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Subject: Re: [IP] MM pumps/static electricity

 People's experience withstatic electricity will vary greatly depending on many
factors. Where they live, is it a humid or dry area, as we all know static
electricity pretty much only exists when the humidity is low. The type of
clothing the person wears , are they prone to induce static electricity. The
type of activity the person engages in, how much relative motion is created that
tends to induce static electricity.

 If you've ever seen the little "lighting bolt" of static electricity jump
between 2 surfaces, you may or may not be aware that it takes about 75,000 volts
to jump an inch at sea level. It is very difficult if not impossible to design
any electronic product, be it an iPod, dell phone or insulin pump that can
dissipate a direct hit from that type of voltage without a solid ground to
absorb it. Things like making the plastic cases somewhat conductive and creating
what is known as a Faraday Shield around the product helps. There are many other
design details that also help but none are perfect.

 BTW I also personally had too many reliability issues with MM pumps which led
me to look for alternatives. I'm not sure any of them were static related.

53 years T1, 3 years OmniPod 
 35 plus years of designing electronic products, way too many of which got

>I've used Disetronic pumps and three different Animas pump models for 
>the last nine years and have never had a static problem with any. 
Date: Mon, 29 Sep 2008 07:42:37 EDT 
From: email @ redacted 
Subject: Re: [IP] MM pumps/static electricity 
I had this problem with all three of the MM pumps I had, the last being the 
I have never had a problem with either of the Animas pumps that I have had. 
Animas is working on a cgms and pump in one, which should be out with in the 
next year. If your daughter had that many problems with the MM pumps, but not 
with the Animas pumps, it might be better to wait until Animas comes out with 
their Cgms and pump combined. 
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