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Build Test Solutions - Pulse

Product design capability drives improved portability and reduction in production costs. The MTC's Product Manufacturing Incubator utilises its product design team and manufacturing capability to help make the MK2 Pulse viable for UK based production.

The Challenge

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.

MTC's Solution

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
Our work with the MTC to realise an updated version of the Pulse product that both responds to customer feedback whilst ensuring the commercial viability of UK based production and assembly has been extremely rewarding. This redesign from the ground up will prove vital as we advance with scaling up production and supply into the UK market and beyond.
Luke Smith, Managing Director, Build Test Solutions
The Pulse project has been one of the most interesting projects for the MTC's Product Manufacturing Incubator (PMI) as its evolved through each stage of its development, from its initial discovery phases through to the delivery of a functional prototype. Collaboratively we have developed a product that is disruptive, innovative and conceptually unique, it's been an absolute pleasure to work alongside Build Test Solutions and the MTC's Product Design team.
Gabrielle England, PMI Business Development Manager, PMI

The Outcome

  • A more compact model has been created with a portable air receiver unit which has straps for carrying on your back or over the shoulder. This is then paired with a small control module which is stored within a pocket on the air receiver unit alongside other cable ancillaries leaving both hands free to carry the portable compressor unit required for charging the air receiver when on site.
  • Ensured the commercial viability of the product with UK based production.

Benefits to the Client

  • Reduction in production costs by around 27%
  • Improved portability with a reduction in weight of 7kgs
  • Commercial viability for UK based production¬†