oday, it is almost impossible
to find a product that is purely mechanical. Developments of
computers and communication have resulted in products which, if
not mainly build around electronics (cellular phones, point of sale
devices, computers), are at least controlled by software (toys,
kitchen appliances, HVAC). This new course has made the integration of
multiple technologies and disciplines a critical factor for a successful
Recognizing the importance of integration, we focus on the creation of true
interdisciplinary teams with expertise in different fields, from
electronics to environmental studies, as well as cooperating with the people from your
marketing department. Although we provide interdisciplinary integrated
solutions, our greatest advantage is the Product Development expertise and management of the whole Product Development
Our knowledge of the market trends and user expectations, in conjunction with our expertise in
various manufacturing environments, represents a necessary link between
the solutions from various disciplines integrated into an optimized solution and
management of the product development process from 'Concept to Production
Development is the only discipline, or
rather, the combination of disciplines which bridges the gap
between different objectives. Working from the very beginning towards the set
objectives, we are passionate about creating the designs, which are at the
same time aesthetically appealing, cost effective and highly
sacrificing any of the features. We find our competitive advantage to be n our ability to combine different skills with our mastery of production oriented product development process itself coupled with our continues efforts advantage in the
combination of different skills together with mastery of the
product development process itself, we exert substantial efforts in
acquiring knowledge about acquire cutting edge knowledge in technological developments, market and design trends, and more importantly to accurately identify the existing and future needs of end users.
having as ultimate goal the building of a prototype and/or organizing production our mechanical engineers knowledgable of the manufacturing processes, not only select the most suitable material and manufacturing process but also design assemblies and part geometry to provide a desired function,for the form as defined by our Industrial Designers.
While most of the Product Development services are clearly the mechanical engineering, Industrial Designers are critical in creation of the ultimate product style and form factor appropriate for the target market.
These services listed here as Core Services are critical to the success of your product idea.
Using contemporary planning
techniques in conjunction with our Traditional Engineering approach and extensive experience we
successfully manage every product design project providing
the agreed upon deliverables on time and on budget. Project management is one of the areas where we constantly evaluate and improve our skills. Maintaining the project schedule from from day one and
regularly updating the project critical path, we remain focused
on the set goals and keep our clients content by sticking to the deadlines and project plans.
PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT CONSULTING
Years of experience in developing products place our Product Development expertise well beyond just mechanical engineering and industrial design activities. We prepare strategies and plans to eliminate risks, including how to deal with all uncertainties and variables, stage activities and involve any special resources needed. Recognizing different situations and specific goals of each individual client, we make necessary adjustments to the process and related activities. Our ability to anticipate possible outcomes based on our past experience empower us to select the best product development path and make right and safe technical decisions in order to maximize the results while minimizing costs.
It is almost impossible to
determine when engineering starts or
ends. From the solutions in particular field of engineering to compliance with specific
regulations and standardards, engineering plays an
essential role in the design process. Taking advantage of a highly systematic and analytical
approach of the traditional engineering methodologies we have adopted, we
offer a repeatable quality of our solutions. The whole design process is
controlled and well documented, providing an easy transfer of Know-How
design actiivites are performed using the top of the line CAD/CAE software and
electronically communicated to the manufacturers.. However we still
value immaculately prepared traditional drawings / blue prints for the documentation
Beside solutions in general engineering areas such as material
selection together with stress and strength analysis, mechanical design of special
mechanisms resolving kinematical and dynamics issues, or solution for the
problems involving friction and tribology; we offer engineering
services in areas of thermodynamics, fluid-dynamics & pneumatics as well as
oscillations and vibrations. Engineering Solutions are engineered based on
strong theoretical knowledge and experience accumulated, and empirical data acquired from research and
and Engineering of cooling and heat dissipation systems for electronic devices with
moderate and high watt density, coolers, radiators, fans etc. for electronics packaging, enclosure over the body dissipation for small devices and charging units and high discharge rechargeable battery devices. On board / PCB based cooling... mechanical design of custom heaters and heating elements, speciality cooling and heating.
of the RF and EMI/EMC Shielding for sensitive electronic or devices used in
medical / military environments. Custom and 19" Rack Mount enclosures 1U, 3U, 6U. etc..
we provide mechanical design of shielding on the enclosure level or on the PCB level or both. EMI and EMC shielding for portable electronics devices, medical devices and instrumentation.
