Build Test Solutions (BTS) commissioned the MTC's Product Manufacturing Incubator (PMI) team to help support in advancing the Pulse product to the next stages of commercialisation.
Pulse is an innovative air leakage measurement system used to rapidly measure the air permeability of a building or enclosure at a near ambient pressure level.
Based on user feedback it was discovered that the overall portability, ergonomics and weight needed to be improved upon. It was vital for operatives to be able to carry the equipment with ease across construction sites, up flights of stairs and easily deployed in occupied buildings.
BTS also briefed the MTC to improve the buildability of the unit, ensuring that the product can be produced cost effectively at volume within the UK.
Drawing on established product design processes, manufacturing know-how and market access via its role in the Construction Innovation Hub, the MTC carried out the three following following stages:
- Stage 1: Concept generation
- Stage 2: Concept development and refinement
- Stage 3: Concept embodiment and build of first functional MK2 prototype