Category Archives: Engineering

Ben Lane

Face to Face

11.06.2013 by Ben Lane

In an age when office mates bridge the 10 foot communication chasm between their desks with email and text messages, Key Tech actively recruits engineers and designers that enjoy and excel at the lost art of face-to-face communication.

Eric Schneider

Working with Complicated Disposable to Instrument Interfaces

04.25.2013 by Eric Schneider

Lab on a Chip, Microfluidics, and Sample to Answer are terms we hear a lot when designing medical devices. For years the trend has been to integrate more and more laboratory functions into small disposable chips or cartridges with the ideal goal of being able to perform all the functions from sample preparation to detection in a single disposable on one instrument. This has led the instruments disposable interfaces to be increasingly complex. Sometimes there are hundreds of electrical connections for internal sensors or actuators, multiple heaters for PCR amplification, systems for magnetic bead capture, pressure connections for fluid control, actuators for dispensing stored fluids, and external sensors just to name a few. The complex interfaces required can cause many design challenges, but after working on several of these types of projects over the years we’ve learned there are some ways you can make your life easier, and end up with a better design.

Alex Flamm

IDSA Annual Report

08.22.2012 by Alex Flamm

The Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) just held their annual international conference in Boston, MA. Jeremy Savage and I attended the 4-day event and had the pleasure of listening to some great presentations, ranging from the informative to the inspirational.

Scott Corey

Do you want an iHeart Pump?

05.23.2012 by Scott Corey

It seems that people will buy any of Apple’s “i” products. While some of this is driven by fashion, most of the craze for Apple’s products is the result of a string of exceptionally well designed products. The user delighting design of these products was not by accident. Rather, they stem from Steve Jobs’s passionate [...]

Conrad Laskowski

Recap of the SME Micro/Nano Manufacturing Conference 2012 – Boston, MA

04.11.2012 by Conrad Laskowski

On March 28th and 29th I attended this year’s Micro / Nano Manufacturing Conference in Boston, hosted by The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME). The primary tracks this year were nano manufacturing, micro machining, micro molding, and micro metrology. Two years ago I attended this same conference in Mesa, AZ, and was obviously overdue for another visit.

Jessica Fisher

“Why Engineering?” We Ask “Why Not?”

03.28.2012 by Jessica Fisher

Recently I was asked to prepare a 10 min talk about why I became an engineer, what I like about it, and what I do here at Key Tech.

Chad Schneider

Pop-up fabrication from the Harvard Microrobotics Lab

01.27.2012 by Chad Schneider

Harvard’s Microrobotics Lab is publishing some amazing work regarding a MEMS fabrication technique for creating 3-dimensional millimeter-scale robots from 2-dimensional multi-layer components.

Chad Schneider

UMD’s ‘WaterShed’ wins the Solar Decathalon

10.06.2011 by Chad Schneider

Congratulations to the University of Maryland team of 200 engineers who took first place in the Department of Energy’s Solar Decathalon 2011.

Lei Zong

Reflection on the AACC 2011 Expo Floor

08.15.2011 by Lei Zong

The AACC annual meeting hosts the largest clinical laboratory expo, and this year’s expo was probably the largest ever with an estimated 20,000 participants, close to 700 exhibiting companies, 2,000+ booths, and over half a million square feet of exhibit space!

Chad Schneider

Exhibiting at AACC

07.22.2011 by Chad Schneider

Key Tech will be at the American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) annual meeting again this year in Atlanta. Pick up one of our new build-a-brochures and send in a photo of your creation.