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Valet QuickStand 4-7 Moisture Analyzer 8-13
Graphics & Resume
Day to Day
Greets Customers Manages other Valets Parks cars during busy hours
Managing other Valets Finding Keys on large board Quickly adding and removing keys
Day to Day
Parks and Returns cars Different hours (linked to hotel so customers need valet 24hrs)
Valet stand is Bulky Matching tickets with keys
Valet stands are large in nature which results in a heavier product. Wheels are located on the bottom which creates a top heavy problem while transporting, especially up/ down curbs
Keys hiding numbers
Numbers are placed on the board to match with each valet ticket so the keys can be quickly located. With all the current designs, the hanging keys cover up their corresponding numbers
Current valet stands are made out of wood or metal resulting in a heavy product that needs to be moved on a daily basis
Basic hardware hooks are used but aren’t very functional for their use. Keys have to be placed from the top, and are often hard to remove
The average valet stand pre built costs around $350. While making your own costs around $250 plus 10+ hours of labor
Day to Day
Parks and Returns cars Sweeps and picks up outside area
Valet Stand is Heavy Hard to transport Wood weathers quickly
Premier Valet Co.
Valet Company Owner
Day to Day
Manages over 50 valets Valets at higher class restaurants Builds his own Valet stands
Valet Stands are expensive and time consuming to make Also difficult to transport new stand to restaurant
. The door has never changed and has opportunity for improvement. . Hook numbers are covered up once a key is placed on that hook . Current hooks are counter intuitive and add extra time to adding and removing keys.
Stands big and heavy for their purpose. Stands are too are too big and heavy for their purpose. Making themMaking them to set up take take down down difficult to set up and and up and Making them difficult difficult to set down take
Not only is the stand easier to move small distances, it can also be folded up and will fit easily into the backseat of your car.
The stand is leaned away from the Valet and opens up Lastly the writing surface is flipped over to provide a surface to fill out valet tickets
The Valet rolls the lightweight plastic stand out to its designated spot
Provides a good grip to transport serve stand. Un noticeable when valet The Valet is now ready to customers Valet stand is folded out for use
Foot Pedal Door Operation
Rather than having a handle on the door, a cleaner more secure look is achieved with a foot pedal that unlocks and pops the door open
Re-designed Key Hooks
Key Hook remove and Design
The new hooks are similar to clothes pins to make it easier to add keys to the stand. Numbers are mounted on top of Keys are placed and removed much easier with the new hook design. The keys can be pushed straight into the hook and stay in place until needed. The to maintain their the ticket is attached above the hook rather than drawn on the these hooks number that corresponds with visibility and to not be blocked by keys
back, so hanging keys cannot cover up these numbers.
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Hook Numbers Hook Numbers Numbers Hook Hook Numbers
Hook Hook Hook Hook
The Valet places his foot on the pedals surface By pushing down, the door pops open a few inches, enough to grab and open the rest of the way
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24’’ User Scenario User User Scenario Scenario User Scenario
Lighter and Cheaper, a REM Polystyrene will be more weather resistant than current metal and wood valet stands. Ballast with sand if weight is a concern
. Valet Stands are made with wood or steel which makes them hard to transport although they are moved quite often. . The door has never changed and has opportunity for improvement. . Hook numbers are covered up once a key is placed on that hook . Current hooks are counter intuitive and add extra time to adding and removing keys.
Surface for sign
Every valet company/location uses a different sign so a flat surface was left for customization with the valet sign
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Wheels on the side rather than the bottom provide a more stable/ less top heavy stand. When used with the transport handle, the stand can be easily moved and set up.
Solutions Solutions Solutions Solutions
on the front allow more control than wheels on the bottom
stable form with the sign and key box
smooth writing surface for the valet to write on
smooth writing surface for the valet to write on
Foot Pedal Door Door Operation Foot Pedal Operation Foot Foot Pedal Door Operation rolls the lightweight Pedal Door Operation The Valet
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achieved with a foot pedal that unlocks and pops the door open
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MT Moisture Analyzer
Mettler Toledo Familiarization
Moisture Analyzers are used in a variety of different industries including Pharmaceuticals, Foods, and Plastics.
Research & Ideation
Observations Problem Areas
Once the secondary, and primary research was finished, we examined the data and defined 5 problem areas with the current moisture analyzer.
Have to be leveled often, current vertical axis method is very difficult and confusing The Food and Science school at OSU has a thermogravimetric analyzer. Not a mettler toledo product but similar function, just repeating smaller multiple samples rather than one. The machine came with a large monitor attached but the user didn’t even use it. Moisture content must be accurate in medicines otherwise they wont be effective or even worse, the companies run the risk of being sued. Food products such as chips need to contain moisture to stay fresh while they’re on the shelf Plastics must contain a certain about of moisture or they wont solidify correctly
Placing scale mechanics behind tray rather than under
Lab Space is at a premium, the smaller the better
What is a moisture Analyzer?
