The client is an internationally known manufacturer of precision weighing equipment. The existing product range of counting and pricing balances was extensive and it was thought this could be rationalised with a common enclosure. The clients own engineers had designed a new weighing mechanism and this had a 45Kg capacity.
The task was to design an economically priced, battery powered, rugged enclosure suitable for a wide range of weighing applications ranging from school use to industrial and retail. The strength of the enclosure would be a major concern because of the 45Kg capacity and the expected overloading that occurs.
The first stage was to meet with the engineers and negotiate additional support/anchor points to take the load directly to the feet. Once this was agreed in principle we prepared a series of concept designs exploring ergonomics and a structural model incorporating a die cast chassis and pan support frame.
The preferred concept was developed to a series of computer generated images showing some of the product builds achievable by using interchangeable inserts in the injection moulding tooling for keyboard and display 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.