Design Energy Services

By: Design Energy  06-Dec-2011
Keywords: Equipment Manufacturers

We embark on a comprehensive design process, working with you from concept stage right through to productionisation of the final product, and including the manufacturing process itself.

Our approach to design while highly innovative and dynamic, is supported by over 20 years of practical, real world engineering experience. It is this expertise that enables us to anticipate and resolve manufacturing challenges prior to productionisation, ensuring that the product can be manufactured efficiently and cost effectively.

While our core business is mechanical engineering design, providing a truly integrated solution often means working with professionals in many disciplines, including manufacturing, hardware and software designers, industrial designers, and Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM). This holistic approach ensures an end product truly ‘designed-for-manufacture’, as the development-production loop is complete, a critical aspect often lacking in a traditional development cycle.

Our process is detailed below. Select a stage to understand more about how we work.

    stage 1: pre-development

    It is critical that this stage is completed before the development commence as it ensures all parties involved have a clear and common understanding of all project requirements. This includes:

    • Scope of work
    • Product technical requirements capture (of both end user and producer)
    • Commercial drivers – timeframes, product and development costs.

    stage 2: concept design

    This stage involves fleshing out a range of high level ideas of one (or more) possibilities which meet the requirements identified in stage 1. The best of these ideas are then chosen and used to develop a full concept which is presented for discussion and approval by the client. This includes:

    • Technology Research
    • Brainstorming and sketching
    • Function & usability analysis
    • Aesthetic design
    • Materials and process research
    • Partner capability studies (designated production and assembly partners)

    stage 3: concept realisation

    The approved concept is developed until all aspects of the product are understood and any technical challenges have been overcome. This includes:

    • 3D CAD modeling
    • Mechanical engineering (verification of design against technical requirements)
    • Determining materials and manufacturing processes
    • Risk analysis (identification and management of any development risks)
    • Specification and sourcing of OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) Prototyping, testing & evaluation

    stage 4: detail design

    The design is optimised to suit all aspects of the chosen materials and manufacturing processes, transforming the final concept into a manufacturable, saleable product. This includes:

    • Part and assembly design optimisation for manufacture
    • Manufacturing drawings and assemblies
    • Bills of materials (BOM)
    • Custom equipment design (fixturing, process machines and robotics)

    stage 5: production

    The validated product is released for manufacturing. This includes:

    • Pilot build (verifying production processes and capabilities)
    • Off tool sampling and evaluation against design
    • Supply chain, design revision control, BOM management
    • Process development

    stage 6: manufacturing process development

    This stage identifies production optimsation opportunities including cost, quality and throughput improvements. This includes:

    • Work flow optimisation, time and motion studies
    • Specification and integration of all machine elements – manual and automated
    • Project management, resource management
    • Systems design and commissioning

    Keywords: Equipment Manufacturers