Innovations to existing equipment in a production line, fabrication facility or a shop are often great ways to increase efficiency, production or even to add to the safety of the equipment. Often these changes require more than just basic adjustments, so having a machine equipment specialist to complete the work is essential.
In St Paul, as around the country, there are a few of these “all in one” types of shops. These are the places where you can take an idea for a prototype, or go with an idea of a modification for your own use, and their team can turn your idea into a reality.
These businesses typically have a top in-house staff of engineers, technicians and trades professionals. They can handle everything from assisting with creating a computer model to scale to actually manufacturing the part, component, repair or improvement for you.
If you are designing a prototype, it is a good idea to get the professionals at the machine equipment service involved in the process as soon as possible. This can save you both time and money, and it will also streamline the design process.
Most of these services will use a team approach, and with their in-house staff of trades professionals troubleshooting and problem solving can be handled by specific experts. This means that the controls, assembly, hydraulics, machining and electronics will all be developed to work together as part of the design and development phase.
The same is also true to modifications or improvements of existing equipment. Often what seems like a good idea conceptually will not be effective to do the task, or it may cause other issues with the operation of the equipment or the machine. Working with the professionals can prevent these types of issues.
Working with a machine equipment specialist doesn’t have to involve a big budget. Talk honestly with the company and explain your budget for the project. A top company will evaluate the project and provide an estimate that will allow you to determine if you wish to proceed.
These companies are also very good at staying within the estimate. This is very different than working with multiple shops each handling their own component of the design. This is the least cost effective option with the St Paul inventor or innovator often ending up with large budget overages for the new design or prototype.