Design concepts from dentist surgeries
Foot controls for dental applications Ergonomics, safety and highest reliability: these are the main requirements for hand-held and foot-operated controls for medical equipment. Foot controls play an important role here. steute has designed a new, versatile foot control. Workplace studies at a high number of dentists were the basis for this new foot control.
steute was supported by the University Of Münster and the Centre For Ergonomics And Serviceability. The aim was to expose the strengths and weaknesses of different systems. A sedentary or standing working position, the work experience of the dentist, a preference for horizontal or vertical rpm adjustment, as well as operation with the left or right foot, were all taken into consideration.
The result can be seen
The different modularly designed foot switch, consisting of the following main components: Joypad for positioning of patient with 4 functions (adjustment of head part, adjustment of foot part, tilting of chair, height of chair), Pedal/lever for control of instruments (revolutions/ speed), Push button for diverse auxiliary functions, e.g. spray, chip blower, right/left-hand motion, memory, etc. A thermoplastic housing, with a metal carrying/protective handle.