Product Development Specialist – Creation Design Services

charlie-ketelhohnCharlie has always had a passion for science and invention…in spite of an early family trip to study Henry Ford and Thomas Edison at Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Michigan. While contemplating the complexities of early 1900s factory machinery, 5-year old Charlie was the victim of a savage goose assault on his posterior. Adding insult to injury, the goose also took off with his ice cream cone. (We won’t mention his parents’ consoling laughter).

In spite of this setback Charlie continued his scientific pursuits, studying Biomedical Engineering at Marquette University and beginning his career at the renowned Marquette Electronics. Today, Charlie brings his engineering acumen to Creation Technologies as a Product Development Specialist for Creation Design Services.

Charlie has designed defibrillators, electrocardiographs, surgical cuff inflators, speedometers, rev limiters, treadmills, LED lighting controls and many other devices. In the process, he counts himself fortunate to have met many people across diverse industries, which has fueled his passion to learn.

His role in consultative sales has enabled him to live true to one of his favorite quotations made by Woodrow Wilson, “I use, not only all the brains I have, but all those I can borrow.”

Charlie also loves to give back, and one of his favorite ways to spend his time is teaching basic electronics and optics to 4th and 5th graders. As he watches the kids’ glee in seeing sparks shoot through the air from high-voltage power supplies, he hopes they’ll love science and invention just as much as he does.

But hopefully without the goose bites!

First job? At the Larry Lynn Toy Store – I worked in the stock-room and helped deliver and set up baby furniture.

Best Books Ever: Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin, or anything by Rick Riordin. I read a lot, mostly historical non-fiction…but I try to keep up with all the teen fiction my three daughters love to read!

Lesser Known Fact: I do some of my best thinking in a busy place like a sports pub, and play tennis, bar-league volleyball and am an avid downhill skier. And I’ll take a road trip anywhere!

Hidden Talents?: I love to cook, I have baked custom cakes for my daughters like one that looked exactly like a pumpkin for an October 18th birthday.

Most Rewarding Career Experience: Seeing my customers’ successes stories, attaining joint patents with them, and knowing that my efforts to understand their unique situations were worth it.

Hero: My daughter Kate. At age 11 she’s had 38 surgeries so far with multiple amputations, but there is no stopping her. She has a tremendous spirit. I never feel sorry for myself!

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Medical Devices Innovation: LifeScience Alley & Creation Technologies

Creation Technologies Sponsors LifeScience Alley Conference for Medical Devices

For many decades, Minnesota (and indeed, the Mid-West) has been a critical hub for development in Life Sciences, Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology and Medical Devices.

For a Biomedical Engineer-cum-EMS Industry Professional like me, this era of innovation and technological advancement in the Medical industry, and Medical Devices in particular, is extremely exciting.

I wanted to write a quick post to let everyone know that Creation Technologies and Creation Design Services are this year’s Innovation Station sponsors at the LifeScience Alley, LSA 2014: The Health Technology Leadership Conference, on November 19th at the Minneapolis Convention Center!

LifeScience Alley, its members and people, are great. Much more info about the organization and its members can be found on their great new website, but here’s the overview for anyone not familiar with LSA:

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Dec 10 Workshop: Making the Transition from Design to Manufacturing

Tips for design engineers to make a successful transition from design to manufacturing
Tips for design engineers to make a successful transition from design to manufacturing

You wake up clammy, in a cold sweat.

Your heart is racing over 120BPM and you feel anxiety like you have never felt before.

It’s because of your dream.

This dream wasn’t the usual, where your teeth fell out, or your teenage self showed up at the wrong building for a final exam. No, this was much worse.

This time, you had a dream about your project. Your newly designed, much anticipated product that will change everything for your company.

In your dream, you were in a room with a big clock. Tick-tock. Tick-tock. The hands were moving fast.

Every minute, a sales guy would come in and ask if you were done yet.

Each time you’d answer, “Not quite”.


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Creativity and Innovation in Medical Product Development

If you read my blog post back in July, you know that Creation Technologies and Creation Design Services were this year’s Innovation Station Sponsors at LSA2014, LifeScience Alley’s Health Technology Leadership Conference at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

It was amazing to meet life sciences innovators from across the globe as everyone joined LSA in celebrating 30 years of achievement in Minnesota’s medical community.

Personally, I was very impressed by Mayo Clinic Ventures. The organization systematically invests in new technology and start-ups to bring solutions to niche markets. This mindset will continue to be especially important as the medical industry focuses on the patient experience, and “outliers” become a thing of the past.

Check out the LSA2014 Conference Recap to see some of the insights shared by The Mayo Clinic, Medtronic, SharedClarity and many others.

The Power of Creativity in Innovation

In a rapidly changing industry like Healthcare, innovation is…

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Product Development Secrets from the Best Designers

It is undisputed – product development is very challenging.

No matter what process we follow or how well defined the specifications are, projects never proceed as smoothly as we would like.

This was the theme of our workshop a few weeks ago, when I had the pleasure of presenting ‘DFX and You: Making the Transition from Design to Manufacturing’ along with Nate Bullerman, Engineering Leader in Creation’s Minnesota manufacturing facility.

We partnered with LifeScience Alley as part of the educational sessions they provide to Minnesota’s healthcare and life sciences community, and spent the morning with a great group of design engineers.

Watch Nate discuss how tombstoning can be avoided through DFM in the video below.

There’s Only One Guarantee in New Product Development

The discussion went something like this… Whether:

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