My Best Engineering Advice Ever

Life gives us teachable moments on a regular basis. The same may be said about advice, whether given or received.

One piece of sage wisdom given to me way back when, helped me as an engineer and continues to do so even now in my role as Diba’s U.S. National Sales Manager: look to specialists such as Diba Industries, when your project design hits a sticking point or even when you need an additional perspective on a project.

By way of example, discussions I’ve had with engineers designing inline heaters into IVD instruments have revolved around heater performance. Although there are many things to be considered when designing an inline fluid heater, give special consideration to fluid volume, flow rate, size, power, watt density, sensor location and materials. These are just some of the things that can affect the performance of a heater for an IVD application, and are ones that Diba application engineers consider when delivering a custom solution for our customers.

So, take my “best engineering advice ever,” and call on Diba Industries to help you design the ideal fluid handling system to meet the accuracy, performance and cost parameters of your IVD instrument. You might be happy that you did.

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Wash, Rinse, Repeat Engineering Need Not Apply

Wash, rinse, repeat – once found only on shampoo bottles – has moved into the everyday American lexicon. Now it’s commonly used as a humorous way of saying that instructions should be repeated until a certain goal is reached.

That may be so in everyday life, but that’s no way to engineer a solution for solving any customer’s fluidic challenge.

New assays are being developed that are far more sensitive than the current ones in the market today, enabling test results with ever increasing accuracy. In order to run these new assays on existing or new instruments, OEMs need to reduce sample carryover significantly. The difficulty with doing that in existing instruments is that modifications must be easy to install and fit inside the current machine envelope.

The Need:
One of our global OEM customers asked for Diba’s help designing a retrofit heater for an existing instrument that improved its performance.

The Customer Challenge:
This OEM needed to precisely heat a critical fluid in their existing instrument. Existing instruments pose particular challenges of their own: namely, that any modifications made have to be easy to install and fit inside the current machine envelope.

The Solution:
Our solution involved designing a compact and powerful heater that heated a critical fluid and a custom manifold to handle fluid transfer and mixing.

Have you had engineering experiences during your career where improving a design has added value? Or, how about where you partnered with a customer to create an innovative solution within design fluidics? Leave a comment and share your thoughts and experiences.

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