Featured Project: Hunting Scent Control and Elimination Device

 

Wilson-Hurd was delighted to work with Ozonics with the goal of putting together a functional and well-designed Hunting Scent Control and Elimination Device. This is an instrument which creates ozone for the use of masking the scent of an individual while they are in the woods hunting.

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This technology transforms ordinary, ambient oxygen into scent-eradicating ozone. Essentially, an electric charge is passed from the rechargeable battery in the Ozonics unit to an air cell coil. As air passes over the cell, some of the oxygen molecules in the air are fractured by the electricity to create ozone. The fan propels this ozone downwind where it eliminates all trace of the hunter’s scent.

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Wilson-Hurd was able to enhance this product by giving the interface an intuitive, straightforward, and functional design.  All buttons in the design are easy to find and differentiate, as well as placed far enough apart to not incidentally push one while meaning to push another.  It was understood that hunters would likely be using this mechanism while hunting in cold weather conditions and therefore buttons and switches were planned out for use of gloved-hands. In order for maximum visibility that would not warn nearby game, the machine is illuminated with the use of green and red utility lights. Furthermore, switches turn on and off silently to make sure that the hunter’s presence is not detected. The device is built to withstand harsh weather conditions and also light-weight for ease of transfer.

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The build constituents for the Ozonics membrane switch assembly are as follows:

  • Keypad Assembly with Elastomeric Overlay with Matte Urethane Finish
  • Printed Polyester Circuit with Red and Green LEDs

The achievements we made with this project met each of Ozonics’ goals and we were happy to be able to accommodate our customer’s specific needs.

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5 Medical Devices that are Changing the Way We Do Medicine

Development of medical devices continually changes the medical profession and impacts many of us. For instance, many of these innovative medical technologies are evolving the industry by reducing medical costs, providing more accurate readings, diagnoses, and treatments, decreasing the strenuous workload of physicians as well as providing improved patient care all-round.

Wilson-Hurd is very familiar with how medical technologies can create advancement as we offer exemplary medical contract manufacturing services. We provide assistance to medical device companies on every aspect of a project from assembly through packaging to meet the product’s requirements. We hope to keep bringing these dynamic devices to the market to influence continued change.

To give you an idea of what amazing things today’s medical devices are capable of, read on and learn more about 5 medical devices which are influencing change in the health care industry right now.

1. Absorb GT1 Bioresorbable Vascular Scaffold System

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This medical device is a fully absorbable stent mounted on a balloon dilatation catheter. It is made of an absorbable polymer with a thin coating which contains the drug everolimus. The absorbable stent contains two platinum marker beads, one embedded at each end. This device is placed into a blood vessel during angioplasty to help keep the coronary artery open. The stent dissolves and will be absorbed by the body in approximately three years, leaving behind only the platinum markers.

2. Sorin Perceval Sutureless Heart Valve

Medical 2

This product is a man-made aortic heart valve with the tools needed to put the valve in a heart. It is made of cow tissue and has a frame made of Nitinol (an alloy of nickel and titanium) that expands by itself to the right form. This device can replace a natural or man-made valve that does not work well. Usually, patients need heart valves replaced when their old valves leak or become too narrow. To insert this device into the body, a doctor compresses the valve and puts it on the end of a small tube, called a balloon catheter. A doctor makes a small cut in the patient’s chest and feeds the catheter into the old heart valve. The new valve is released and expands inside the old heart valve. The doctor then takes out the catheter.

3. CyPass® Micro-Stent

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This device is a tiny tube that is designed to control eye pressure in patients with glaucoma. This is done by creating a drainage pathway from the inside to the outermost layer of the eye. It is implanted into the eye to help drain the fluid that builds up in individuals with this medical condition. If not treated, pressure builds up inside the eye and eventually can damage the optic nerve, causing blindness. This device is placed in the eye at the time of cataract surgery and consists of a small stent that is pre-loaded into a stent delivery tool.

4. Axium Neurostimulator System

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This is a system that doctors use to help adult patients manage their moderate to severe chronic intractable pain in their lower limbs. The system includes an implanted signal generator, 1-4 implanted leads, and two controllers. This is implanted by having a doctor put the generator and wires through a small cut in a patient’s back. The doctor connects the leads and sets up the device. Patients can then use their controllers to send pulses to nerves in their spinal columns. The pulses help to reduce pain in adult patients who have complex regional pain syndrome types I and II.

