June 27, 2014
The Extrusion Technology for Aluminum Profiles Foundation (ET Foundation) of the Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC), Wauconda, Ill., has awarded $20,000 to professional designers and students in the 2014 International Aluminum Extrusion Design Competition. Ninety-five entries were received for the competition, including more than 80 designs from students at universities and technical schools.
The grand prize of $3,500 went to David Hornbach, senior product designer for The Morel Company in Batesville, Ind., for his design of the Hercules patient repositioner, which allows a single caregiver to reposition a patient in bed with a push of a button. The repositioner uses a sheet that rolls into the aluminum housing, pulling the patient back up to the top of the bed. The unit comprises seven aluminum extrusions that include two cavities: one houses the roller that repositions the sheet, and one houses the motor, clutch, circuitry, and power supply.