The Vinci Expert (Protocol Analyzer & Converter) by Denis Orlenok
2016 - 2017, Platinum A' Information Processing Tools Design Award Winner
The Vinci Expert is the next generation of it's predecessor The Vinci so it supposed to retain the main inspiration for the industrial design - illustration "Vitruvian Man" by Leonardo da Vinci. The positioning of each component, button and LED is calculated according to the golden section ratio and Fibonacci sequence in order not only to visually prolong the lines of the drawn figure and to make appearing of the tool aesthetic, but also to create the whole product extremely comfortable to use.
The Vinci Expert helps to monitor what is being transmitted over RS232, RS485, RS422 and over fiber optical cable in order to make communication between devices. Device is especially helpful in product development, testing and commissioning stages. It supports Modbus, DNP, IEC 60870-5-xxx and other serial protocols. It is a powerful tool, which allows to change serial interface from RS232 to RS485/RS422 or to the Fiber optic. Any other combinations are supported as well.
Design Challenges
The most challenging design task was to manufacture a lightweight product design with an extremely thin and at the same time especially strong 6-series aluminium alloy surface to let The Vinci Expert to stick on the metal surfaces while product is being used. The weight of the product has to be reduced to the minimum. Magnetic fields needed to be precisely calculated and tested before production in order to define the suitable distance between neodymium magnets and not to make them interfere among each other. A special positioning of them also let device to stick not only on the metal surfaces but also on the metal pipes when product is rotated 90 degrees. Product is designed with less carbon footprint comparing to previous version due to optimising the shape and interconnection of the product to reduce waste of material.
Production Technology
Lightweight anodized 6-series aluminium alloy body ensures the best resistance in harsh engineering environments and precisely developed sequence of turning rings make the surface of the tool scratch-proof. Simply unique user experience is created with neodymium magnets that let The Vinci Expert to stick on any steel surface. The device is the best choice for application requiring the highest versatility of physical serial communication interfaces that simplifies complexity in the most efficient way.
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