Client: Static Solutions
Project: Statgun ionising air gun
Expertise: Product Design, Engineering Development, Test-house Liaison
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- Rugged handheld static elimination device
- Eight months to design and develop
- Extensive liaison with Swedish electronics team
- Intrinsically-safe design
- Modular design for flexible options
- Plastics, metalwork and print development
- Prototypes test and verification by Lucid
- Liaison with ATEX-accredited test house
- International supplier sourcing and liaison
- Comprehensive manufacturing specification
Static build-up prevents paint bonding effectively, meaning wasteful rework, particularly in the automotive-refinishing industry. Static Solutions offered a low-level radioactive rod system licensed from the UK Atomic Energy Authority.
Unsurprisingly, the use of radioactive elements and the associated inspection and safety regime limited the scope for growth.
Ionised air offered a potential solution with fewer inspection restrictions.
However, safely packaging a high-voltage, potentially explosive ion generator in an environment that could also be explosive required care.
Lucid’s industrial design team observed users in refinishing shops. We used their experiences to drive the development of an ultra-robust pistol-grip product with a charging and docking station.
Working with statutory test houses, moulders, and materials suppliers, our designers proposed a robust structural design.
Working seamlessly with an international electronics development team, we considered design for manufacture upfront. Extensive finite element analysis, optimisation and prototyping, helped ensure that the device was ready to pass ATEX EX testing.
Working with international suppliers we created a specification that enable modular, low-quantity batch build.
8 years on, and Stat Gun is still on the market. The product featured in the BBC documentary “How to Build a Supercar” showcasing production of McLaren’s MP4-12C.
Click here to see it in action.