Document Type


Publication Date



Bioresource and Agricultural Engineering | Industrial Technology

Course Number and Title

TSM 416: Technology Capstone


Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering


Industrial Technology (Campbell, Foust, Knapp, Yi)


Shweta Chopra and Jacek A. Koziel

Problem Statement

MakuSafe is a startup company based out of West Des Moines, Iowa with a focus on worker safety. They have developed a wearable safety monitoring device that aims to improve workplace safety by monitoring the environmental conditions, as well as slips, trips, falls, near misses, and other potential hazards around the worker. A safety manager can then review this data and take proactive steps to improve the work environment. The device is mounted in a holster that is worn on the arm of an individual. MakuSafe needs data collected on the force required to break the holster away from a worker. The holster needs to break before a worker is injured.

This problem needs to be solved in order to maintain worker safety when wearing the device. The potential risks of injuring an employee are far greater in cost to MakuSafe than it would be to change the design of the holster. MakuSafe is a new company and is developing its own product; there is not another company that is doing research similar to this project.