A diverse range of competencies is required to develop suitable carrying solutions. Certainly, a deep understanding of medical and industrial design is vitally important. However, knowledge of mechanical and materials engineering, ergonomics, medicine, manufacturing, and marketing are all necessary for designing cases for emergency medical professionals, clinicians and patients. Let’s explore the key elements that go into developing a perfectly matched medical equipment carrying solution.
Essentials in Medical Case Manufacturing
You must consider every aspect of usage in order to properly produce a custom-designed carrying case for a medical device. Effective products need be much more than a mere plastic storage or shipping box. When it comes to delicate medical equipment: usability is the primary focus. It needs to be easy to access, easy to clean and have every important interface highly visible and accessible. Also, with more medical products being developed that incorporate telecommunications and data transmission, case design elements that work chargers, docking stations, and stands are vital.
Accessories that accompany main devices such as a user manuals, cables and connectors, battery packs, and disposables are also an important consideration. When these components are worked into the overall design, the resulting product, along with the device, combine to become a cohesive, integrated system.
Important Considerations for Medical Case Manufacturing Include:
Internal and External Organization:
Design must provide an organized arrangement of contained elements so that access, functionality and utility are optimal, beyond just being a simple holder.
Cleanability & Maintenance:
Maintaining a clean and hygienic product and carrying product are especially paramount for medical applications, where disease and infection are risks.
Whether the device is used in the chaos of an emergency setting or in stable environment, sensitive medical equipment needs protection. Good design must offer impact resistance, guard against regular ongoing wear, and protect against potentially damaging elements such as rain or dust.
Presentation & Appeal:
Design is no longer an after-thought. Aesthetics are more and more a vital element for device manufacturers, and carrying case makers ought to consider them.
Integration of Design & Development with Manufacturing:
When delivering a perfect carrying solution, great design is a must-have, but it is not enough. One must consider design for manufacturing and assembly (DFMA). Considerations like production setup, molding, tooling, automation vs. hand assembly, factory streamlining, scheduling, and more should all be considered — from the beginning.
Focusing on Function in Case Manufacturing
Beyond a design that works well with the medical device’s shape, weight, dimensions and needs: it must also be constructed to meet the sometimes rigorous demands of its users. How and where a device will be used plays a big part in a case’s design geometrics and construction. An EMT, for example, will need a portable heart defibrillator with a durable, impact resistant, portable case to handle the wear and tear of daily use.
Openings, zippers, seams and handles require careful selection to ensure ergonomic ease and to protect against weather, dust and contamination.
Both external and internal materials must work together to create a solution that is functional, and marketable. Soft materials such as woven polyester, polyamide and neoprene are commonly used for soft sewn bags and pouches. Thermoformed EVA foam shells and reinforced fabrics are often preferred for semi-rigid cases. Some products such as ultrasound transducers require very durable materials such as polycarbonate or rigid polyamide to provide additional protection. There are also complex material solutions such as composites, laminates, and fabrics coated with robust and antibacterial TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane) that are the best options for certain applications, such as EMS products.
Choosing Materials in Case Manufacturing
Medical products are getting more sophisticated, and vendors realize that well-designed cases made from quality materials offers a competitive edge. So, while it is true that top quality materials manufacturing may impact per-unit costs, high quality contributes to overall market success. For example, a detail such as the location of the zipper or the visibility of a screen through a transparent window can be the difference between a product that sells and one that doesn’t. To ensure that no detail in display and function of this delicate equipment is overlooked, a 360° approach to design, engineering and production is required.
Shell-Case Offers Best-in-Class Case Manufacturing
The reality is that very few medical equipment manufacturers have the in-house ability to create carrying cases. Just as medical devices are increasingly becoming specialty specific and complex, so too are the cases.
Providing an off-the-shelf storage case is not sufficient anymore, these days one must add value and maximize the product’s usability.
The more medical equipment manufacturers innovate, the more likely they will require specialty carrying solutions to meet their specific requirements. Leveraging the knowledge and capabilities of an expert carrying case manufacturer to design and engineer well-matched solutions will be key.
Shell-Case has over 15 years of experience producing best-in-class cases in all sizes, shapes, and colors. We always go beyond the industry standard. Reach out to us by clicking here now to share a bit about your upcoming project.