BC Group News
New Release for Ocean, Piranha and Cobia
A new release is
now available for R16-2.2, a software release for Ocean 2014, Black
Piranha and Cobia. This release has been mainly dedicated to
maintenance, but some new features have been added. Listed below are
the main improvements.
• Average Glandular Dose – Support for
the 2016 implemented ACR Digital Mammography protocols. A new AGD
Analysis have been implemented that follows the 2016 release of ACR
Digital Mammography Manual.
• Extended AGD (EUREF) factors up to HVL
of 0.8 mm Al. The AGD applications have got extended conversion
factors to support HVL values in the range 0.6 to 0.8 mm Al.
• Improved Frame Rate calculation
• Dose Per Frame in Mammography Quick
Check. A new application for dose per pulse is implemented for
Mammography Quick Check. It is found under Applications from
Mammography Quick Check.
• Extended energy correction data for
External Dose Probe in mammography
• Display Hanging when disconnecting
from Ocean. The Cobia display could hang when disconnecting from
Ocean 2014. This has been identified and resolved with this release.
• Using detector cable longer than 5 m
caused under estimation of dose. Underestimation of dose have been
reported using detectors with long cables. The error was identified
and resolved with this release.
Mike Clotfelter and Kristi Boyce (2nd and
1st from the right) from BC Group International joined other members
of the Georgia Biomedical Instrumentation Society as they witnessed
Governor Nathan Deal sign the Proclamation Healthcare Technology
Management Professional Appreciation Week at the State Capitol on
BC Group and RTI Forge Distribution Relationship
International, Inc. and RTI Electronics, Inc. Towaco, NJ have
announced a partnership between the two organizations for the
distribution of the RTI Imaging product line. BC Group is a leader
in manufacturing, servicing and selling biomedical testing equipment
and RTI is a leader in manufacturing, servicing and selling imaging
is excited to add the RTI product line to our BC Market Place
offering. BC Marketplace provides over 75 product lines of test
equipment and tools in addition to our extensive offering of BC
Biomedical products,” said Mel Roche, President of BC Group. “We
have been looking to expand our Marketplace offering to include
Imaging Test Equipment for some time now. With RTI’s great
reputation and outstanding product offering, it is the perfect
product line to fill out our ONE STOP BIOMED SHOP concept,” said
“This is a
perfect match and we look forward to expanding our coverage with
this new partnership with BC Group,” said Fran Hackett, CEO of RTI.
“BC Group will be marketing all of the RTI products, including the
Black Piranha and all its options,” said Hackett. “The Black Piranha
with its industry leading two year calibration cycle and up to
10-year warranty makes X-ray QA easy, fast and foremost, the most
cost effective solution,” added Hackett.
You can view all the RTI and BC Biomedical products on the BC
Group’s extensive online store at: www.bcgroupstore.com or
you can contact a sales representative at 1-800-242-8428 or
1-314-638-3800 for a quote.
Preorder the New IPA-3400 Infusion Pump Analyzer
Click here to see this product’s page on our webstore.
The IPA-3400 is the
newest addition to the line of BC Biomedical test equipment. With
its large 7” touch screen display, dual syringe stepper motor driven
system and built-in autosequences, the IPA-3400 is the most compact
and fully featured four channel analyzer on the market. The IPA-3400
has full touch screen control of all processes, leaving no need for
buttons and knobs.
The IPA-3400 Infusion
Pump Analyzer also features a new cutting edge, Patent-Pending
design that uses a dual syringe stepper motor driven system. This
provides continuous monitoring of the fluid flow whereas older
technology needs to stop and perform intermittent drains. The
IPA-3400 provides a more realistic flow path for the infusion device
being tested, as well as more accurate readings. The independent
stepper motor control of the custom designed, ceramic valving
allows the system to run quietly and smoothly, with a bidirectional
powered fluid flow for use in the built in cleaning cycle.
The IPA-3400 has built-in
autosequence capabilities that allows the user to perform automated
test procedures. Users can run specific test routines specified by
various manufacturers, saving time as well as reducing the risk of
human error. Advanced features in our autosequences even allows the
inclusion of pictures to aid with the setup and configuration of
each step. All test results are stored internally in the large, 32
GB memory. Results can also be downloaded to a USB flash drive or
directly to a PC.
