Zygology - Helping customers to market

Flip PadZygology has for nearly 40 years has been able to advise customers on their assembly issues and applications; working with leading organisations in a variety of industries including Automotive, Marine, Security and Construction.

When FutureNova, a new company looking at manufacturing an iPad case for the healthcare market, needed some practical advice and support it turned to Zygology for their help and technical expertise.

The product, now named the FlipPad, was to be made from FDA approved Makrolan material. It would be water and shock proof and can be kept sterile with standard infection control sprays. The case can be used sterile areas such as operating theatres or infection control wards and can be hung over hospital bed rails during consultations. The glass front is manufactured using antimicrobial glass that resists bacterial growth yet is sensitive enough to be used with surgeon's gloves.

The application requiring some consideration was the rear stand which required hinging to allow the FlipPad to stand on the table and be adjustable to any angle. It also needed to be robust and have a high cycle life.

Flip padAn initial meeting was set up with the customer to discuss his exact requirements and design parameters. The hinge would be over moulded in the rear housing and needed to be constant torque to enable the stand to be set at any angle.

Zygology worked in collaboration their positioning technology solutions colleagues at Southco to propose a number of potential solutions to meet the desired requirements. What torque requirement was required on the hinge was it to be a symmetric torque or asymmetric were all considered. Samples hinges were shown to the customer for their feel, evaluation and feedback.

The Southco ST-8P position control - constant torque hinge was the option that was finally chosen for the application with a fixed static torque. Samples were provided for initial prototyping and trials. Feedback from the initial trials proved very positive.

The Southco hinge is now an integral part of the FlipPad design and is now going into production.

Ian Carter, Key Account Manager at Zygology added: this exemplifies our approach to working with customers to find the best solutions to their assembly requirements.

If you would like help to get your product ready for production, improve an existing assembly or simply reduce manufacturing costs give us a call on 0808 123 1221 or take a look at our Services page here .

About Zygology Ltd
With nearly 40 years of experience Zygology is the country's largest distributor for POP Avdel and Southco; and lead distributor for PEM in the UK. We are in addition the UK distribution hub for Masterfix fasteners and tooling. We have in-house repair facilities for POP Avdel and Masterfix tools. Zygology Ltd has an in depth knowledge of the products we sell and how they can be best incorporated into yours. We will always give the best advice we can - even if this sometimes means that we end up recommending a competing technology. We combine friendly service with competitive prices and excellent stock availability.


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