Mechanism Design (motion)
For mechanical systems requiring specific motion or mechanism, we provide necessaries kinematical analysis and design of mechanisms to provide specified motion, speeds and forces, including all parts, drives and linkages, geometry, verify kinematics and time & mechanism motion behavior, and if required verify dynamics for required velocities and accelerations and mass of designed mechanism components together with required forces parameters. Design of mechanisms occasionally needs to be iterative process in order to optimize mass and strength of the components for the required accelerations. Additionally mechanism design may be overlaid with design of Electromechanical or Hydraulic / Pneumatic systems for more comprehensive mechanism or motion system.
Mechanical design and engineering of the electromechanical systems regardless if the desired system is mechanism or statical. For all motion systems we will include necessary drives, motors or breaks, sensors, transducers, switches and indicators etc., cable management, cooling, controllers etc.
Mechanical design and engineering of the specialty opto-mechanical systems, high power output LED, camera or LASER based. Design include design of specialty lenses such as Total Internal Reflection (TIR) lenses or simple Light Pipes and Light guides. Material selection as well as selection of suppliers with adequate manufacturing capabilities is paramount.
CAE & FEA analysis
There are many specific CAE analysis
which are performed depending on particular product design goals and
functional requirements while many are implemented in order to optimize
design for manufacturing process.
Special Analysis using CAE areas covered include:
Stress analysis on components and assemblies using FEA (Finite Element
Thermal and fluid flow analysis Computational fluid dynamics (CFD);
Kinematics; Mechanical event simulation (MES).
Analysis tools for process simulation for operations such as casting,
molding, and die press forming.
Optimization of the product or process.
Seal & Gasket Design
and Gasket development and mechanical design for electronics enclosures with moderate Ingress
Protection (IP) ratings (underwater equipment) or high Ingress
Protection ratings IP (gas sealing)
as specialty applications exposed to high pressure 10 - 1000
or very deep Vacuum (as deep as
10E-8 Torr) (Mass Spectrometry) ..mechanical design of custom seals and gaskets and mating sealing geometry for special applications and customized product designs..
Hydraulics & Pneumatics
Mechanical design and engineering of the hydraulic and pneumatic systems including sealing, custom components and regulation including safety features PRVs as well as mechanical design and engineering of individual hydraulic or pneumatic components as required for your hydrostatic or compressible fluid system.
Jigs and Fixtures
DESIGNLORE supports your in-house manufacturing effort by providing mechanical design of Jigs and Fixtures. For fast pace environments we can provide full Jig & Fixture Design Build service including Jig installation at your location.
Impact and Shock
and development of the vibration and impact and shock dampeners for
electronics and optical systems used under special or harsh environment
conditions (50G - 100 G) Impact bumpers, custom vibration mounts, and system vibration mounting. Mechanical design of electronic enclosures for shock and impact resistance.
For military & defense applications, mobile phones, and other portable wireless electronics and accessories we offer ruggedized designs both in specialty plastics or die castings. Additional specialty covers, bumpers or rubberized enclosures etc.
High Precision and Micro Parts
Very small and high precision parts
often require special manufacturing processes as well
as mechanical design and engineering with full understanding of
particular process capabilities and its limitations.
On the very beginning of the every product development industrial
designers visualize the end user operating the future product in order
to define functional requirements and style. Creation of beauty, style
and function, before no components have been designed and seemingly out
of nothing, can only be compared with the artist standing before the
white canvas. Moreover designs have to allow enough room for engineers
to materialize these ideas within given time and cost constraints.
Our Industrial Design follows the most contemporary design trends, accepting values and style traditionally preferred by a particular / target market. Our ID solutions offer features which will enhance our customer's corporate identity and generate end user's feeling of familiarity.
