A good product idea might come suddenly, but great products aren’t accomplished on the first go around. For this reason, research and development are vital. R&D represents a commitment to a better product, enhanced customer satisfaction, and greater business growth. For product testing to achieve the desired results, the research and development testing facility demands the right kind of planning and design.
Designing and constructing a facility from start to finish involves many moving parts. Planning with collaborative, precise, and data-driven goals in mind ensures the facility delivers on scope, timeline, and budget.
Everyone wants more for their money—especially when “money” represents six-digit or seven-digit figures. That’s often how much companies spend building and integrating test equipment. After making an investment like that, it’s natural to want that equipment to last as long as possible.
Modular test enclosures are all the rage in electrification testing. The enclosures have a lot going for them – mobility, low disruption to working facilities, and cost efficiency, just for starters. Despite this impressive resumé, in some situations, modular enclosures are not your company’s best bet.
Buying industrial equipment isn’t like buying an iPhone. You don’t upgrade just because a new model is available. Most manufacturing systems include expensive, bespoke equipment designed to last for decades. A controls system upgrade can give this equipment a new lease on life for a fraction of the cost of equipment replacement.
Systems integration is not a new concept. It’s one construction companies, equipment suppliers, and design-build firms are very familiar with. When it comes to the complex requirements of a modern facility, a systems integrator may be one of the most valuable members of your team.
An integrated test stand can be as easy to operate as an integrated air conditioning system. “We want the operator to enter the least amount of data required to get their test under way,” ACS Senior Mechanical Engineer Kevin Koss said. “Running a test shouldn’t have a bunch of steps like, ‘Go start the chilled water system over here, then go over there and make sure those valves are open.’ You should be able to start the test and those things just happen.”
“To keep scope in line with budget, the designer can pare down the list of wants and needs to the true immediate needs, but design the facility to be expanded in the future. That way additional wants can be accommodated over time without having to build from scratch.” – Matt Jorgensen