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Engineering Background and Design Experience

For over 30 years and under the hands-on guidance of Jerry Sweeten, AKG routinely employs troubleshooting skills to solve design and manufacturing issues or actual defined problems for client companies. Hired as a manufacturing engineer for Storz Instrument Company in St. Louis, Jerry quickly realized that in addition to PCB manufacturing and test, performance problems with the computer - controlled eye surgery station required a rework of major systems. He developed test protocols and headed up a team of engineers that redesigned, qualified and performed life cycle tests. Within 4 weeks both the posterior and anterior subsystems were functioning well enough to bring the system back into surgery. He continued to work with consultants and surgeons on the design of the ultrasonic phacoemulsification probe to ensure continued enduring functionality (reliability) after multiple autoclave sterilization cycles.

While troubleshooting the design of the plastic components for the phacoemulsification probe Jerry became interested in plastics molding. This interest led to work with the Cochlear Corporation, a world leader in cochlear implants. While working closely with engineers in Australia, he conceptualized a new approach to insert molding the external drive coils for the implants. This new generation of drive coil used a different approach to insert conventional insert molding. A new connector design with an integrated impedance matching circuit reduced assembly times and allowed for a tuned circuit that enabled Cochlear to achieve product performance improvement while maintaining their market share in a cost effective manner.

Mr. Sweeten brings this same level of deliberate and intense scientific-process innovation to bear in development of manufacturing methods for AKG, Incorporated and in designing and producing insert molded products and services for his Customers. His designs consistently enable development of cost effective body-worn sensor and other manufacturing methods for diverse medical applications.

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