9 Essential Steps of the Engineering Process

9 Essential Steps of the Engineering Process

Engineering is not for the faint of heart. Becoming an engineer can take at least five years of high education and it could be significantly more depending on “your” career track. Part of that educational process is learning how to successfully take an idea on paper and turn it into a functioning machine in reality.

At CNC Solutions, our experienced team of engineers uses a tried and true process for every new concept that comes our way, ensuring that your product and end result is exactly what you want it to be. Here is how we do it:

9 Steps to Engineering an Automated Solution

These are the components necessary to ensure quality control, adequate testing, functionality, and customer satisfaction.

  • Developing the Process – Work directly with client to create an outline of what is needed to perform their task at hand.
  • Visualizing the Concept – Use a 3D modeling software such as Solidworks to take what we learned during the initial phase closer to a reality.
  • Design – Bring the concept to actual specification and create fully detailed prints for the build stage. This design stage often overlaps with the concept stage, and should involve repeated client review.
  • Build – Create and assemble an automated production cell or custom machine to be made ready for the next stage of testing. Our operation builds and machines most components in-house, while other firms may use vendors to complete this stage.
  • Test – Run the automated cell and/or custom machine build and note any problems or necessary improvements.
  • Prove-Out– Ensure that everything is in working order, up to our customer’s satisfaction.
  • Run-off – Run newly built and tested machine or machining cell according to specific production criteria. This process proves the system to the customer, with their materials. Example: a finished cell must complete 200 pieces per hour.
  • Install – Install new equipment at client location.
  • Train – Train client staff on use and maintenance of new product; depending on the situation, a higher level of training may be included. CNC Solutions has our own training facility and can offer training courses for client employees, and travel to the client facility for on-site instruction.

It goes without saying that a commitment to communication, collaboration, and customer service is essential to completing these nine steps successfully. Having a team as well-versed in listening to the customer as they are in their area of expertise is invaluable, but that’s not the only quality an automation and robotics engineer must have.

Engineers Never Stop Seeking an Answer to the Problem

Relentless problem solving is what powers the entire 9 step process. Without it, any team of developers would run out of steam before the design process managed to get off the ground. Any engineer at CNC Solutions knows that if they don’t know the answer to a question off-hand, it’s their job to seek it out and provide both current and potential customers with the information they need. Our reputation in the automation industry for going above and beyond the average integrator speaks for itself, and we encourage any aspiring engineers to work towards that same level of commitment in our industry. For those shopping around for an engineering or automation firm, we advise paying just as much attention to a company’s workplace culture as their repertoire.

When the time comes to finding an engineering firm to create the right solution for you, focusing your search on ones that are collaborative, flexible, and communicative throughout the design, development, testing, and implementation processes will be helpful in ensuring you get exactly what you need. For more information on our engineering process, quality control, and product testing, connect with us via our Contact portal for more information.

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