Presentation Title

Edwards Lifesciences' Automated Sewing of Implantable Cloth

Start Date

November 2016

End Date

November 2016

Location

HUB 302-114

Type of Presentation

Poster

Abstract

Since 1958, Edwards Lifesciences has been driven by a passion to help patients live longer, healthier, and more productive lives. With over 50 years of continuous innovation, Edwards Lifesciences continues to lead the field of tissue replacement heart valves. The development of one heart replacement valve goes through a multi-stage operation that takes well over 15 hours to complete. Of the many facets that make up a heart valve replacement, this project seeks to provide a solution for only the ground level operation. At this level of operation, there are a series of highly skilled operators that spend over 41 minutes to sew an implantable cloth onto a heart valve frame template. The dexterity required to operate this process requires an incredible amount of precision, requiring an immense amount of focus. Such an operation can cause potential harm to the operator as the minute movements in the body can cause potential stress on the operator’s arms, hands, neck, and back, as well as causing eyestrain. To combat this issue, the goal of our project seeks to develop an automated manufacturing process to assist the ground level operation, and to alleviate any accompanying stresses in the process. The methods used in this project encompasses the use of a motion capture system that will analyze the kinematics of an operator’s hand motion during the sewing process, and use simulation techniques to formulate a design concept. During the conference, our team will present background research and a conceptual design of the project.

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Edwards Lifesciences' Automated Sewing of Implantable Cloth

HUB 302-114

Since 1958, Edwards Lifesciences has been driven by a passion to help patients live longer, healthier, and more productive lives. With over 50 years of continuous innovation, Edwards Lifesciences continues to lead the field of tissue replacement heart valves. The development of one heart replacement valve goes through a multi-stage operation that takes well over 15 hours to complete. Of the many facets that make up a heart valve replacement, this project seeks to provide a solution for only the ground level operation. At this level of operation, there are a series of highly skilled operators that spend over 41 minutes to sew an implantable cloth onto a heart valve frame template. The dexterity required to operate this process requires an incredible amount of precision, requiring an immense amount of focus. Such an operation can cause potential harm to the operator as the minute movements in the body can cause potential stress on the operator’s arms, hands, neck, and back, as well as causing eyestrain. To combat this issue, the goal of our project seeks to develop an automated manufacturing process to assist the ground level operation, and to alleviate any accompanying stresses in the process. The methods used in this project encompasses the use of a motion capture system that will analyze the kinematics of an operator’s hand motion during the sewing process, and use simulation techniques to formulate a design concept. During the conference, our team will present background research and a conceptual design of the project.