A diverse mix of methods are used to verify that our products meet and exceed a range of stringent requirements.
Theoretical methods such as Finite Element Analysis (commonly known as FEA or stress analysis) provide instant feedback on the capabilities of our 3D models in terms of strength and deformation. This feedback allows an iterative approach where our designs can be optimised and refined in a very short time period, all within the 3D realm. This iterative approach leads to product cost reductions by minimising material in non-critical areas while retaining overall strength of the product. Our customers receive better designs in shorter time frames.
Theoretical calculations, Design For Manufacture reviews (DFM) and Failure Mode Effects Analysis (FMEA) are also commonly used to ensure that our designs are capable of achieving the highest standards for quality, reliability performance and endurance.
Prototype, pilot run and production components are frequently analysed and measured meticulously to ensure that the final product is compliant with all requirements. We are able to perform a range of measurements including dimensional, surface roughness, colour matching, strength (ultimate strength destructive testing) and endurance (cycle testing) on components and assembled products. Typically all of the required measurements are performed in-house.
Testing plays a vital role in validating that all designs, material selections and manufacturing processes are compliant with customer, regulatory and our own requirements. Our test equipment is commonly designed, constructed and programmed in-house. We have the capability to design many types of test rigs such as electronic, to electro-mechanical and pneumatic equipment.