Records of Wedge Innovations, 1985-1996

Notes
Reproduction fees for commercial use. Copyright status of items varies.
The SmartLevel was conceived in 1985 by Andrew G. Butler, who formed Wedge Innovations in 1986 in the basement of his home in order to develop and market this level. The company developed the sensor technology and software necessary to build the WedgeLevel. The heart of this tool was an electronic sensor circuit connected to a microprocessor capable of measuring the tool's orientation.
Register available in repository. Controls described materials at folder level.
Records donated by Andrew Butler, Brian Bayley, Kevin Reeder, Rick Fetter, Ronald Wisnig, Ken Gunderson. Oral histories conducted by David Shayt, NMAH.
Organization
Divided into 7 series. Chronological arrangement
Summary
Collection documents the invention and development of a new hand tool, the SmartLevel, an electronic builder's level, including company management and policies. It contains design notebooks, detailed technical drawings, financial statements, correspondence, operational records, advertisements, etc.
Series 1: Corporate Records, 1985-1993, address the overall management of Wedge Innovations and documents its policies.
Series 2: Engineering Records (1985-1994) document the design and development of the SmartLevel, including design notebooks and detailed technical drawings.
Series 3: Financial Records (1986-1992): Wedge's summary financial statements.
Series 4: Marketing Records (1986-1992) document customer and dealer relations through correspondence, operational records, advertisements, photographs, and videotapes.
Series 5: Operations Records (1990-1992) document the manufacturing process and the company's offshore operations.
Series 6: Product Development Records (1987-1992) document the company's intended development of an entire "Smart Tools" line.
Series 7: Corporate Culture series (1985-1996) contains employee photographs and oral history interviews with key Wedge personnel.
Cite as
Records of Wedge Innovations, 1985-1996, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Repository Loc.
Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American History : Archives Center. P.O. Box 37012, Suite 1100, MRC 601, Constitution Ave., between 12th and 14th Sts., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20013-7012. Call 202-633-3270 for appointment. Fax: 202-786-2453
Date
1985
1985-1996
1980-2000
1950-2000
1970-2000
1990-2000
creator
Wedge Innovations
interviewer
Shayt, David H
donor
Butler, Andrew G
Bayley, Brian
Reeder, Kevin
Fetter, Rick
Wisnig, Ronald
Gunderson, Ken
Uniform title
SmartLevel
Place
United States
Physical description
13 cu. ft.: 28 boxes
Local number
1996.3066 (NMAH Acc.)
1996.3065 (NMAH Acc.)
1995.3072 (NMAH Acc.)
1995.3067 (NMAH Acc.)
Topic
Tools
Inventors
Investors
Industrial designers
Engineers
Carpenters
Advertising--Tools
Merchandise displays
Carpentry--Tools
Electronics--Tools and implements
Industrial design
Product demonstrations
Technological innovations--Hand tools
Small business--Management
Venture capital
Silicon Valley
Teak--Use of
Level indicators
Leveling
Data Source
Archives Center, National Museum of American History