Middle Atlantic Products

Lean Design Process Modernizes the College Lectern

BOLTGROUP conducted research and used a Lean product development process to engineer and design the new L7 lectern for Middle Atlantic Products.
What We Did

Industrial Design
Mechanical Engineering
Concept Development

Customer Validation Testing
Market / User Research
Prototyping

Appearance Models
3D CAD Modeling

Challenge

Middle Atlantic Products (MAP) wished to create an innovative lectern for higher education. The key was to employ MAP’s rack mount technology in a way conducive to teaching and accommodating people of all sizes and abilities. Additionally, MAP wanted a “Lean” product development process to improve speed to market while incorporating the voice of the customer.

Solution

BOLTGROUP conducted research with product distributors, university administrators, professors, and facility managers. Research with these subjects is often contradictory—it requires deep understanding of the end user and the sales / distribution process. A thorough design + validation process was needed to negotiate the multiple criteria of ADA compliance, aesthetics, minimal footprint yet large technology storage, and sound structural engineering. And our Lean development schedule meant it all had to happen fast!

Middle Atlantic Lectern Concept Evaluation

Result

The MAP L7 Lectern combines a teaching desk and lectern in a contemporary, elegant design. Height adjustment of the lectern provides enhanced ergonomics for the widest range of users—exceeding ADA compliance. The technology tray provides connectivity for laptops while the under counter cabinet has rackmount storage and built-in thermal management. The structural design smartly integrates power and data cables for easy installation and access. The L7 was designed with teachers, facility managers, and installers in mind.

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