unique and compelling console designs

The RVMaster range is a new line of products for BMPRO, a leading brand of RV power management systems and battery chargers. The new range, designed for RV markets in both the US, Australia and Europe, includes a pair of wall mounted, touchscreen consoles (RVMaster, Odyssey), plus a battery operated, Bluetooth light switch remote. The consoles provide complete control and monitoring of multiple vehicle functions including power and battery systems, temperature, lighting and on-board features such as slide out panels and water pumps.

Cobalt worked closely with the client team to develop the new enclosures that integrate an OEM android tablet with custom electronics and PCBs.

The product components and methods of assembly were developed with close consideration for the unique user needs of all key stakeholders including end users (RV owners), installers (RV manufacturers), service technicians and production teams.

A critical element of the brief was to create to two unique and compelling console designs based on a common tablet that could then be sold into separate markets. Both should have a sleek, sophisticated but unobtrusive visual language suitable for installation in a wide range of vehicle interiors, and not look out of place amongst other installed appliances and fittings.

DESIGN ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Development of a compelling design language applied across multiple products
  • Successful integration of OEM tablet providing low cost, quick to market solution (in place of custom touchscreen, LCD and electronics)
  • Provides streamlined installation process for RV manufacturers. Assembly features including all fasteners concealed once installation complete

COMMERCIAL IMPACT

  • Provided platform for expansion of BMPRO brand into lucrative US market
  • Funding secured under Vic Gov’s Boost Your Business incentive program (Cobalt are approved service provider)
  • Met aggressive customer timing targets for integration of Odyssey system into new range of RVs
  • Cemented BMPRO’s reputation as a market leader in RV control systems

FOCUS AREAS

  • User needs analysis
  • Industrial design
  • Product Engineering
  • Prototyping
  • Testing and Evaluation
  • Animation and product visualisation
  • Device Design
  • Kynan Taylor
  • Jack Magree
  • Graeme Marshall
  • Daniel Farmer
  • Andrew Fanning
  • Marcus Krigsman

Boosting the Launch

Development of this new range of products was undertaken as part of the Boost Your Business incentive program – an initiative of the Victorian Government. The program is aimed at small to medium sized businesses (SMEs), helping them to become more productive, employ more people and improve market access and profitability.

Cobalt is a Registered Service Provider for this program under the Advanced Manufacturing Voucher Stream. Under this program, eligible projects can receive matched funding to cover development activities up to a maximum of $50,000.

Integration of new products within the RV industry follows a tight seasonal cycle, leading to strict deadlines for launch of new product. Securing this incentive provided a considerable boost to the project, allowing BMPRO to fast-track development and capitalise on the opportunity to expand their offering into the US Market.

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