5. Micra Transcatheter Pacing System (TPS)

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This medical tool contains a one inch-long, self-contained pacemaker that is implanted directly in the right ventricle chamber of the heart. It works like other pacemakers and is meant to control the heartbeat by generating electrical impulses that cause the heart to contract or beat. Once in place, the pacemaker monitors the heart rate and adjusts therapy in response to the patient’s activity level. Unlike other pacemakers, however, the Micra TPS does not have leads. It is a single-chamber pacing system which means that it paces only the right ventricle of the heart.

These are just a few of the medical devices that are making headway in the betterment of medicinal procedures. We anticipate that there are many more to come. These very technologies will compensate for human error as well as amplify the strengths of our medical professionals. Ultimately, there is a great opportunity for the usage of these current medical devices, and many other technologies that are yet to come, to optimize health care.

Here at Wilson Hurd, we plan to continue providing the best in-class Medical Device Contract Manufacturing services including PCB Board assembly, box build, testing, and fulfillment services.  Product categories we specialize in include: disposable printed electrodes for EKG sensor arrays, hydrogel based printed sensors for respiratory monitoring, device assembly and manufacturing, and medical quality cables. Should any of these services be needed by your company, don’t hesitate to contact us to further discuss how we can supply you with a tailored, cost-effective, and quality product that matches your very needs.

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Featured Projects: Boss Salt Spreader Controller

Boss Controller

It was a pleasure for Wilson Hurd to work with Boss Products to create a controller for the interior of vehicles which are used for snow removal. The purpose of this device is to control the salt spreader positioned at the tailgate of the truck.

Boss Salt Spreader

The original control design was very plain and didn’t have the element of style and allure that Boss was looking for. They were seeking a controller that would reflect the appeal of cutting-edge equipment and technology that would be in line with the rest of the Boss product line. We worked directly with the designers at Boss Products to figure out what should differ in the new controller to attain the desired look. The Boss team liked many of the ideas we presented to them during a visit to our Corporate Headquarters in Wausau. After working out the details of the end-product, the new panel design was created which incorporated the backlit keys and plastic backpanel.

The backlighting and functional elastomeric keypad was perfect for this project as it allowed for drivers to not only see the controller in the dark, but made it easy to the find each of the individual switches and operate the spreader by the feel of the raised keys on the elastomeric panel.

The components of this device are as follows:

  • Membrane Switch Assembly with Metal Domes
  • Elastomeric Overlay with Matte Polyurethane Finish
  • Printed Circuit Board Assembly
  • Plastic Backpanel

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Overall, the project was a success. We were able to find the ideal solution to accommodate for Boss’ specific needs.

Contact us today to discuss custom design ideas for your next electronic control product or for more information on Wilson Hurd’s capabilities.

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Gold Mirrored Point-of-Purchase Displays

Wilson-Hurd’s POP division has exhibited their strong creative abilities and aptitude to produce captivating, in-demand merchandise with this gold mirrored stand and sign. Any company looking for something that will pop out and demand attention may find that the process used on these two items may be what they seek in their next point-of-purchase design.  Both of these items were created using a technique where Pantone Matching System was used on aluminum to color-match it with a brown/gold hue.

The two items were made using the components below.

For the flat piece with edge banding:

  • Clear acrylic on top a digital print, multi-layered wood grain surface
  • Gold Lettering – Laser cut “Wilson Hurd” applied to Printed Acrylic with pressure sensitive adhesive
  • Gold Edge Banding made from Cosmetic Brite aluminum which is coated and die cut to size, then secured to the border

For the stand piece:

  • Laser cut gold mirror base
  • Laser cut gold mirror letters “Wilson Hurd” adhered to aluminum
  • Clear laser cut acrylic solvent bonded for standoff and structure
  • Cosmetic bright aluminum with 1 screen pass for color and folded into shape of display
  • Black styrene attached to aluminum to stiffen and build thicker edge

All the parts of the displays were assembled in a manner that creates a free standing look of the aluminum floating.

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Contact us today to order your brand’s exclusive gold mirrored display, or for more information on Wilson Hurd’s Point-of-Purchase capabilities.

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INTEGRATING TECH INTO POINT-OF-PURCHASE DISPLAYS

Wilson Hurd has been in the Point of Purchase display business, often referred to as “POP” in the retail world, for a great deal of time. In this day and age, technology is being introduced into the POP market, so Wilson Hurd’s goal is to push the boundaries, and continuously find new ways to conceive dynamic POP displays custom-made to our customers’ liking.

It’s hard to be indifferent to the fact that an effective POP display can have a dramatic impact on sales for a particular product category or brand. After all, according to a research study conducted in 2012 by the Point of Purchase Advertising International, also known as POPAI, an estimated 70% of purchase decisions are made within the retail store itself. The business savvy would seek to capitalize on this by creating a point-of-purchase display that heavily influences buyer impulse.