There are specific
requirements in IEC 60601-2-24 for flow readings, back pressure
simulation, bolus (PCA) measurements and occlusion alarm monitoring.
All of these features are specifically built into the IPA-3400 with
simple to use on screen selections.
The IPA-3400 is designed
to hold up to 4 IPA-3900-FM flow modules. These modules are
individually serialized and calibrated so that they may be moved
from channel to channel and even unit to unit. Once installed they
are recognized by the IPA-3400 and their Serial Number and NIST
Traceable Calibration information are presented on the display and
utilized in all data reporting.
modules provide the user with unprecedented flexibility in their IPA
Testing System. There is no need to be down when the unit is due for
calibration. Only the modules need to be calibrated. This also
allows the rotating of modules or the use of a spare module, thus
providing flexibility not available in other systems. The same is
true for service. If there is a problem on one channel, only the
module needs to be serviced, eliminating downtime.
The IPA-3400 display may
be raised to gain full access to the four user swappable flow
modules. No wiring or plumbing is required for module
installation. Simply lift the display, remove the cover plate,
loosen the retainer screw and slide the module out. All plumbing and
electronics are self-contained and all electrical connections are
made via a slide-in mating connector on the end of the module. Then
just reverse the process for installation.
The IPA-3400 allows for
easy field expansion. You can buy a 1 channel unit and later
purchase additional modules that can be added in the field. Just
plug them in and the system will automatically recognize the
additional module(s), reconfigure itself and you are ready to go.
To preorder or for more
information about the IPA-3400, expected to be available Q4 2016,
contact BC Group at 1(800)242-8428 or by email at
BC Group Releases the New CONMED System 2450
and 5000 Automatic Autosequence
Testing with your
ESU-2400 Analyzer has gotten even easier! Automatic autosequences
are now available for the CONMED System 2450 and System 5000
Generators using the ESU-2400 Series and CONMED
The CONMED Automation Kit
(part number BC20-00133) contains the CONMED Footswitch Cable and
CONMED Communications Cable for use with ESU-2400 Series. Using this
kit allows users to perform automated testing using the ESU-2400
Series Autosequence function. The CONMED Automation Kit allows the
ESU-2400 to remotely configure CONMED System 2450 and System 5000
Electrosurgical Generators and trigger the generator output without
The CONMED Automation Kit
is required for the ESU-2400 Series fully automated CONMED PM
Autosequence. There is also a manually triggered autosequence for
the ConMed System 2450 and 5000 using the ESU-2400 Series and
Monopolar Handpiece Simulator.
The CONMED Automation Kit requires an ESU-2400 running Software
v126.96.36.199 or later or an ESU-2400H running Software v188.8.131.52 or
Download software updates HERE.
Also available to download is the new autosequence for the Valleylab
FT10™ Generator. The autosequence is user triggered and requires
Port Adapter (BC20-03050).
Download your free autosequences HERE.
The ESU-2400 Electrosurgical Unit Analyzers also has
a new software update, which renews compatibility with the new
Covidien ForceTriad™ Software Update 3.8. The new ForceTriad™
Software 3.8 adds compatibility with more accessories. The
ForceTriad™ can now automatically detect a wider range of
accessories that are plugged into the generator.
When using the ESU-2400, the analyzer reads the software version of
the ForceTriad™ and automatically loads the correct autosequence.
All users are required to do is press “Start Triad PM” and the
analyzer determines the correct software version. Additionally,
users can select which autosequence to run. For example, if a user
selects the ForceTriad™ 3.5 autosequence but the ForceTriad™ is
actually 3.6, the ESU-2400 can detect that and tell the user that
they have the wrong autosequence. This includes the new software 3.8
An update for the ESU-2400H will be available soon.
For more information about free autosequences, software updates or
BC Biomedical Test Equipment, visit our webstore at www.BCGroupStore.com.
