SMT allows realising a pocket diagnostic instrument
saving costs up to 75%
|Industrial sector (PRODCOM code)
||Precision Instrument - Medical and Surgical equipment
Biochemical Systems (BS) is a small Italian company of 15 people
founded in 1991 and working in the healthcare field. It designs, produces
and sells scientific instruments of analysis and diagnostics, as well
as all relevant chemical blood reagents to be utilised with their
instruments. Company product for glucose analysis was a portable photometer
named "Clin CHECK", based on Wet Clinical Chemistry and manufactured
in traditional Through Hole PCB technology. To increase Company's
competitiveness in the market of portable products (for doctor office
area, first aid and home-care) as well as in the market of hand held
products (pocket sized products for end users like patients who must
regularly control blood glucose), BS needed to upgrade "Clin CHECK".
This has been done using a new electronic technology, SMT - Surface
Mounted Technology - to re-design the instrument for glucose analysis.
Due to the twofold kind of production, electronic instruments and
their many and different chemical reagents, Company's competencies
prior this Application Experiment were mainly in the area of chemistry.
Some competencies in the area of electronics were in-house as well,
related to a 2 people staff, concerning THT PCB (traditional boards
with Through Hole Technology of mounting) with microprocessor components.
Thanks to this Application Experiment opportunity and thanks to the
collaboration with a subcontractor skilled in design and test methodologies
of SMT boards, the Company improved the old "Clin CHECK" product with
many notable benefits gained by using SMT on the new product "GLUCO
- 94% reduction of dimension,
- 88% reduction of weight,
- 93% reduction of consumption,
- 75% reduction of cost.
These results were obtained in front of an effort of 107 persondays
for project duration of 7 months and for an overall investment of
36,93 KECU for the prototype of only the electronic part of the new
instrument. Payback period for this investment is expected to be at
the end of 2nd year from the large introduction of the product into
the market. Rate of Return of investment has been evaluated by dividing
the average additional annual profit due to the new technology adoption
by FUSE investments to come to a prototype for the new electronic
part. The expected ROR is 107%. The Return Of Investment (ROI) if
calculated on the basis of increment of profit compared to the cost
of the AE project, is of 426%. To get an industrial product, additional
84.48 KECU needed to be spent. This Application Experiment shows how
a change of technology into Company's practice can allow obtaining
products that meet new market requests, hence increasing dramatically
the production volume and the related turnover.
B.S. BIOCHEMICAL SYSTEMS SRL
Via G. Ferraris, 220
52100 AREZZO - ITALY
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improving its products and enhancing its market position. You can also
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