Trinity Electronic Braking Castors
Electronic and Software Design
Most people can relate to the issues of moving a loaded shopping trolley down an incline and trying to prevent it from running away.
The intuitive steer function of Trinity EBC allows heavy hospital beds (often over 600kg) to be moved with relative ease by dynamically locking a set of castors in direction at either end of the bed to aid steering during patient transit. This unique patented technology reduces the risk of back-related injuries to hospital staff.
Trinity EBC is helping to transition Fallshaw from a castor manufacture to a provider of regulatory compliant technology solutions within hospital environments around the world.
The ‘Trinity EBC’ system provides 3 castor states:
Steer locks the castor in a preset direction of travel and allows wheels to rotate
Free allows maximum manoeuvrability by allowing free rotation and swivel
Brake locks both wheel rotation and swivel to provide a safe and stable environment
‘Trinity EBC’ provides unprecedented safety with “intuitive steer” and automatic braking whilst still providing a manual override that is easily accessible to the user
The ‘Trinity EBC’ design evolved from engaging with hospital staff, bed manufacturers and providers of bedding control systems.
It was identified that ‘Trinity EBC’ needed to address the requirements and time constraints of hospital staff, while integrating into existing systems.
From discussions with hospital staff it was identified that one of the biggest causes of falls in hospitals is due to people leaning against non-restrained equipment. This occurs because users either don’t have the time or are obstructed from locking all castors on a hospital bed.
The challenge was developing a solution to fit various bed designs whilst offering intuitive control systems to new users and product environments.
‘Trinity EBC’ allows for a safe, easy to use system to be easily integrated into complex designs- paving the way for safer, patient-focused solutions and maintaining a “human” approach to classical medical care.
Detailed engineering design and analysis has assisted Fallshaw to transition from manufacturing traditional industrial pressed metal castors to a modern design using injection moulded composite materials in a high tech product. ‘Trinity EBC’ is designed for easy infield service and maintenance in line with the servicing requirements of beds.
This product is proudly Australian made at Fallshaw’s Melbourne based manufacturing facility.