Ashley Slater

Dec 182017

Squeeze Machine Essex North Job 16/1501
This is the third Squeeze machine Essex North has made. They are all similar being two air mattresses constrained so that a person lying between them will be squeezed once they are inflated.
The pump for this incarnation is a modified Mangar Bath aid pump. The article in the School Newsletter explains the theory better than me.

 December 18, 2017  Posted by at 18:39 Uncategorized Comments Off on Squeeze machine Essex North Job 16/15
Dec 162017

This sip/puff actuator was developed from an original design from the Herefordshire Panel, the electrical circuits  and motor are exactly the same as the Herefordshire Panel Device. I modified the actuator to use a cam and lever after realising almost all of the older sewing machine pedals are identical. More modern machines pedals differ. Motor mount uses a torque reaction switch to stop motor then it reaches a limit stop, a hand button is provided to stop machine and cycle cam back to zero.



 December 16, 2017  Posted by at 19:02 Uncategorized Comments Off on Sip/Puff Sewing Machine Pedal Actuator Essex North Job 17/1553
Oct 132017

The cient had a rare genetic disorder and was really only happy when he was sitting in his “cozy coupe”. However, as he was outgrowing the  coupe he was having to bend his legs backwards to allow him to use the car. Essex north  adapted the wheels by extending both the front steering wheels and the rear fixed axle, this “jacked up “ the coupe by about 100mm giving the client about another years play with the car.


 October 13, 2017  Posted by at 19:41 Children's Equipment - Development and Play Comments Off on Modified Cozy Coupe to allow use by growing child Essex North Job
Oct 132017

The clients physiotherapist asked Remap to devise a way of preventing the client working the left side buttons with his right hand which he was apt to do but it was preventing correct development of his left hand. Essex North  volunteer added a perspex shield between the buttons preventing the right hand operating the left buttons or visa versa.


 October 13, 2017  Posted by at 19:36 Children's Equipment - Development and Play Comments Off on Xbox Controller Modification Essex North Job 13/1306
Jul 122017

Client wanted to be able to pass a child’s feeding tube through the cot ends, this allows the child to turn without getting entangled in the feed tube which is the difficulty if the tube is passed over the cot sides. A small section of the cot side top was removed and a swinging section made to bridge the gap, a locking mechanism was devised so that lifting the removable section required two hands or sufficient dexterity only possible by an adult.


 July 12, 2017  Posted by at 19:14 Beds and Bed Accessories, Children's equipment - General Comments Off on Modified Cot Ends to allow feeding tube between the bars Essexnorth Job 15/1403
Jul 122017

Client needed to use Oxygen via nose tubes at all times , however when the blood oxygen monitor alarm sounded an additional oxygen supply via a face mask was required quickly, this meant that two oxygen cylinders were required to be with the client at all times. Remap Essexnorth designed and made a holding frame  that enabled two cylinders to be carried together with a small platform for the oxygen monitor.  Holders were made from 12mm Birch ply.

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 July 12, 2017  Posted by at 19:06 Children's equipment - General, Children's Equipment - Mobility and Support Comments Off on Oxygen cylinder carriers for a specialised wheelchair Essexnorth Job 14/1346
Jul 122017

Client used oxygen on a regular basis and preferred to use an oxygen generator rather than the gas bottles as this would allow  client to go on holiday by plane without the cost of the airline supplying oxygen.  Client was unable to carry the generator very far as it was too heavy. A small trolley was made using an old extending suitcase handle, a simple welded frame and wheels from inline skates. Inline skate wheels are superb for this use.


 July 12, 2017  Posted by at 18:39 Household Equipment, Leisure Activities Comments Off on Trolley for Oxygen Generator Essexnorth Job 12/1247
Jul 122017

Client needed an additional footrest on the stools at School to be more comfortable in class.  However different classrooms used similar stools so it was essential that each classroom the client used had the appropriately modified stool. A steel strip with equally spaced fixing holes was welded to the two front legs of the stools, rails were made to fit. Easy adjustment was enabled by use of locking handles and captive bolts.


 July 12, 2017  Posted by at 18:32 Chairs and Chair Accessories, Children's equipment - General Comments Off on Adjustable foot rests on school stools Essexnorth Job 12/1230
Jul 122017

Client used a stick with to press the keys of the keyboard and the keyboard kept falling over as it was propped up with blu-tac. An adjustable stand was made for the keyboard so that it could be rigidly fixed at the correct height and angle.


 July 12, 2017  Posted by at 18:26 Communications - Reading, Writing etc Comments Off on Keyboard stand Essexnorth Job 12/1256
Jul 122017

Client whose only mobility was his head , thus confined to a wheelchair.  Client wanted to be able to have a drink and smoke a cigarette without a member of the care staff assisting him. The cigarette holder was articulated on a flexible arm, the cigarette held in a cigarette holder the holder being clipped into a mount attached to the flexible arm, the only assistance required was to mount the cigarette and light it.  A gutter section was placed under the holder to catch the ash. The drinking cup holder was specifically made to fit the care home cups, luckily a cheap car cup holder fitted the bill this was mounted on an aluminium arm attached to the wheelchair.


 July 12, 2017  Posted by at 18:18 Eating and Drinking Comments Off on Smoking and drinking aids Essexnorth Job 13/1319