Ever since we started working in the biopharmaceutical field, we’ve been seeing more customers with equipment in the Medical and Laboratory markets. This is a big reason why we worked to get our ISO 9001 certification. While our manufacturing process and traceability was always up to ISO 9001 quality, we wanted our customers to have the confidence that comes with official certifications.
Control systems designed for the medical and laboratory fields differ from other industries in that the equipment could drastically affect a living being. To protect those beings, there are a lot of special regulations governing these products. We work closely with our customers to make sure they have quality electronics, as much thorough in-house testing as possible, and any paperwork required for their necessary certifications.
The following is a product developed for this market:
This incubator is meant to both heat and cool its chamber to ensure platelet bags are maintained at the appropriate temperature. It can also work with an agitator that gently shakes these bags. We designed the touch screen display board and Input/Output (I/O) board that runs the incubator system. The I/O is the real brains of the project handling the control of heating, cooling, lights, thermal printer, etc. in near real-time. The I/O then communicates information with the touch screen display and thus to the user. For the touch screen interface, our customer provided custom graphics and a layout of how they wanted everything to look and flow. Our software department then used that information to create the fully functioning screen they have now.
Controller for Early Detection of Breast Cancer
One of our customers was involved with researchers developing a method of early detection of breast cancer. They hired us to design the initial electronic controller which involved temperature sensing, pressure sensing, battery back-up, precise timing circuits, alarms, and safety measures. The catch was there couldn’t be any software on this device. It had to be all circuitry driven. This way they could pass the certification process much quicker. We delivered a working prototype to the customer and it passed his initial testing. Unfortunately, the project eventually stalled due to funding and patent issues.