New Water Monitor Design for Design Outreach

The SonSetLink™ water monitor for the Design Outreach (DO) LifePump is going through a mechanical redesign. The goal is to significantly improve its reliability. The new design counts the number of shaft rotations through a sensor installed in a plate which is inserted into the pump casing. This allows engineers to know when it is time to do routine maintenance on the pump based on standard wear conditions. A new nylon radome is mounted to the top of the pump which contains the satellite modem used for sending the recorded data to the Internet. Engineers from DePuy Synthes Companies donated their time and talent to Design Outreach to create this new design and even ran a battery of tests on the new design which included exposing the units to high temperatures, submerging them in water, and drop testing them. Design Outreach is expected to test this new design in Haiti later this year.