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INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

Fluke Three Phase Power Multimeter

Several classmates and I spent twelve weeks redesigning the multimeter for industrial use. This project was sponsored by Fluke Corporation, a leading manufacturer of tools for professionals. Upon completion we presented our work to the engineering, business, and design teams at Fluke. Because it is now owned by Fluke Corporation some elements of this project cannot be shown here.

Research

Field Observations

• Technicians often had to be in two places at once while performing diagnostics and running tests.
• Sometimes retrieving the exact wire the technician needed was challenging in crammed electrical boxes.
• Especially in industrial applications, there is a large range of wire gauges to interact with for measurements.
• Whether in the electrical cabinet or in the user’s toolbox cords are constantly tangled in a ‘rat’s nest.’
• Current testing methods require users to remain in dangerously close proximity to active electrical environments while running tests.

Design Process and Timeline

Product Opportunities

• Technicians often had to be in two places at once while performing diagnostics and running tests.
• Sometimes retrieving the exact wire the technician needed was challenging in crammed electrical boxes.
• Especially in industrial applications, there is a large range of wire gauges to interact with for measurements.
• Whether in the electrical cabinet or in the user’s toolbox cords are constantly tangled in a ‘rat’s nest.’
• Current testing methods require users to remain in dangerously close proximity to active electrical environments while running tests.

• Weight distribution and grip made for difficult grip.
• Poor environmental interaction for the device.
• No organized solution for storing cords.
• Tough to isolate specific wires for measurements in crowded electrical box.