Mike Clotfelter and Kristi Boyce (3rd row, 2nd and 3rd from the
left) from BC Group International joined other Georgia Biomedical
Instrumentation Society members to have a picture made with the
Georgia Governor at the Georgia State Capital. Governor Deal signed
a proclamation for Biomed Healthcare Technology week for May 22-28
Philips Ultrasound Validates BC Group’s Ultrasound Leakage Tester
and Probe Adapter
many months of conducting an exhaustive evaluation of the BC Group’s
Ultrasound Leakage Tester and Probe Adapter, Philips Ultrasound has
issued the following statement:
“The BC Biomedical
ULT-2020 Current Leakage Tester with the ULT-PA-19 Adapter have been
validated by Philips Ultrasound for use with the X7-2t, S7-3t, and
S8-3t compact connector TEE transducers.”
The testing included the proper fit of the
Compact connector TEE transducers into the ULT-PA-19 adapter, the
testing function and limits used in the ULT-2020 Leakage Tester.
Section 2.2.3B of the IAC Adult Echocardiography Standards for TEE
Testing that went into effect on December 31, 2015 states:
“The manufacturer’s guidelines must be followed for the appropriate
care and cleansing of the TEE transducer and adhere to the
appropriate infectious disease standards to prevent the transmission
of disease. Effective December 31, 2015, the structural and
electrical integrity of the transducer must be checked between each
use, using an ultrasound transducer leakage tester. “Passed” or
“Failed” must be documented in the routine TEE probe cleaning /
maintenance log along with action taken if “failed.”
BC Group’s ULT product line offers everything
you need to comply with the new IAC Standard, including tester,
adapters, conductivity probes, soak trays and a printer to document
the routine testing.
If you would like more information about the
ULT-2020 and ULT-PA-19, please contact us at 1 (800) 242-8428 or by
you would like more information about our line of BC Biomedical
products, visit our website at
Rice Lake Weighing Systems Awards BC Group for
BC Group is
proud to announce that we have received Rice Lake Weighing Systems’
Award for Outstanding Sales Performance in 2015. BC Group and Rice
Lake Weighing Systems have been partners for years, with BC Group as
a distributor of Rice Lake’s weights and weight sets.
Rice Lake Weighing Systems is a manufacturer of
multiple products, including grip handle and weight sets. Cast iron
grip-handle weights are primarily used to test patient scales by
service technicians. They come in Class F, 7 and M1 weights
BC Group offers
26 different weights and weight sets from Rice Lake. We also have
access to the entire Rice Lake line so if you do not see it on our
webstore, you can call or email us. Each of these have an optional
NIST Traceable Calibration and etched serial number.
If you would
like more information about the Rice Lake weights, please contact us
at 1 (800) 242-8428 or by email at
If you would like more information about our line of BC Biomedical
products, visit our website at
The DA-2006-VL Variable Load Bank Has Received FDA
DA-2006-VL Variable Load Box
is the newest accessory for the BC Biomedical line of defibrillator
analyzers and has just received FDA 510(k) Clearance. It works in
conjunction with the DA-2006 and DA-2006P Defibrillator Analyzer as
an external load bank. If you already own a DA-2006 or DA-2006P you
can update your software for free to be compatible with the
DA-2006-VL. The DA-2006-VL is used when testing defibrillators to
ensure the proper electrical current is delivered to the heart, per
AAMI DF80 and IEC 60601-2-4 standards. Both AAMI and IEC require
defibrillator analyzers to test a variety of impedances, to simulate
a wide range of patients. With the DA-2006-VL, the DA-2006/P has
test loads from 25-200 ohms and can be measured in 25 ohm
DA-2006-VL’s advanced technology, it is automatically recognized by
the DA-2006 Series, leaving no settings to change or configure. No
other defibrillator analyzer load bank offers this feature.
is only compatible with the BC Biomedical line of defibrillator
analyzers. The DA-2006P combined with the DA-2006-VL offers a high
quality analyzer at an unbeatable cost.
If you would
like more information about the DA-2006-VL, please contact us at 1
(800) 242-8428 or by email at
If you would like more information about our line of BC Biomedical
products, visit our website at
CONMED PM Kit Provides the Tools for Automated
Testing of CONMED System 2450 and 5000
The newest addition
to the line of BC Biomedical products is the CONMED PM Kit, a
complete set of accessories needed to safely perform preventative
maintenance procedures. The CONMED PM Kit works with the ESU-2400
Series of electrosurgical unit analyzers to test the CONMED System
2450 and System 5000 electrosurgical unit generators. There are
three pieces to the kit, including a port adapter, 3” jumper cable
and the Monopolar Handpiece Simulator.
