June 14, 2016

At Nathaniel Group, we design and manufacture optical and illumination systems that minimize environmental impact, as well as deliver superior performance for our medical and scientific customers.

For many years, we’ve also been working diligently to make sure our own operations are as environmentally sustainable as possible. These internal efforts recently were recognized when the State of Vermont designated Nathaniel Group as a “Vermont Green Business”.

As a Vermont Green Business, we were recognized for using advanced resource conservation strategies to deliver environmental sustainability benefits that do more than just meet compliance requirements. The award was based in large part on a major energy conservation strategy that reduced our energy consumption by 47 percent. To accomplish this, we installed a new high efficiency HVAC system, delamped many of our fluorescent fixtures, installed motion sensor light switches, and replaced our exterior lighting with LED fixtures.

In some respects, protecting the environment is a lot like designing and building advanced systems for the medical and scientific industries. Both efforts require the ability to approach a technical and business challenge with imagination, creativity and a commitment to deliver a superior solution.

May 31, 2016

AIA Vision Show

At the recent AIA Vision Show in Boston we unveiled two new products, the SugarCUBE 2.0 and the MicroCUBE.  These products are the newest additions to the SugarCUBE family of ultra-high power LED illuminators.  The new models excel in large fiber bundles (8+mm) while offering a smaller form factor and reduced cost.  Additionally, the MicroCUBE is built for a rugged industrial environment and boasts versatile mounting options.  Both products feature brand new pulse functionality that is sure to draw attention due to industry leading rise times, which enable precise control of pulse widths.  This functionality provides added versatility for machine vision applications requiring short exposure times.

The show was an excellent opportunity to gauge interest in these new additions, while further exploring the machine vision market for our flagship products. The Hyperion 200LV and its 1.9mm Videoscope received attention due to the relatively high resolution and small size of the scope compared to traditional fiberscopes. 

The SugarCUBE Ultra attracted interest in microscopy applications as well as high-speed imaging. The unique flicker-free performance of the SugarCUBE Ultra for high-speed imaging applications was on display at the show, thanks to Tech Imaging Services, who provided live demonstrations with their Photron camera.  The pairing of a Photron camera and SugarCUBE Ultra has shown flicker-free performance up to 750,000 frames per second.

This show was an ideal opportunity for us to branch out from the medical world and we were fortunate to make contact with many new companies.  Thank you to all who visited the booth, we look forward to seeing you again soon.

May 25, 2016

Medtec Europe 2016

The Nathaniel Group booth at the Medtec Europe show in Stuttgart April 12-14 attracted a lot of interest from attendees eager to learn more about the Hyperion laser light source and flexible single-use, steerable catheters.  In our meetings with company representatives from Germany, Ireland, Taiwan, Turkey and other countries, we were able to explain and demonstrate the benefits of the 250 micron fiber optic bundle in a 2-3mm video endoscope system.   The ultra-small size is needed to compensate for the lack of area on the distal tip for a camera, working channel and illumination in a 3mm model.

We also demonstrated our LED light sources.  Our booth featured a 3D endoscope that’s part of a strategic partnership in Germany.  This system uses our LED light source, delivering illumination via a 5mm Storz style fiber optic cable.  The monitor uses circular polarization, which allows a high degree of movement when viewing the monitor with 3D passive glasses.

We signed up to exhibit at Medtec 2017 as the show was a success for us.  Next year the Halls will be switched around and we will be in Hall 1 versus Hall 3. We look forward to seeing you there.

March 17, 2016

Successful MD&M West Trade Show

At the recent MDM West in Anaheim, representatives from leading medical component OEMs expressed a strong interest in adding our new 1.9mm chip-on-tip single-use video scope system to their product line.  For many, the visit to the Nathaniel Group booth was their first hands-on experience with disposable scopes. There was a consensus that single-use endoscopes will grow in popularity due to awareness of infection rates and costs associated with sterilization and repair of reusable endoscopes.

The discussions were exceptionally valuable to Nathaniel Group too, because our customers and prospects suggested several new and innovative applications for our single-use video scope.   People were drawn into our booth by our advanced 3D endoscopic system as well as the 3mm steerable chip-on-tip single-use endoscope.  Our anatomical spine and knee models allowed attendees to test the navigation and video quality of our products.

The show was well attended and we were fortunate to make contact with many new companies.  Although traditionally a show for suppliers of medical components, our strategy was to attract attention by offering OEM end products that helped clients get to market fast. 

Due to the success of this year’s show we have signed up to exhibit in 2017.  We hope to see you there! But don’t wait for next year’s show if you think our endoscopic illumination and imaging products can help your business grow. Contact us and we will be happy to discuss your application.

March 4, 2016

New Communication Protocol Enhances Versatility of Hyperion Illumination Products

 We’ve just introduced a new robust packet communication protocol for our line of Hyperion illumination products that will strengthen the ability of clients to integrate and control the Hyperion via machine-to-machine communications.

The new protocol, which improves both the light source and video system interfaces, has been developed to meet critical medical standards so companies can more easily achieve a reliable and predictable PEMS (programmable electronic medical system).

Although the communication pipelines used on the product line are very reliable, implementing the packet protocol helps the user virtually eliminate the risk of framing errors and miscommunication resulting in unsafe conditions.  The new protocol uses concepts such as start and stop bits, communication length, escape sequencing, as well as error detection bytes, in order to meet high medical industry standards for quality and reliability.

The protocol allows for light intensity adjustment, color customization and access to safety features on the light source and control of all the video system menu options including video settings, exposure and gain control, as well as a variety of other features. For more information, please contact us.

January 18, 2016

MD&M West and Photonics West

February 9-11, 2016         February 13-18 2016

If you’re attending 2016 MD&M West, February 9 – 11 in Anaheim, CA, we hope you’ll stop by the Nathaniel Group booth (#913 in Hall E) to see the new 3mm disposable flexible endoscope we’re introducing at the show. This new scope delivers high performance video, powerful illumination and a 1.2mm working channel in a 3mm Ø package at a price that could save millions. This advanced steerable video endoscope will be on display with our modular level Hyperion light source for endoscopy, and other advanced technologies for micro-endoscopy.  MD&M West has a history of important product introductions and we’re gearing up to do our part to make this year’s show a success.

We are now scheduling meetings with many of our current customers, prospects, and partners from around the world.  Be sure to stop by our booth # 913 in Hall E. We would love to talk with you about your small fiber illumination project. Contact us to schedule a time to meet.

We will also be participating in 2016 Photonics West in San Francisco the week after MD&M West.  Our SugarCUBE light source will be on display at the Edmund Optics booth (#1612). The SugarCUBE line of LED fiber optic illuminators provides the highest intensity light for a variety of laboratory and technical needs.  Like MD&M West, Photonics West will be an ideal event to talk with you about your challenges in illumination and how we might be able to help.  Contact us to schedule a time to meet.

December 21, 2015

Hyperion 200(L)(LV) User Interface Simplified

We have recently taken some important steps to simplify the Hyperion 200(L)(LV) user experience. By performing a thorough review of the laser safety requirements set forth by IEC 60825-1, we were able to certify the Hyperion 200(L)(LV) with a Class 3R laser safety rating. Based on this initiative, we determined that the Emergency Off and Key Switch were no longer required for the safe operation of the illuminators.

This has simplified the user experience by eliminating the need to arm the laser with the Key Switch prior to turning on the light.  The initialization requirement to achieve light output by first setting the intensity knob to “0” and then ramping up still ensures that the unit will never turn on in an unsafe condition.   Thus we have maintained the safe operation of the illuminator while simplifying the user experience.