Senior Design Team Works to Create More Efficient Baby Changing Stations
The Ritchie School hosted the annual enior Design Symposium on May 15 virtually. Every senior design team participated and worked hard in the transition to ensure that the community were able to experience their presentations as close to an in-person event as possible.
The Proposed Modern Designs of Surface and Recessed Mounted Countertop Baby Changing Stations team was sponsored by Koala Kare.
The team consisted of: Adrianna Ortega (BS ME) - Project Manager, Graciela Arroyo (BS ME) - Financial Manager and Electrical Lead, Alexander Frith (BS ME) - Mechanical Lead, Christina Ngo (BS ME) - CAD Lead.
Koala Kare provides baby changing stations and other childcare products to public establishments to assist caregivers with attending to children. The current recessed- and surface-mounted countertop baby changing station (BCS) units used in public establishments are rarely maintained, leaving the diaper changing surface and child safety strap dirty, and the liner compartment empty most of the time. ASTM standards require the units to have a child safety constraint which is rarely used by consumers and gets easily dirtied.
A new proposed design alerts when the liners need to be refilled and when the BCS needs to be cleaned while keeping the child safety strap clean and offers one-handed operation. The new system utilizes a push button and light-emitting diode (LED) to alert when the BCS needs to be cleaned, spring-loaded liner dispensers interfaced with push buttons and an LED to alert when the liners need to be refilled, and a polyvinyl chloride (PVC) coated child safety strap with a unique buckle style to comply with ASTM standards, increase the overall cleanliness of the strap, and offer one-handed operation. The proposed modern surface- and recessed-mounted countertop BCS designs will increase the probability of the units being frequently maintained properly, which will cause consumers to use them more often.
Due to the challenges Spring quarter presented, this team focused their efforts on creating a successful design and were able to learn from their experiences.