A world of creative engineering
Sought-after for its exceptional track record and innovative ideas, Computime was invited to work with a world leader in the grill industry to create a game-changing new device aimed at urbanites. The challenge? To create the controller for the smartest electric grill on the market.
Highly versatile, the sleek grill functions both indoors and outdoors — and it’s compact enough to fit on an apartment balcony. Additionally, the weatherproof device features Bluetooth technology, pairs with a convenient mobile app, and features four thermometers that monitor the real-time temperature of meats, so customers never have to worry about overcooking a steak again. All that, plus cast iron grates to produce that same classic sear and flavor you’d expect from a charcoal grill experience.
At the onset of the project, Computime was responsible for the manufacturing services of the controller. However, Computime’s experienced engineers saw an opportunity to improve the schematics and circuitry without compromising key production targets. The proactive and innovative proposal inspired the client to re-assign design management to Computime.
Collaborating on the project’s mechanical design and spearheading the manufacturing process, Computime encountered several technical challenges along the way. To ensure the grill’s external frame and control panel remained cool to the touch, our hardware and mechanical engineers teamed up to design a special heating element — essentially an insulation layer between the heating element and the controller — that would reduce temperatures internally and prevent heat from leaking into the controls.
The team also installed an auto shutdown system called GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) in case of a safety issue. In addition, Computime collaborated with the client’s in-house engineers to ensure all of the components would pass the highest food safety standards.
By working closely with the client and applying our own original ideas, Computime developed a holistic creative engineering strategy to create one of the most advanced grills on the market.