TEKLAB specialises in technical development. We focus on product development and all this entails. What all our engineering activities have in common is the fact that they are being carried out with a very specific, forethought aim. This aim could be: cost reduction, enhancing quality/reliability or realisation of a product idea. We carry out our engineering activities both for small scale and relatively short-term projects, such as this camerahousing, and for long-term projects.
Phases of Engineering
What connects all our projects is that we work along a fixed number of steps. We divide the process from idea to product up into a number of phases. This not only makes it more clear for the customer but it also means that the price calculation for each following phase becomes more accurate so that we can adjust our calculation. We first complete and evaluate phase 1, after which we decide whether or not we move on to phase 2. Apart from the steps we follow from idea to product, the various engineering phases come into play, such as:
- Basic engineering – putting together the product basics in order to create a finished concept.
- Materialisation – the right choice of material determines the look, durability and quality of a product.
- Detailed engineering – wall thickness, draft angle and finish are being refined
- Production engineering – in this phase we optimize the product with a view to manufacturability and cost reduction.
3D CAD Model, strength analyses and risk assessment
During the abovementioned engineering phases various tools and methods are being used the reach the end goal. First of all the product sketches are being converted to 3D CAD models. We are experienced in sketching programmes such as Pro/Engineer, Creo and Solidworks. The CAD model can subsequently be used for performing strength analyses and flow analyses. Depending on the outcomes we can either make adjustments to the model or we can start producing prototypes. During the entire engineering process risk assessments are being carried out. This means that we constantly check for any ‘mistakes’ in the design. For instance if we are developing a mudguard for a bicycle, we constantly ask ourselves: How safe is this mudguard? Will it block the rain? Will it not get caught in the spokes? By asking ourselves these questions, we can optimize the product.
TEKLAB owns a very well fitted workshop for carrying out mechanical operations. We are experienced in milling, turning, 3D printing, drilling, soldering and welding amongst other things. We also have a well stocked warehouse where we keep samples of metal and semifinished plastics. This means we can produce many 0-series and high-tech CNC products in-house which results in a very short turn-around time in development.
TEKLAB likes to set high standards. Are you curious to find out in what way we can support you? Or would you like some more information about product engineering? Why not give us a call on 023 529 6021.