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[IP] Minimed static problems

Hi all
 I inquired to a couple of pump manufacturers about the static discharge on my
Minimed pump. Here is a reply from an engineer that designs insulin pumps for
one of the top manufacturers.
 ...Not all devices are equal with respect to withstanding ESD (ElectroStatic
Discharge). While the individual electronic components are essentially
equivalent in all pumps, it is how they are arranged on the circuit board and
the additional protection circuitry that makes all the difference in the world.
There are many sophisticated methods to prevent the electronic component from
failing when a pump is exposed to ESD. Some of them involve internal grounding
planes, energy damping capacitors, and routing of sensitive traces to name a
few. The key to resisting ESD is not in preventing exposure to static clothing
and environment. It is in adhering to good design practice, that is creating
insulin pump electronics and housing designs that withstand conditions specified
in the applicable international standards! Medtronic-MiniMed apparently does not
understand that greater protection can be obtained through good product design.
The main reason for not adhering to these acc!
  practices is cost saving measures as a total redesign is necessary. This is
one reason the Medtronic fails when exposed to ESD.
Any thoughts?

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