Designing robots for adoptability

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

In our last blog we discussed some of the key aspects in defining requirements for designing a robot – in this week’s blog, we’re going to dig a bit deeper into this topic by focusing on how customers will adopt and use the robot in their work (aka, “use models” and “use cases”). Having clear, well defined use models is critical to the success of any product development effort. Our intent here is to provide a framework to build upon in developing your use cases. 
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Designing a product for manufacturability – it starts with a set of requirements

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Designing a product for manufacturability (DFM) is generally part of an overall design methodology/process that generally involves reviews, assessments, risk identification, etc.. Whether you’re implementing a phase gate, Agile, or most likely some hybrid type of process, DFM should be part of the process (not something that is tacked on at the end). 
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DFM and DFA – The Key Words Are “Design For”

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

In a previous blog we talked about the definitions of DFM and DFA (note that there are other “DFx” acronyms as well – Quality, Reliability, and Service are 3 others that are used). The implementation of a DFM/DFA approach to design can have a significant impact on the overall development cost, as well as timeline for getting a design into production. And while DFM/DFA analysis can be done after the design is “completed”, it is far from the optimum approach from either a cost or time perspective. 
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DFM, DFA, DFMA – Alphabet Soup But What Does It All Mean?

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

First in a series of blogs on design and manufacturability.  
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MD&M East Show Report

Friday, June 30, 2017

Acorn exhibited at this year's MD&M East, which was held in NYC at the Javits Center last week. The show drew over 5,000 attendees, who attended to hear talks (including a keynote by Steve Wozniak) and meet with over 900 vendors of leading medical technology firms. 
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Acorn Exhibiting at the MD&M East Show in NYC – June 13th -15th

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

In its 34th year, the annual MD&M East conference is being held at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in NYC, and Acorn will be exhibiting there, booth #469. 
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BioMed Device Show in Boston Well Attended

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

As we mentioned in our last blog, Acorn exhibited at the BioMed Device Conference in Boston May 3–4 at the Boston Convention Center. With great weather and a packed agenda, the conference was well attended, drawing an estimated 4,000+ attendees.

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Check out the BioMed Device Show, May 3-4th, Boston Convention Center!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The advancements in sensors, coupled with the ever-increasing compute and communication capabilities of smart phones are providing healthcare providers with remote, instantaneous, personalized diagnostic and treatment capabilities. Implementing products with these capabilities present potential challenges – from how to design products to be user friendly, safe, secure, and embraced by users to the changing regulatory landscape, to how to analyze and manage the exponential increase in data generated by these technologies such that people’s lives are improved/saved without either compromising personal information or generating false or unnecessary alarms.  
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The Balance Between Creativity and the Need for a Structured Development Methodology

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

There is a natural tension between creativity and the need to make decisions and get products to market. We generally want the best, most creative, wiz-bang product with all the features one could ever want, and could continually brainstorm and create new ideas, each one perhaps better than the last. We could bring in people from different backgrounds, different experiences with different issues, gather that information and then work to translate that into the ultimate product...someday. 
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3D Printing Is a Great Tool but Use It Wisely

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

The advances in 3D printing technologies continue to accelerate, with more printers entering the market with new capabilities, materials, and price points. For specific applications, they are enabling lower cost, faster solutions, and indeed can sometimes produce parts that are impossible or very expensive to produce using traditional methods. 
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