The Norwegian start-up Zaptec had a vision for a revolutionary electric vehicle charger that, for the first time, moved all the complex electrical infrastructure – including safety functions, fuses, energy measurement and computing components – inside the charging box. That way all a customer would need is the box itself and a cable to charge up the car.
But that wasn't all. Zaptec also wanted this charger to be smaller, to improve on existing industry standards, and to look great at the same time. A key challenge was finding a socket small enough to work with the design requirements. Zaptec turned to ITT's Cannon brand to solve three problems – engineering a new socket, creating a new sealing concept and offering an increased power specification range for the charging station.
The process was challenging but ITT's focus on problem solving combined with engineering expertise and the flexibility to alter the design based on Zaptec's evolving needs helped make the project a success.
The Cannon team performed rapid prototyping, developing new tools and qualifications and providing consistent technical support through each step of the process. The team's responsive, intuitive engineering resulted in a new generation of socket – one featuring a protruded port area and a zigzag base – enabling a perfect “angled” fit into the new casing. Like a glove.
Innovative thinking is standard practice at Cannon and we are proud of the long-term partnerships we have developed with our customers. For more information on our Cannon brand, please visit our website