Patron needed to develop a modular service pedestal design to accommodate a wide range of different sizes and function configurations without having to create new tooling for every new model.
With funding assistance for the MPod 300 project from the Victorian Government Boost Your Business Advanced Manufacturing Grant program the project started with an innovative modular design concept.
The first Patron Power MPod 300 is installed and operating at Sanctuary Cove marina in Queensland, facilitated by marina manufacturer, Superior Jetties. The state-of-the-art MPod 300 pedestal design is designed to be configured to accommodate a range of different size requirements and functions including 400AMP high output units. The new modular design unites the various specialised customisations that Patron has created for their marina clients over many years.
In the past, specialised units were custom built. This required a lot of manual assembly and customised design for Patron Power. The new modular MPod 300 design, offers multiple custom functions encased in one styling theme and construction. The design streamlines manufacturing and customisation, reducing the high-level of manual assembly required in order for Patron to satisfy customer needs and requests.
MPod 300 is engineered and designed using marine grade stainless steel, robust polymers and high strength aluminium alloys making it strong and resistant to the harsh elements of sun, wind and salt typical of marine environments.
The MPod 300 design enables units of different heights and widths to be manufactured using common mouldings and aluminium extrusions with minimal investment in tooling. One set of mouldings and extrusions can produce at least four different types of units, the MPod 300, MPod 300-2, MPod 220 and SOS models.
Overall, the design maintains a high degree of ingress protection (IP66) ensuring product compliance in the toughest conditions. A cleverly engineered ‘rail’ lighting system wraps around the entire pedestal. The lighting provides significantly higher presence and visibility with only marginal increase in power usage.
It features a precise ‘neon’ effect that can be customised and programmed to customer requirements, with a crisp white light for standard pedestal units and a red neon colour for an emergency SOS unit. RGB mode has been slated to enable customers to change pedestal colours and lighting patterns on demand. There is also potential for a new smart system architecture that combines, power and water monitoring with status indicators.
Patron Power is well on its way to capture the market for high output marina pedestals with the new MPod 300 design. Its innovative modular design with multiple high-end functionality now makes mooring at any modern marina a totally connected experience.