The port adapter
that is included allows test leads with standard safety jacks to
connect to the CONMED Systems 2450 and 5000 model generator’s
combination monopolar output.
Handpiece Simulator is a new accessory for the ESU-2400 Series that
allows technicians to safely and automatically perform leakage
measurements. This works by triggering and measuring handpiece
activated leakage measurements, without manually shorting the
monopolar output terminals. One of the major benefits of automated
testing with the Monopolar Handpiece Simulator is that the
ESU-2400’s autosequences record measurements and produce a report
once the sequence is complete. A technician doesn’t need to manually
record each measurement and doesn’t have to worry about accidentally
skipping a step.
BC Group designed the CONMED PM Kit
specifically for use with the ESU-2400 Series. It is required if a
user wants to properly perform PM autosequences on the CONMED System
2450 and 5000 using an ESU-2400 or ESU-2400H. The ESU-2400 Series PM
autosequences are important for biomedical technicians because it
provides faster and automated testing.
Learn more about the CONMED PM Kit at
Create Autosequences From a PC or Laptop Using BC Group’s New Safety
International has released its newest model of safety analyzer, the
SA-2500. The SA-2500 was created to fill the need for a more capable
and user friendly safety analyzer with AC + DC measurement. The new
analyzer is a portable, durable instrument and has advanced testing
includes all the usual features of a standard safety analyzer,
including line voltage measurement, earth/ground lead
resistance/leakage current, point-to-point testing,
enclosure/chassis leakage current, external resistance and external
leakage current. The SA-2500 has a universal power supply compatible
with line voltages from 90-240 VAC with load currents up to 16
amps. All measurements are true RMS readings. The SA-2500 includes
a variety of other features that separate it from traditional safety
Measurements for AC + DC
microprocessor-based technology, the SA-2500 is able to separate and
measure the AC and DC signals. But why would you need to measure AC
and DC? Analyzers that can measure AC and DC separately have an
advantage because some test limits are different for AC or DC
currents. Without separating the measurements and getting specific
results, the worst case scenario must be assumed.
Measures Quality of
SA-2500 also has the ability to measure the quality of insulation of
a product’s power wiring. This feature ensures that the insulation
of internal wiring is intact and ensures a safe resistance between
the power wiring and any exposed metal parts.
with Printable Reports
The SA-2500 can
be controlled remotely from a PC or laptop, which allows users to
control measurements and test sequences. Through the Remote
Operation, users are also able to produce reports and print
results from a computer. The Remote Control Software allows the
user to generate automated test sequences, providing for repeatable
and consistent test procedures that can be shared or sent to
technicians as needed.
The SA-2500 is
the newest model of safety analyzer with progressive technology at a
competitive price. For more information about the SA-2500 or for
purchasing information visit the online store at
or speak to a sales representative at (314) 638-3800.
the Newest Device Designed to Safely Activate Cut and Coag
The Monopolar Handpiece Simulator (part number
BC20-03005) is the newest accessory released for the ESU-2400 and
ESU-2400H Electrosurgical Analyzers. This simulator is the safest
way to test electrosurgical generators by replacing the
electrosurgical handpiece (pencil). The Monopolar Handpiece
Simulator is built to work just like the pencil, but uses internal
relays to activate cut and coagulation (coag). Since it is
controlled by the ESU-2400 or ESU-2400H, this simulator also allows
further automated testing of more electrosurgical generators than
Using the same connector and wiring as a standard two-button
electrosurgical pencil, the Monopolar Handpiece Simulator can safely
activate the cut and coag output. Until now, biomedical technicians
have had to activate the handpiece cut and coag power by inserting
insulated jumpers into the monopolar output ports. This dangerous
method can severely burn biomedical technicians. This harmful
situation is easily avoided by using BC Biomedical’s new simulator.
