14. November 2013 10:14
My name is Greg Dussek and I’ve been working as a Design Engineer at SST for just over 2 years since graduating from Bournemouth University with a first class degree in Product Design.
- Formula 1
- Nights out with friends
- Drum and Bass music
- Italian food
- Miranda Hart
- Rainy days (can’t go fast on the bike!)
Thin Client SV510TF Design
Detailed below is an overview of my latest project and how I managed to fulfil the design brief and meet the cost expectations of the Sales Department.
The project brief was to design a TEMPEST Level A Thin Client using the HP510 OEM with the main objective being to keep the unit as small and good looking as possible. My utilisation of right angled connectors and small back shells meant that I was able to keep the final size not much bigger than the OEM donor unit. A risk when striving to minimise the product size is that assembly may prove impossible. I found that the best way to ascertain if production grade assembly would be possible was by using the triad point on parts in Solid Works and manuvering them into position as they would be done on the shop floor. Once all components are mated in position the Interference Validation test is a useful tool which highlights any parts which are touching or overlapping.
We are always trying to produce the most attractive products possible but I was also mindful of the cost associated with doing so. Often in our line of work aesthetics very much come second to function but on this occasion the SV510TF Thin Client was a great opportunity to design a stylish yet cost effective product. By adding an oversize radius on the top front of the box I was able to give it a more interesting form – but still maintaining a simple stylish look.
Adding this feature did increase the manufacturing cost, however by working with our supplier I was able to reduce costs in other areas to compensate. The welds were moved inboard to make it easier and quicker to manufacture and the silk screen was merged onto one screen to halve the cost.
In the design of TEMPEST products cooling is paramount. A wave guide beyond cut off strategy is adopted with our hole sizes/position relative to each other to allow for cooling. I then shaped these holes on the top and front faces to arrow like shapes pointing centrally down the unit giving a symmetric effect. These “arrow” shapes also point towards the user interaction with the product, mainly the power button and USB ports.
The entire unit is made from 3 sheet metal parts and one simple machining. Reducing component quantities is a great way to reduce build time and save money. Where ever possible larger, heavier items were kept at the bottom of the unit (PSU, fibre optic transiver, IEC) to try and make the unit more stable. As a further option I designed a simple stand, this is unobtrusive to the design but provides even better stability.
All in all it’s a nice clean simple product. It looks brilliant and does the job required of it. The SV510TF is now CFTCS certified to TEMPEST level A and available through www.sst.ws with a variety of options.
4. November 2013 14:45
The API team in Windber, PA
In the fight against breast cancer, every penny that goes toward research has the potential to save a life. The team at API wanted to take a small part in that fight by raising some money to donate to local cancer research in the communities where our employees live and work. API team member Ryan Benjamin (HR Coordinator, Philadelphia) designed the shirts that were then sold at our locations nationwide. With all net proceeds of the 457 t-shirts sold going to the cause, the team donated $2,380 to cancer research organizations across the country!
We at API are so proud to be able to make a contribution to this noble cause, and we hope that it will inspire others to do the same. Don't forget, October may be over, but the fight against breast cancer isn't! Learn more about how to get involved in your community.
See more photos of our team members decked out in their Breast Cancer Awareness t-shirts!
1. November 2013 10:15
It began with a tiny chirp.
Or, more accurately: Tweet.
API Technologies entered the social universe on February 10, 2010 when the company launched its first Tweet. One day this week: We’ll be making our 1,000th.
Much has changed since that day. The company has grown into a leading provider of high-reliability products for commercial, industrial, and defense customers worldwide. And, our social reach has evolved and expanded along with it, including an active presence on LinkedIn, Facebook, Google+, YouTube, and this very blog.
The nature of the things we make and do demand that API Technologies be a force behind the scenes. While our highly engineered solutions keep planes in the air, soldiers protected, critical systems running, medical devices functioning, satellites transmitting, and people connected, we’re rarely the star of the show. We prefer our customers take center stage.
However, our social presence gives us the opportunity to step out of the engineering lab and on to your mobile phones and laptops. It is great to share some of the exciting stuff we’re working on and learn more about you in the process.
Thank you for the conversations. Thank you for inviting API Technologies to be part of your every day.
@api_taracondon (Tara Flynn Condon)
@api_jaymie (Jaymie Murray, also Lead Writer for @apitechnologies)
@melfisher_api (Mel Fisher)