We tend to view engineering services as a vehicle to get things done. The relationship can be pretty straight forward: “Here’s what we need.” Followed by a “Here’s what we can do.” But the relationship is much more complex than that. Although, sometimes they may think so, engineers don’t live in a vacuum. There are the realities of cost, competitiveness, durability and other factors to consider. In today’s competitive environment, cost is particularly a driving factor. With this thought in mind, you get a perspective on what we ask of our engineering services.

What We Ask of Our Engineers

First, in many cases, we ask them to create something out of nothing. Secondly, we ask them to produce it affordably. In other cases, we ask them to create it more durable. We really do ask quite a bit of them. But it can really pay off.

It pays off when they create a valuable part that one of our clients has been thinking about for months or years. It pays off when they figure out that by changing the materials adds durability or reduces production costs. It makes a difference when they can re-engineer something at a portion of its original costs. It is why we try to give them access to all the tools they need to deliver for our clients.

The Right Tools for The Right Job

We asked them what software they used and the function it performed. Of course, as engineers, they listed everything including the basics – Excel, Adobe and Google Docs. But here is what else they listed:

  • Striker: This is used to CNC program our turrets. This is an AutoCad 2015 Lite platform so this is also used for manipulation of DXF files and some detail work.
  • Solidworks: Used to do all the design and detail work for any product or fixturing.
  • Ncell: Used as an interface between JDE and CNC program for the lasers.
  • Radan: Used to CNC program our press brakes.
  • AlphaCAM: Used to CNC program our hot wire machine and router. Both machines cut our foam for the inside of our doors.
  • EluCad LTE: Used to CNC program our extrusion machining center.
  • JD Edwards: This is the software that everyone in the company uses. Engineering uses this to write the BOM & route steps required for each item we produce.

As you can see, a lot of the programs are CNC focused, allowing for the most precise of designs and cuttings. Many times, this is where our efficiencies are maximized and costs are saved.

The point here is that when it comes to metal fabrication services, our engineers are not simply asked to create. They are asked to create affordably, efficiently and with durability in mind. They do it every day too, in a wide range of materials and for a variety of purposes. It is really pretty impressive.

We finish up our series next time with a review and why we believe you are in good hands with our fabrication engineering services at Wiley Metal.