Automation Design & Build Process

Dispensing automation

Step 1. Concept Design

The initial phase begins by communicating with our client to define the project and design specifications.

  1. A multidisciplinary project team including a project manager is established to develop preliminary ideas to meet client's objectives and minimize both risk and cost.
  2. Prototype and development testing is conducted to identify the process or product-related data needed to provide a robust engineering solution.
  3. Our project team works to explore the available concepts to select the best fit for the application and client's needs.
  4. Design is reviewed for client approval prior to beginning the detailed design phase.

Step 2. Detailed Design

In the detailed design phase, the conceptual design is converted into a full development package ready for build.

  1. Off the shelf, custom designed, and long lead items will be specified in a 3D CAD solid model.
  2. Tolerance stack-ups, sensor locations, and virtual function checks are completed.
  3. Control strategies, wiring schematics, and operator interfaces are designed.
  4. Process failure modes and effects are analyzed, and corrective measures are identified for each.
  5. Engineering prints are created for the mechanical and electrical components.
  6. Upon customer review, the prints are released from engineering to begin fabrication and assembly.

Step 3. Build & Test

The build begins as project components are machined, ordered, or modified according to the approved prints.

  1. All materials and equipment for the build are stored in a designated area.
  2. An experienced machine build leader inspects the incoming parts and checks for fit and functionality.
  3. Once mechanically assembled, the controls build team wires the electrical control panels, sensors, and motors.
  4. A white board in each area contains the build's scope, schedule, and details to keep project on-time and on-budget.
  5. Mechanical and electrical debug precedes the controls software load, and machine is officially brought to life.
  6. Internal testing and status information is continuously shared with the client through the Factory Acceptance Test (FAT) completion.

Step 4. Delivery & Installation

After testing all aspects of the machine to project specifications, safety regulations, and legal standards, the final product is delivered to the client.

  1. The machine is crated and shipped to your location where the lead builder will support any necessary installation requirements as needed.
  2. The Site Acceptance Test (SAT) is conducted for final confirmation the machine is working to its design intent.
  3. Technical documentation is delivered along with the machine to further support and train production or maintenance personnel.
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