Instrumentation design

Project type
Instrumentation design

Client
This client’s chief activity is developing and marketing its own range of gas analysis instrumentation.

Client Brief

The customer was designing a new revision of an existing product line. Their aim was to modernise the product line and incorporate new features and functionality in its design.

While the client retained the development of the core technology components, they required Gentian to carry out a full system redesign. This included redevelopment of metal housing, revision of system layout for ease of maintenance and ergonomic design, and redesign of plastic front panel to incorporate user LCD interface and to enhance the overall look and feel of the system.

Gentians Solutions

Gentian liaised with the client’s R+D group to understand the functionality of their products and to learn what the key differentiating factors of the new design should be. During the project, Gentian worked closely with the client through their own development process to understand and react to any changes in the design brief and functionality of the final unit.

Gentian performed the following key tasks:

  • Customer requirement capturing
  • Concept development
  • 3D modelling and rendering of metal and plastic concepts
  • metal and plastic design
  • Cost analysis for finished manufactured product
  • Prototype development and build
  • Design for manufacturing analysis
  • Technical review sessions with client and feedback into design process
  • Design debug
  • Design finalisation and new product introduction to manufacturing

Gentian Skillsets Deployed

  • Project management
  • Product design and styling
  • Plastics design
  • Metal housing design
  • Electronic system design
  • Design for manufacturing
  • Sourcing and procurement

Results

Successful design of new product which delivered:

  • Enhanced user functionality
  • Easier maintenance (reducing the cost and time to client during installations and servicing procedures)
  • Improved aesthetics and design styling to complement client’s rebranding and new product launch
  • Completion of design on time, enabling client to achieve planned revenues from new product launch
  • Reduced overall cost to client for design phase of project

From the start Gentians attitude and flexibility have been excellent. This coupled with their technical design capability and manufacturing expertise has meant that our projects have been completed quicker and at a lower overall cost to us.

- Richard O Neill. R+D Manager AGC instruments.