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Challenge: Spensa, a leader in precision agriculture, came to Tahu (Member of Velocity Group) looking for a partner to assist them with volume production and packaging of the laboratory model of their electronic insect trap called Z-Trap for outdoor use. Traditionally, growers use paper sticky traps to monitor insect populations in the field. Workers in the field visit each of these traps on a weekly basis, count the number of insects caught in the trap, record the number on paper, clean up the trap, then repeat the process for hundreds or even thousands of traps deployed in the field. This mundane, labor-intensive activity is necessary because these recorded insect counts drive all the decisions as to when, where and how much insecticide to apply in the field. In response to these issues, Spensa developed the Z-Trap to catch, trap, and count moths automatically while they are still alive. The Z-Trap is also a connected device that automatically sends real-time data back to the owner’s phone or other device so they can constantly monitor pest levels.
Solution: Tahu was able to help Spensa with industrial design, mechanical design for injection molding, printed circuit design, and verification of battery and antenna performance. It was important to Spensa that the trap was easy to work with in the field. Tahu engineered the entire assembly to be disassembled and reassembled without tools for easy field maintenance including a field changeable battery pack. In addition to the easy-to-change battery, Tahu designed the pheromone holder (used to attract the moths) so that the pheromone lure could be replaced when the battery is exchanged without affecting any other parts of the trap assembly. For enhanced safety, the system was poka-yoke designed to prevent a worker from experiencing an unwanted “zap” during assembly and disassembly.
At the Velocity Group, our mission is to help our clients accelerate time from idea to profit by providing best-in-class onshore design, development, and production resources. With one hundred percent domestic operations, dedicated program management and a broad portfolio of capabilities, the Velocity Group stands out to be a strong, single-source partner to our clients at any stage of their product development cycle. Leveraging our cross-functional expertise in industrial, mechanical and electrical design we were able to optimize usability and performance of the Z-Trap product. With our in-house rapid prototyping capabilities we provided quick-turn pre-production assembly of Spensa’s first field trial, accelerating their time to market. We believe great partnerships are a powerful tool for achieving business success, and that is what the Velocity Group is always ready to offer.
Challenge: Therametric Technologies, Inc. (TTI) came to Velocity Group with a concept to produce a wireless, battery powered, hand-held device which dentists could use to get diagnostic photographs of individual teeth. Such a tool has great potential in the field of pediatric dentistry where the patients often have difficulty sitting still for the amount of time required for traditional dental x-rays and imaging.
Solution: Speed was important for testing this product because the expense of dental research is often prohibitive to marketing innovations. With this in mind, Velocity Group devised an alternative optimized to meet the most important criteria for the project—speed to market and low development cost. An ergonomic hand-held device which accomplished the required task. However, instead of making the device wireless, USB cord was used to supply power and upload data in real time to the analysis computer. The solution was more cost effective and quicker to develop. The solution met the performance requirements for the product faster and at a lower cost than was previously thought to be possible. We were able to get two fully functional “looks like/works like” prototypes that could be used for testing into their hands within four weeks. Now they can get the data and images they want and get the product into hands of dentists for further study.
Challenge: According to the American College of Preventive Medicine, more than 7 million Americans misuse prescription medication per month. Concordance Health Solutions (CHS) approached Velocity Group with the idea to create a system that would increase compliance of administering prescription medication and help prevent the issue of overmedication and missed dosages.
Solution: The ScanCap product is a pharmaceutical bottle cap that is programmed and placed on medication bottles at the pharmacy, without interfering with the normal procedure of filling medications. The process is quick and simple: The pharmacist will fill the prescription as they normally do. However, instead of labeling with a sticker, they will hold the cap against a pharmacy base station computer pad to record the dosage instructions.
The purpose of the cap is to help drive compliance with end-users with respect to prescription medications. The ScanCap in designed with an alarm that beeps along with a light that flashes when it is time to take the medication. This schedule is privately and securely set into the cap’s memory by the pharmacy system, and is activated by the 1st dose taken by the end-user.
The ScanCap will track skipped-dose and delayed-dose situations, and store all activity in the cap. This data can be downloaded by the pharmacy at a later time to determine whether a medication was truly ineffective or simply misused.
Velocity Group worked closely with CHS to develop a cost and time effective solution from both a total development cost and end product cost perspective. Manufacturing considerations were a prime mover in the design of this product, so every aspect of the design was made with an eye to high-volume assembly.
The Velocity Group was able to deliver a complete design, with the end goal of transfer to manufacturing in mind. The final deliverables were 10 “looks like, works like” prototype caps and two base stations. These devices were used as demonstration tools for show-and-tell interviews with the end users, manufacturing partners and other stakeholders.
Challenge: Cardiovascular disease and diabetes are among the leading health problems that plague people in the United States. Polymer Technology Systems, Inc. (PTS) came to us with the express goal to make their test panels easier to manufacture and distribute, as the existing test panel was primarily assembled by hand, making it expensive to produce and limiting the production throughput
Solution: After some ideation with PTS, followed by some in-depth brainstorming, Velocity Group designed a new test panel holder. Various models were created using Fused Deposition Molding, Stereo Lithographic Assembly, and urethane molds. PTS then used low-cost temporary tools to make preproduction units and performed their field tests. The result? Excellent! These little test panels are now made on a fully-automated assembly machine known as “Dorothy”. The device that these test strips are used in applies advanced diagnostic technology to provide state-of-the-art tools for information about indicators of heart, cardiovascular and other diseases. CardioCheck Systems was launched worldwide in 2003. They are now used by thousands of physicians, pharmacists, health and wellness programs, and consumers worldwide. From a tiny drop of blood, the Device can determine levels of Total Cholesterol, HDL Cholesterol, DL Cholesterol, Triglycerides, Glucose, Ketones, Creatinine and others.
Tool Making & Repair,
Tahu Solutions LLC
Service(s) Provided: Product Design, Prototyping
Oakley Die & Mold
Service(s) Provided: Machining, Tool Making & Repair, Injection Molding
Velocity Concept Development Group - Cambridge
Service(s) Provided: Machining, Tool Making & Repair, Injection Molding
Velocity Concept Development Group - Byesville
Service(s) Provided: Assembly