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Collapsible baby incubator for use in harsh environments

15 June 2016

Morgan Innovation & Technology has won a contract to design, develop and manufacture a new cost-effective, collapsible, portable baby incubator.

The mOm baby incubator was invented by James Roberts, global winner of the 2014 James Dyson award for innovation. Morgan IAT will project manage mOm from initial design phase to bringing it to market, as well as developing the electronics and software

The incubator is destined for use in harsh environments, in domestic and overseas remote regions, as well as disaster zones and refugee camps.

Current designs of incubators are expensive and cumbersome. A better, lower cost product is needed to keep a pre-term infant safely incubated, whilst being compact enough to store and transport to differing regions. mOm presents a lower level investment for clinics in first and third world markets like Africa and Australia.

Morgan IAT’s engineers are also developing sterile and disposable infant compartments as an alternative to cleaning, resulting in quicker device set-up and lower contamination costs.  

Chairman and research director, Howard Clarke said “the mOm Incubator project allows us to expand our skills and knowledgebase 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.”

Simple and quick to set-up, mOm will weigh less than 10kg. Measuring approximately 650 x 400 x 300mm in size (expanded), it will collapse to facilitate low-cost shipping to areas where standard incubators are unavailable. The supporting ends can be removed from the collapsible central compartment to facilitate the compartment’s cleaning or replacement. 

Morgan IAT will develop James Roberts’ original design that differs from other incubators by removing the risk of liquid-related hazards normally present with electronics underneath the mattress. 

To optimise mOm’s thermo-dynamic design Morgan IAT is partnering Concentrated Heat and Momentum (CHAM) Ltd, Wimbledon, a consultancy and software house specialising in computer simulation of fluid-flow and heat-transfer processes using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD).  

Morgan IAT has proven experience and success in the design and development of medical devices in a variety of industries. A winner of two Queen’s Awards for Enterprise (International Trade), the company plans to expand into non-medical, low-volume commercial manufacturing. It exports over 90 percent of goods. 

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