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Case study: MACE water-proof data logger

Supplier: Tiller Scientific + Medical
31 March, 2010

Our client, a leader in measuring and control equipment, came to us for advice on the redesign and ensuing production of an existing product.

During the briefing it became clear that an opportunity existed to develop a new product which could be aligned with two existing products. The synergistic effect of the combined equipment would provide considerable benefits for their customers.

Our first task was to evaluate the potential to manufacture the existing product and then to analyse the costs, problems which might be encountered in sourcing supply, methods of assembly and so on. From this overall consideration, a comprehensive solution was outlined.

The final intrinsically safe product, made of high-density polyethylene, was able to resist the harsh sewer environments in which it would have required to perform. To survive these tough conditions the product had to withstand submersion testing to 8m and drop testing from a height of 2m.

Measuring and control equipment is usually produced in low volumes but the new design was so successful that the sales were 300% over expectation. The monitoring device was subsequently awarded the Australian Design Mark and selected by the Japanese Design Council to be exhibited in Tokyo.