Monthly Archives: May 2012

SIGMA Helps Redesign Surgical Supplies Stand for USA Market Relaunch

SIGMA is capable of improving the functionality of various industrial, consumer and healthcare products for relaunch into the marketplace. One example is the surgical supplies stand, which was recently introduced from Europe to the US surgical market by our customer.

The global fortune 500 medical supply company identified a ‘bell weather’ product used for over 30 years in Belgium and German. This seemingly utilitarian supply cabinet plays a crucial role in hospital surgery rooms for efficient organization and on-demand availability of critical surgical supplies.

Surgical Supplies Stand, a SIGMA Redesign for US Market

Surgical Supplies Stand, a SIGMA Redesign for US Market

In order to introduce this product into the US market the customer needed to adapt its design to accommodate the different sizes of surgical supplies in the US. So the surgical cabinet drawings needed to be reworked from the metric system to the US Unit system (based on inches) for manufacturing in the US. One challenge was to produce CAD manufacturing drawings in US standards (inches) from old hand drawings (metric).

SIGMA helped in this product relaunch for the US by creating a more futuristic look, improving certain features, suggesting design improvements and recommending materials. New functionality was added to allow for carrying, pushing, spinning or connecting the surgical supplies cabinet to the wall of an operating room.

The updated product was successfully released by the customer in the US surgical market with new functionality for better productivity for surgeons and their teams.

Sigma Design Company –  Reverse Engineering and Design for Product Relaunches

SIGMA’S Lynch Speaks at Entrepreneurship Day at Rutgers

SIGMA Design’s President Gerard J. Lynch, P.E. was a speaker on the “Entrepreneurship Helping Developing Economies” panel at “Entrepreneurship Day 2012: Innovate for Humanity” event held at Rutgers University on April 17th.  Lynch was invited because of the global activities of his Middlesex, NJ company and for his role as a technical advisor and Board Member of the Metuchen Diocese Catholic Charities Global Solidarity Team which delivers development projects in Guatemala and India. His message was “How Can Technology Development Help Reduce Global Pain and Suffering”.

Lynch, President, SIGMA Speaks at Rutgers Entrepreneurship Day

Lynch, President, SIGMA Speaks at Rutgers Entrepreneurship Day

For the Entrepreneurship Day, Rutgers brought together leading social entrepreneurs, impact investors, business support organizations, faculty, students and alumni at its New Brunswick campus for a unique event designed to address the most pressing social issues of modern times. Is entrepreneurship the way out of poverty? Should the poor have to pay the same to get access to the food and medicine they need to live? Can developed and developing nations work together to create a better tomorrow?

As owner of SIGMA, Lynch has developed hundreds of new products and systems for clients world wide, including some suitable for developing economies’ needs for water filtration, renewable energy and food sanitation products.

In additional, Lynch is now in his tenth year volunteering as technical advisor and Board Member with the non-profit group Catholic Charities Solidarity Team (CCST) in New Brunswick, NJ. “Using the guidelines of CRS global strategy for sustainable development”, Lynch explained, “we have enabled, funded and participated in the development of water purification systems, solar power, medical clinics and power for refrigerated medicines, efficient smoke controlled cooking stoves and latrines in the countries of Guatemala and India”.

Lynch said he was honored to be part of the discussion at the Rutgers Entrepreneurship Day. “I think we did increase awareness of the potential that applied technology and new product development solutions can bring to these global situations”.

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Our POV: Design Determines 90% of Product Cost

In the New Product Development (NPD) process, 90% of the cost of a product is fixed by the end of the design phase, By this time in the process the direct material, direct labor and product specific capital equipment costs are set in place, whether we fully realize it or not. The ability to control cost is greatest during the concept development stage. Getting manufacturing and suppliers involved early and clearly understanding customer needs from the start are key to managing product costs.

Ways to implement such approach involves careful selection and early collaboration with suppliers for help in making design tradeoffs for customer requirements, functionality, and cost. What is needed is great communication across the design and supplier network that is responsive to customer requests and priority requirements. This effort will reap great dividends for a more salable and profitable product.

Of course, it is important to first probe deeply into customer requests. Is a functional capability a must have, need to have or nice to have? Clarifying and prioritizing of customer requirements provides design engineers with the maximum range of options, and allows them to make informed trade off decisions when handling competing performance and cost goals in the design process. Finally, be sure to evaluate usability to deliver a user-centric design, which is critical for total design success.

With these practices of understanding customer needs and usability and by collaborating with the supplier base during the concept development phase, designers will be in the best position to deliver an optimal design – and to maximize their impact on 90% of product cost from the start.

Sigma Design Company – Turning Smart Ideas into Product Solutions

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SIGMA’S Capabilities: 3D Rapid Prototyping

SIGMA Prototype for Better Health

SIGMA Prototype for Better Health

SIGMA Design provides in house 3D rapid prototyping services for proof of concept review. With our Rapid Prototyping FDM machines we can take your design concepts and grow ABS plastic parts. Used as a quick, proof of concept development tool, parts can be created, manufactured and shipped in two days.

SIGMA Design is ready to:
• Take your geometry and produce prototypes.
• Design new geometry and produce prototypes.
• Develop and manufacture prototype devices, specialty production equipment and controls with testing capabilities in-house.

Learn more about capabilities of SIGMA Design Company at http://www.sigmadesign.net/brochures.html.

Sigma Design Company – Turning Smart Ideas into Product Solutions