Engineering and Technical Services
For quality engineering and Technical Services, look for a job shop staffed with industry - experienced professionals skilled in a variety of engineering disciplines. They should be able to evaluate and enhance product form, fit, and function. They can then optimize product shape, movement, weight, cost, performance and quality, identifying the best design in the time frame desired.
Success requires introducing products faster than your competitors, at lower cost and higher quality. First-rate engineering and technical services provide companies across industry lines with a strategic, competitive advantage by streamlining engineering processes, optimizing product quality, and reducing time - to - market. The goal during the development cycle is to evaluate and optimize product functionality and minimize manufacturing costs. To achieve your objectives, the product development process will provide a strategic, competitive advantage.
In a concurrent engineering environment, the steps required to bring a product to completion occur simultaneously. While the engineering department performs concept studies, detailed parts are created, design optimizations are run, and drawings are completed. Overlapping these functions dramatically reduces time - to - market. This process is accomplished with fully associative models, which enable multiple disciplines to contribute simultaneously to a single product model. Concurrent engineering allows a change made anywhere in the development process to be distributed throughout the entire design, automatically updating all engineering deliverables including assemblies, details, and bill of materials. Associativity makes concurrent engineering possible by encouraging change - without penalty - at any point in the development cycle, thereby enabling downstream functions to contribute their knowledge and expertise earlier.
Assistance can also be provided in the development of manufacturing equipment and processes of your respective products. Design assistance is available in a variety of different venues: product, machine, tool, fixture, and die design to name a few. Also, with the use of parametric development, your service provider can easily evaluate and modify multiple iterations throughout the design process, resulting in shorter manufacturing cycles and a library of standard, proven designs that can serve as a basis for new products. This can dramatically accelerate your company's time-to-market and can also sharpen your company's competitive edge.
Accelerating time-to-market requires more development in less time. To achieve this efficiency, engineers, designers, and detailers work on a product simultaneously. Also, today, companies are realizing tremendous productivity gains and cost reductions by using standard, proven designs as the basis for new products. This approach can be used to build entire product families for companies. As future generations of products are built, the benefits of these services extend well beyond the initial investment.
Process Animation - Unleash Your Product Design
Businesses are always looking at ways to bring their products to market faster and your services provider should always be looking at ways to get them there! For example, a recent service offering is an animation and web publishing solution that allows communication of 3D product information for downstream applications including interactive assembly, maintenance and repair documentation, product catalogs and presentations. There is little preparation involved, just deciding how someone might use the specific product or procedure. Once this has been established, there are multiple outputs that can be delivered, including web pages (HTML) and Windows-based movie (AVI) files.
This new tool can be used as a gateway to universally share information that spans across product design, development, sales and service in the following manners:
- Engineering - animation of key elements of a specific design for presentation purposes
- Manufacturing - animation of production procedures embedded in electronic process sheets
- Training - animation of operational procedures
- Maintenance - animation of maintenance procedures accessible via a laptop using a typical Web browser
- Sales - animation of actual design embedded as an AVI video in customer proposal
- Marketing - animation showing key features of a new product viewable with Powerpoint or a Web browser
Design Assistance service providers are currently using this tool for a variety of different clients in a variety of ways: to convey design intent, to communicate product information, as a training aid, and to facilitate product assembly and servicing. Clients have responded that this service has reduced the time it takes to communicate complicated mechanisms by up to 75%.
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