FOBA showcasing at Medica in Düsseldorf

Selmsdorf, October 2019 – At the Medica, the leading international trade fair for the medical device industry (Düsseldorf, Germany, November 18-21, 2019) FOBA Laser Marking + Engraving is presenting its M-Series vision-assisted laser marking workstations for UDI parts marking. As a proven expert in laser marking with a 50-year company history, FOBA understands UDI labeling as a comprehensive operational process, including innovative technology, mark validation, process qualification, consultation and service.

FOBA’s M2000 marking station with optimized features for medical marking requirements will be presented at the Medica. Due to long-term cooperation with leading medical device manufacturers, FOBA has evolved its expertise in UDI laser marking over the years and knows the requirements of the industry. With its high-end technical features like “Mosaic” for marking without product fixtures, FOBA is one of the main providers of UDI labeling solutions for leading medical manufacturers worldwide.

“We are attending this important international event with great expectations”, says Christian Söhner, FOBA’s Global Medical Market Manager, with regard to the Medica. “Visitors to our stand will have the opportunity to learn more about our holistic vision-guided marking process, including Mosaic, the cost-saving and fully automated mark alignment functionality that does not require any part fixtures.”

Implementing the latest MDR- and FDA-regulated marking and quality requirements in UDI labeling is of great importance for medical device manufacturers these days. FOBA offers not only the most appropriate laser marking technology but also the necessary IQ-OQ-PQ for machine and process qualification. Additionally, manufacturers benefit from highly efficient and user-friendly operational conditions.

FOBA’s laser marking work stations as well as basic rail-systems for line integration can be equipped with the Intelligent Mark Positioning (IMP). This feature ensures a safe and error-free marking process, based on a laser head integrated camera for pre and post part validation and mark alignment.

In 2019 FOBA Laser Marking + Engraving is celebrating its 50th company anniversary. Starting with mechanical engraving in 1969, FOBA has continued to develop the labeling of industrial products and components as a core business ever since. Focusing solely on laser technology since 2001, FOBA has become one of the internationally leading providers of marking lasers with almost 250 employees worldwide. The international focus and growth of the company is further supported by FOBA’s affiliation with the US Danaher Group.

FOBA Laser Marking + Engraving

FOBA at Medica:
Hall 15, booth 15L23 (Joint appearance booth of the Federal State of Mecklenburg-Western-Pomerania)
Messe Düsseldorf/Germany, November 18-21, 2019

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News: iDTRONIC’s C9 RFID Handheld Computer Series

Our proven Android 7 RFID handheld series has evolved into our new Android 9 RFID handheld series. The latest Android 9 “Pie” Version has been adapted to the current IoT requirements. The new operating system focuses on performance, stability and energy efficiency – ensuring longer battery life. This is primarily achieved using artificial intelligence. Android 9 improves the security of smartphones. The background activities of apps is more limited with the new version. As a rule, applications have now only have access to the camera and microphone if they are running in the foreground. The new C9 RFID Handhelds are available in 3 different versions. We offer an C9 Handheld, a related GUN Version and a C9 Tablet. The smart devices are designed for the latest Industry 4.0 and IoT applications.


The C9 Black is a compact RFID Handheld Computer that resembles a smartphone. The identification of RFID Tags or Transponders has never been easier with the integrated RFID HF and NFC Reader in 13.56 MHz Frequency. It supports the Standards ISO 14443 A/B, ISO 15693 and NFC-IP1, NFC-IP2. The C9 Black is especially suitable for near field applications in a 5 to 8 cm reading range. Optionally, the RFID handheld is available with a 1D or 2D barcode scanner, ideal for demanding warehousing processes. The 4.900 mAh Li-Ion Battery withstands a working day without any problems, thanks to Android 9’s intelligent battery-consumption function.


The C9 Black GUN is an extension to our C9 Black RFID Handheld Computer. The RFID handheld is equipped with an ergonomic grip. Identification of RFID tags or transponders can be easily handled with the integrated RFID UHF, HF NFC or LF Reader. It supports the Standards ISO 18000-6C, ISO 14443 A/B, ISO 15693 and ISO 11784, ISO 11785. The C9 Black GUN is especially suitable for long-range applications, covering up to a 10 m reading range. Optionally, the RFID handheld is available with a 1D or 2D barcode scanner. The 9.000 mAh Li-Ion Battery withstands a working day without any problems thanks to Android 9’s intelligent battery-consumption function.


