Dabico – Airline power supply solution

Pushing a sustainable solution by transforming power delivery

Next generation power supply on the apron. When a plane is parked and the engine’s are not running there is a need of energy for cleaning, air-conditioning, recharging etc. currently, diesel powered generators are used to supply this energy. The new Electric Ground Power Unit (e-GPU) delivers emission-free energy and gives ground personal lots of flexibility. It makes the work environment more healthy and the reduced CO2 emission helps the airline industry achieve their sustainability goals.

A battery on wheels

Together with Dabico we made sure the overall housing is developed in such a way that battery packs can be placed in a modular way which enhances the flexibility and makes their product and business case future proof.

VanBerlo proposed a structure from high-impact, low maintenance thermoformed shells. Cable bays are large and easily accessible, and a single vertical door makes all serviceable areas visible.

Design Process

Listening to the ground personnel and their pains we focused on how we could design the e-GPU in a way that usability, safety, regulations and efficiency go hand in hand while still expressing the brand identity, clean energy and the uniqueness of the product.

CO2 and NOX emissions free + low noise

The emission-free 400Hz e-GPU will replace 400Hz diesel generators GPU and help airports become CO2 and NOX emission neutral and noise free, therefore creating much better working environments for ground staff.

Overall the e-GPU offers several benefits, including a reduced environmental impact, improved health and safety. Operationally this translates to faster charging and discharging, ease of operation and service and lower operating costs.

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Sevvy – Smart cooker

Reinventing the product

We were asked to scale down an industrial cooking system and its technology, making it a userfriendly, appealing and convenient consumer product. Not only by limiting its size, but also its costs. To understand the technology and its possibilities we first evaluated the device to see what it does and how it works exactly. Using this knowledge to come up with solutions for home-use while defining a clearer vision on the target audience. Creating a design language to make the device look like a refreshing new cooking product that reflects the pureness of the prepared ingredients.

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We don’t grow when things are easy

To create a consumer product out of an industrial solution for specialists requires adaptive engineering from our side. For example, we had to find a new affordable solution for some expensive components without losing the essence of the product.

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Since the device uses a revolutionary new way to heat ingredients and cook meals, we had to make sure all electronics were implemented well to make it completely safe to use for consumers. To make the entire solution even more convenient we connected the device to a smart app to enrich the experience by creating a community full of tips, tricks and recipes. Making it also possible for Sevvy to collect data to further improve the product’s experience.

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We create value by design

We created a new appealing, affordable and convenient cooking device for consumers based on a technology formerly used on an industrial scale. Making it possible to serve a delicious meal at home in no time without failure. With the smart app users are able to control the device from a distance while getting inspired about all possibilities. Allowing Sevvy to collect data and learn from their users to improve their products and services.

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Ingenico – A Worldline brand

It might be unnecessary to say that developing a seamingly ‘simple’ product with multiple payment solutions is a complex thing to do. Therefore we started with an architecture exploration to provide the possibility to pay contactless, using the chip or magstripe, integrating two cameras (front- and rear facing). Making it easy to use but also possible to put a signature without losing sight of its safety- and security aspects.  

“ Simplicity is complexity resolved “ 

By using creative engineering we were able to create a modular platform to bring the design concept to life. Resulting in a future proof payment terminal that’s easy and convenient to use despite of its highly complexed internal system. But above all, meeting the highest security standards. Making it possible to use the terminal portable or wired as a countertop on a cradle or pole. Engaging in a dialogue with the customers by creating value-added services on the full touch display using the Worldline software platform. Providing endless business opportunities and growth to shop owners of all sizes. 

“Just the right amount of everything”

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Skelex 360

Combining All Forces To Refine A Product

To design an intuitive load reducing exoskeleton with a perfect fit, we further developed the basic idea using a Frankenstein mechanical model, applying an integrated approach which encompassed design, engineering and soft-goods disciplines. This method enabled a fast development process, in which we continuously validated ideas through prototyping to optimise the design for use. Within a short timeframe we enabled Skelex to start sales and continue their business. 

360 Degrees Of Motion Without Any Hassle

The harness is comprised of two parts: a lightweight carbon frame that delivers the force, and a separated soft-goods part that has close contact with the body. This combination allows users to easily adjust the harness to their body and permits 360 degrees of motion without any hassle. The result is an optimized product that stands out among its competitors, not only by its practical capabilities but also with its looks.

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Looking good attracts the eyes, personality attracts the heart

To get an NXP-company spin off onto the market and immediately attract people, we had to explore competitive markets and make its character striking enough to fill the gaps. This has created an outstanding appearance that’s not only appealing to its customers but also allows any creative agency to take the brand to the next level in the future.

We therefore created a strong visual DNA to guide all external and internal communication. Stylized typography and strong colours make the brand stand out in its competitive landscape. The marked ‘X’ emphasis the hidden word ‘expert’ in ‘Nexperia’ and is recognizable from product to building. Developed from an efficient process that mapped everything and forced decisions to build a strong, future-proof brand from the very beginning.

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The difference between two markets is your ability to adapt

When charging a car, US residents use a fixed cable charger without having the benefit of proper cable management. We also had to consider the fact that everything is bigger in the US, resulting in the challenge that the charger had to be visible and accessible enough in a parking lot with many SUVs.

We came up with a smart charging unit capable of charging two vehicles simultaneously while offering a smooth user experience through an intuitive interface as well as an integrated cable management system. Easy to install and maintain and -of course- with a striking design.

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