Month: December 2018

Illustration of baby bathing bowl supporting the spine of a newbornAt some point in your childhood your parents probably told you “to sit up straight” or “don’t slouch”.  Although these are well-intentioned instructions, our spines are anything but straight even at birth. Newborns are in a “Primary Curve” C-shaped fetal position upon birth and for the first few months of life, they do not yet have the muscles to support their head. Research has shown that keeping an infant’s spine straight is not a sound physiological position and in addition to stressing the baby’s spine, it can negatively influence the development of a baby’s hip joints. (Dr. Evelin Kirkilionis, University of Freiburg, 2002).

Although there has been much written about adult ergonomics, there has been little innovation and/or product development addressing ergonomic solutions for newborns. ASST first became aware of the need for an innovative baby bathing bowl solution while working with the labor & delivery team at St. Joseph Medical Center in Baltimore. The nursing staff had become frustrated with the bathing bowl that had been recommended for a new project at the hospital. In response to the St. Joseph nursing team’s request, ASST began the design development for an ergonomic baby bowl. The new bowl design needed both a sloped bottom that conformed to the C-shaped spinal curvature of a newborn’s body as well as be fabricated in seamless solid surface.

With the creation of several baby sink mockups, the teams collaboratively worked to test and analyze the final design. The result was the Cradle Baby Bowl ® that supports both a newborn’s head and back during bathing. The seamless connection between the bowl and the adjacent solid surface counter also eliminated corners that could pose an infection risk during bathing. A design that is a true blend of both form and function, the Cradle Baby Bowl ® has to date been installed in hundreds of leading edge health facilities and daycare centers throughout North America, Australia and Africa.

ASST is uniquely positioned to fulfill all aspects of your project.  Whatever you need, ASST can build it to your exact specifications, in a safe manner, and to the quality standards you expect. Even our EMR safety rating is outstanding at .793! Contact us now online or call us at 717-630-1251.

You want your customer/owner to be delighted with the products and materials that you specify. Most architects and designers know what materials they are going to specify before a project begins. This is because most architects and designers rely on the materials that they have used in the past and they have a relationship with the manufacturing companies.

When architects and designers are taking the obscure ideas of their customers/owners and turning them into a masterpiece project, the fabricators are not usually specified. The job goes to the lowest bid of the subcontractor that meets the prequalification. It may be specified that the fabricator have a minimum of 5 years’ experience working with this product. Does that guarantee a quality job will be done on time and in budget?

At ASST, we have 20 plus years fabricating solid surfaces. Our projects range in size from $30k to multi-million dollar projects. We know that commercial construction environments are dynamic and we plan our projects with contingencies. At ASST, we take a personal interest in our relationships with our customers. Providing quality products and services on time and in budget is what we do.

If you want to be specific about your next solid surface project, let ASST help you with your
specifications. Whatever you need, ASST can build it to your exact specifications, in a safe manner, and to the quality standards you expect. Contact us now online or call us at 717-630-1251.