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A Partnership Forged in a Crucible of Innovation

GlobeChek is a Florida-based medical technology and services company with the goal of promoting visual health and putting an end to unnecessary vision loss. The cornerstone of that mission is GlobeChek’s revolutionary new Globe kiosks – fully self-contained eye examination systems that can be placed in high traffic areas like malls or airports to enable underserved end-users to take eye screening into their own hands.

GlobeChek was ready to take their concept into pre-production prototyping, but with major deadlines looming and the clock constantly ticking, the company was faced with the challenge of finding a prototyping and manufacturing partner who could deliver them with the quality they needed in a timeframe that took the vast majority of options off the table.

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Speed to Market in Innovative Product Development

As fellow innovators, GlobeChek understood how important it was to get their product to market as quickly as possible while still maintaining the highest possible quality standards. Their eye examination kiosks represent a game-changing advance, not only as a technology, but from a consumer experience standpoint as well. Any delay in getting to market meant a delay in seizing an open window of opportunity, a gift of both time and market space to potential competition, and a potential setback in planned profitability timeframes.

In short, they needed to transform their kiosk from concept to reality, and fast.


That’s why GlobeChek came to PEP Prototypes. The mission they proposed in March seemed near-impossible: turn their revolutionary new kiosk into a fully functioning pre-production prototype in time for the American Academy of Ophthalmology Annual Meeting in November – just five months away.

At PEP, near-impossible tasks have never deterred us before, so, naturally, we accepted. Our challenge was now to figure out how to take a project that would normally take a year and a half to complete and compress it into a five-month span – without sacrificing an ounce of the quality or service that we pride ourselves on so deeply.


An Unmissable Opportunity to Impress in a High-Stakes Environment

The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) Annual Meeting is arguably the most important ophthalmology event in the world. With over 8,000 domestic physicians in attendance, another 4,000-plus international physicians, and over 7,000 exhibitors, it represented a huge opportunity for GlobeChek to get their product in front of their target customers and investors. The four-day meeting occurs annually, so missing our deadline would have resulted in GlobeCheck waiting an entire year for the opportunity to present itself again – an unacceptable outcome.

In addition to the thousands of doctors and industry professionals attending the show, some of the medical space’s most important multinational companies were set to attend as well, including Johnson and Johnson, CVS Pharmacies, and Topcon Medical Systems – companies that GlobeChek couldn’t afford not to wow. Those high stakes meant the pressure was on for PEP to develop a prototype kiosk that would blow the stethoscopes off the conference attendees, with anything less representing a major failure for both us and GlobeChek.

We knew that we had to create a prototype that would both look spectacular to grab the attention of the foot traffic passing GlobeChek’s booth, and work perfectly to leave no doubt as to the merits of the technology. With just five months on the clock, we scaled up to twenty engineers and put everything we had into the project. It was AAO or bust!

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Robust Prototyping to Simulate Production and Minimize Transition Pains

We never, under any circumstances, cut corners at PEP. So, despite the incredible time crunch we were under, we maintained some guiding principals that we follow with all our PPP projects. One of those standard practices we maintained was using only UL certified, electronics-ready components – something we do on every single pre-production prototype that goes out the door.

The goal of pre-production prototyping is to create a prototype as close to the final-production product as possible. That enables us to verify a wide variety of things for the client, from product function to manufacturing processes to ease of assembly, regulatory compliance, and more.

Using only UL certified components

Using only UL certified components in the prototype kiosk we built for GlobeChek offered them some major benefits. First, it ensured that when someone walked up to their booth to test out the kiosk, it would perform as accurately and reliably as the eventual production units would. Second, it minimized the number of changes that would be required when moving from pre-production to production – a significant cost saving measure.

In addition to using production-ready components, we also maintained our standard commitment to Design for Manufacturing and Assembly (DFMA), ensuring the prototype we delivered to GlobeChek had gone through the same careful analysis and refinement that we provide to all of our clients. The result was a robust pre-production prototype kiosk that provided all of the aesthetic and functional benefits of a production unit despite being custom produced on a one-off scale.

Six-month pilot study

New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center

With its duties complete at the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s conference, the prototype kiosk was shipped off to New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center to undergo a six-month pilot study. That study was designed to test the unit’s successful operation and feasibility as a community-based screening tool. It resulted in a second major success for GlobeChek, positively demonstrating the kiosk’s effectiveness and feasibility in detecting the four most common causes of blindness in asymptomatic individuals.

While the study represented a huge success for GlobeChek, the unit’s performance during the study represented a major success for PEP. Over the entire six-month course of the study, the kiosk did not experience a single mechanical or electrical issue. That’s a huge source of pride for us here at PEP, as it demonstrates our team’s ability to successfully build the most complex of prototypes in even the most extreme of time crunches.

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Mutual Success, Delivered On-Time and On-Budgets

Thanks to our scaled-up team of experienced engineers and machinists working non-stop, we successfully completed GlobeChek’s prototype eye examination kiosk and delivered it to them in time to be unveiled and displayed at their booth at AAO in New Orleans. We also deployed a small team of PEP engineers to provide GlobeChek with peace of mind and to be on-site in case any emergency maintenance was required.

It wasn’t.

The prototype kiosk worked flawlessly, wowed the crowd with its futuristic appearance, and was a major draw at the GlobeChek booth. In addition to the huge crowds of onlookers and interested attendees, over 300 people actually took the kiosk for a test-drive and had their eyes examined on-site, just like an end-user would in the real-world application of the production model.

Impressing major customers

That successful performance for an enthusiastic test group of industry insiders represented a huge success for GlobeChek. Better yet, the unit successfully accomplished GlobeChek’s goal of impressing major target customers and potential investors, making the prototype’s deployment at AAO a complete success.

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GlobeChek and its stakeholders

We’re pleased to say that GlobeChek and its stakeholders were so happy with the experience they had partnering with us on their pre-production prototype, that they also chose PEP to handle their full production manufacturing.

We’ve now built the first seven pre-production kiosks and shipped them to GlobeChek’s facility for final touches before being sent off around the world to help stop preventable blindness.

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PEP Prototypes couldn’t be more proud of our role in helping GlobeChek get their revolutionary Globe kiosks to market. Our team rose to the incredible challenge of producing a pre-production prototype of a highly complex medical device in record time and exceeded the customer’s expectations at every turn.

That’s what we do here at PEP, and we’d love the chance to do the same for your company. Contact us today for more information on how our expert team and 100% American-made manufacturing solutions can turn your vision into reality.

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