In order to produce Ser-Col on a large scale by plastic molding, a mold has to be designed. Since Ser-Col consists of 10 parts of which at least 7 parts are made of plastic the mold design phase took 2 months longer than expected. The coming 3 months will be used to build to mold.
The most important directions for circularity were:
- reusable parts
Most of the parts used within the new Ser-Col device can either be reused or being shredded and reused within the process of plastic moulding. This is still part of investigation.
- biological degradable material
In close consultation with Orange Plastics a study will start towards the use of biological degradable plastics and plastic moulding. This process dependents on the type of mould that will be used for the production of the Ser-Col device.
In this important fase of the design both the criteria for patient friendliness, automated processing and circularity comes together.
- Designing the new Ser-Col device
Finally a concept is chosen in which the user has to open the Ser-Col by sliding the LF paper containing part out of the outer housing. Blood from a fingerstick can be transferred to the Ser-Col device by scraping off the finger. The indicator level “MAX FILL” indicates when the correct amount of blood is collected. After closing the Ser-Col it is ready for transport to the laboratory by regular postal services.
In this fase the next steps were run through:
- building mockups
- choose direction
- concept modellating
Main focus in this fase was research for the best possibilities for automated processing and proof of principle by building a rough model for testing.
Meeting was held at Labonovum (NL) between the consortium partners Labonovum (NL) – Blok System Supply (NL) – CHU Montpellier (Fr).
The following point for attention were addressed:
- product architecture
- user environment & configuration
- core meanings tool
- core requirements
- look & feel direction tool
- design & innovation approach
Official start SCAUT project: Labonovum – Blok System Supply and Alskar design define the criteria for Ser-Col for both patient friendliness as well as automated lab processing.
Pre-kick off meeting between Labonovum – Blok System Supply and Alskar design to define the roadmap for the official start in January 2019. (Newspaper article)