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Product design for Quipment

Product design for Quipment

A new reality for taxi drivers

The introduction in the Netherlands of a new law, making taxi drivers use a so called Board-Computer-Taxi (BCT), prompted Quipment into taking the next step in their own development. For the first time in their existence, they decided to develop a new product completely in house. They asked us to assist them in this challenging new step.

Opportunity for Quipment

Quipment supplies taxi corporations with products and services. They don’t just provide them with taximeters, but also develop, maintain and service systems for planning journeys and taking care of the monetary logistics for both independent drivers as well as large organizations.

The new BCT-legislation offered Quipment a great opportunity, while at the same time, the development from scratch of a complex, electro technical product posed an enormous challenge.

Opportunity for Quipment

Quipment supplies taxi corporations with products and services. They don’t just provide them with taximeters, but also develop, maintain and service systems for planning journeys and taking care of the monetary logistics for both independent drivers as well as large organizations.

The new BCT-legislation offered Quipment a great opportunity, while at the same time, the development from scratch of a complex, electro technical product posed an enormous challenge.

Most participants were very positive about the design, the level of finishing and the sturdiness of the Quipment BCT
Participants at BCT trial sessions in TaxiMagazine

The complete board computer

Injection moulding expertise

The Quipment BCT is crammed with useful features. At the centre of the BCT sits a high quality 7” capacitive touch screen that is even clearly readable in direct sunlight and features a custom-made user interface.

The device has a debit- and credit-card reader and night vision security camera integrated and the design is made so it fits seamlessly in all modern car interiors.

In close corporation with both Quipment and Venne Elektronics, we completed the product development successfully. In a constellation of more than 15 stakeholders, we took care of concept development, user analysis, engineering and production assistance.

We also advised Quipment on sourcing of the injection moulded plastic parts. Our vast experience in the development of these parts proved pivotal in the completion of this product.

The complete board computer

The Quipment BCT is crammed with useful features. At the centre of the BCT sits a high quality 7” capacitive touch screen that is even clearly readable in direct sunlight and features a custom-made user interface.

The device has a debit- and credit-card reader and night vision security camera integrated and the design is made so it fits seamlessly in all modern car interiors.

Injection moulding expertise

In close corporation with both Quipment and Venne Elektronics, we completed the product development successfully. In a constellation of more than 15 stakeholders, we took care of concept development, user analysis, engineering and production assistance.

We also advised Quipment on sourcing of the injection moulded plastic parts. Our vast experience in the development of these parts proved pivotal in the completion of this product.

Prototyping

Prototyping played an important role in the project. During each phase of the project, models and prototypes were used to verify and validate. Foam models were made during concept development while further along in the process 3D-printed parts were used to check the fit of components and parts. We even made a small pilot series of products for preliminary validation, presentation and fit in taxis.

The plastic parts for the pilot series were made by FLEX/the WORKSHOP using a RIM-moulding technique, where plastic is injected into a silicon mould using low pressure. Our model making expertise proved crucial again during the certification process, where we could quickly make and adapt products, for the approval by the inspection bodies.

Prototyping

Prototyping played an important role in the project. During each phase of the project, models and prototypes were used to verify and validate. Foam models were made during concept development while further along in the process 3D-printed parts were used to check the fit of components and parts. We even made a small pilot series of products for preliminary validation, presentation and fit in taxis.

The plastic parts for the pilot series were made by FLEX/the WORKSHOP using a RIM-moulding technique, where plastic is injected into a silicon mould using low pressure. Our model making expertise proved crucial again during the certification process, where we could quickly make and adapt products, for the approval by the inspection bodies.

I’m impressed with the speed at which you achieved this result
Joost Rongen, project manager Quipment