth on display.
AAMI Exchange (Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation) The 2023 Exchange was in sunny Long Beach, California in June. An excellent opportunity to stay current within the high specialized and always-evolving healthcare technology profession, the Exchange offers a great opportunity for networking and education. Medset has been attending the Exchange for 25 years now and every year we learn about new approaches to today’s challenges from the industry’s innovators, regulators and thought leaders.
MD Expo (the show for Biomedical/HTM Professionals). Produced by MD Publishing (the publishers of TechNation magazine the gold-standard information source for the biomedical/medical technology industry). This was another excellent opportunity for the team at Medset to learn about the latest technologies and advances in equipment and service within the biomedical industry. Held in Orlando, Florida in October, the show was well attended and had a great energy. Representatives from some of our long-standing partners: AIV, Alpha Source, BC Group, IMT Analytics and Pronk Technologies were in attendance and as always, it was nice to meet with them face-to-face.
CEMBEC46/CESO (Canadian Medical and Biological Engineering Society and Clinical Engineering Society of Ontario). A joint conference for the first time, this marquis event will be held in May 2024. Medset has registered a booth for this 3 day event. Come and see us!!
SLA Batteries – Additional Storage Tips
Leak proof , convenient and cost-effective, Sealed Lead Acid batteries (SLA’s) are rechargeable batteries commonly used in a variety of medical and non-medical applications – backup power (UPS’s), solar panels and electric vehicles, in addition to equipment such as hospitals beds. One of the main advantages of SLA batteries is their ability to be sealed, which means that they are maintenance-free and do not require the addition of water to the cells.
When it comes to storing SLA batteries, there are a few guidelines to ensure they remain in good condition and can perform at their best.
Tips for storing SLA batteries:
- Keep the batteries in a cool, dry place. High temperatures can shorten the life of SLA batteries and cause them to lose capacity. It is best to store them in a place that is cool and has low humidity.
- Charge the batteries before storing them. SLA batteries should be charged to between 50% and 75% of their capacity before being put into storage. This will help to prevent sulfation, which is a process that occurs when the lead plates inside the battery start to corrode.
- Check the charge regularly. It is a good idea to check the charge on your SLA batteries every month or so, especially if they are being stored for an extended period. If the charge falls below 50%, it’s time to give the batteries a boost.
- Avoid short circuiting. To prevent short circuiting, do not store SLA batteries next to metal objects or in a place where they could come into contact with metal.
Medset has been supplying SLA batteries for over 30 years. Over this time, we have sourced quality manufacturers that stand behind their product. We fully guarantee our batteries and also accept returns or exchanges if the batteries do not fit your application.
How to Store your Batteries using a Cadex Analyzer
Medset is a proud to be Canadian distributor of CADEX products. An award-winning company, Cadex Electronics has been in business for over 40 years. Did you know the word Cadex is derived from CADmium-EXerciser?
Different battery chemistries have specific requirements for storage. When storing batteries, temperature is important but also the SoC (state of charge) should be considered. Following are a few basic pointers on battery storage:
Lead acid: How to store a Lead Acid Battery
|Fully charge before storing
– Partial charge causes sulfation
– Self-discharge increases with heat
– Topping-charge every 6 monthsUse the Charge Program with the Cadex C7X00 C-Series Analyzer
NiCd, NiMH: How to store a Nickle based Battery
|No preparation needed
– Can be stored charged or empty
Li-ion: How to store a Lithium Ion Battery
|Store at 30-60% SoC (State of Charge)
– Charge empty Li-ion to 3.80V/cell
– Discharge full Li-ion to 3.75V/cell (3.80V/cell relates to ~50% SoC
– Top-charge every 6 months
Use the Custom Program with the Cadex C7X00 C-Series Analyzer to bring the batteries to a specific SoC level (this works also for recharging after a while).
Medset CFO (Chief Furry Officer)
Introducing Maisie….a 10 lb mini golden doodle pup. Maisie comes to work each day at our Burlington facility. Her job is to greet visitors (which she happily does) and to not get into things (she tries). She is a great to have around our busy office – and even though she really likes to sleep, she will rise to the occasion if someone wants to give her a pet or a treat.
TechNation: 40 under 40 Nominations
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