Enabling Product Innovation with Macro- and Microfluidic Expertise
When an automated machine pours coffee with cream, the quality of the drink depends on a number of fluidic effects including turbulence and convection.
In Microfluidics, the dominant physical effects differ slightly. Two very small (μl – pl) volumes of liquid mix through diffusion rather than convection.
The understanding of these effects is crucial for the design of miniaturized fuel-cells or labs-on-chip. Leveraging these behaviors for product innovation can be extraordinarily complex.
Industry Trends Driving Fluidics
New technologies are changing the way products are being manufactured. This has sparked a demand for increasing innovation and functionality – requiring products to be both visually appealing and highly functional.
Couple this with consumer awareness of the environmental impact of products and there is now a heightened need to design and manufacture products that are made from environmentally friendly materials that can be easily recycled.
Jabil expertise with macro- and microfluidic technologies, combined with our complementary experience with advanced assembly, precision mechanics, materials technology, and microelectronics – enables diverse products that handle liquids:
- Pharmaceutical delivery systems
- Fuel cells
- Coolers for PCB assembly and data centers
- Foodstuff dispensers
- Printheads for additive manufacturing
- Hemodialysis systems
- Diagnostic elements such as lab-on-chip
Fluids in these devices can include water, soda, blood, fuel, or pharmaceuticals, all with various levels of volume, viscosities, colloid content, and acidities. These devices are built with diverse materials, including silicon, glass, and plastics, each with own particular characteristics when interacting with fluids.
In addition to fluidics architecture, and implementation, Jabil is highly proficient in test and measurement, technology development, and regulatory compliance.