FUSE has helped Indes with the partial redesign of the Wheeldrive with the aim to adapt the design to a changing assembly and logistic process. The wheeldrive is a power assist solution for wheelchair users and is distributed by Sunrise Medical and makes it possible to change a hand powered wheelchair into an electric wheelchair. The hybrid solution makes it possible for people with reduced muscle power to use a manual wheelchair increasing their independence and mobility. The wheeldrive is a wheel with a power pack and direct-drive motor integrated. The controls can be used without electrical assistance, with power assist that adds a little push while handling your wheelchair or completely powered like a normal electric wheelchair.
Rethinking the original design made it possible to reduce required tolerances on parts, making it easier to produce, and increase flexibility in assembly of the product. This allows Indes and their suppliers to streamline the logistics making production more reliable. The redesign also improves the feel of the power assist. Sensors on the rim measure the amount of force executed by the user. Play in the construction reduces the feel of the controls. The new construction gives a much better experience and control over the Wheeldrive.
The new design was engineered to the point that it was ready for production with all information documented for transfer to the manufacturer.
“Choosing to work with Fuse turned out to be a great descision. Proper engineering skills and knowledge were brought to the table which resulted in a release for toolmaking within the right timeline.” Rob Heinemeijer, Technical development manager at INDES.
Hospital pharmacies use machinery to mix patient specific compounds of medication. These compounders are used specifically for medication used in Oncology, The company SMART PHARMACY SOLUTIONS is working on the SMART COMPOUNDER. It is a very innovative system that can be placed in a standard safety cabinet. FUSE has helped in the concept development of the system. We worked on the design of the terminal and control box housing. FUSE has also assisted in the development of the brand identity. The main challenge was to create a design with a unique identity while using production techniques suitable for low production volumes.
Noviosense is developing a very innovative method for continuous measurement of blood glucose levels. This technique improves the lives of diabetics who now have to take blood samples many times during the day. And believe me, these finger pricks are very uncomfortable. There is one catch. The sensor that is being used has to be placed behind the eyelid. It uses the glucose levels in the tear fluid as an indicator of the patient’s condition. FUSE has helped Noviosense with the development of an applicator that makes it possible for any patient of any age to place the sensor by themselves.
The project involved ergonomic experiments with different sizes, shapes and methods of operation for the applicator. FUSE has also assisted with solving production issues for the sensors and preparation of the clinical trials.
Christopher Wilson, CEO NOVIOSENSE
“The nice thing about working with the guys at FUSE is that they are not design diva’s”
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