Newtek blood glucose meter trial assembly during the pre-production phase of development. Meters were built using components moulded from prototype tooling.
The dispensing mechanism in the glucose meter uses a constant force strip to move the strip stack down in the cartridge, presenting a new strip for each test.
The ratchet mechanism inside the 100-strip cartridge ensures the strips remain in a stack. If the meter is dropped, the ratchet locks into the cartridge body.
The test strip is automatically presented to the user and the blood glucose test can be performed. This avoid any strip handling - a problem for users with poor dexterity.