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FDA 510(k) Clearance

The FDA is arguably the most powerful governing body that regulates the medical industry in the USA. Linemaster has achieved FDA 510(k) Clearance on the IR Wireless foot control product line to prove

Considerations for Medical Grade Foot Controls

Many factors should be considered when choosing a medical foot control for your device. Design Engineers must know that the operation of a foot switch is often very critical to a procedure, so

Digital vs. Linear Foot Controls

When referencing the word ‘digital’ as a characteristic of a foot control it simply means an on/off actuation. The digital on/off actuation of a foot pedal can be either a momentary actuation (step

IP Rating Considerations for a Foot Control

Ingress Protection (IP) ratings are developed by the European Committee for Electro Technical Standardization (CENELEC) (NEMA IEC 60529 Degrees of Protection Provided by Enclosures – IP Code), specifying the environmental protection the enclosure

Guards and Shrouds

Some medical applications, such as the medical laser industry, require that the foot pedal have a guard-shroud that covers the pedal to help prevent inadvertent actuation. Most applications don’t have such requirements, but

Physical Attributes of a Foot Control

When designing a new foot switch there are many things that you must factor in, but surprising the simplest things could end up being the most important to the end user. The ergonomics,

Material Makeup of a Foot Control

The material makeup of a foot control assembly can be very simple depending on the application or very detailed if a more sophisticated solution is required. Some single pedal foot control enclosures can

Electronic vs Mechanical Foot Controls

An electronic foot control is a pedal consisting of electronics versus mechanical components such as gears, potentiometers, and snap switches. In the world of foot controls the use of electronics is the wave

Medical Standards

When designing a medical foot control there are many things that must be into account. Certain criteria must be followed in order to produce an interface that meets the standards set forth by

Wired versus Wireless foot controls

Wired foot controls have been around for decades. Linemaster created its first wired foot switch in the 1950’s and have been adapting to customer requirements and incorporating technological advances ever since. To date,

Foot Switch Functions

When determining that a foot control is required for a particular application, one of the first questions that must be answered is “how many functions does the foot control have to perform?” The

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