TFT system for climate-controlled mobile cart in a surgically sterile aseptic environment

08-07-2019 | BVM | Subs & Systems

While not as glamorous as a film set, but with arguably greater benefits, BVM is supplying medical Panel PC-based systems to a leader in the storage and transportation of endoscopes. One of their latest developments is a new climate-controlled mobile cart in which endoscopes can be stored for up to 100 days in a surgically sterile aseptic environment, free from contamination caused by harmful bacteria, viruses, or other micro-organisms. The storage unit is controlled and managed by the company's touchscreen Panel PC optimised to their needs.

The customer had been designing his own hybrid system by consolidating a commercial TFT monitor with a semi-industrial PC. This was a time-consuming exercise, and when the embedded PC became obsolete, the company was approached to produce a bespoke replacement system including discreet power and comms cable management and custom i/o in an aesthetically branded single unit. The ultimate design is based on an N3160 Atom Braswell processor on a Mini-ITX motherboard, integrated into a slim-line chassis with a 15" five-wire resistive touchscreen. A customised Windows 10 O/S is optimised to give graceful shut down in the event of unexpected power loss. The unit provides stable and robust running and future-proofing against potential component obsolescence.

Outsourcing the design and manufacture has enabled the client to allocate engineering resource to produce new software features that allow the sterile cart storage system to be ideal for use anywhere in the world, improving medical investigation procedures.

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