Engineering work is not usually done in isolation. There’s an entire context to delivering safe, functional and efficient designs in mechanical applications. We are not always needed as a full-time team, and many manufacturing companies do not want to carry the overhead of an engineering department.
However, making sure that a design will work, especially in a safe way, is both responsible and reassuring to our customers and the public. Thus, we often find ourselves supporting engineers that understand their business and projects thoroughly. We help out with validation of their designs and run calculations and FEA with P.E. stamps to confirm that a design will work as intended before any metal gets cut or designs get fabricated.
We provide our professional engineering analysis and reporting so that there is confidence with such validations. Sometimes, the designs require reinforcement or geometry changes. Other times, there’s a now known quantifiable safety factor that can be accounted for.
Every environment and use case is different and many times having a second set of eyes to validate a design helps clarify assumptions. How a lifting beam will support loads, or how fatigue over time will weaken a machine or structure is important to know when equipment is used in the field, especially around human beings.
Modeling performance and safety is much cheaper than the rare, catastrophic event. Seeing it virtually or computationally is a due diligence that engineering design work benefits from by removing some of the unknowns.
What kind of designs are you working on that would benefit from validation?