A moisture analyzer is a scale that measures the moisture content in materials. It does this by first weighing the sample, then evaporating all the moisture out and weighing it again to determine the difference.
Multiple pieces below tray can catch crumbs and get dirty The Food and Science lab also had a moisture analyzer that used a different heating source for more sensitive samples like liquids. Although some products weren’t Mettler products it helped to study different equipment similar to Mettlers
Lots of different manufacturers
To understand how to set the new concept apart from other companies models, we needed to conduct secondary research to see what they offered and how their models operated
Analyzers are moved often for cleaning, need to be easy to move
After these 5 problem areas were defined the next step was to continue into the development stages and began sketching and modeling preliminary concepts to solve these problems .
Wyandott Snacks used the Mettler Toledo Moisture analyzers. Dealing with oily products creates a need for these machines to be cleaned and moved often. The users said they had to level them on a daily basis but had to call the manager into the lab to level them because they couldn’t do it on their own
Sketching and Modeling
Whenever a material needs to be analyzed, it needs to be ground up, and spread evenly so the moisture can be effectively removed. With every observation, the users used a different companies blender and had to spread the material evenly adding extra time to the process
In the final stages of sketching, different lids and glass windows were explored. All sketches include a place for the user to reach under the device for transport
User testing was conducted to finalize which leveling method we would go with in our final concept. 6 different types of knobs, dials, buttons were created and then tested on 25 users. They were asked which concept portrayed “up & down” the most. The overall decision was the vertical wheels (middle picture) because it made the most sense to the users
Just like other products, people connect with them when they see it work.. Examples include Washer/Dryer, Zip Drive, Blender, Toaster? Along with the viewing window, functions such as easier cleaning, leveling and transportation were incorporated into the final concept Once I was satisfied with a concept direction I began sketching my final solutions to model off of.
The first concept lets the users see their sample drying. First off to prevent burning and failed tests, saving time. Secondly because this is such a different “scale” compared to others, the heating action should be visible. The second concept uses larger leveling dials with more surface area, making it easier to turn these and level the device
Physical & Solidworks Model
Features & Functions
Glass is easily removable and dishwasher safe. A viewing window lets the user see their sample while its heating.
The Bulb is what heats up the sample and evaporates the moisture from it.
Material to be analyzed is ground up and spread evenly in dish
Tool for transferring the dish in and out of the analyzer. Helpful especially after heating
The cantilever balance promotes an easier cleaning of the working area. Since the scale is weighing it from behind rather than underneath, the working area is simplified with less parts (easier cleaning)
The new interface displays a hierarchy of buttons ranging from larger to small depending on how much they are used
Gap underneath makes it easy to grab and move the device for transport
An interface driven program allows the user to level the analyzer much easier with the two leveling knobs located in view rather than under the device
The new footprint is 50% smaller. Helpful because lab space is at a premium
Data storage and transfer made easier with a USB port
Research & Observation
Primary and Secondary research was conducted. Multiple visits to warehouses such as Honda and Aslco (aluminum manufacturer) were conducted to observe users interacting with current pendants. Interviews were also conducted to find out what the users would want out of their “ideal” pendant. They were given the opportunity to make their own pendant with foam “make tools”. With these make tools the user could place an object on a form and explain what that objects function would be (not thinking aesthetics yet)
Relation to space/others How long until end From Ground Auto Checklist Arrows Words/Letters Consistent with Hoist
Un Intuitive button locations
Broken Parts/ Quick Fix
Buttons require labels to be understood. A more intuitive button system would benifit and promote blind use (watching load rather than pendant)
Easy to Clean
Pendants are bulky and aren’t comfortable to grip. For users that use these pendants all day long, the large form can make it a strain to hold on and operate.
Load below hoist Weight of Load
Doesn’t get Dirty Readable Labels
Snaps Quick Hooks Velcro/Magnets Intuitive
Short Term Long Term
No swinging cord Detachable Keep hidden
The size of these pendants also effect the amount of movement the hand has to do to operate it. The user has to use two hands or continually slide their hand up and down to reach buttons
Thumb able to reach all buttons
One Handed Use
Variable Speed Button Joystick
Which direction will hoist move?
Multiple mind maps were created to explore areas of improvement and to fully understand what a pendant is and how/why it is used. After these mind maps were completed we could then decide on the ideal materials, sizes, colors, etc. to be applied to the final concept After the problem areas were identified the next step was to began sketching different forms and button layouts to create a more well thought out, and functional pendant
Through sketching, different forms were explored. The form needed to be taken away from its bulky, uncomfortable shape and turned into a more ergonomic, easy to hold shape. Other ideas such as feedback, modularity, and how to store the pendant when out of use were also explored.
Working in Foam
During the foam modeling process, a variety of forms and button layouts were created to find the best overall feel and button layout for the final concept. The goal was to fit as many buttons as possible within a small area to reduce movement of the arm and hand while using a pendant. From the foam models I learned only four buttons could be placed in such a close vicinity without resulting in manufacturing problems
The final pendant concept uses improved ergonomics and a new button layout to help the user work more quickly and comfortable. The new pendant can be operated with one hand, and without looking. Creating a safer work place by freeing up the eyes to focus more on what the pendant is controlling, rather than the pendant itself.
