ATEX Handheld Device
The brief was to take Cordex Instruments sensor technology and functional product spec and turn it into a handheld product for use within an ATEX industrial environment.
The main objective was to deliver a product suitable for injection moulding. We began the project by understanding the business, technology, market, user and design requirements. A clear specification/ approach to the project was formed and we explored various design concepts around this.
It was a complicated technical project and we had to focus on many aspects including: ATEX requirements, dust and water ingress, integration of electronics, ergonomics, usability, user interface, aesthetics and commercial/ manufacturing aspects.
We faced a number of challenges during the project: one challenge was how we could ensure that the RFID antenna was in an easy to use position for scanning. Creating an ergonomic product that would also be rugged and robust and pass all drop and environmental testing made for challenging engineering.
Our team worked closely with electronics engineers, approvals specialists and end users to deliver a robust, user friendly, reliable product for the industrial ATEX sector.
LDT worked through early concept designs, defining PCB shapes and sizes based on electronic engineering input. We considered the design for injection moulding through early concept work defining two clear manufacturing routes and the aesthetic, cost and functional trade off of each approach.
We worked through iterative designs and prototype testing to ensure we had reduced all risk prior to the final manufacturing. LDT took the product through all of the above stages working closely with the client, electronics team and suppliers until we had a product ready for manufacture.