The client is an internationally known manufacturer of precision weighing equipment. Competitors were taking advantage of global sourcing and making the market very competitive. The client wished to launch an economically priced range of weighing balances within a specific price/capacity range. The client’s own engineers had designed a more cost effective weighing mechanism and this had a 5Kg capacity.
The task was to design an economically priced, battery powered, compact, rugged, lightweight enclosure suitable for a wide range of weighing applications including education and the pharmaceutical industry. The accuracy of the balance made it susceptible to draughts and the design had to include a flat pack draught shield. The strength of the enclosure would be a major concern because of the 5Kg capacity and the expected overloading that occurs.
The first stage was to meet with the engineers and negotiate additional support/anchor points to spread the loading to structural areas of the enclosure. Once this was agreed in principle we prepared a series of concept designs on CAD exploring ergonomics and principle component layout. The preferred concept was developed to a series of computer generated images showing some of the product build options. The concept was approved and the components were finalised and CAD data issued. The client required additional support during toolmaking and first sample checking.