Customized Printed Circuit Board and Software Solution [CASE STUDY]

Mars International is pleased to launch a series of case studies which describe the technical issues faced by several clients and how they were solved using a customized engineering solution.

Our first case study, involves developing a programmable control system for a medical cryotherapy product used in the treatment and rehabilitation of patients.

Business Situation

Mars International client Aircast, now DJO Global, is a leading provider of patient care products designed to provide functional management of sprains and other injuries. Universal to their flagship cold therapy family of products is the Cryo/Cuff™ Cooler that connects through a tube assembly to any Cryo/Cuff™ for treatment of acute sprains, trauma, post-op, and rehabilitation. The cooler traditionally used gravity to refill the Cryo/Cuff™ with cold water and required manual intervention.  Aircast then developed the Aircast Autochill® System which would automatically cycle the cold water between the cooler and cuff thus eliminating the need for manual recycling. This product would benefit their medical facility customers by reducing the hands-on time needed for cryotherapy treatment and rehabilitation of patients.  The follow-on product was to develop a programmable Aircast Autochill® System which gave the user control of the key timing parameters of the system.

electronic components, printed control boards, embedded software

A Day in the Life of a Manufacturing Engineer

Manufacturing engineers are the key to the success of a product being made on time and with quality. 

They understand how the factory floor functions and how to work with product designers to insure the product is optimized for manufacturability.

But what does a manufacturing engineer do all day? We thought it might be useful to walk through a day in their life.

Last year, the website Lifehacker featured an interview with a manufacturing engineer for a commercial electronics maker who outlined what their job entails:

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Mars International Goes Solar [VIDEO]

Americans love solar power.

That’s according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center that found that 89 percent of us favor expanding the use of solar power.

It’s an energy source that has been embraced by more and more U.S. companies, and Mars International is proud to be on that list.

This summer, we added a large solar installation to our building in an effort to save money, be more self-sufficient in terms of electricity and to be a better neighbor to our hometown of Piscataway, New Jersey. Watch this video of our impressive rooftop array of panels.

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Simplifying the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things is growing to include more, well, things.

By 2020, the number of products connected to the internet is expected to reach 21 billion, a figure that does not include computers, tablets or smartphones.

That’s according to the research firm Gartner, which says there are already 4.9 billion connected devices at work in the world, everything from toasters to wind turbines.

Like the advent of the internet a generation ago, IoT is expected to have a global impact, bringing convenience and efficiency to new heights while generating trillions of dollars in new business opportunities over the next decade.