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MEMS in the Consumer Disposable Products Industry

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F. Sherman, V. Gartstein

Proctor & Gamble Company, Cincinnati, OH

Paper No. IMECE2002-32726, pp. 627; 1 page
  • ASME 2002 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Microelectromechanical Systems
  • New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, November 17–22, 2002
  • Conference Sponsors: Microelectromechanical Systems
  • ISBN: 0-7918-3642-8 | eISBN: 0-7918-1691-5, 0-7918-1692-3, 0-7918-1693-1
  • Copyright © 2002 by ASME


The consumer products industry is a good example of broad usage of disposable products. Consumer disposable products, in general, have two key unique characteristics that are very important drivers for new product inventions: low cost and large volume scalability. These two properties have always limited the penetration of MEMS technology into the consumer disposable product industry. Even though MEMS is traditionally spoken of as a low cost high volume technology, this holds true for industries outside the one described within here. The reality surrounding traditional silicon MEMS technology is that the cost structures is at best two orders of magnitude above acceptable levels and the infrastructure available to make the needed volumes is non existent. For these two reasons, plastic microfabrication and scalable design principles adaptation offers a viable solution for MEMS technology within the context of disposable consumer products. Using our low cost, large volume scalable plastic microneedle technology as an example, it was demonstrated that a successful transition from silicon to plastic microfabrication was achieved while maintaining excellent structural functionality for the purpose of glucose sensing from interstitial fluid (ISF).

Copyright © 2002 by ASME



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