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Design

Industrial Design

The Design Process starts with an initial exploratory meeting to define the functionality and technical requirements. Before you contact Polymer Technical Services please ask yourself these 5 questions :

Do you want to take your engineering design proposal from a concept to a finished product without the pitfalls?

Do you want real value for money for your Industrial Product Design?

Do you want to get the best fusion of Engineering Materials, Plastic Mould Design, Plastic Engineering, Product Integration and Polymer Technology?

Do you want a Partner with 25 years experience who you can call on, when you need them to deliver a manufacturing design?

Do you want Polymer Technical Services to listen and put in place the strategy?

Exploded Concept View on a grid

Conceptualisation

We fuse our global expertise in plastics, metals, processes and technologies to deliver creative concepts that will materialise into robust design solutions for economic manufacture. We encapsulate and integrate electrical and electronic functionality with ergonomic plastic concepts. 

This process is iterative and innovative creating and generating many ideas but only one solution.

Product Design and Development

Our Customers get more than Industrial Design they get Industrial design that works with real added value from our 25 years experience of plastic materials and product integration. We deliver professional 3D Modelling and 2D CAD Design Services .

We translate key product functionality into manufacturing drawings. We recognise strengths and weakness and we safeguard the functionality with robust engineering design solutions. 

Electronic  EMC and RFI Shielded Enclosure  Box

Finite Element Analysis (FEA)

We perform enhanced design analysis using FEA (Finite Element Analysis) to identify “stress risers” and feedback corrective actions back into the design process.
Where critical safety performance is a requirement we carry out physical testing on machined models in conjunction with FEA data for verification. This is an important aspect of our work and we look on the success of our product designs as not only designing out weakness but recognising them and putting our experience of engineering plastic design and manufacturing into practice.

Finite Element Analysis.

Design for Assembly (DFA)

We DFA (Design For Assembly) by incorporating free features into the design to minimise assembly times and the number of components in you BOM (Bill Of Materials). These features are injection mould tool friendly and they compliment the industrial product design. 

Our objective is to reduce the number of fixing and fastening components and realise an assembly that is mechanically robust and cost effective. We offer disassembly features to support sustainable designs and environmental cost benefits.   

Design For Assembly

Design Failure Mode Evaluation Analysis (DFMEA)

We adopt DFMEA (Design Failure Mode Evaluation Analysis) standards from QS9000 to access and identify strengths and performance weakness in our designs. We ensure design robustness is effectively implemented and we communicate the enhancements through the Project Team.

We use DFMEA in conjunction with PFMEA (Process Failure Mode Evaluation and Analysis) as part of TS16949 to deliver not only robust designs but also robust and efficient processes. We actively encourage team participation in this process.

DFMEA – Failure Mode Evaluation

Clash Analysis

In order to prevent mistakes or costly product assembly issues that delay new product introduction we conduct Clash Analysis as routine to ensure we have missed nothing by simulating the engagement and encapsulation of the design with particular electrical and electronic components in plastic enclosures.

We use all the tools available to minimise risk and deliver timely solutions that exceed the expectations in terms of added value.

Clash Analysis

Rapid Prototyping

We provide Rapid Prototyping (RP) through trusted partners to validate design concepts and in some instances to get a head start on reliability testing in FFF (Fit, Form and Functional) prototypes. The availability of engineering prototyping resin materials now ensure that corporate colour, thermal performance, UL94 V-0 flame retardant approvals, mechanical stability and Federal Drug Administration (FDA) approved resins are available for your product development.

Polymer Technical Services manages this process to get the best delivery and quality. We offer SLA (Steriolithography), Vacuum Casting, SLS (Selective Laser Sintering), FDM (Fused Deposition Moulding), Silicone Moulds and RIM (Reaction Injection Moulding) allowing early robust technical and market evaluation. Critical design features, for example; plastic snaps or latches or the physical integration and testing of PCA`s (Printed Circuit Boards) with plastic box or plastic enclosures can be simulated and result in shorter Project Cycle.