Wash, Rinse, Repeat Engineering Need Not Apply

Posted on September 22, 2016

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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Categories: Fluid Heaters,Manifolds

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