Flavored seltzer drinks are extremely popular, but purchasing single serving bottles sends billions of plastic containers to landfills every year.
We worked with our client to improve the performance of their point of use soda machine which they developed to delight their customers as well as address this environmental problem.
We leveraged our experience with refrigeration, and provided mechanical prototyping, testing, and risk analysis to both increase the reliability of the machine and improve the quality of the final fizzy product.
Ignition of unattended cooking materials on gas, electric coil, and glass ceramic cooktops is a significant source of injury, death, and property destruction each year in the U.S.
We developed and tested a cooktop temperature control system to detect and prevent unsafe pan temperature conditions without compromising cooking performance or extending cooking times.
We designed and fabricated a cooking fire test facility and protocols to thoroughly characerize the factors that lead to cooking fires in order to support the basis of a repeatable, safe, cooking fire test method.
Small dentist offices cannot afford the large costly equipment required for speed-drying equipment after it is sterilized.
We worked with our client from an initial product sketch through a proof-of-concept prototype for a low-cost dental tool dryer with the performance and capacity to suit the needs of a small dental office.
We characterized the water loading on sterilized tools and developed a novel method for the drying process, iterating through several concepts before designing and delivering a prototype ready for demonstration to potential investors.
Most toasters and toaster ovens use decades old heating technology, so the familiar countertop cooking appliance is ripe for innovation.
In this project, we are working to apply our client's proprietary heating elements to a line of premium, fast-cooking appliances.
We are taking these products from ideation through production using our deep experience in the home appliance industry.
Indoor spaces are filled with a wide variety of irritating allergens that, because of their small size, varied sources, and tendency to either settle or aerosolize are a challenge to remove with household cleaning appliances.
Our client wanted to understand the science that would form the basis of a marketing claim related to removing allergens from the home with their consumer appliance.
Combining our understanding of the indoor environment, the physical and chemical properties of allergens, and techniques for aerosol measurement, we wrote a white paper on the types, prevalence, abundance and distribution of allergens in the home, as well as the test methods to detect and quantify them.
Mixing bottles of baby formula by hand often leaves chunks of powered formula and small bubbles that can bother babies' stomachs.
We worked with our client to develop an automated countertop appliance to dispense, mix and sanitize powdered beverages.
We designed, tested and patented the highly effective electro-mechanical system that made up the device.
Traditional 3D printing uses stepper motors and rails to achieve precision control; our client wanted to delight young users with a novel, engaging, lower cost motion control method.
We identified and evaluated dozens of motion control components from multiple industries to create a novel motion control system that mimicked human motion and surpassed the build precision of the base product at significantly lower cost.
We combined a concurrent component and system discovery approach with rigorous evaluation and testing of mechanical components, along with the development of motion control algorithms to meet strict cost, precision, build time, and novelty requirements.
Medical device manufacturers face a high bar for the performance of their products.
Our client needed a test protocol that would ensure the continued performance of their product after a manufacturing process change.
We worked closely with them to write a repeatable, readily understandable method to establish the impacts of the process change on quantitative and qualitative aspects of their material.
Our client produces a portable, inflatable planetarium for teaching school children about astonomy.
We designed and prototyped a system that improved the usability of the product and leveraged the in-house manufacturing capabilities of our client.
We characterized key performance requirements, identified critical components, performed mechanical analyses, and drew from our experience with air moving devices to provide a compact, high-performance design for their sewn inflatable dome and projection system.
The flavor and aroma of wine evolves slowly over time; our client wanted a technology to dramatically improve the flavor of young wines in just a few minutes.
We solved the complex technical issues of using pure oxygen in a high pressure, hand held consumer product to assure the safety, performance and manufacturability of a novel wine oxygenation device.
We combined our expertise in oxygen reactivity and handling, high pressure systems, mechanism design, test methodology development and safety engineering to develop and bring to manufacturing a precision instrument at a consumer price.
Our client needed a new refrigerator platform to achieve a best in class product that met stringent energy standards, offered superior technology for fresh preservation, provided the largest internal volumes in their class and met rigorous manufacturing and quality requirements.
We worked as an extension of our customer's engineering team to create a new product line from a clean sheet of paper.
The development effort combined our expertise in refrigeration technology, mechanical design, heat transfer modeling, manufacturing implementation, structural analysis, articulated hinge design, as well as system and project management.
New European Ecodesign regulations limit the energy consumption of residential ovens and our client wanted to identify the most cost-effective options to permit their US models to meet the EU requirements.
We developed and ranked a set of design, materials and operating mode modifications to achieve target energy consumption, and then built a transient computational fluid dynamic model to simulate the impact of these options on energy test performance.
We leveraged our experience in cost-effectively applying complex, transient, multiphysics simulations to solve real world problems, as well as our longtime practical experience in appliance devlopment and testing, to identify optimal solutions.