Each month, a number of design proposals are received by the design manager, who is the first to decide whether the proposals will go further in the process. If they match our requirements and design language, they will make it to the Product Selection Committee. This is the most common sequence of events, but sometimes we give our design assignments to designers when we have a distinct requirement for a specific type of luminaire.
When a design proposal reaches the Product Selection Committee, it is reviewed by several key people in the company: R&D Manager, Product Director, Design Manager and Technician. The design proposals go through all aspects from a technical perspective and are examined to see whether the product fills a need or whether they risk taking a market share from another product.
The Product Selection Committee meets four times a year, where ten or so design proposals are showcased. The committee then decides whether a product will go on to the next phase – the concept phase.
Concept sketch of Ogle Mini.
Product technicians, purchasers, concept engineers and product managers are involved in the concept phase. The Product Manager drafts a requirements specification and the concept engineers investigates whether it is possible to find a viable solution. Proposals for costs and production methods are drawn up in this phase. The definitive decision on whether the project will start or not is also taken.
The concept engineer tries to find solutions that meet the requirement specifications.
If the project has been given the go-ahead, the product is then taken into the design phase. This is where the project really starts. A timescale and requirements specification is drawn up by the project manager who drives the project forward. The prioritisation of the different projects is carried out by the management group. Prototypes are built and subcontractors are chosen.
Prototypes are built in The Studio.
Here in The Studio, products can be customised and adapted to customers’ needs.
The engineer evaluates assembly and operational parameters for the ballasts.
Now it is time to choose the tools. The structures are prepared and the planning work is reviewed for the fixtures, packaging, calculations, pricing and system support. Sample tests, assembly, light measurements, and models for marketing materials are also included in the tools phase. This is the phase that takes the longest.
The tool used for Ogle Mini.
The first parts of the tool that later make the luminaire head for Ogle Mini.
The parts of the luminaire head are now fitted together but they are not yet lacquered.
Light measurement equipment.
Pre-series – also called null series – is a general repetition before manufacturing the series. The aim of the pre-series is to validate all the parts and processes involved in the manufacturing, securing costs, delivery dependability and lead time for the series plan.
During the pre-series, sales and marketing samples are selected for photography, exhibitions and for sales people to show to the end user.
Level adjustment of luminaire.
Ogle Mini in the photo studio.
The product is now made to the customer’s order and is taken in to our production where it is lacquered and assembled before it is delivered to the customer. The project is concluded and summarised in a conclusion report.
The luminaire body for Time is transported through the powder lacquering process.
Final assembly phase for the Time luminaire.
The iconic gable for Time, stacked and ready to be packed and delivered.
Time and Ogle Mini, Svarta huset in Malmö.
Design proposals should be sent by email to our design department. Product and Design Manager Tommy Jäversjö.