TTP excels in projects that display commercial/consumer market crossover in their requirements. Our engineering experience enables us to meet the robust performance demands of the commercial sector, be it for high- or low-volume production, all within tough cost targets typically associated with consumer products.
Expectations have been transformed with the touch screen revolution, to the extent that there is an almost universal belief that any display will have a finger touch interface.
Promethean are pioneers in educational interactive whiteboard systems. Their core product was developed before touch screens became ubiquitous and used an inductive pen-based interface with a projector, camera and whiteboard.
They wanted a board that combined their existing electromagnetic technology with capacitance technology to separately sense the presence and location of a finger and pen respectively.
The challenge they faced was that the dominant ITO capacitive sensors were designed for relatively small displays made in huge volumes using complex flat-panel fabrication processes. This was not a viable solution for a whiteboard up to 2m in diagonal. Additionally, Promethean wanted several users to be able to touch and interact with the whiteboard simultaneously, functionality that simply does not exist in the smart phone / tablet product space.
Drawing upon fundamental expertise in 3D electromagnetic field modeling, sensor design, electronics and manufacturing process development, TTP worked with Promethean to develop a novel, low-cost solution for their latest generation of interactive whiteboard.
The solution was to adapt the wire array and inductive pen-based interface and extend it using a novel interpolation and coarse grid approach – helping meet a very demanding cost of goods target.
This disruptive new product provides the user with a precise pen capability for handwriting and drawing whilst allowing the finger to control non-dominant features such as rulers and compass. The board also supports touch gestures such as tap, flick, swipe, pinch, rotate to move or resize objects, as well as numerous other natural actions.
Green Energy Options, GEO, wanted to supply European utilities companies with a home energy monitoring product to help them meet legislation designed to reduce carbon emissions. With the ability to develop products quickly and cost-effectively, TTP was the partner of choice.
Meeting aggressive time scales, including transfer to the Far East for manufacture, the result of the development was the highly successful and innovative Chorus energy monitor.
Developed to meet exacting cost of goods requirements, the Chorus energy monitor runs using Linux OS and an ISM band specially developed radio protocol. Mains- and battery-powered, the monitor has a wireless Zigbee SE connection to a non-invasive energy sensor fitted to a home's gas and electricity input.
Displaying the energy consumption graphically and in monetary form, the monitor allows consumers to track energy use with ease, saving them money and reducing carbon emissions.
Designed to monitor for deadly carbon monoxide, the detector had to meet stringent regulatory standards to attain US and European safety approvals. As a product which saves lives, it needed to have the highest levels of reliability and to operate for almost the expected product life without changing the battery.
Meeting a tough nine-month development target, we designed a low-power electronics architecture that gave the detector a five-year battery life. The development’s costs of goods target were equally demanding, however a novel use of components and our manufacturing approach allowed us to meet this.
The gas detector is a very high-volume product with over one million units manufactured per year. Combined with tough cost requirements, this made it ideally suited to manufacture in China.
TTP used long-term links to China to select manufacturing partners capable of meeting the regulatory standards and to set up a reliable supply chain network.
In many cases, creative engineering is even more critical to the development of a commercial product, especially where cost targets are tight and manufacturing volumes are lower than those of consumer products, as was the case with Neopost.
TTP designed and developed the mechanical and electronic hardware, and the print engine firmware, for Neopost's Autostamp inkjet franking machine. This entry level model had a modest 50,000 per annum production volume and tough cost targets.
In order to meet these targets, we employed innovative low-cost drive electronics and used a 600dpi HP inkjet cartridge with additional data encryption and security logic developed at TTP.
Further innovation in this development included a patented two-pass print mechanism. We located and qualified a Chinese manufacturer - this was the final piece in assuring that the product achieved its cost targets.
1/2” HP Cartridge with additional security logic, developed at TTP.
TTP designed and developed the mechanical and electronic hardware, and print engine firmware.
Innovative low cost drive electronics.
TTP located qualified and managed a Chinese manufacturer.
50k per annum production volume.
Patented single motor twin axis print mechanism.
Panini are global leaders in document processing. To stay at number one, they need a product innovation pipeline that will excite their customers, while achieving low cost of ownership and the high reliability small business owners expect.
This was the brief when TTP began working on the Panini I:Deal, a turn key project that encompassed the entire product development process from concept generation and engineering design, through to mass production in China.
Key innovation from TTP that helped the Panini I:Deal stand-out from the competition included: single pass duplex colour scanning using a novel rotating image sensor, user replaceable franking roller and a self-aligning cheque feed mechanism.
Single pass duplex colour cheque scanning, using
User replaceable custom franking roller
Designed for high volume manufacture in the Far East
Self aligning cheque feed mechanism
Hopefully these case studies have shown you just a little of what a collaboration with TTP can achieve, from the creation of powerful and ground-breaking new products and solutions, through to their development and manufacture.
We believe it’s a uniquely visionary approach to Commercial Products that can help our partners harness – and commercialise – the power of a great idea.
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