Case Studies

At BioMEMS 2013, the presentation, The Revolutionary Change in Sports from MEMS and Sensor Enabled Products, was given to highlight how MEMS and sensors in sports are seeing explosive growth. Enabling factors such as their unobtrusive micro size, reduced cost, accuracy, use of smart algorithms, low power consumption, wireless connectivity, simplified interfaces for data interpretation and mobile computing are making this available to everyone not just elite professional athletes in an expensive laboratory setting. As a result, revolutionary changes are occurring in how we learn, our overall understanding of humans in sports and our resulting behavior enabling us to increase performance and achieve our goals in shorter intervals. In addition, sensors and MEMS products are providing useful data to help engineers make sport protection gear more effective, people lose unwanted pounds and athletes avoid health danger zones.

This presentation, Medical Sensors: Enhancing Human Performance and a Peak into the Future, was given at the Human Performance Workshop at Kent State University. Sensors in the medical field are seeing explosive growth. This talk reviews four case studies of innovative products playing a significant role in enhancing human performance. Topics include successful weight loss, digital medicine, sight restoration and over coming paralysis. For each topic, an overview of the product and sensor technology will be explored. In addition, we'll take a journey into the future to see how medical, engineering and scientific collaboration can further enhance human performance.

In the January-February 2013 edition of Chip Scale Review Magazine, David DiPaola has contributed a Guest Editorial, Robust Process Solutions for MEMS Flip Chip Applications With Medium Density Lead Free Solder Interconnects. The article reviews the challenges in electrical interconnection for increasingly smaller MEMS flip chip applications using lead free solder for medium density I/O, size sensitive medical applications. Read more.

Follow David DiPaola's blog, on MEMS new product development in Solid State Technology. This monthly series will discuss critical aspects of developing new MEMS products for commercialization.
- A Sellable Plan
- Importance of First Prototype
- Critical Design and Process Steps for Successful Prototypes (Part 1)
- Critical Design and Process Steps for Successful Prototypes (Part 2)
- The Technology Development Process and Design Review Checklist
- Necessary Attributes for a MEMS Engineer for New Product Development
- Importance of Product Validation

David DiPaola, Managing Director, for DiPaola Consulting recently published an article, BioMEMS: Navigating the Medical Device FDA Approval Process, in MEMS Journal reaching 31,000+ subscribers.

DiPaola Consulting was recently featured in the Fall Issue of CNST News from the NIST Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology in an article, Entrepreneur Builds MEMS Pressure Sensor to Improve Automotive Transmissions.

DiPaola Consulting is a leading expert in MEMS integration for sensor products. A webinar, Concurrent Design to Achieve High Performance and Low Cost: Case Study of a MEMS Automotive Pressure Sensor Design, highlights MEMS integration in practice. Presented by David DiPaola, Managing Director, this webinar was conducted for the MEMS Industry Group (MIG) as part of the educational series leading to the M2M Forum in May 2012. To access the webinar, you need to be a MIG member and it can be found under Resource Library (search title). For non MIG members, you can access the presentation here.

David DiPaola currently holds six US patents and has one patent application under review by the USPTO. These patents highlight a portion of David's innovations. To review the patents please click the patent number below:

- Patent No. 6,672,170, Hermetic Pressure Transducer, issued 2004
- Patent No. 6,763,724, Hermetic Pressure Transducer, issued 2004
- Patent No. 7,112,749, Sensor Mounting Apparatus for Minimizing
  Parasitic Stress, issued 2006 (80% contribution to claims)
- Patent No. 7,779,701, Pressure Sensor Apparatus, issued 2010
- Patent No. 7,939,772, Electrical Switch System for Use with
  Vehicular Transmissions, issued 2011
- Patent No. 8,707,774, Sensor System for Differential Pressure Measurement, issued 2014

David DiPaola and John Brennan presented Selection of Silicone Sealants for Heavy Truck and Off Road Applications at the Society of Plastics engineers. The work summaries testing to screen potential sealants for sensor use in heavy truck and off-road vehicles.

In new product development, there are several phases including concept, prototype, pilot and production. At the end of each phase, there is a peer and management review of the completed work to determine if critical requirements have been satisfied before proceeding to the next phase. The design review gating requirements template, outlines the necessary details from the big picture that need to come together successfully to launch a robust product, on schedule and within budget. Note, this template only presents the design portion of the process.

3-Axis Accelerometer in Golf Club

Non Wet and Wet Lead Free Solder Bumps

DRIE Hole (500 microns, semi-round) in MEMS SOI Pressure Sensor Fabricated
in NIST Nanofab

MEMS Based Force Sensors Are Used in
Occupant Classification for Passenger
Side Smart Airbag Systems

David Speaking at the Human Performance Workshop at Kent State University

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