The C9 Tablet is the Tablet Version among our C9 RFID Handhelds. There are four integrated identification solutions to choose from: RFID UHF, HF, NFC or LF. The RFID Tablet supports the Standards ISO 18000-6C, ISO 14443 A/B, ISO 15693 and ISO 11784, ISO 11785. The C9 Tablet is especially suitable for near- or long- range applications, covering up to a 2 m reading range. Optionally, the RFID handheld is available with a 2D barcode scanner. The 8.000 mAh Li-Ion Battery withstands a working day without any problems thanks to Android 9’s intelligent battery-consumption function.


The RFID Handhelds are equipped with the Android 9.0 version by default. They support the Mobile Device Management (MDM) System: “Android for Work” and all other Enterprise Mobile Management (EMM) Systems. The high-performance Cortex A73 2.0 GHz Octa-Core Processor offers enough performance power for virtually any application. The integrated 2 GB Working Memory and 16 GB Storage Capacity may be upgraded to 4 GB and 64 GB, respectively . The MicroSD card slot offers enough space for your data and may supports memory cards up to 256 GB.

The C9 RFID Handhelds are equipped with 4G LTE and support
the communication interfaces: WLAN, WWAN, WPAN, GPS & Bluetooth. The integrated 20 Megapixel Rear Camera (C9 Tablet: 13 MP) documents work processes in high-resolution format. Video calls can be made in very good quality thanks to the 5 Megapixel Front Camera.

Our C9 RFID Handhelds are applicable in working temperatures of -20 ° to +50 °C. The robust RFID handhelds can withstand falls up to a height of 1.5 meters without any problems. The RFID handhelds are protected against the ingress of dust and water with the integrated IP65 protection class (C9 Tablet: IP67).


Our C9 RFID Handhelds are certified to FCC and CE. The RFID Handheld are delivered with a Software Development Kit for Android Systems. It supports the programming languages: C++ and C# Command Protocol. The use of the SDK simplifies the connection to your existing systems.
The Software Development Kit is available for download soon.

You require your own custom firmware for your specific applications?
iDTRONIC offers personalization of firmware on request.


Our RFID Handhelds have an extensive range of accessories, such as charging stations, bags or spare and additional batteries.
Optionally, we deliver the RFID readers with PSAM.

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Get support from a Content Manager

Global Management Consultants AG is a Business Center with its headquarter in Zug, in Switzerland. GMC AG has many years of experience and has supported numerous customers over the years, says Rieta de Soet, CEO of GMC AG.

GMC AG not only offers offices and conference rooms, but also the support of its professional staff. Customers like to take advantage of the professional advice, for example from the GMC AG Content Manager. However many companies still do not know what a Content Manager actually does.

A Content Manager, as the name implies, is responsible for content strategy and a company’s online presence.

The tasks include the planning of new websites and their implementation. If a company does not have a strong internet presence today, it can not compete with the competition. That’s why a Content Manager is responsible for the ongoing optimization of an existing platform. He also plans the image, text and multimedia content.

The specific area of responsibility depends on the respective company. While a content manager in e-commerce has a lot to do with shop maintenance, another company may focus on the blog.

Search engine optimization also belongs proportionately to his tasks. In addition, he creates website statistics and performs success measurements. It can be seen as an interface between marketing, technology and sales.

Immunotherapy against cancer: Patients benefit from molecular imaging

Immunotherapy gives hope to numerous cancer patients who do not respond satisfactorily to chemotherapy. However, this kind of treatment is not efficacious in all patients and it can even be harmful. “Positron emission tomography (PET) allows to accurately monitor the treatment process and assess its outcome,” says Prof. Nicolas Aide, expert of the European Association of Nuclear Medicine (EANM). “This molecular imaging method is essential for patients” care since it enables doctors to discriminate clearly between beneficial and harmful effects of immunotherapy.”
Immunotherapy is a revolution in cancer treatment and has become a new hope for many patients. So far, its main fields of application have been melanoma and lung cancer, where immunotherapy has proven beneficial in numerous patients who did not respond satisfactorily to chemotherapy. The medication used for immunotherapy is based on so-called immune checkpoints inhibitors (ICI) – antibodies that do not target the tumour directly, but strengthen the body”s own defence system. In principle the immune system is capable to detect and destroy cancer cells. These cells, however, can employ mechanisms to bypass or obstruct this defence through certain signalling pathways that “put the brakes” on the immune response.

