Multi-disciplinary engineering studies are conducted
to establish viability of new concepts and to focus the direction of new
Cost benefit analyses, requirements definitions and concept designs
RZE conducts multidisciplinary engineering studies for companies
interested in introducing new technology into their operations.
These studies include:
- Review of existing process, site constraints,
and process management
- Evaluation of available technologies to suit application.
analyses and calculations to demonstrate viability, productivity,
and cost/benefit of alternatives. Trade-off alternatives.
specifications for new equipment and systems.
- Concept layouts showing
relation to existing equipment and site.
Design and analysis of structures, mechanisms, electrical and
hydraulic actuators and control systems are performed. Layouts, detailed
and bills of material are produced.
Where existing machines of components do not meet the customer's
requirements, RZE can design custom structures, mechanisms, drives
and control systems as necessary. Our machine design practice follows
same structured approach employed in developing complete systems
including the following steps:
- A detailed definition of the problem
and requirements is prepared,
if a requirements specification does not already exist.
design concepts are formulated, analyzed and trade-offs performed
to define a machine design concept which best meets the
functional, performance, cost, safety, reliability and maintainability criteria
for the application.
- Layouts of the proposed concept are prepared
to illustrate the machinery elements and how they work.
- Adequacy assessments
are performed to ensure that the design is functional, safe,
reliable and is manufacturable.
- Design reviews are held to ensure that the
design meets the customer's needs.
- Once the design is approved, manufacturing
drawings of the individual components and assemblies are prepared,
along with bills of material.
RZE takes high technology sensors and automation products and integrates
them with proven packaging, positioners and structures to supply
customer with "turnkey" systems. Such projects include
the following elements:
- Selection and detailed specification
of appropriate off-the-shelf components to meet customer's requirements.
of overall system drawings.
- Preparation of custom operator-interface
software to tie together individual computerized components.
tests of complete system.
Project scheduling, cost accounting and control, preparation of
purchase requisitions, evaluation of vendors, subcontractor supervision,
drawing update control, preparation of operating and maintenance
manuals and operator training are among the services provided.
- Project schedule control using computerized scheduling programs.
accounting and control.
- Preparation of equipment and material purchase
- Evaluation of vendors.
- Drawing and specification update control.
- Preparation of operating and
maintenance manuals and operator training.
All of the above services can be combined in a single project to
develop a new approach to an existing problem. RZE manages
a phased program to develop and implement a customized system,
maximum benefit at minimum development risk.
- A study of the
existing process and site constraints and goals for the prototype equipment
results in a requirements specification.
trade-off of available technologies to determine those best suited
to the application.
- A preliminary design phase culminating in
system layouts showing the new equipment and interfaces with
the existing site.
- A detailed design phase leading to manufacturing drawings
and procurement specifications.
- Project management during the procurement
of off-the-shelf elements and manufacture of custom hardware.
of custom and off-the-shelf components.
- Technical supervision of
the installation and commissioning of the prototype system.