Omron Healthcare Develops Solar-Powered Digital Blood Pressure Monitors

    KYOTO, Japan, March 13 /CNW/ - OMRON HEALTHCARE Co., Ltd., a subsidiary
of Omron Corporation and a leading manufacturer of medical, home healthcare,
and wellness products, has developed the HEM-SOLAR Series, solar-powered
digital blood pressure monitors, for release worldwide in spring 2009.
    "HEM-SOLAR monitors will allow health practitioners and individuals to
take blood pressure readings wherever sunlight is available," says Keiichiro
Akahoshi, representative director and CEO of Omron Healthcare Co., Ltd. "The
development of this series further illustrates Omron's commitment to
environmental stewardship."
    Omron Healthcare has developed two blood pressure monitors for the
series, a manual upper-arm and automatic upper-arm model. Both are charged by
exposure to sunlight through the solar panel at the back of the product. After
just four hours of direct exposure to sunlight, the manual model can take more
than 100 readings while the automatic model can take 28 readings. When fully
charged (requires approximately 15 hours with the manual model and 24 hours
with the automatic model), the manual model can take measurements more than
280 times and the automatic model more than 100 times. Wherever sunlight is
available, the monitors facilitate easy readings, regardless of proximity to
an electrical supply source.
    The products feature AES ((*)1) plastic material, which is durable against
UV light; an important component given the device's frequent exposure to
sunlight. The devices also feature embossed buttons on the front panel to
protect against exposure to precipitation.
    Omron Healthcare aims to release the products in spring 2009 and will
continue R&D efforts to improve device quality with respect to temperature and
humidity, and will make the devices more airtight so that they can be
recharged under a wider variety of conditions.
    The HEM-SOLAR blood pressure monitors are environmentally conscious and
use rechargeable batteries, not regular batteries, to reduce waste and emit
less CO(2) by using solar energy. Given the product's lifespan of 30,000 uses,
the amount of waste materials that can be reduced is 80 batteries with the
manual model and 400 batteries with the automatic model.
    Omron Healthcare has proactively been working on developing
environmentally-friendly products for some time. In 2004, it started
responding to RoHS ((*)2), a European regulation for use of harmful materials -
ahead of other manufacturers, and applying it to 99 percent of its products
((*)3) even though RoHS does not regulate blood pressure monitors ((*)4). In the
near future, the company will respond 100 percent to RoHS guidelines on blood
pressure monitors and spread worldwide its approach as an environmentally
friendly company through the creation of products such as the HEM-SOLAR

    (*)1 AES plastic resin = Acrylonitrile/ Ethylene-propylene-
         diene/ Styrene plastic-resin plastic that has higher durability in
         various climates.

    (*)2 RoHS = Restriction on Hazardous Substances - European
         legislation intended to eliminate or severely curtail the use of
         lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyl
         (PBB), and polybrominated diphenyl eher (PBDE) in all products from
         automobiles to consumer electronics.

    (*)3 Omron Healthcare's products responding to the RoHS Directive can be
         found here:

    (*)4 As of March 2008.

For further information:

For further information: Omron Healthcare Co., Ltd., Public Relations
Department Manager: Y. Kiyosue, Public Relations Department: Y. Tomita, Y.
Kitamura, 5-9-11 Osaki MT Building 14F, Kita-Shinagawa, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo,
JAPAN 141-0001, TEL: +81-3-6408-0845, FAX: +81-3-6408-0645, *new address and
numbers from March 2008; Public Relations Department Kyoto: K. Iijima, T.
Yuasa, 24 Yamanouchi Yamanoshita-cho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto, Japan 615-0084, TEL:
+81-75-322-9309, FAX: +81-75-322-9303, E-mail:,; Inquiry for Consumers, Omron Healthcare
Service Department, Toll Free: 0120-30-6606, 9:00-19:00 (Mon-Fri) (except for
national holidays)

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