From numerous ID concepts only few with the best fit for the particular
purpose and market are taken for further refinement. Incorporating
elements of your corporate identity or 'retro' details in order to
enhance user's feeling of familiarity, conceptual designs will receive
character of its own before they are presented to the customer.
Design review with clients marketing and technical people will decide which
design provides the most distinctive and appealing look. Development of
the winning concept will continue together with mechanical design and
engineering ensuring ultimate functionality and longer life cycle of
your future product.
We prepare various materials for client's presentational purposes for sales and marketing, investors and/or board meetings: Visual models, Proof of Concept models, Artistic Vision and Concept sketches and renderings etc. We will incorporate your corporate markings and any additional necessary data.
Models and Prototypes
As part of development process or for any specific client's need we will prepare Clay models, Form study models, Breadboard, appearance and visual models. Proof of Concept and, Evaluation Models (Form, Fit & Function).
As part of our services we
offer assistance with client's Patent and ID Intellectual Property efforts and
preparation of necessary patent drawings and renderings.
Ergonomics and Human ( User) Factors
For some product our Industrial design services may include ergonomics & user human factors studies and analyses and necessary related Industrial Design services. (Form and Feel)
User Interface Design
Even the simplest products as long as used by humans require some sort of user interface. Intuitive operation, easy handling and self explanatory commands are hallmarks of the good industrial designs. Additionally we provide design of GUI (graphics user interface) for your digital device.
Product styling is provided for the specific market, target end user population, age, sex, habits, and specific group preferences following current product and fashion trends in the specific group zone of interests in order to meet group expectations at the time product is introduced to the market. Industrial Design will include market research of the direct competition products as well as similar products in the particular zone.
Contrary to the popular belief
that research is just tapping in the dark, for us it is well prepared
process with very simple goal: To remove any uncertainty that may be
encountered during product development. Not allowing our designs to
have these uncertainties, we verify our ideas each time theory or
similar designs do not provide enough data to proceed safely. Data
obtained from our simulation or mathematical models are confirmed
through appropriate "real life" tests; while vital functions or new and
innovative concepts are tested under "the worst case scenario"
Beside verification of the assumptions, we design and perform tests in
order to obtain exact values for known systems. Using LabVIEW data
acquisition software we can perform multi channel measurements up to
1000 samples per second. For physical systems, which are to be
controlled by software (EPROM) we can provide emulation before the
software design is even started.
Regarding the research as creative battle against uncertainties we take
the same approach dealing not only with mechanical and physical systems
but with less tangible issues such as ergonomics, user interface, even
style and shape. Off course results cannot be exact but the statistical
data analysis will definitely determine which concepts are more
appealing, preferred or commonly used.
In the early stages of the product development process, conceptual designs and proposed esthetical
and ergonomic features are discussed with customer using physical models and prototypes created using readily available materials like foam, cardboard,
breadboard or clay. Building of these models enables designers and customer to see materialized shape and style of the future product for the first time. The review of the models with customer concludes one of the most important phases during the product
development: the definition phase.
Since prototypes are used to verify design, for research and development and simulation of the actual manufacturing process they are
the best single source of information for designers and engineers.
Their use for presentation purposes and for communication with less
technical people makes them pivot point of the product development. In
order to accelerate product development cycle and provide marketing
people with unsurpassed tool, building of the prototypes is as early
and accurately as possible. For certain designs and the quickest
development cycle we provide prototypes build using SLS (Stereo Laser
Sintering), SLA (Stereo Lithography) or FDM ( Fused Deposition Modeling) Rapid Prototyping processes.
ENGINEERING SUPPORT TO MANUFACTURING
Selection of the suppliers and manufacturers is the second most important factor in achieving ultimate
quality under reasonable prices. From approval of the tools and
production first offs through continuous Quality Control and
technical support to the final assembly, manufacturing of your product
is managed with expertise and care by engineers. Implementing project
management and scheduling techniques numerous manufacturers and
suppliers are synchronized and supplied with all required documentation and instructions in order
to enable smooth and seamless delivery of the product.
Number of our clients take advantage of our full engineering support
management of all production activities relying on either client
preferred or on our high quality and pre approved off-shore suppliers in
Asia or locally.
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