Static signs have typically paved the way, but the point-of-purchase display industry has seen a great amount of transition toward the world of the technical by adding electrical components to the design structure. There are many ways that POP can incorporate technology, resulting in an evolution of the display, allowing it to stimulate an even greater interest as a promotional piece.

By integrating elements of lighting, sound, or even a motion sensing video screen, a POP display can be brought to life and the result is attention being drawn to the product that it is aiming to promote. Using these very technologies can assist to encapsulate the attention of the consumer in an environment that is busy or readily distracting. The following examples demonstrate a few ways of how technology has been used in Wilson Hurd’s POP displays to make the overall statement more impactful.

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One of Wilson Hurd’s attractive lighted pieces is a Jack Daniels guitar that combines an already engaging guitar design as well as moving fluorescent lighting which spans the length of the guitar’s neck up and down.

Another example of how illumination can be incorporated into a POP display is by using backlighting. One of the common instances where Wilson Hurd has used backlighting is on a stand which will present an alcoholic product to the consumer as shown below.

Using this technique allows for a fresh dimension to the appearance of the product and helps catch the eye of the customer.

Bottle with caption

To break into another realm of technology, one of the POP counter displays that we have produced in the past has the ability to hold and display a portable speaker which allows you to demo music and its crisp, clean sound directly from the display itself at the push of a button. What is so impressive about this particular item is that the stand is perfectly angled to show the speaker to the consumer so that they are able to see the face as well as all the sides of the object. This does not only present it’s exact size and shape to the buyer, but it also creates a perfectly-positioned piece so as to not interfere with or distort the quality of sound the speaker produces. As you can see by the picture below, the signage is also informational, giving the buyer the opportunity to read about the products unique capabilities.

Speaker Deck with caption

Another recent POP display that Wilson Hurd integrated with technology is our Video Display. Not only did this item have LED lighting capabilities, but it also has a motion-sensing screen that signals for a video to begin playing when nearby presence is detected. This creation combines many of Wilson Hurd’s competencies as well as sets us apart from many other POP display providers who simply do not have the propensity to build the display in it’s entirety under one roof as we do.

POP Video Display with Caption

As you can see, there are a number of options that can be used for your next display. Whether you are looking to make your display rotate to give a 360 degree enhanced appeal or you would like for your product’s display to contain interactive and dynamic features, such as a software that allows for near real-time content updates, Wilson Hurd can custom-make it for you from start to finish. We encompass the vital design and manufacturing tools to optimize the success of your point-of-purchase display.

If you would like to learn more about Wilson Hurd’s Point-of-Purchase division, please visit our website at http://www.wilsonhurd.com. You may also request a quote or sample, as well as download a free brochure detailing more information about Wilson-Hurd’s capabilities.

How To Select the Optimum Touchscreen Technology For Your Organization

The use of touchscreen technology is booming in this day and age, and for good reason. Companies across a broad spectrum of industries have successfully harnessed the power of touch for a wide variety of implementations after having realized the value touchscreens could bring to employees and customers alike. Touchscreens can allow for better customer service, thus producing an influx in sales, as well as provide a surge in productivity by employees controlling an industrial process.

If you are considering implementing touchscreens within your company, you must first determine the differences between the two types, resistive and capacitive. Due to the manner and conditions in which the touchscreen will be utilized, you will want to identify which form of the device will better suit your needs. So how do resistive and capacitive touchscreens differ?

Resistive Touchscreen 

The resistive touchscreen is the prevalent form of touchscreen, and, as the name indicates, it relies on resistance to work. It is constructed using two clear layers, such as glass or acrylic substrate, separated by a thin gap. The inside of these two layers are coated in a conductive material, so when the two layers are pressed together, a voltage is passed between them, which produces an accurate measure of where the touch was made on the screen.

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Capacitive Touchscreen

Surprisingly, capacitive touchscreens were developed prior to the resistive touchscreen. A capacitive touchscreen consists of two spaced layers as well, also coated with a conductor.  Voltage is applied to the corners of a capacitive touchscreen and distributed by a pattern of electrodes located around the touchscreen’s perimeter, which creates a uniform electric field across the conductive surface.  When a conductive object, such as a finger, makes contact with the screen, a small amount of current is drawn from the surface changing the capacitance and allowing for the touch to be registered in that precise location.

