2Wire HomePortal® Residential Gateways
Bleck Design Group designed the first 2Wire HomePortal® in 1998 and continued through three generations of products.
The original HomePortal® was designed to build 2Wire's brand in the new market for home internet devices. Bleck Design Group developed this iconic design that built a strong recognizable brand over several years.
Several generations of new 2Wire products with a variety of designs met the needs of 2Wire partners around the world.
As design trends evolved the next 2Wire HomePortal® was designed to meet the market demands for very low cost and a recognizable design.
2006 - CES Innovation Award
APC Symmetra Power System
Uninterruptible Backup System for American Power Conversion (APC)
When APC wanted to design a UPS for corporate data centers, they called in Bleck Design Group. The size of the systems needed by data centers varied greatly. The challenge was to create a flexible system that could be user-upgradeable, with the fewest number of custom parts and a short manufacturing lead time. Bleck Design Group created a modular system that could be built within a few hours. Its stacking design with easy to load bays has hot swappable battery packs, power supplies and control systems along with a patented connector to handle high power requirements. This design allowed one set of component SKU’s in the factory that could be configured many ways.
After the market matured the Symmetra product line design was revised to a new front panel design and packaging. This design utilized extruded aluminum channels with modular plastic panels that create a range of cabinet sizes.
1997 Bronze - Industrial Design Excellence Award
1997 Structural Plastics People’s Choice Award
APC and Bleck Design Group
The APC/Bleck Design Group relationship started in 1984, when the APC founders saw an opportunity to market a low cost UPS to the personal computer industry. Bleck Design Group and APC developed a long term relationship spanning over twenty years and several generations of products. APC gave Bleck Design Group a great opportunity to develop some exceptional designs that have received awards and recognition in the marketplace.
Network Monitoring Device for NetScout Systems
NetScout is the world’s leading provider of integrated network and application performance management solutions. Bleck Design Group was asked to develop a front panel design to project the Netscout brand. The design projects the high quality and advanced technology inherent in the product. The high airflow requirements are integrated into the design without detracting from the balanced design.
We provided industrial design, mechanical engineering and sourcing for this design.
Network Engines wanted a signature design to grab the markets attention as it went public. Bleck Design Group developed this compelling design and had it in production is just four months. We created a tightly coordinated team with our molder and the client. Extremely high airflow requirements for six fans became the foundation of the unique design.
2001 Industrial Design Excellence Award: Bronze - Network Engines, Web Engine Product Family
Telecommunications - Large System Packaging/Rack Mounted Devices
We design many telecommunications enclosures and IT infrastructure products to meet exceptional customer demands. We develop bold and recognizable industrial designs with efficient ergonomics that build brands through pleasing customer experiences. We engineer airflow systems to provide effective cooling for sensitive electronics and we design enclosures for effective EMI/RFI suppression. We have developed cost effective metal and plastic enclosures to be easily manufactured in both high and low volume.