06 December 2019
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As a business that is constantly striving to move forward, we recently turned to WMG to assist us with the design of our fourth-generation wireless theft recovery tracker.
As well as securing Thatcham approval for the new tracker, we needed a design that was much smaller so it could be easily concealed, but big enough to house technical equipment including a long lasting battery pack and circuit board.
“The tech industry as a whole is designing and manufacturing smaller items and it is what customers have come to expect,” explains Tim, Operations Manager at Sure-Track “with advances in battery technology and improved power management, tracking devices can be made smaller without sacrificing battery life or functionality. This allows the units to be more easily hidden on a wider variety of assets.”
For help with this, our team approached the dedicated WMG SME Group. “When we spoke to WMG, we realised they had the relevant skillsets to fulfil our needs, and could provide invaluable advice on materials, Finite Element Analysis (FEA) and Computer Aided Design (CAD).” says Tim.
After initial CAD designs were produced, we worked on optimising and improving the PCB and firmware. “When we revisited the case design, we had a smaller circuit board and battery pack already spec’d out, so the new case needed to be designed around this. With WMG's help, we redesigned the box so that everything would fit exactly.”
Neil Jeffree, Technology Transfer Engineer in WMG’s SME Group, says the tracker box was an interesting project to work on, and relatively straightforward to complete. The main issue was paying close attention to size constraints. “It was vital to get the dimensions exactly right, down to the nearest tenth of a millimetre,” he says. “After producing approved CAD drawings, we could create prototypes. The great thing was that Sure-Track had a very clear brief and knew exactly what they wanted to achieve.”
The speed of this project has meant we have been able to meet the immediate demand from our customers. Not only this, but we were also able to decrease the use of materials by 45%, thus lowering the environmental impact versus the larger model.
Continuing to push the envelope with smaller and better anti-theft tracker designs will be vital in the security industry moving forward. “Our business environment doesn't stand still,” says Tim. “We cannot sit back and rest on our laurels and expect to stay as a leader in the tracking industry. We have to constantly look to improve to satisfy customer demand. Working with WMG on this project has allowed us to do what we do best: continue innovating.”
To learn more about the benefits of utilising our wireless theft recovery tracker, click here.