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Case Study: Medical Printed Sensors


Improve Patient Monitoring with Printed Sensors

Our customer had an existing molded door opener that they wanted to upgrade the decorating with a brushed silver look.  Traditional methods to accomplish this either wouldn’t pass the tough environmental requirements or withstand the rigors of thermoforming and molding.

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How the Story Goes:

The Problem

Our customer, a healthcare distributor, specializes in fall prevention with a core belief in improving patient care. They recognize the industry's concern of patients falling and not getting attention fast enough. They needed a cost-effective method of being notified when a patient moved from a bed or chair. They contacted Tapecon for manufacturing help.

Our Process

Tapecon worked with this customer on providing a material and process to develop a solution. We researched materials to find the right combination of conductive inks and substrates to fit the application. Our engineers worked closely with this customer and together developed a system to trigger an alarm when a patient moved. To manufacture the device, we screen printed conductive and dielectric inks onto a polyester film and custom snaps were applied to attach to an alarm system.

The Result

The outcome was a printed sensing mat. The mat is placed on top of a patient support surface (bed, chair, etc.). Using pressure sensing technology, the mat can detect patient movement. If the patient attempts to leave, an alert is relayed to a caregiving staff.

The Benefits

This mat is cost-effective, making it more affordable for single patient use. It has no moving parts which increase the ease of use and reliability. The device also helped the healthcare distributor’s customers save money and reduce falls.

What Our Clients Say

"Tapecon reviewed our proposed design and gave us prompt professional assistance."

Research Engineer

"Great interaction and professionalism for a start-up product component."

Supply Chain Consultant

"Good communication from customer service."

Purchasing Manager

"What my company appreciates most is their flexibility should we need an order or a partial sooner than the due date at the time of order submission. These attributes make them stand out in their industry!"

Senior Buyer

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