Some Elements of Standard Design Analysis to Look For in the Analyst Deliveries
Toward paving the way for faster innovation and greater creativity exploitation, project managers and product designers need engineering with updated knowledge and enough experience. However, to make this knowledge and experience actually work for you, there also exist a number of key elements you should expect from the consultant side. If this consultancy is a professional third-party like LTC, it definitely follows a set of rules and respect a certain quality standard in delivering its job to the designers and/or manufacturers. In particular and famous practice of mechanical design analyses (and related assessments), the best standards usually leave their footprints with some unique characteristics to the deliverable data and/or documents.
Two of such features are as follows representing the notions of "form" and "context" of best engineering analysis job delivery:
(Context) Model Scenario and Assessment Criteria: Smart Procedure
In order to prevent adding further confusion to the design engineers’ mind, challenges a mechanical component is expected to face during its desired lifetime shall be addressed in a clear, rigorous and justified manner. This means that not only the worst case scenarios and critical service conditions of the component should be realized, but they also may be categorized and correlated in terms of their effects on the final results. The final results are the main driver of the design decision makings especially in industries with highly competitive field and/or project with tight deadlines. Therefore, determining the so-called “enveloping” outcomes is a necessary practice of a standard design analysis and assessment conclusion. Outcomes that covers the concerns of other cases providing sufficient quantitative evidences. Furthermore, the outcomes must neither be more nor less than required to give design insights and manufacturing guidelines efficiently. This means that the analyst is to decide, via the given information and assumptions made in agreement with the client, which outcomes are actually relevant and meaningful to the final purpose. For example, a component may turn out failing under normal operational condition using static assumptions yet needs to be also observed from fatigue viewpoint prior to any design modification. Another common case is where the global structure fails to sustain the normal functionality yet its sub-components need to be studied in detail anyway before opting for further design rectifications. Saving design process costs and time is two of the important benefits such smart procedure provides. Less demand for design and calculation iterations, straightforward design optimization, more illuminated space for design exploration, etc. are the other prominent results that have been proved essential for industrial competitions and high quality research and developments.
(Form) Proper Technical Communication: Inclusive, Illustrative and Observational
One of the common desires and joys of design engineers is to receive brief and inclusive reports on their concept and/or detailed design most plausible performance. Being compressed by demands and instructions of project managers, company stakeholders, chief supervisors, etc., design engineers crave simplicity and reliability from the analysis reports and presentations. Constructing technical communications consisting of those two vital elements is not an easy task. Knowing the industry mindset, mastering the physics and engineering of the problem in-hand, appealing to the methods and themes of the client major audience, addressing the main engineering concerns, providing enough resources for risk evaluation, leading the design decision-making process, etc. are only a few assets a standard analysis technical report may have in its background. It truly takes more than a decade for many to practically achieve presentable and elegant technical communication skills for diverse range clients from different industrial fields. Another key element of a world-class analysis report is its genuine observational nature. Professional design engineering analysts do not let their taste and personal irrelevant viewpoint get in their job and final judgement. The latter, although may sound quite obviously needed, it is hard to achieve and not common to find. Many do not know how to curb their hidden enthusiasm in their analyses as they are unconscious of it. Enthusiasms that can affect the final qualitative and quantitative results to some extents favoring some school of thoughts and/or opposing the other. Being consciously unbiased in the course of an analysis is what makes the end result an observational masterpiece. Just like a dignified and scientific work of academies, a standard engineering design analysis activity shall lack hasty ignorance, laziness in investigation, personal human emotions and inconsideration.
(Form and Context) Unleashing the Design Potentials: Design Prognosis and Modification Proposal
Seating together in harmony, high quality form and context make the analysis job smoothly flow into the design and prototyping phases of a product without disturbing or disrupting the core procedures. A flow that ignites the fuel of design creativity. Showing the bright sides as well as the real downfalls of an engineering solution is something that, if obtained carefully, can lead the design in the right path. Such careful access requires standard delivery from the analyst side predicting the behavior of your design and hopefully windowing the best optimization opportunities. Through judging the design engineers' creations with the latest standards and best insights delivered in a pragmatic and understandable form, a good analysis opens the field of rigorous elevation for any project. Maximizing the ability to spot the possibilities of success for the product final design is a gift of such top-notch engineering analysis.