Project Description

Let us tell you about Stan. Stan isn’t his real name but for the sake of storytelling lets say it is. Stan has been in the construction game for decades. In that time Stan has come up with a number of little inventions to make his life at work easier. One particularly useful invention was his universal column replacement jack or UCRJ for short. Over the past decade Stan’s UCRJ has evolved more than the television. Stan would find some way of making it better each time he used it on a new project. One day Stan decided he was going to market and sell his trusty UCRJ but didn’t know where to start. His rusty prototypes, although functional, weren’t exactly marketable or worksafe approved.

After some googleing, Stan came across a couple of chaps who had some experience in product design (if you hadn’t already guessed, yes, that’s us!). After a quick chat on the phone Stan emailed us a couple of photos of his UCRJ along with a description of how it works. We got to work looking at the UCRJ’s strengths and weaknesses (not only from a load stress point of view but also from a operational point of view). Turns out Stan’s prototype was pretty sound from an engineering perspective. We made a few minor adjustments to make it safer to use, then with Stan’s blessing we continued with the product design process.

During the product design process we discovered that the way Stan’s prototype had been fabricated was very labour intensive. We changed the design again to make it much cheaper to produce yet still retained all of its strength and functionality. We continued with the product design process performing stress calculations per the applicable Australian Standards, this then gave us a SWL (Safe Working Load) for the UCRJ’s. The next phase of the product design process was to complete a set of fabrication and assembly drawings. The final piece of the product design puzzle was to create an assembly, operation and maintenance manual with some nice pictures (see image above for example).

Stan received his product design package which consisted of an engineering report stating the SWL, a set of fabrication drawings to take to a local fabricator, user documentation, and we also threw in some renderings of the 3D model so Stan could kick start his marketing. Stan got in contact with us a few  months later for another project and mentioned that his patent application had been approved and that he was eligible for a government grant which would reimburse to him the fees we had charged for our role in the product design.

If you’d like more information about patents, government grants, our product design services, or Stan then drop us a line.