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Ergonomic laboratory vortex mixer

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Design Award

  • Tong Biomedical Design Award Winner

Project Overview

Lab technicians often need to homogenize mixtures in small vials hundreds of times a day and typically use vortex mixers to accomplish this task. Most vortex mixers rely on downward pressure from an individual’s hands to activate the device. The direct contact allows vibrations to travel up through the hands and cause fatigue, vascular damage, and nerve damage. Certain assays require contact with the device for one minute or longer for each tube. To prevent strain and injury, we will develop a device that will minimize vibration exposure to the operator’s hands and allow vials to remain visible to the operator while in use. The goal is to eliminate damage to the operator’s hands during use while retaining adequate mixing abilities.

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Team members from left to right: Brett Struthers, Emily Foran, Stephen Early, Lexi Doersch
Team members from left to right: Brett Struthers, Emily Foran, Stephen Early, Lexi Doersch

Contact Information

Team Members

  • Emily Foran, BME 301 - Team Leader
  • Stephen Early, BME 301 - Communicator & BPAG
  • Brett Struthers, BME 301 - BSAC
  • Lexi Doersch, BME 301 - BWIG

Advisor and Client

  • Prof. Megan McClean - Advisor
  • Dr. Robert Radwin - Client

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