The Monopolar Handpiece Simulator is a
versatile instrument, designed for use with any electrosurgical
generator that utilizes a standard three-pin monopolar port for
electrosurgical pencils. Compatible models include:
• Conmed System 5000
• Conmed System 2450
• Coviden ForceTriad™
• Covidien ForceFx
• Bovie Generators
Today Governor Nathan Deal signed a
declaration to mark May 17-23 as Healthcare Technology Management
week in Georgia. Kristi Boyce and Mike Clotfelter joined several
other Georgia Biomedical Instrumentation Society members to
celebrate this event.
About the company
BC Group was founded in 1988. The company was formed as a sales and
service organization to handle the test equipment needs of the
worldwide biomedical engineering community. Over the past 20 years
BC Group has grown to include over 75 Product Lines with thousands
Originally, BC Group sold only test equipment manufactured by other
companies. Then, in 2000, we began a program of both manufacturing
and private-labeling our own products under the now familiar Green
and Gold "BC Biomedical" label.
In January of 2005, Lloyd Industries, the company that engineered
and manufactured most of the BC Biomedical brand products, purchased
BC Group. This acquisition has provided BC Group with the
engineering and manufacturing resources to expand at an even faster
pace. BC Group, under the "BC Biomedical" brand, is now one of the
largest manufacturers of Biomedical Test and Measurement Equipment
in the world.
Our “One Stop Biomed Shop” theme sums up our business. Our model is
to provide, in one location, all of the equipment, tools and
supplies that the Biomed Community might need. We not only offer an
extensive listing of test equipment manufactured by us and our many
partners, but we also provide labels, cables and everything
Clotfelter: The Man Behind the Company
Mike Clotfelter is the VP of Business Development for BC Group
International. He started with the company in 1999 and has well over
25 years of experience in our industry. Mike’s history as both an
end user and product provider gives him an invaluable point of view
that he has used to help hundreds of members of the biomed
community. This perspective helped to form, develop and improve the
products manufactured and distributed by BC Group, helping to
develop their “one size does not fit all” concept, bringing a
broader selection of products to the field.
During his tenure at BC Group, Mike has focused on the development
of major account and new opportunities. He has cultivated many new
markets and product lines for BC over the years, identifying need
and opportunity and putting in the sweat needed to help a business
grow. His efforts account for a large part of the over 400% increase
in sales BC has experienced in the last 10 years.
For nearly 15 years, Mike worked at Datex-Ohmeda where he managed
the Vaporizer Calibration Lab, Metrology Lab, Mechanical Equipment
Service Center as well as the tools and test equipment for their
Field Service Engineers. His foundation in quality has been
instrumental in BC Group’s own quality efforts, combining simple
solutions with a drive for continual improvement. Mike has been a
key player in the implementation of the ISO 9000, ISO 17025, ANSI
Z540 and ISO 13485 quality systems at BC Group.
Mike possess a wealth of knowledge in both the Med Gas and
Anesthesia fields, resulting in a rare skill set which he uses on a
daily basis to counsel technicians faced with an ever expanding list
of responsibilities and modalities. His focus on finding the right
tool for the job has saved many departments from making some very
expensive mistakes when purchasing new equipment. Over the years,
many have found themselves pleasantly surprised by Mike as he talks
them out of buying unneeded and expensive features or remind them of
that small but critical item that would have cost them a week that
they didn’t have.
Mike has been very devoted to supporting local and state biomed
societies, trade shows and helping biomeds with any problems they
encounter. You can always count on Mike for answers.
GBIS is very proud to award BC Group the 2012 Vendor of the Year
Hunter, Executive Director
BC Group formally introduced the new ESU-2400 full-featured
electrosurgery (ESU) analyzer at the 2009 AAMI Exposition in
Baltimore, MD. The new ESU-2400 will be shipping in the 3rd Quarter
of 2009. The ESU-2400 shatters all previous limitations for high-end
electrosurgery analyzers and provides a level of technology and
capability never before available. For more information, simply call
us or e-mail your questions to email@example.com. You can also
download several informational documents on our new ESU-2400 in PDF
format at the following links:
Product Overview Document
2009 Medical dealers Magazine Article on the ESU-2400