Features & Functions
Buttons located in close vicinity.
Allows user to reach every button with thumb without moving hand (less fatigue)
Intuitively laid out buttons
Promotes blind use. This helps the user focus more on the load and watching where its going rather than staring at the pendant to find the right button.
Buttons are inset into the pendant to prevent accidental presses by the user or other objects.
Curved handle rests in users hand without having to constantly grip
Emergency Stop Button
Located on the back. Easily accessible while hidden at the same time
Playstation 2 Controller
The objective of this project was to investigate different materials and manufacturing processes by examining a product on the market. The product first was disassembled and mounted in an exploded view to understand how all its components were assembled Then each component was modeled in Solidworks modeling software
Parts and Processes
Injection Molded ABS
Buttons and D-pad
Injection Molded ABS
Button Contact Pads
Compression Molded Silicone with Carbon Contact Dots
Injection Molded ABS
TPE Multishot on ABS
Injection Molded ABS
When backpacking or hiking, pack space is at a premium. Users need to have enough room for all their supplies, and don’t want to be weighed down by bulky or heavy equipment Through these sketches I explored a stove design that could be collapsed down or folded up to save space. I also wanted the stove to be able to be clipped to the outside of the backpack to save interior pack space.
When out of use the pot holders stay in their upright position. When needed the user pulls out all 4 pot supports and screws stove onto a butane tank. The pot then has a large stable surface to sit on during the cooking process. One cooking is done the pot holders go back up and the stove can be clipped to your backpack to save space
A cap is used to cover the stoves inner components while it hangs upside down from the pack.
Graphic Designs ReVenge Skateboards
I have joined up with a Cincy based skateboard company and take care of all their graphic needs. I’ve been with them for almost a year and have designed T-shirts, stickers, and skateboard decks.
Logos & Stationary
Skateboard Deck Dewees Tree Service
I recently designed a local company a new logo and business cards. They needed to have alot of information, but the old cards were much too busy. I prefer simple logos that quiclkly yet effectively comminuate the companies ideas My first skateboard deck I designed, sold over 250 copies. Found in Cincinnati skate shops and online at www.revenge.storenvy.com My personal monogram and stationary. SF for Sam Fluharty. The logo is very simple with 2 colors, so it can also be easily understood if it is printed with just black & white ink
The “Just Focus” design captures a skateboarders frustrations with a sequence of a skateboarder “focusing” (snapping) his board.
Office 513 753 1854 Cell 513 616 TREE DeweesTree@gmail.com DeweesTreeService.com Free Estimates
Sam Fluharty 513 482 9476 email@example.com 3721 Chestnut Way Amelia OH 43201
The “We Want Revenge” T-shirt has a logo in the bottom corner on the front and large gritty type on the back. Some logo concepts to the right
Choppin down the Competition!
Full Tree Service
Family Owned & Operated Workers Comp & Fully Insured 30 yrs of exp
Tree & Bush Removal Tree & Bush Trimming Stump Removal Emergency storm damage Serving Clermont, Hamilton, Butler and Warren counties
Industrial Design Design Research Graphic Design
Sam Fluharty 3721 Chestnut Way Amelia, OH 45102 firstname.lastname@example.org 513 482 9476
Mettler Toledo Summer Internship 11’ Finished with 2 concepts to be put into production
Knowlton School of Architecture (Work Study at OSU) Front Desk Operations Columbus OH, 43201 Due-Amici Italian Restaurant (Part time during school, full time during Summer) Valet Services Columbus OH, 43201
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If you have any further questions or comments you can contact me at email@example.com
OSU Company sponsored projects
Columbus McKinnon sponsored project Autumn 10’ Studio Mettler Toledo sponsored project Winter 11’ Studio
The Ohio State University 2011 Industrial Design BA OSU GPA: 3.15 Major (ID) GPA: 3.5
Mettler Toledo Internship Michael Ross Mettler Toledo USA Michael.A.Ross@mt.com Walter Krebs Mettler Toledo Switzerland project coordinator Walter.Krebs@mt.com
Skills + Strong points
Sketching Solidworks Photography Photoshop InDesign Illustrator Fluent in Mac and PC systems
Revenge Skateboards LLC Graphics for all merchandise including Skateboards, Clothing and Stickers (2011- Present) Book Illustrations - Old timey map for adventure book (2011) Dewees Tree Service Logo and Business Card Designs (2012)
Activities and Interests
OSU Design Circle Member Co-ed Soccer @ OSU Musician
Objective and Personal Statement
Motivated and creative individual looking to contribute and gain real world experience by working with a team of professionals. I was brought up to work and pay for my own way so I would appreciate my accomplishments. It has taught me to be responsible, and most of all, proud of my work that I put out.