Loosen the brakes
The brakes the tumour uses are so-called immune checkpoints. These are receptors on the membrane of the body-defending T-cells, which are meant to prevent these cells from autoimmune reactions that harm the body. Unfortunately, certain tumour cells are able to trick these checkpoints by activating them, thus escaping the immune system. This is where the immune checkpoint inhibitors (ICI) come into play. These proteins block the immune checkpoints, allowing the T-cells to do their job and attack the cancer cells. If the immune system manages to identify the tumour as an enemy it usually works very efficient, destroying the tumour wherever it grows. However, as with most cancer treatments immunotherapy is not efficacious in all patients and can even be detrimental. Its effects depend to a great deal on particular characteristics of the tumour tissue. This requires a thorough examination of the patient and a precise monitoring of the treatment process and its outcomes. The only imaging technique to fulfill these demands is Positron Emission Tomography (PET). This method is based on radioactively labelled substances such as glucose (FDG), which the patient is injected with. These so-called tracers detect cancer cells as well as other cell alterations with high accuracy and reliability by making visible their metabolism.

Distinguishing beneficial from adverse effects
One of the issues that have to be clarified by FDG PET examinations concerns the response to immunotherapy in combination with possible side effects. An important sign for response is the increased uptake of tracer in the spleen which is due to im-
mune activation triggered by immunotherapy. Equally significant is the detection of adverse effects such as gastrointestinal disorders, thyroiditis, pneumonitis or rash which frequently accompany immunotherapy. Clear identification is not only needed for managing these disorders. They are also promising indicators for a succesful outcome since patients experiencing immune-related side effects are more likely to respond to treatment. On the other hand, if the tumour continues to grow in spite of immunotherapy this seems to be a clear sign to switch to a new line of treatment. What makes the decision complicated, though, is the fact that the patterns of response to immunotherapy differ from those to chemotherapy. In certain types of cancer, mainly melanomia, patients” health may deteriorate immediately after the onset of immunotherapy before the treatment then starts to be effective. “We have developed novel PET criteria that enable us to reliably discriminate between this kind of pseudoprogression and real progression of the disease. The same applies to cases of so-called hyperprogression where immunotherapy leads to an acceleration of tumour growth. PET provides sound information that is essential for the oncologist to take the appropriate decision and choose the treatment that is taylored to the individual patient”s needs,” says Prof. Aide. (

SmartTOP convertible top control for the BMW 6 Series permanently reduced in price

Las Vegas, Nevada – October 29, 2019

The SmartTOP manufacturer Mods4cars is pleased to announce a price reduction for BMW 6 Series Convertible owners. The retrofitted additional convertible top control for the BMW 6 Series (E64) is now permanently lowered in price and is now available for 169 Euro + tax. “We hope that even more convertible drivers will be able to enjoy our sophisticated additional functions and thereby enjoy their top down driving experience more,” says PR spokesman Sven Tornow.

The SmartTOP convertible top control is a complementary module providing valuable functional extensions to the convertibles top. With it the top can be opened and closed while driving at a speed of up to 40 km/h. Thanks to the One-Touch function, a brief tap on the convertibles top button is all it takes for the operation to be carried out automatically.

It will also be possible to operate the convertibles top from a distance using the existing vehicles remote control. “The SmartTOP customer can already open their top as they move toward their vehicle – a real time saver,” explains PR spokesman Sven Tornow. There is no need to make any changes to the vehicles key for this function.

In addition to these two main functions, the SmartTOP module provides numerous features: It makes it possible to open and close the windows via the remote control. All windows can be closed by One-Touch with the button in the driver’s door. Additionally, the door can be unlocked automatically when the ignition is switched off, so that it is no longer necessary to pull on the door handle twice.

When starting or stopping the engine, a running top movement is not interrupted. The SmartTOP unit can be completely deactivated if necessary. All functions can be programmed according to personal requirements.

The SmartTOP module is delivered with a plug-and-play adapter. The specially developed plug-in wiring harness makes installation easy. The USB port attached to SmartTOP allows the module to be programmed on a home PC/Mac. Software updates can also be installed, which Mods4cars makes available free of charge to their customers.

The comfort control for the BMW 6 Series Convertible (E64) is now on offer for 169.00 Euro + tax. Modules are also available for the BMW 1 Series, 2 Series, 3 Series, 4 Series, 6 Series (F12), Z4 and Mini models.

Following vehicle brands are supported by the SmartTOP convertible top control: Alfa, Audi, Bentley, BMW, Chevrolet, Ferrari, Ford, Infiniti, Jaguar, Lamborghini, Land Rover, Maserati, Mazda, McLaren, Mercedes-Benz, Mini, Nissan, Opel, Peugeot, Porsche, Renault, Volkswagen and Volvo.

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