The article highlights three key areas of design: mechanical, industrial and manufacturing. Emphasising the theme ‘Inspiring Innovation’, SHL talks about what device manufacturers should be focusing on when working towards making customised auto injectors, pen injectors and inhalers for their biopharmaceutical partners. The idea behind the article was to share with readers the key areas of design that are required to produce cutting edge products, and meet the real needs of end-users. Design areas ranging from human factors engineering, to enhanced manufacturing processes (designed to maximise production output), are discussed as well as trends, opportunities and challenges in the development of auto injectors in particular.
The same three design areas mentioned in the article were also part of SHL’s Inspiring Innovation theme at this year’s 2013 PDA Conference in Basel, Switzerland, where different information stations were set up to share with customers how each of these areas are integrated into the design and production of SHL’s devices. This new way of interacting with customers was well received, as SHL invited staff from all areas of the company including molding, engineering, mechanical design, industrial design and molding experts. The chance to interact with these staff was really appreciated, and generated much interest, not just in the devices showcased, but also in the manufacturing capabilities and capacities SHL is able to provide for its customers.