What is a Prototype?

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If you have a new idea and are involved in the design process, one of the most important steps is the creation of a prototype. A prototype can be almost anything, from a series of drawings to a perfect replica. The most basic definition of a prototype is “A simulation or sample version of a final product, which is used for testing prior to launch.” The goal of having a prototype is to test product ideas before spending time and money on the final product.

Prototyping is essential in the creation of new products. It can resolve usability issues and reveal areas that need improving or discarding. When a sample of your product idea is being used by real consumers, you get an idea of how they want to use the product. Consistent adjustments during the prototyping process are being made all the time to make sure that all the facets or components of the item are working the way you intended. Prototypes have four basic qualities:

  • Representation: This refers to the actual form of the prototype, i.e., paper and mobile, or HTML and desktop.
  • Precision: The prototype’s fidelity, i.e., its level of detail, polish and realism.
  • Interactivity: This refers to how functional it is to the user, e.g., fully or partially functional or available for viewing only.
  • Evolution: This refers to the ‘lifecycle’ of a prototype. Some prototypes are built quickly, tested and discarded, and eventually replaced by an improved version, called ‘rapid prototyping.’ Others are built, improved upon and ultimately become the final product.

A common misconception is that prototyping only needs to be done a couple of times toward the end of a design process. It is far more beneficial to test early on and often and it is a good idea to prototype every phase of your design, from the first and most basic iteration. Prototypes don’t just look like the final version of your design. They are a version of the design that can be used for testing.

Medi-Ray produces prototypes based on a customer’s design with refinements by Medi-Ray’s design personnel. Second and third stage prototypes take designs all the way to the final dimensions for DOT testing, customer production requirements and marketing personnel approval. Medi-Ray is located in Tuckahoe, NY. For additional information, please contact us at 877-898-3003 or email sales@mediray.com.

 

The Important Applications of Medi-Ray’s Lead Counterweights

Lead counterweight

Medi-Ray counterweights are necessary for many types of equipment. They may be as simple as steel plates or designed with complex geometrics. When you are designing a product that will need counterweights, there are many factors to consider. These factors include how much you will need, whether the counterweights will be freestanding or inside a compartment, how much space you have to work with, etc. Counterweights can be made of steel or lead, depending upon the application. If they are manufactured using lead, the lead can be coated with powder or painted for safe handling. Some applications for counterweights include medical equipment, aerospace, bridges, forklifts, cranes, elevator weights and sonar weights. Below are only a few examples of other applications for counterweights:

  • The famous leaning tower of Pisa in Italy uses counterweights to ensure that the building does not continue to lean and eventually fall.
  • On a construction site, elevators use counterweights to balance the load of the elevator car.
  • A crane is a mechanism that balances the load it is carrying with a lead counterweight by utilizing a horizontal boom across the top of the tower.
  • A bascule bridge is moveable due to a counterweight that continuously balances the span when it swings upward to allow for boat traffic.
  • Crankshafts in piston engines use counterweights to reduce vibrations.
  • Desk lamps use counterweights to keep the lamp in the appropriate position.
  • A metronome has an adjustable spring mechanism that allows the speed to increase or decrease by using counterweights.
  • Amusement park rides use counterweights to ensure the safety of their riders.

Medi-Ray provides customized counterweights that have been developed specifically for scientific laboratory applications, as well as the automotive, marine, environmental and construction industries. Our quality control testing and inspections are second to none and we guarantee consistent unit weights. Our specialty lead alloys guarantee durability and functionality. Medi-Ray’s quality control personnel certify every shipment.

We are located at 150 Marbledale Road in Tuckahoe, New York. Call us toll-free at 877-898-3003 or 914-979-2740. You can also email sales@mediray.com. We take great pride in offering the highest quality service to all our customers.

 

Plastic Encased Lead Packaging

Medi-Ray provides exterior plastic encasements for lead packaging in numerous shapes and sizes and with a wide variety of plastic encasements. We have been the largest supplier of radio-pharmaceutical shipping containers since 1974. Contact us today for a comprehensive line of plastic encased lead packaging shipping containers. Call 877-898-3003 or 914-979-2740 or email sales@mediray.com.

 

Coated Lead Packaging from Medi-Ray

We can satisfy a wide variety of lead container requirements from 1/16th inch to several feet in thickness and ranging from grams to tons in overall weight. Our coated lead containers have interlocking lid and base designs and come equipped with bottle sponges and desiccant liners. If you need lead coated containers, contact us today. Call 877-898-3003 or 914-979-2740 or email sales@mediray.com.


Coated Lead Packaging from Medi-Ray

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Medi-Ray’s Coated Lead Packaging

Medi-Ray’s coated lead containers have interlocking lid and base designs and come equipped with bottle sponges and desiccant liners. Our proprietary coatings guarantee adhesion with no cracking or chipping. Our containers can be coated in any PMS referenced color to provide product and brand recognition. If you need coated lead packaging containers, contact us today. Call 877-898-3003 or email us at sales@mediray.com.

 

Reasons To Choose Medi-Ray Plastic Encased Lead Packaging

Medi-Ray provides exterior plastic encasements for lead packaging in numerous shapes and sizes and with a wide variety of plastic encasements. We have been the largest supplier of radio-pharmaceutical shipping containers since 1974. Contact us today for a comprehensive line of plastic encased lead packaging shipping containers. Call 877-898-3003 or 914-979-2740 or email sales@mediray.com.


Reasons To Choose Medi-Ray Plastic Encased Lead Packaging

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Properties and Uses of Lead Shielding

Properties and Uses of Lead Shielding

Lead is highly effective in providing protection from various sources of radiation. It is used as the primary material for radiation shielding. Its high density makes it one of the preferred materials for high energy radiation applications like x-rays, gamma rays and other nuclear radiation.

Since lead has an extremely low level of neutron absorption and practically no gamma radiation, it cannot become radioactive. Even after long exposure to neutrons, lead emits an insignificant amount of radiation due to activation.

Lead may not be the densest metal, but it is the standard used in radiation shielding because it is readily available, easily fabricated and its cost is lower than other high density materials.

Properties of Lead for Radiation Shielding

Lead is an excellent shielding material because of its following properties:

  • It has high density
  • It has a high atomic number
  • It has a high level of stability
  • It is easy to fabricate
  • It has a high degree of flexibility in application
  • It is readily available

Lead is primarily used as a radiation shield for:

  • Containers for radioactive materials
  • X-ray machines
  • Nuclear plants
  • Laboratories
  • Military equipment

Personal shielding includes:

  • Lead aprons
  • Thyroid shields
  • Lead gloves

Medi-RayTM, Inc.

Medi-RayTM has been providing customers with over 35 years of metallurgy expertise in custom and precision lead shielding products produced with proprietary equipment. For all your radiation shielding needs, call us at 877-898-3003 or 914-979-2740 or email us at sales@mediray.com.