A key element of the AT-ID process is the use of standardisation and modularity within the product’s design for manufacture and assembly (DFMA).

Standardising on original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts for the core physical functional components of an AT product increases the potential viability of an AT product. 

Standard locations and assembly interfaces within the core subassembly offer the greatest opportunity to attach a range of components that customise the product for a niche market. ‘plug and play’ technology within computer peripherals are a good example of this strategy.

Useful links

Burkitt, J., G. Martin, G.H. Kay, G. E. Torrens, C. Chapman, and D. Sandbach, 1996. The development of the port-a-bidet: A portable bidet for people with minimal hand function. Medical Engineering & Physics 18, (6): 515-8.

Burkitt, J. A., G.E.Torrens, G.H. Kay, D. Sandbach and I.A. Sutherland, 1995. The development of the Autosip: A hygienic, self-operated, drinking device for people with minimal sucking ability and/or minimal arm strength. Journal of Rehabilitation Sciences. 8, (4): 115.

Torrens, G.E., Marshall, R., Burkitt, J. and Kay, G., Using modularity to produce more competitive assistive technology products, Proceedings of the 13th Irish Manufacturing Committee , Limerick, Ireland, 1996, pp 797-804 Available at: ( , Accessed:[23/09/2015]