So why is it important to know the difference between resistive and capacitive touchscreens? Well, it is due to the fact that the differences in how they work create variances in how they perform and in what manner they must be used in order to work properly. Depending on the differing situations and environments where the touchscreen will operate, one type may be the better option over the other.

So let’s reflect on the distinction between resistive as well as capacitive touchscreens in order to uncover which of the two types may ultimately be the most advantageous for you and your business.

Reasons one may prefer Resistive to Capacitive:

  • Resistive touchscreen technology is more affordable than that of the capacitive touchscreen alternative
  • Resistive touchscreens have higher resolution (4096 x 4096 DPI or higher), providing more accurate touch control
  • Unlike capacitive touchscreens, resistive touchscreen technology can detect a touch by fingers as well as other non-conductive materials such as a stylus or gloved fingers
  • Resistive touchscreens provide higher resistance to water and dust
  • Resistive touchscreens are not affected by Electromagnetic Interference, whereas capacitive touchscreens are susceptible to EMI
  • Due to the fact that capacitive touchscreens are made with a glass panel, they are more likely to require an anti-glare or an anti-reflective coating than a resistive screen if it is to be used in a brightly lit area
  • Resistive touchscreens are the better suited technology for handwriting recognition than the capacitive option

Reasons one may choose the Capacitive option to the Resistive:

  • No physical pressure is required when using capacitive touchscreen technology
  • Capacitive touchscreens are more responsive to touch than a resistive screen
  • Capactive touchscreens support multi-touch
  • Capacitive touchscreens are easier to clean
  • Capacitive touchscreens provide higher resistance to scratches and impacts and, overall, tend to be more durable than its resistive counterpart
  • About 90% of light is transmitted from the display monitor of a capacitive touchscreen, causing better contrast and clarity than resistive touchscreens, which transmit only 75% of light from the display monitor
  • The display on a capacitive touchscreen looks brighter and sharper than the resistive option since the capacitive monitors use a layer of glass rather than plastic
  • Capacitive touchscreens do not require occasional recalibration which is necessary for some resistive touchscreens

 

All in all, you will find that either type of touchscreen enhances and simplifies the user experience, but knowing the difference in the two versions will allow you to determine which is best suited for your particular application. In doing so, you are sure to come away with the touchscreen that will optimize capability as well as productivity when in use.

As might be expected, even when keeping all of the factors which we just covered in mind, there are still other concerns that may come into play when considering your distinct touchscreen needs. With the numerous ways that touchscreens can play a role in day-to-day tasks, it is always in your best interest to consult with your manufacturer for proposals and solutions to the challenges that you may specifically face with touchscreen utilization. Together, we are likely to come up with an appropriate custom touchscreen design to maximize efficiency, affordability, and effectiveness for you.

If you would like to learn more about Wilson Hurd’s Touchscreen division, please visit our website at www.wilsonhurd.com. You may also request a quote or sample, as well as download a free brochure detailing more information about Wilson-Hurd’s capabilities.

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Quick Tips on In-Store Placement of POP Displays

diorcounterdisplay399x399 Point-of-purchase (POP) displays are strategically placed in-store displays designed to attract customers to a specific product or brand. They can be used to highlight new products, special offers, or events such as a holiday sale.  When used properly POP displays can create a memorable impression of your brand, as well as easily increase the sale of your product.

Research states that consumers will only take a few seconds to make a decision on a product. They usually do not thoroughly scan or take the time to look at all of their choices, which is why the placement of your displays is such a key factor.

While deciding on where to place your POP display, keep these quick tips in mind:

Place goods near the front of stores.

Products that are in the front of stores, specifically near the checkout counter are most likely to be viewed by a customer while they are waiting in line to checkout. This is also the place with the most foot traffic, allowing more people to view the display.

Keep shopper’s line of sight in mind.

People will not buy products that they can’t see. So keeping your displays at eye level will increase the chances of customers purchasing your products.

Set your POP display to the right of brand names.

If your product is not necessarily a brand name, place it to the right of one that is. People tend to look at items in the same direction that they read.

Place around escalators or elevators of department stores.

This tends to be an underused space in department or multi-level stores for POP displays.  Since shoppers are standing in place for the duration of the ride, placing a display nearby will give them something to look at while waiting. jimbeambottleglorifier500 If you would like to learn more about what Wilson-Hurd’s POP Displays division can do for your brand, click here.


Wilson-Hurd, founded in 1904, offers custom printing, fabricating, and electronic manufacturing services, and is a top manufacturer of electronic control products, printed electronics, POP displays, medical contract manufacturing, and nameplates & dials, overlays, and panels. To learn more about Wilson-Hurd, please visit our website at wilsonhurd.com.

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