OE Elsafe – TUF-R

OE Elsafe – TUF-R has been selected as an ABA100® Winner for Eco Innovation in The Australian Business Awards 2023. The Australian Business Award for Eco Innovation [ECO] recognises environmentally conscious products and services that provide innovative solutions for business and market needs. 

We are very pleased to be recognised as the 2023 Eco Innovator Award winner for our TUF-R USB charging modules.  TUF-R provides the opportunity for our customers to incorporate eco-friendly solutions into their commercial space designs.

We are extremely proud of our OE team, including our research and development team, who work tirelessly to provide industry-leading technology solutions to real-world problems.

TUF USB charging modules have been in development for a few years now, with the latest designs (TUF-R) incorporating both advanced technologies, robust design, and eco-friendly features.

The challenge was to combine two technologies, (a mains socket outlet and a USB charger) which have completely different lifespans and technologies. Mains sockets have remained the same for over 50 years however USB chargers evolve every 1-2 years. To address the differences the TUF-R replaceable “module” was born, where just the USB charger could be easily changed out as technology developed.

Designed for the future to be replaceable by anyone, TUF-R gives control to facilities managers, who can upgrade or replace a module using a simple tool.

  • No electrician is required.
  • There is no need to turn off the power.
  • There is no need to replace the whole product.

Replacing a TUF-R USB module and not the whole product saves time and resources and reduces unnecessary waste.

We are excited to be making a difference with this unique offering in our industry.

Tim Sindle, Manager, R&D Engineering, OE Elsafe

OE Elsafe Australia and its parent company OE Electrics in the UK, have 35 years of experience powering commercial spaces. OE specialises in designing and manufacturing power and data distribution modules, cable management, and soft wiring solutions. OE Elsafe is committed to excellence in products, services, and support. OE Elsafe has embedded continuous improvement policies that drive the development and implementation of sustainable solutions in its business practices to reduce the impact on the environments in which they operate.

Commercial spaces need power for end-user laptops and mobile phones. This power is almost always provided as a combination of AC power sockets and USB charging ports, which until now came as a single moulded product. AC power sockets are a ‘50-year technology’ with very little evolution; however, USB charging technology changes every few years as end users upgrade their laptops and mobile phones. The challenge was given to the OE Elsafe’s Research and Development team, who designed a commercial-grade solution that addressed the different life expectancies of AC sockets and USB charging ports.

OE Elsafe developed the TUF-R, a compact yet powerful, field-replaceable USB A+C laptop and mobile fast charging module. TUF-R modules come in two profiles and are designed to fit most OE Elsafe products to provide device charging in the commercial space. TUF-R modules can be integrated into OE Elsafe desktop power rails, table boxes, commercial furniture, and panel mounted. The TUF-R USB charging module offers an eco-friendly option with unique features that aim to reduce waste. The design features that make this possible are the Modular Product Design, TUF-R, Replacable and Reversible Type A Port. Replacing just the TUF-R USB charging module and not the whole product extends the life of the product TUF-R is fitted to. Therefore, the TUFF-R is designed to save time and resources and reduce waste.

For information about OE Elsafe, visit oeelsafe.com.au

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