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B.Braun Visit

[HG 4-21-10] On April 16logo_BBraun, 2010 we visited B.Braun Medical in Allentown, PA to learn about medical device manufacturing. TeamMeeting_100416-03aWe started out with a video about the company history, while we were treated to snacks and sodas. Then, engineers from R&D, Design and Production explained B.Braun's products. They introduces us to he fascinating world of infusion systems and drug delivery. Highlights were hands-on demonstrations of needle free IV valves (with fake blood!) and the illustration of 3D computer-aided design process.  Then, everyone had their turn to play with an industrial robot in one of B. Braun's R&D Labs. Their robot was clearly bigger and much 'fancier' then our LEGO robots, but the engineers explained that it used pretty much the same building blocks: motors with rotation sensors, various otther ensors, step-by-step programs, .... Another highlight was the window tour through production were we could see hundreds of large industrial robots making millions of little plastic pieces each day. Thanks so much again to our host Mr. Selk and his team of experts who stayed late on a Friday to give us a first-class tour and patiently answered our lots and lots of questions. We were very impressed and we would certainly like to come back one day.

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Igutech Fieldtrip to Atmos Inc.

Atmos_Logo[JK 5-1-10] On May 1st, Team Igutech took an exciting field trip to Atmos's building. The day started with the president of Atmos giving us a presentation about the company, what they do, aTeamMeeting_100501_04nd what they wanted to know about igutech. Then Igutech members Stewart and Sydney gave their presentation on the team, and the robot. Second, Igutech team member Jackie acted as a patient. The president of Atmos {Marco Schlegel} gave Jackie a checkup as if she was a real ENT {ears, nose, and throat} patient.Third, the most exciting thing happened: We got to see Tilman's, Ferdinand's , and Mr. Schlegel's vocal cords. For some, it was absolutely disgusting. For some others it was the coolest thing they have ever seen!!!! Then, we got to get a demonstration on what would happen when you used Atmos's vacuum product. First, they put gauze in a fake wound. Then they put the vacuum hose right inside the two pieces of gauze. Before we knew it the gauze got sucked down to the wound. Lastly, Igutech got treated to cookies, Soft Pretzels, grapes, and a variety of drinks. It was a spectacular field trip.

Igutech Fieldtrip to Atmos Inc.

Wegmans-logo [JS 10-09-11]  Last WeWegmans_111005-09dnesday, we had a very interesting fieldtrip to the Wegmans grocery store in Allentown. Mr. Daniel Len, Food and Human Safety Coordinator, gave us a tour through different departments of his store and explained us all about food safety. We learned about how they keep their food fresh, where the food comes from and how to keep potential bacteria from going from food to food, preventing cross contamination. One way is to keep ready-to-eat food separate from food that needs to be cooked before eating. Dan uses a laser thermometer to test food containers, food surfaces, and even the bathroom water temperature. The laser checks the temperature to make sure all of the food has the right amount of refrigeration or heating (for the food bar). That was just one of the many ways Dan can help out his company. He is responsible for teaching and training all the employees of the store from truck drivers to managers. He also discussed the importance of personal hygiene like proper hand washing. Thanks again to Dan at Wegmans for sharing his knowledge and for staying late on a workday to answer the many questions our team had regarding food safety at a grocery store.

Team Igutech visits Aesculap Spine

Aesculap-logo[Sydney N] On Friday May 28, 2010, Coach Harald took Team Igutech to Aesculap Spine in Breiningsville, PA. Our hosts: Mr Christian Gabriel (Director Marketing Orthopedics), Mr. John Love (VP of R&D at Aesculap) presented the history of Aesculap and introduced us to the staff. We learned how high-tech surgical knee, hip, and spine implants are made. During their presentation, we had the best cookies, fruit, popcorn, and drinks.

Our hosts lead us on a tour through the Aesculap building. On our first stop, we got to see a 3D design demonstration of a tadpole. They showed us how we could change the shape, length, and width of the tadpole using the Catia Software. Then we went to the test lab. At the test lab, they test the strength and durability of their spine implants. Their robot works 24 hours for six weeks and runs 5 million cycles.

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Then we visited the machine shop. The first two robots we saw were the four and five axis milling machines that shape soft metal parts for their products. Then we saw the EDM machine that cuts soft and hard metal with hair fine wire. We got to put our hands in the gloves that go inside the sand blasting box. We met a really cool laser welding technician who sat in a purple chair showed us how he uses the equipment. Jackie put on his welding helmet! At the quality control lab, we saw how they project an image (magnified by 60, 100, and 200) to check the final product against the blueprint.

Igutech_visit_100528_groupBack at the conference room, they showed us the knee and hip implant products and how they secure them. They explained the types of metals and plastics used then we were lucky enough to touch the products. They felt so smooth that you might think it was real cartilage. We celebrated the end of our trip with the Aesculap Skeleton!

Thanks to Aesculap and Coach Harald, it was the coolest trip ever. I was really happy we got to interact with the staff and products!


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Igutech Fieldtrip to Atmos Inc.

Atmos_Logo[JK 5-1-10] On May 1st, Team Igutech took an exciting field trip to Atmos's building. The day started with the president of Atmos giving us a presentation about the company, what they do, aTeamMeeting_100501_04nd what they wanted to know about igutech. Then Igutech members Stewart and Sydney gave their presentation on the team, and the robot. Second, Igutech team member Jackie acted as a patient. The president of Atmos {Marco Schlegel} gave Jackie a checkup as if she was a real ENT {ears, nose, and throat} patient.Third, the most exciting thing happened: We got to see Tilman's, Ferdinand's , and Mr. Schlegel's vocal cords. For some, it was absolutely disgusting. For some others it was the coolest thing they have ever seen!!!! Then, we got to get a demonstration on what would happen when you used Atmos's vacuum product. First, they put gauze in a fake wound. Then they put the vacuum hose right inside the two pieces of gauze. Before we knew it the gauze got sucked down to the wound. Lastly, Igutech got treated to cookies, Soft Pretzels, grapes, and a variety of drinks. It was a spectacular field trip.