Page Wide Web Press Control Station

With Great Control Comes Great Power.

HP came to FUSE to get help creating a control station for their almost battle shipped sized Page Wide Web Press , the T1100S. This  super sized printing press uses arrays of HP’s patented Ink Jet technology and applies it to a web (paper substrate) that is up to 110″ wide by literally forever. This sort of printer creates the 4 color images one would see on a corrugated box. The print is laminated to corrugated or other substrates in a finishing operation.

Our job was to come up with a work station that would encompass an array of monitors that not only control  the print job but also monitor multiple live views of the print/machine in progress and provide an expert system database if any adjustments or repairs are needed to the printer or the print.

The Pillar design includes a flip down keyboard tray if needed and is modular should an HP customer want more than 3 monitors. Of course,  our design would need to compliment the T1100S and  be built in materials and processes that reflect the  relatively low production quantities.

We were told the operator of this printer would never be sitting  so we created a Pillar of adjustable and replaceable touch screens.  The Pillar design includes a spacer that can be added or omitted should the operator be short or tall in stature. To house the hardware that runs the control station, we created a cabinet with cleverly disguised filter vents to avoid the accumulation of the paper particles that live in this environment. This project premiered at the  DRUPA show in Germany in 2016.

RED Orbiter Line

A Masters in Cartography

After the missing in action Crane Chair prototype, Herman Miller contacted FUSE to participate in  a design competition to design a furniture line or system that fell somewhere between  Office Depot and  the more expensive Contract furniture. We were told it need to be flat packed and Ready To Assemble (RTA). After that, the requirements were up to us. FUSE said “yes” and was given 3o days to come up with something to present at HM headquarters.  Our design focused on what we thought all start-ups, fast moving  design firms needed.  That is: what we needed.  We knew we wanted wheels and  adjustable work surface heights. We had built our own MDF work surfaced desks and knew how heavy they were.  We used this  super light structural material called PEPCORE for our work surfaces. We also noticed that all images of all furniture never showed the cords  that ran the CPU’s, monitors and equipment that every knowledge worker used . We made our vertical structures into cable ways with multiple access point for cords to enter and exit.

Our design was one of the winners and  went on to be prototyped by HM. Ultimately, we lost the PEPCORE work surface as the supplier could not make enough of it, cheap enough, but our design was being manufactured.