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First Production Run at Our New Facility

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Production has started on the first product to be made at our new facility – the UVIR-1

Mechanical and electronic parts are produced at a number of suppliers in SE

Production has started on the first product to be made at our new facility – the UVIR-1

Mechanical and electronic parts are produced at a number of suppliers in SE Asia as well as in the US and shipped to our Hong Kong factory. After passing incoming inspection the parts are cleared for final assembly and testing. 

A new series of products

The UVIR-1 is one of a new range of gaming products Porticos Asia is engineering and producing in our facility for Shuffle Tech. The UVIR-1 uses variable visible, IR and UV light to detect hidden markings on playing cards. Other products in the range include devices for randomised card shuffling and a smart card shoe for baccarat and other card games. The smart card shoe is capable of reading cards at high speed and storing the information for verification after each game.

Small batch production

Our new 4,000 sq. ft. office was designed with a 2,000 sq. ft. facility for the final assembly and testing of products in small batches such as the UVIR-1. We continue to work with our production partners in SE Asia for larger volumes but in instances where the quantities are smaller production can take place in-house. Our production facility has three production lines, a warehouse for parts and finished goods storage and testing and measurement equipment including an environmental chamber and a digital measuring projector.

Our production advantages

Furthermore, with production Hong Kong we are able to take advantage of the superb air and sea freight logistics for rapid delivery to our customers. Other advantages of producing in Hong Kong include tariff free export to China under CEPA and strong IP protection thanks to Hong Kong’s robust legal system.

How can we help?

If you would like to find out more about the engineeringproduct development and production services we can provide in SE Asia why not drop us a line. We would be happy to introduce the work we have done for customers and discuss how we might be able to help with your product development and manufacturing needs.

Engineering and Production for Water Leakage Detector

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Conservation Labs engaged Porticos US and Porticos Asia to support the mechanical engineering design and production of parts for H2Know, their innovative water leakage detector.

According to the UN,

Conservation Labs engaged Porticos US and Porticos Asia to support the mechanical engineering design and production of parts for H2Know, their innovative water leakage detector.

According to the UN, by 2030 water demand will exceed supply by 40%, at present consumption rates. Consumption rates can be dramatically reduced by tackling wastage by leakages and through better consumption. In the US alone there are over 3 trillion gallons of unwanted water use yearly.

Measuring Harmonics to Detect Leakages

Each time you do the dishes, flush the toilet or use water for any number of purposes it creates a unique sound signature. H2Know uses patent-pending technology and machine learning to translate water flow harmonics into accurate estimates for water flow and to provide leakage alerts and other insights. This data is displayed on an H2Know app for easy-to-read updates allowing you to take action in real-time.

Product Development and Manufacturing Support

When developing the first product using his unique technology Mark Kovscek, Founder and CEO at Conservation Labs approached Porticos US to provide mechanical engineering design support and later engaged Porticos Asia to provide design for manufacturing and production services for his water leakage detector. Our work for Conservation Labs included extensive studies on the type of rubber to be used for the strap that secures H2Know to the water pipe. The rubber has to hold H2Know in position over extended periods to ensure the water flow signatures can be accurately recorded.

Having developed the design for manufacturing and identified a team of suppliers for production we developed the plastic and rubber molding tooling and now manage production. For every production run the Porticos Asia team is on site for quality control to ensure the parts are produced according to the specified standards.

We are looking forward to expanding our collaboration with Conservation Labs on other ground-breaking products designed to better manage our natural resources.

If you are looking for a product development and production partner and would like to find out more about this or other projects we have worked on drop us a line. We would be happy to discuss your needs.

From Design to Production for a Hidden Card Marking Detector

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Shuffle Tech engaged Porticos Asia to provide a one-stop solution, from design to production, for the UVIR-1, a hidden card marking detector. The UVIR-1 is the second product to be launched in a

Shuffle Tech engaged Porticos Asia to provide a one-stop solution, from design to production, for the UVIR-1, a hidden card marking detector. The UVIR-1 is the second product to be launched in a series of products being developed by us for Shuffle Tech. 

UVIR-1 Hidden Card Marking Detector

Cheating at cards using hidden card markings is a constant problem for gaming companies. The UVIR-1 helps catch card cheats by Cheating at cards using hidden card markings is a constant problem for gaming companies. Using specially designed glasses cheats can detect markings not visible to others and so gain the upper hand in a card game. The UVIR-1 helps catch card cheats by detecting such hidden markings. Using an ultra-sensitive camera and adjustable visible, IR and UV light sources all kinds of markings that are not normally visible are revealed.

