Process

We designed our phased development process to deterministically produce robust, tailor-made solutions. In this collaborative approach, we seek mutual understanding between all project stakeholders. Together we ensure alignment of key features and capabilities early on to reduce risk so we can accelerate through machine building and integration. Each distinct phase further solidifies the concept to inform and streamline subsequent phases. The outcome is a machine that reliably meets production requirements and delivers ease of ownership down the road.

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Phase 1

Concept Development

Sound ideas start with shared understanding. We begin our customer partnerships by asking thoughtful questions, challenging assumptions, and listening carefully for opportunities. By broadening our definition of the problem, we can explore all possibilities in a realistic way. Multiple concept options enable you to determine the best direction to go from here.

Phase 2

Concept Refinement

The partnership expands in this phase as we bring together more members of our team and yours to test concepts, share results, summarize findings, and invite feedback. This enables risk mitigation planning while inspiring a lively exchange of ideas that facilitate the development of reliable, long-term solutions. With the concept refined, we’re ready to order long-lead components and dive deeper into the details.

Phase 3

Design

We continue to engage your team through the design phase by discussing feature options and design refinements as we optimize machine configuration for your needs. Possible variations are deliberated with attention toward process flow and efficiency, safety and ergonomics, ease of maintenance, spare parts commonality, and economics. This open dialogue establishes common expectations and understanding between our teams. Together, we will narrow all possibilities down to what is essential, seeking a machine that is well suited for the surrounding systems. From here, we have a firm foundation on which to proceed with the manufacture of your solution.

Phase 4

Build

The build phase is streamlined by close involvement and deep understanding from the build team up to this point. Mechanical, electrical, and systems engineers come together with fabricators, machinists, and technicians to uncover any final opportunities to simplify the build process. Each perspective helps bring the concept to life in our facility and improve odds for a successful outcome as we bring the machine to production readiness.

Phase 5

Factory Acceptance Test

We invite members of your team to join us and see the machine in operation in our facility. In addition to running in production conditions, our team shares insights on the operation of and care for the system in its production setting. In an atmosphere of mutual learning, we begin training operators and maintenance technicians in best practices while identifying enhancements to machine usability and efficiency.

Phase 6

Installation to Start-Up

When the machine arrives at your plant, our team joins yours through installation, commissioning, start-up, Customer Acceptance Testing, and training. Throughout this process, we work to streamline machine integration with upstream and downstream equipment to maximize the operating window for the production line as a whole. We work side by side with your operators and technicians to ensure a complete technology transfer, enabling your team to support the system with competence.

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