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How does technology improve nutrition in East Africa?

 
 

 

The Client:

An award-winning NGO that works with rural flour mills to end malnutrition in developing countries. The client makes structural adjustment programs for global health by working closely with local millers, other NGOs, and governments to help at-risk communities.


The Challenge:

The client’s original machine automatically dispensed a premixed micronutrient dose into the milled flour and was meant for large and small-scale mills alike. The client's machine was previously contracted out to be designed and manufactured by another firm, however, they need to rapidly increase their bandwidth to meet demand. It was time to scale up! In the end, the client came to LINX to provide a redesign of their dosifer machines to address nutritional deficiencies.

 
 
 
 Now it is easy for rural millers to produce quality fortified flour, and families can finally afford to buy and eat healthy food everyday (a 31% increase seen in Tanzania). Children get the key nutrients they need and lives are saved.

Now it is easy for rural millers to produce quality fortified flour, and families can finally afford to buy and eat healthy food everyday (a 31% increase seen in Tanzania). Children get the key nutrients they need and lives are saved.

 
 
 

Linx’s Solution:

Linx changed the manufacturing process and materials by replacing an existing sheet metal enclosure to a roto-molded enclosure. As a result, the final shipping weight was reduced, thus streamlining the entire supply chain. Linx optimized the machine's mechanical function by re-engineering a number of processes.

 

In the second phase of this project, both the software and hardware were updated for better functionality, including machine to machine communications. This upgrade enabled the client to remotely monitor the machines, receive real-time diagnostics, and track the population impact through production. After quality analysis, Linx and the client launched new production machines in rural Tanzania and Kenya that have reached 350,000 people (and a projected 1 million people in 2017).

 
 
 
 
 

 

Linx provided:


 

Industrial design

Prototyping

Mechanical engineering

Electrical engineering

Embedded software design

Server design

Design for manufacturing

Custom PCBA design production

Roto-molding (type of plastic molding process)

Injection molding

Die casting

Full production

Assembly

Quality Assurance

 
 

 

Research and Development:


Currently, Linx is redesigning hardware/software to integrate connectivity for remote machine to machine communication. This total upgrade enables Client and their stakeholders to remotely monitor machines, receive real-time machine diagnostics, and track population impact.

 

Lindsey Rosenfield