Collaboration and technology in engineering

15 Feb 2017

Streamlined results in engineering projects are produced and realised through allowing for fluidity in the design process – says Simon Taylor, Sales Manager of European Springs & Pressings.

Engineers often receive comprehensive requirements for client projects that need to be adhered to in order to produce the high-quality product that they have requested.
Surpassing expectations, or even matching every single requirement, can sometimes prove to be a challenge, as issues can often arise when designing an innovative component.

Addressing each engineering project requires individual assessment of requirements; traditional methods might not be ideal for modern issues that arise, for example. In addition to utilising known and proven methods, a creative thought-process is needed to flow through and lead to a more specialised approach to issues.

Collaborative engineering also allows for different engineering sectors to solve specific requirements in projects. When working on said-projects, you may find that you are unable to deliver a particular solution yourself as it falls under the expertise of an adjacent industry – such as the collaboration between an architect and a spring manufacturer or a spring manufacturer and a high-street chain – as such, this collaboration provides the security of the highest possible quality, allowing for experts in their field to deliver a reliable solution.

As different engineering industries’ needs often combine, partnerships permit the creation of inventive solutions. Collaborative dedication, and of course professionalism, contribute towards effective approaches to clients’ specific and challenging requirements.

Challenging engineering projects result in the creation of innovative solutions. This could be undertaken with the collaboration of another specialist, or through the often necessary process of leaning on technology. This helps to start a project with a methodical approach, determining not only the importance of any potential issues themselves, but also how to achieve the required outcome.

CAD allows for the optimisation of designs before they are completed, providing a working model that serves as basis for identifying how the project can, and should, be undertaken. Understanding the complexity of the projects’ requirements is the first step for a successful engineering solution. Comprehensive requirements, although beneficial for the design process, can prove to be challenging. Close collaborative relationships with the clients and other industry professionals and tools have the positive outcome of the development of innovative products and solutions that will affect not only existing technology, but influence future advancement.