Jenx LimitedJenx Limited

Applying knowledge gained through support to produce revolutionary products

Jenx Limited has been researching, designing and making pioneering developmental furniture that supports disabled children as they grow since 1984.

In order to build on the development of a small range of products using new  techniques which pioneered these features, Jenx required further research into suitable materials and components which would enable them to design and build cost effective, enhanced functionality, frames suitable for the standing, seating and mobility of children and young adults with disabilities. The project was designed to explore an alternative approach to the function and construction of products in this market.

Design Futures, working with Jenx through the AMRC-NAMTEC ERDF Funded Direct Company Support Scheme, have identified a number of elements that are visually appropriate yet enable the best manufacturing control and design flexibility.   This work included building a representative frame structure using various alternatives in CAD to allow structural, visual, assembly and manufacturing issues to be assessed.

Various design concepts for components to allow flexible approaches to manufacturing frame structures were created. These concepts include elements that allow tubes to rotate into place, connect together and then lock in place. Methods to restrict movement to within desired limits support these concepts. Various methods to allow flexibility in assembly and angular arrangements have also been identified, as have telescopic options. These concepts have been taken to a concept development level, with detailed CAD models and assemblies created to explore the required geometry. One of the concepts was produced as a fusion disposition model rapid prototype so that functionality could be assessed at an early stage before the concept was developed further.

Manufacturing issues have been considered during the creation of concept designs to ensure that proposed design solutions are likely to be able to be manufactured within acceptable tooling and part cost levels.

In addition, methods to allow elements of postural equipment to be attached to and detached from frames have also been developed to a developed concept level in CAD.