EPIQ Ultrasound CartPhilips Healthcare
When a world-class company with a culture of innovation and design decides to reboot one of its flagship products, the results need to be epic. Philips required their new ultrasound cart system to be robust, light, and highly-maneuverable, while also allowing a high degree of modularity and fast serviceability. All this in a package which does not compromise Philips’ purity of form and focus on the user’s needs. PI worked closely with Philips’ team across multiple locations to bring this product to life.
A cast aluminum skeletal sub-structure was developed to support the upper assemblies while simultaneously providing 360° accessibility to the main electronics module, which is field-replaceable in under five minutes. The hinging rear assembly allows the product to be highly-configurable for the customer’s needs, from storage of consumables to housing a soft tissue navigation system. The compact but rigid articulating upper structure allows the ultrasound technician to position the user interface easily and precisely to their needs while keeping the system close to the patient.
PI built several rounds of high-fidelity functional prototypes which could withstand Philips’ strict “torture test” requirements. All production CAD and documentation was developed within the client’s quality systems to ensure a seamless transition to the operations group. Other services provided included full 3D tolerance analysis and PI-led learning sessions to establish CAD best-practices for future projects.
The video below is courtesy of Philips Healthcare.