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Technological Development

TOPMED partners with public and private laboratories and with orthotics, prosthetics, and medical equipment companies. We develop and carry out applied research projects focused on innovation and technological improvement.

In order to make a technological breakthrough or increase existing potential, TOPMED can help you develop or improve a product or production process (evaluation/design/manufacture) in the following ways:

  • Development and implementation of projects focused on technological innovation (a new technological breakthrough)
  • Development and implementation of projects focused on technological improvement (increasing existing potential)
  • Development of new products or improving existing products
  • Development of new production processes or improving existing ones

Evaluation

  • new medical equipment
  • manufacturing processes (prototype design)
  • home healthcare products (for seniors, people with disabilities, rehabilitation)

Design

  • Product development
  • Identification, testing, and validation
  • Preliminary and advanced prototyping
  • Process development

Manufacturing

  • Production of 3D printed parts
  • Custom milling (positive models for equipment production) 
  • Tools to develop testbeds (when necessary)

Technical Support

In order to support companies wishing to modernize and upgrade their technology, TOPMED offers technical support services. We can help you see the direction of your business, facilitate the integration and implementation of new technologies in your premises, and evaluate the production steps for sound waste management. You can count on our experience and professionalism!

We carry out preliminary studies (feasibility, opportunity, market studies) and offer services in segment scanning, computer-aided grinding and design, milling of polyurethane positive models and EVA soles, and developing testbeds for equipment and products.

We take technical support seriously at TOPMED. Our interventions have helped companies in need and include:

  • Programming of machine tools
  • Optimization of production processes
  • Selection of and getting started with specialized equipment
  • Business orientation
  • Transfer of technological know-how
  • Integration and implementation of new technologies within companies
  • Industrial waste management
  • Researching existing products and market innovations in the field

Modernization

  • Three research laboratories (manufacturing workshop, molding room, coating and rolling room)
  • Expertise in orthoses and prostheses
  • Expertise in materials
  • Expertise in mechanics and biomechanics
  • Mechanical tests and manufacturing tests

Technological Upgrades

  • feasibility, opportunity, and market studies
  • segment, rectification, and design scanning

Here are some examples of TOPMED’s technical support:

  • Experimental Evaluation of Passive Knee Orthosis 
  • Development of a trial protocol for personalized orthopedic implants

TOPMED is also at the disposal of companies and organizations wishing to validate equipment or products, thus ensuring their reliability (quality, durability, functionality, safety). For this purpose, we have 3 research laboratories that carry out mechanical tests, as well as experts in orthoses and prostheses, mechanics and biomechanics, and materials.

Here is an example of a product evaluation that was carried out in our laboratories:

  • Comparative analysis of the Bed-aid M fastening system resistance

Training and Information

Advanced Training

Combining its own expertise with the resources of Collège Mérici and Collège Montmorency, TOPMED offers specialized and advanced training for workers. Moreover, thanks to its networks and professional resources, TOPMED can respond to any industry request concerning materials, products, processes, and evaluation techniques/methods. 

An industry survey pointed out a need for both tailor-made training and the development of pedagogical tools. Consequently, we offer:

Customized Training

  • Training on new products
  • Training on new processes
  • Training on specific equipment (software, scanners, milling machines, 3D printers)

Technology Watch

TOPMED aims at becoming a Quebec hotspot for technological health, both in the orthotics and prosthetics sector and in rehabilitation, personalized health, and sports. We at TOPMED search for innovative technologies and disseminate them to foster business growth. We actively monitor and gather together relevant information on changing needs and technological advances. We also:

  • invite companies to TOPMED for visits and conferences
  • publish innovations on social media
  • disseminate knowledge by publishing articles in scientific and professional journals, writing technical manuals, and participating in local, national, and international symposiums and congresses

If you experience technical problems, please do not hesitate to contact us