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Gratnells consolidates STEM packaging expertise with international partnership
Gratnells, the global leader in educational storage solutions, based in Harlow, has continued its commitment to enhancing worldwide classrooms by redesigning a CoDrone STEM education kit for a robotics company in the USA.
Established 7 years ago in San Diego, California, Robolink make STEM education accessible, engaging and fun for American children and hobbyists. The company encourages students to learn about science, technology, engineering and mathematics through hands-on robotics kits, the latest of which required fully customisable speciality packaging.
Gratnells, the creators of the iconic Gratnells tray, has been providing solutions directly to more than 68 countries around the world from the UK for over 40 years. Opening a dedicated US operations site last year, the company has solidified its international offering by producing modern STEAM activity and makerspace storage designed to suit a curriculum shaped by the modern world.
As education equipment becomes more technologically advanced and sophisticated, an increasing number of STEM kit developers at home and abroad are turning to Gratnells to provide trays and SmartCases capable of housing bespoke kit components. Protective and customisable systems are often required that are capable of carrying inserts for segmenting delicate equipment, small components, electronics and art supplies.
For the Robolink CoDrone kit, a tough, lightweight and versatile storage case with ideal qualities for storing delicate parts was selected, Gratnells SmartCase. The Gratnells product development team then established that a suitable solution would need to house all components, spares, controllers and finally assembled drones. A bespoke design of die cut foam inserts with removable sections was created and full customisation procedures were implemented to ensure all components remained secure in pre and post build states. To complete the package, the SmartCases were finished with the CoDrone logo.
Wes Hsu, VP of UX & Design at Robolink, said “Customers love the way the parts are laid out and say they just can’t wait to start building. The Gratnells team were able to take feedback and reach a solution that made sense despite have a pretty tough set of parameters for the CoDone case to meet.”
Anthony Byrne, Product Manager at Gratnells said, “We are very pleased with the way the solution turned out for Robolink. The SmartCase solution really adds value to STEM coding, robotics and programing kits and the customisation looks great.”