Our Prototype Development Philosophy
Collaboratively brainstorm to identify risks and opportunities
Conduct experiments for initial global design optimization and retire risks
Build in stages that add value and provide feedback and marketing opportunities
Accurately track and manage budgets, schedules, quality, and risk throughout your project
Mathematically adapting your concepts to build automated equipment
Process feedback to controls
Integration with machine vision and optical sensors
Thermal Systems Engineering
Full system design and simulation
Finite Element Analysis
Heat exchanger design
Bulk Solids Engineering
Solve flow and uniformity issues
Material testing of cohesive strength and wall friction
Pneumatic and screw conveyor design
Rotary airlocks, mixers, agitators, feeding mechanisms, etc...
For various chemical and distillation processes, we have designed and built heat exchangers.
-Shell and tube: Precision TIG welded, robust stainless steel construction
-Brazed and soldered
We designed these cold plates, which are used to control the epoxy curing of camera lenses.
Since 2007, our cold plates have been relied upon for-Metrology: Where pressure fluctuations are decoupled (mechanically) from the structure-Epoxy Lens Replication: Holding temperatures to within ±0.03°C (3σ) -Manufacturing Parts
We designed and built an oven to encapsulate an entire process. It included a fan for circulation and a broad array of heating coils with 2 layers of thermal protection for explosion hazard from solvent vapors.
MOLECULAR DISTILLATION SYSTEM
We designed, built, and sold 3 explosion proof molecular distillation systems in 2019. This involved mass flow and heat transfer analysis, heat exchanger design, and fabrication.
SCIP (Simultaneous Collimated Illumination Platform)
This optical test set repurposed a JPL illumination platform to scan the field of view of an imaging spectrometer, which Edwin also designed.
The frame was designed to be extremely rigid to avoid any resonant frequencies at the cryocooler frequency (60Hz) and to be above the vibration isolator cutoff frequency (15Hz). The monochromator was mounted on vibration isolators and it had minimal vibration.
Edwin designed a system of 'Cassettes' with mirrors to adjust to the individual misalignments in the boresight of the instrument.
One of the resonant modes that Edwin modeled on the SCIP frame.
The completed SCIP successfully minimized the vibration of the cryocoolers to allow precise optical calibration of the imaging spectrometer.
Our customer had an issue getting the bottom of a pouch to pop out so that they can fill it with spices.
We built this pouch opener in 1 week. Now it is being used in the factory and is opening 1000s of pouches per day.
Due to in-house Machining and Welding, we completed the functioning product within 1 week
The Pouch Opener was delivered and put into production
CAD Design Completed within 3 days
Button Swivel Puncher
A local firearms accessory customer makes slings which require 1000's of button swivels per month. They are committed to 100% Made-in-USA, but the supply of button swivels was disrupted. Now they are making button swivels in-house.
Because of our machine design experience, we completed our CAD design within 1 week; and it worked the first time.
First test before button swivels introduced
Due to our experienced machining capabilities, we finished the mechanical assembly in house 4 weeks.
Since this is a prototype, we used a scalable controls architecture with lots of room to spare.