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functions. Operation should be intuitive and ergonomic, safely accommodating unique user preferences. Well-designed equipment where
human factors have been taken into consideration ultimately improves
end user experience, rather than causing added stress or strain. Durability is also a key concern.
Positioning technology designed with engineered constant torque
helps to achieve these objectives. It advances medical equipment designs by eliminating the problems inherent in less sophisticated mechanisms. High-quality, pre-engineered arms, display mounts and hinges
designed with constant torque technology are extremely reliable,
requiring no maintenance or adjustment for the life of the product.
Constant torque technology uses engineered friction systems to
provide continuous resistance against motion. This means a person can
adjust equipment to the most ergonomically comfortable position with
minimal effort and rely on the positioning technology to maintain that
exact setting without drifting, even when a machine is moved.
Constant torque solutions for display mounts and arms allow
simple, one-handed positioning of heavy screens and monitors, vastly
improving operator experience, comfort, and convenience. In addition
to positioning arms and mounts, constant torque hinges also provide
intuitive end-user operation. These hinges provide a full range of
motion stops and are useful for doors, panels, and heavy lids that need
to be easily opened and closed. Constant torque hinges offer precise,
quiet, low-vibration control that delivers the smooth user experience
expected of a high-end piece of equipment.
to match equipment size, operating effort, operating environment, and
color, further simplifying the design process.
Special Considerations for Medical Equipment Design
Well-designed, pre-validated display mounts, arms, and hinges can
save time in medical equipment design and help shift the burden of
risk from the designer to the manufacturer, while enabling component reduction and raising customer satisfaction. Choosing a proven,
engineered positioning technology solution from a reputable supplier
ensures that the mechanism will provide reliable operation for the
lifespan of most equipment, making it the ideal choice for medical
equipment applications where precise positioning and control is critical
to the overall design. MDT
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Southco’s AV series is a pre-engineered
design solution that provides intuitive and
ergonomic operation and ensures smooth
operation for the lifetime of most equipment.
Pre-Engineered Solutions Alleviate Design Risks
Critical to the utility and longevity of medical equipment, reliable and durable positioning should be accounted for early in the
design process. Incorporating pre-engineered solutions for display
arms, mounts, and hinges can ensure smooth operation for the
life of the equipment, increase customer satisfaction, and aid in
compliance with changing medical design requirements, as well as
avert recalls, warranty claims, and safety issues.
Taking advantage of proven, constant torque technologies is a
smart way to reduce designer risk while saving time and expense
on R&D. Designers who attempt to cut costs by designing medical
equipment positioning systems in-house or by using products
intended for lighter duty applications may uncover numerous
hidden expenses. Engineering, tooling, product testing, and validation costs add up, while time to market is delayed or products are
returned for poor performance. The engineer tasked with ensuring
that the design fulfills all the application parameters often bears the
responsibility when the mechanism fails.
Pre-engineered solutions that are designed from the ground up
to withstand the demands of the medical environment offer many
advantages. Their reliability has already been validated both by
the manufacturer and by other companies that have used them.
These components allow for more streamlined designs as well. For
instance, a single constant torque hinge may substitute for a hinge/
gas strut combination on an incubator lid — imparting a sleek appearance, eliminating protruding parts, and reducing labor costs for
installation and assembly. Pre-optimized solutions may be specified