Loughborough Design Student James Roberts secures
contract with Morgan Innovation and Technology allowing them to further develop
and manufacture his portable baby incubator ‘mOm’.
Innovation and Technology’, customers of Solid Solutions, have successfully secured
a contract with Loughborough University Design Graduate, James Roberts to
produce his cost-effective, collapsible, portable baby incubator design. Morgan
IAT have taken the winner of the 2014
James Dyson Award for innovations ground-breaking design with the
expectation to take it through from concept stage to market.
the need for a unit which ensures a pre-term infant is kept safely
incubated, whilst simultaneously offering a compact solution to store and
transport to differing regions. The inspiration for the project came whilst watching a documentary on Syria
which explained the issue of pre-mature children dying due to lack of
incubation. This is when he came up with the idea of mOm.
mOm Is an inflatable
incubator designed specifically for the developing world and to be implemented
within harsh environments such as disaster zones or refugee camps. The durable incubator
boasts an ability to endure harsh transportation conditions and to withstand being
dropped from a plane in care packages. Another winning feature of the design is
its capacity to be powered by a car battery for a period of 24 hours.
durability and lightness of the design -mOm weighs in at just 10kg! - it is
also easy to transport thanks to its ability to be folded away and compacted to
half its deployed size. This aids to facilitate low costs in shipping to areas
where incubators are unavailable.
incubator is a small and efficient device, offering a more cost effective
solution to the current incubators on the market which retail for £30,000 per
unit. In contrast, mOm will cost just £250 per unit, therefore broadening the
target market and making the technology accessible to both first and third
that SOLIDWORKS played an invaluable role from the initial concept stage through
to the 3D printing, CNC machining and final design. Without SOLIDWORKS James doesn’t
believe he could have achieved such spectacular results in the time given.
Almost all elements of the incubator benefited from the capabilities of SOLIDWORKS,
from assessing whether or not the volume inside the inflatable shells were large
enough to ensuring the attachments for the functional aspects of the design
worked how they were intended to do so.
Morgan IAT look to push James’s design further by developing a solution to
lower devise set up time and contamination costs. They plan to do this through including
sterile and disposable infant compartments as an alternative to cleaning. This will
eliminate the risk of liquid-related hazards which are normally
present when electronics are underneath the mattress – as is the case in
As well as this and in order to optimise mOm’s
thermo-dynamic design, Morgan IAT is partnering with Concentrated Heat and
Momentum (CHAM) Ltd, a consultancy and software house specialising in computer
simulation of fluid-flow and heat-transfer processes using Computational Fluid
Chairman and Research Director, Howard Clarke said:
“The mOm Incubator project allows us to expand our skills and knowledge base
into another sector of the IEC 60601 Medical Electrical Equipment Safety
standard. Although the incubator industry is well established with its own
collateral standard (IEC 60601-2-16), the nature of this development raises
some new and interesting challenges when compared with a traditional incubator
design, which is what we enjoy about this type of project.”
could do something great” (James Dyson)