Medical Power Cords

August 27, 2013 - "New Product Release"

Signal and Power Delivery Systems introduces world’s first line of low profile molded medical power cord plugs, an ideal solution for all medical and hospital installations where space is limited.

Campbell, CA April 18, 2011 -- Various medical and hospital equipment applications require power cords with “green dot” certification and UL approval. Until now, power cords for medical applications containing the NEMA 5-20P, NEMA 6-15P or NEMA 6-20P needed to use expensive and bulky assembly style or molded plugs. This new line of products from SPDS is the world’s first line of medical power cord plugs that are all molded, low profile and UL approved for hospital grade power cords.

Medical Power Cords

For detailed information on any of these new items, please visit this page: Hospital Grade Power Cords

The power cords used in medical applications must have the green dot prominently displayed on the plug of the product to clearly show that it conforms to the more stringent and rugged requirements for materials and construction as defined in Underwriter Laboratories specifications UL817, UL60601-1 and UL498.

UL specification 60601-1 specifically states that all patient care equipment must use power cords with hospital grade attachment plugs. The fundamental differences between normal NEMA plugs and the hospital grade versions of the same plugs are;

  1. Prong blades must be of solid brass construction without folding.
  2. A retaining strain relief type device must be added to the inside of the plug mold to prevent any potential stress to connections and ensure grounding reliability.
  3. Must be able to pass various more stringent tests UL performs before approval.
  4. Product must be marked with the green dot as well as the phrase “Hospital Grade”.

“These new line of molded low profile medical power cords are ideal for virtually any hospital grade power cord application” says Ivo Landre, President of Signal and Power Delivery Systems, Inc. “Until now, 20 amp and 15 amp medical applications needed to use clunky and expensive assembly style or molded plugs. These new power cords not only provide rugged functionality in a very small footprint but are also much less expensive than what’s currently out there”, he continues.

The NEMA 5–20P, NEMA 6–15P and NEMA 6–20P power cord molded plugs are all available in straight or right angle configurations. They can be made with various wire styles from 12 thought 18AWG and have a variety of receptacles, cord lengths and colors available as well.

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