28 Sep Mini How it’s Made – Manufacturing a Counter POS Display
We often bring you our detailed manufacturing case studies, but today we’ve got a mini how it’s made from a recent counter top POS display we helped design and manufacture this summer. The units are for a range of small credit card sized smart devices that locate your lost property.
Once the units were programmed and set up by our CAD engineers, it was off to the laser cutting team.
Jigs, Bolts and Bends
This unit involved tight collaboration with various departments, and utilising multi-skilled welders to construct the units as they fabricated them.
First, the CAD team designed a jig which was cut at the same time as the parts for the unit.
This jig is used for the welder to stud weld threaded studs into place easily and with high accuracy.
The welder then systematically works around the flat piece of metalwork to weld all the threaded studs into place.
Then the welder takes the piece of flat metalwork to the press brake department.
They bend each piece, using a range of press brake tools including custom designed radius bend tools.
As the piece we followed for this mini case study was a prototype, it went back to the fabrication team before powder coating. This is to test all the pieces will form together properly and any external pieces fit correctly.
It would be at this stage the CAD team get involved to double check their drawings, and make any amends where necessary before mass production.
To the paint floor!
To mirror the design of the smart device, the units were painted a high-gloss white. All visible and hidden parts are powder coated to give the best possible finish to the end point of sale units.
All those pieces that were tested a few stages ago by the welding and CAD engineering team are assembled into place, and the prototype completed. Including rubber stopper feet, panels to help hold monitors into place and anti-theft bolts to protect the demonstration models on the display.
Finished Counter Displays
We didn’t just manufacture one display, we designed and manufactured a range of displays from counter top demonstration displays (left) to small footprint counter displays to hold the products ready for purchase by the customer (referred to as point of purchase (POP) displays).