The design and manufacture of electrical devices is a process that has come under scrutiny in the recent past. Today, you need to be very careful with the way you go about it, especially if you have hopes of selling the devices. There are a number of principles that you might need to adhere to […]

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The design and manufacture of electrical devices is a process that has come under scrutiny in the recent past. Today, you need to be very careful with the way you go about it, especially if you have hopes of selling the devices. There are a number of principles that you might need to adhere to in order to make this work. Most of them might sound general, but they are usually very important in such a setting. These include:


Consider the issue of tampering
When you are designing the device, you need to come up with a policy regarding tampering. For instance, if you are going to offer attractive warranties, you might need to ensure that you don’t end up paying for repairs or replacements due to the buyer’s fault. In such cases, you might need to consider using devices such as security-enhanced Nitronic 50 Tee head bolts and similar types of fasteners. These reduce the chances of tampering by the buyer.
The safety profile
You also need to think about the safety profile of the device you are manufacturing. For instance, you might need to use fasteners that are flush with the surface of the device to reduce the risk of personal injury when one is using them. This will also result in a more attractive profile for the device as well. If the device will involve the use of large amounts of power, you might need to have it designed in such a manner that the risk of user electrocution is limited. For instance, you can design it to have a body made out of a non-conductor, and also ensure that the fasteners have a similar design.
Find out more about quality control issues
In many parts of the world, there are minimum standards that you need to follow when designing electrical equipment. This usually depends on the type of equipment you are manufacturing. It’s important to keep this mind since not following the above might limit the use of or sales of the equipment. If you are thinking of selling such devices internationally, for instance, you might need to find out the standards that you need to adhere to in the country you want to sell it, and then adhere to them during the design phase.
Don’t take any part of it for granted
It might be very tempting for you to take one part of the device’s design for granted. For instance, you may not pay much attention to figuring out the best types of screws to use, and then end up using ones that are not ideal. Remember, every little component of such a device will have an impact on many things including the longevity and practicality of the device. Neglecting any might therefore work against you.
As is evident, there is a lot that you will need to address in order to end up designing quality electronics. If you are thinking of designing one, it would be wise for you to collect the above information for you to come up with a viable design. Consulting professionals on issues such as whether to use titanium carriage bolts or not would be advisable.

About the Author

Larry Melone
By Larry Melone
President

Started my career in the fastener world in 1969 at, Parker Kalon Corp. a NJ based screw manufacturer located in Clifton, NJ working in inventory control, scheduling secondary production and concluding there in purchasing. In 1971 I accepted a sales position at Star Stainless Screw Co., Totowa, NJ working in inside sales and later as an outside salesman, having a successful career at Star I had the desire with a friend to start our own fastener distribution company in 1980 named: Divspec, Kenilworth, NJ. This was a successful adventure but ended in 1985 with me starting Melfast in August 1985 and have stayed competitive and successful to date. Melfast serves the OEM market with approximately 400 accounts nationally.

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