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Equipment Management System for Lasercutting Workshop

Reference project

Client: ETH Zürich
Services obtained:
  • Sprint to concept
  • Sprint to MVP
  • Sprint to Pilot
  • Sprints to Solution
Project link: pd|z make
The client's challenge

A lot of manual administrational effort and no digital solution available out of the box

Several hundreds of users work with the laser cutter machines at ETH Zurich. The management of user access and the billing of production jobs were done manually without any standardised processes. A digital tool to manage the usage of laser cutter machines was not available.

The EMBRIO approach

Carefully analyse user needs to implement the suitable and necassary technology only

To develop a digitised solution for laser cutter management we followed an user-centred and iterative development approach. Graphical user interfaces were tested using wire framing and paper prototypes. Only after having a clear understanding of user interactions and needs the technical solution was developed using the python-based web framework django. The connectivity to access usage data was retrofitted to the industrial laser cutting machines.

The results delivered

An operational system to reduce administrational effort and to automatically invoice users

An IoT application called pd|z make connects the laser cutter machines to a web application. An intuitive web application allows users to book temporary access to the machines and post their production jobs on project accounts. User management and invoicing happens now automatically in digitalised processes.

Tools and technologies applied:
  • Wireframing
  • Bootstrap CSS
  • Django web framework
  • Python

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