Bring Your Innovative Designs To Life

July 8, 2021

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process equipment design, process equipment design, mechanical design of process equipment

Innovative manufacturers are always thinking of new ways to address their customers’ problems. Sometimes this innovation creates a problem of its own: there is no equipment designed to build or test the products they’re inventing.

Designing custom process equipment starts with a clear definition of what the manufacturer needs. It may be a single machine or a suite of integrated pieces. A comprehensive assessment clarifies what the customer is trying to accomplish. For example, a manufacturer of farm equipment recently turned to us for help with durability testing. The manufacturer was developing a unique combine head for harvesters. It was flying engineers all over the world to field test the new design on different crops and field conditions.

Our engineers designed and built a test stand that can simulate various types of terrain. Impact actuators test how the combine head withstands small-point impacts from striking objects like rocks in a field. “If there is existing equipment that can do most of the things the customer needs with a specialized adapter or custom attachment, we’ll modify something off the shelf,” said Daryl Rothamer, Director of Systems and Equipment at ACS. “In some cases, there’s nothing out there that can be easily modified. Then we invent a custom system. It’s all about what’s going to provide the best value for the customer.”

Besides functionality, engineers consider aspects like safety and ease of maintenance. They also look at the equipment’s facility needs. For example, some equipment may need cooling towers or extra electrical power.

Once the customer signs off on the design, the project is ready for fabrication. Our in-house fabrication staff includes expert electricians, machinists, and welders. Completed equipment is factory tested at ACS before delivery to the customer.

As a systems integrator, we help customers install the new equipment. We integrate it with existing systems, connect the utilities, and start it up for the first time. The same engineers who designed the system perform a final test once the equipment is on site. They make sure nothing was damaged during shipment or installation.

When your products are unlike anything on the market, your manufacturing and testing process has to be on the cutting edge, too. Reach out to us for custom equipment to bring your napkin-sketch ideas to life.


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ACS' Andrea Carlson, Safety Manager - Participating in virtual American Heart Association walk on 5/15/2021

Giving back to the community has always been very important to ACS.

Covid-19 put a pause on a lot of our in-person volunteering efforts but we tried to find other ways to support our community during the pandemic. Now that things are opening back up, we are looking forward to getting back out there!

Pictured – Andrea Carlson, Safety Manager – Participating in virtual American Heart Association walk on 5/15/2021

ACS will exhibit at noise and vibration conference and exhibition, the battery show north america 2021, the assembly show and automotive testing expo 2021 in Novi, Michigan

Registration is Open! We are excited to be part of these upcoming events. We hope to see you there.

Noise and Vibration Conference
September 7-10, 2021

The Battery Show
Hybrid & Electric Vehicle Expo
September 14-16, 2021

The Assembly Show
October 26-28, 2021

Automotive Testing Expo
October 26-28, 2021


process equipment design, mechanical design of process equipment

A: Size of the equipment is one thing. Will it fit in the space allocated for it? You also need to think about how you’re going to get the equipment to its location. Will it fit through the doors or in the elevator?

Another thing to consider is what the equipment needs to operate. You may have electrical power constraints. You might need a cooling tower or a water supply.

– Daryl Rothamer – Director, Systems and Equipment


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