Ridgeline Engineering provides the design and manufacture of custom machinery, assembly lines, automated work cells, fixtures, and tooling. Our years of experience in a wide range of industries including the life sciences, defense, and semi-conductor, enable us to offer you an engineered solution to your automation needs.
Our services include:
The engineering design phase of the project can begin at notice to proceed. From a design perspective, this effort includes written specifications, detail and assembly drawings, and wiring drawings and schematics. This phase may also include some degree of research and development to prove out critical operations.
Throughout the design phase, several design reviews with the Client's management are usually conducted. To ensure that the machine matches corporate image and marketing needs of the Client, we may opt to work with a third party Industrial Designer.
Typical Engineering tasks include:
- Write machine specifications
- Industrial Design
- Mechanical Design
- Electrical Design
- Conduct Design Reviews
- Write Test Plans and Test Procedures
- Build the bill of Materials and identify the supply chain
- Breadboard and test sub-assemblies
In addition to assembling the machine, major functions of this phase include basic machine de-bugging, software development, and design refinements as a result of experience gained through the assembly and operation of the machine.
Typical tasks include:
- Procure and fit check components
- Write Software
- Debug Prototype
- Engineering Changes for fit/function
- Value Engineering, cost control
- Incorporate changes and update the engineering documents
The machine will usually undergo formal testing to ensure all workmanship, performance, and regulatory requirements are met. Modifications to software and hardware may be made as testing progresses. Tests may include:
The Client will usually be responsible for providing test medium.
- Functional Tests
- Software Verification
- Environmental Tests
- Cycle Test
- Regulatory Tests (CE, UL)
For a manufactured product, configuration control is critical. For one-off automation systems, in many instances a second machine is needed a few years later as production requirements grow over time. Upon completion of testing, a formal engineering release of drawings and software should occur.
Ridgeline will provide copies of all project documents to the customer upon completion. We also maintain a secure archive of past projects.
- Incorporate changes due to testing, lessons learned.
- Incorporate shop redlines.
- Engineering release of drawings and software.
- Write technical documents, service manuals, and manufacturing support documents.