We designed and built the UVIR-1 for reliability and long-lasting performance. The housing is made of precision CNC machined, anodised aluminium and has been engineered to be assembled using just six screws. On the inside, the highest quality components have been selected for the electronic circuitry.

To ensure design quality we put the UVIR-1 through rigorous testing. Tests included, environmental tests (high and low temperature and high humidity), vibration and drop tests and a burn-in test.

This is truly a complete design to production solution. A number of industrial design solutions were developed for the customer to make the final selection. Following this, Porticos Asia developed and tested the mechanical and electrical design and conducted a design for manufacturing assessment.

We set up the entire supply chain, identifying the vendors for the mechanical and electronic design and developed the quality plan for in-process and outgoing inspection and testing to ensure the quality standards are met.

Furthermore, we are manufacturing the UVIR-1 in our own factory. To prepare for production we designed the production layout and developed the working instructions for assembly and testing of the UVIR-1.

If you are looking for a product development and production partner and think Porticos Asia might be able to help drop us a line, we would be happy to discuss your requirements.

Sustainability in Product Design

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In attempting to ameliorate the negative impact of product manufacturing and consumption many companies choose to incorporate the use of recycled material. It is understandable that such a solution is often preferred as it allows

In attempting to ameliorate the negative impact of product manufacturing and consumption many companies choose to incorporate the use of recycled material. It is understandable that such a solution is often preferred as it allows companies to continue with their current product development cycles and also maintain and increase sales. However, as numerous studies have shown, a far more impactful solution to sustainability in product design is simply to produce and consume less, thereby using less resources and generating less negative environmental impacts. This can be achieved in a number of ways: by developing products that customers form strong attachments with and therefore keep and use for longer, by designing for repair and re-use, by designing ecosystems that facilitate repair and re-use or simply by designing better quality products that last longer.

Sam Ribet, President of Porticos Asia will be moderating a discussion with designers Frédéric Gooris and Eu-wen Ding on the theme of sustainability in product design on 4 December from 14:00 to 14:40 as part of the Business of Design Week (BODW). Registration to attend the session on design sustainability as well as other sessions is free. Click here for more information.

About Sam Ribet

President of Porticos Asia, Sam Ribet, has over 35 years of experience in product development and manufacturing in Italy and SE Asia. Having recently graduated with a masters in Environmental Science and Management, Sam takes a particular interest in the sustainability of product development, manufacturing and consumption.

About the Business of Design Week

BODW is Asia’s flagship event on design, innovation and brands bringing together visionaries, innovators and creative leaders across multiple sectors. It comprises a series of high-level forums, discussions and other creative events and this year will take place via a live simulcast on TV and social media. The theme of this year’s BODW, taking place from November 30 to 5 December, is finding clarity in uncertainty with a call for creative vision that makes a difference in times of change and ambiguity.

From Concept to Production: Six-Deck Card Shuffler

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In providing a turnkey solution we managed the MDS-6 six-deck card shuffler from concept to production. The MDS-6 is the first product in a series of gaming products to be developed and manufactured by us

In providing a turnkey solution we managed the MDS-6 six-deck card shuffler from concept to production. The MDS-6 is the first product in a series of gaming products to be developed and manufactured by us for Shuffle Tech. Porticos Asia was responsible for the entire project including engineering design, design for manufacturing, industrialization, quality control and shipping logistics with direct delivery to end customers.

It is mesmerizing to watch the six-deck shuffler in operation but it took multiple prototypes and hundreds of hours of testing to fine tune the design and achieve a smooth shuffling function.

Shuffle Tech asked Porticos Asia to provide a one-stop solution from concept to production for a reliable and robust automatic six-deck card shuffler. The brief was zero shuffling mishaps (blockages, flipped cards etc.) in a hundred shuffling cycles.

Once a proof-of-concept prototype had been built to verify the shuffling mechanism the industrial, mechanical and electrical design was fine-tuned for 100% shuffling reliability. Also, the design was developed to allow easy servicing with the core mechanism contained in an easily replaceable module.

For production Porticos Asia established the supply chain, identifying production partners for the plastic injection molded parts, motor, other components of the shuffling mechanism and final assembly and testing.

Not only was our quality control team was on site to monitor the first production run but we will oversee every production run for the life of the product. This way we will be able to ensure quality standards are consistently maintained and also resolve immediately any issues that arise.

In providing a complete solution we are holding inventory in our Hong Kong warehouse and shipping orders direct to end customers. In doing so we are able to eliminate the need for warehousing in the destination countries and so cut costs and shorten delivery times greatly.

If you are looking for a product development and production partner and think we might be able to help drop us a line, we would be happy to discuss your requirements.