SECTION I: Testing
|1||Has the R & D result been tested?|
The following question is replied according to the reply in question 1
|1a||In what mode has the result been tested?|
|1b.||Please describe and discuss the testing results|
|The testing device helps solving a common problem in the filed of cables and electrical installations. It is capable of detecting disruptions of all cable types, providing direct measurements and fast results visualization with no requirements for preliminary training of its operators. With compact, portable design and low production/maintenance costs the device produces zero harmful emissions for the human health. The testing result proves that if a bifilar cable has total disruption of its both wires the suggested unit is also operable and can identify the break location. The range of detection is divided into two distance categories for ensuring precise measurements: from 1 to 100 meters and from 1 to 1000 meters. The average error range is between 4-5%, which makes the device very precise in revealing the exact break point along the cable. There are two types of prototypes of the product – analogue, using a scale for visualization of the results and digital one – showing directly the distances in meters. The testing results of the prototype confirm the initial data if the researcher, providing reliable measuring in the abovementioned errors range.
SECTION 2: Current Stage of Development
|2a||To what extent does the development team have technical resources for supporting the production of a new product? (Researchers, human resources, hardware, etc. )|
|The researcher is an independent individual, working mainly on the field of electronics and communications. As such, he is missing manufacturing facilities and producing powers.
He has managed to produce two prototypes of the product – one analogue and one digital, which have been tested in his work. Currently he is a technical engineer in a big telecommunications providing company.
However the inventor can organize a small, highly qualified team of technicians and developers for control and monitoring of the production.
|2b||What are the technical issues that need to be tackled for full deployment, if needed?|
|The two prototypes are fully working and operational. They can discover disruptions in many types of cables and show the distance to the break in meters. However the exact distance should be calculated with the help of a different constant, suitable for specific types of cables. The future research will be focused at preprogramming and implementation of the different constants for the great variety of cables, used nowadays, in the memory of the digital portable device for indications of cable disruptions. So when using the unit the engineer will just enter the type of cable measured and will get the direct result in meters, not needing the multiply with constants.
|2c||What additional technical resources are needed for the production of this new product?|
|The lack of any manufacturing equipment means the future company must invest in developing producing powers, necessary for manufacturing of small scale production, at the first stage. Basically the resources for developing a small scale electronic production nowadays are not so big – the initial funding should be relatively small in volume. The product has low production cost and uses common cheap electronic components for its production, thus the equipment, necessary for manufacturing is not sophisticated and inexpensive.
|2d||Overall assessment of the current stage of technical development.|
|The researcher is in the starting stage of the product development, with working prototype he has to take steps for IP protection of the prototype. At the same time it is necessary to look for possibilities for project funding. As an inventor, the owner of the product has the abilities for further improvements of the device, but the lack of any manufacturing powers makes the search of funding source a primary goal, together with the IP protection.
SECTION 3: Deployment
|3a||Define the demands for large scale production in terms of|
|The subject R&D is focused on the filed of engineering electronics testing equipment in particular. The materials and electronic elements, necessary for a small scale production, are widely available and of conventional type. There are no specific requirements towards the raw materials.|
|At the first stage the future company must seek funding for common professional soldering stations for equipping the soldering work places. The box of the unit should be received as a cooperated item by a specialized plastic molding company. The technologies, used for production, are conventional and widely implemented.|
|To start and manage production the future company will need highly qualified staff and engineering, needed for soldering/assembly and software development/implementation in the device. The product is aimed to a specific range of users – engineers and technicians, using and servicing cables and telecommunication of any type – power suppliers, Internet/ voice telecommunication providers, power plants installations, etc. So the future company – manufacturer should use specific specialist for marketing and promoting the product.
SECTION 4: Overall Assessment
|1||What is you overall assessment of the technical feasibility of the research result?|
|The product is ready for entering the first production stages – pilot batch. Urgent steps should be taken for granting an IP protection is order to secure the future development of the company.
The product is very attractive to the possible users, its main advantages before the rivals are – extremely low price compared to the competitors units, compact portable design and the lack of any setting and calibration before use. It could be used more than 5000 hr with a single alkaline battery, providing instant and reliable indications.