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How do You Know if Your Medical Cart has been Over-Designed?

Posted by Brittany Beckmann on August 4, 2016

Redesigns aren’t uncommon in the medical cart community. Technology changes. Engineers conjure revisions for improved efficiencies. Companies rebrand, and in some cases, over-designs spur medical cart redesigns.

So, what does it mean when a medical cart has been over-designed? Over-designs happen when components, designs or materials have little to no effect on the functionality of the medical cart, resulting in customers paying too much money for something that isn’t needed, used or could be simplified.

A customer initially designs a custom medical cart for a specific function and purpose.  In some cases, the project loses sight of its purpose, and the resulting product is over-designed in an attempt to meet multiple requirements.

Extra holes

It may not seem like much, but incorporating extra holes in your design costs more money due to manufacturing costs. So, unless there’s a functional or aesthetic reason for extra holes, they aren’t necessary.

Shelves and Drawers

Understandably, it’s difficult to predict what features your medical device will need. More often than not, unless there’s a specific reason for a shelf or drawer, it’s doomed to collect dust or become a prime location for junk.

Height Adjustability

Although it may seem practical, height adjustments aren’t always needed. Sometimes, end-users only apply one or two height options or none at all.

Aesthetics

Don’t misunderstand us. Aesthetics are an important aspect of any custom medical cart project. However, it’s important to strike a balance between aesthetics, functionality and cost. In cases of most redesigns, cost reduction is the main focus, and fancy aesthetic pieces are the first things to go. Consider aesthetic options that don’t require a lot of plastic, thermoforming or expensive tooling.

Materials

It’s no secret that sheet metal tends to be more cost effective than other material options, so don’t count it out; sheet metal can look good too. In many instances, an aesthetic medical cart will be completely functional but over-priced. A sheet metal design can do the same thing—reducing the cost while maintaining its aesthetics.

In some cases, the metal gauge may be thicker, or the structural tubing may be stronger than the medical cart function warrants. Design engineers can test for the appropriate gauge through simulations and judgments based on their personal experiences. 

At HUI, we understand how to redesign medical carts for cost reduction and efficiencies. Contact us today to start redesigning your custom medical cart.

If you have any additional questions or feedback, feel free to comment below. Let us know what you want to know! 

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Topics: Insider, Cost Reduction


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