OSI ENGINEERING SERVICES

Creative engineering design is a key element of product development at Old School Industries. Utilizing the latest engineering design software and manufacturing tools, the OSI team is able to bring customer ideas to reality. Understanding the customer needs and wants coupled with OSI’s diverse and extensive background in manufacturing techniques allows for complete mechanical product development whether the product calls for injection molded, die cast, sand cast, stamped, machined, sintered or other types of components. Whether you (the customer) have existing products that need to be modified or re-designed to utilize different manufacturing techniques or have a brand new idea that you would like to go to market with, Old School Industries can help you accomplish your goals.

Customer Profiles:

What type of companies / individuals utilize OSI’s capabilities?

Customers range from small to large companies with a variety of characteristics:

  • Individuals who have great product ideas but need help to make those ideas reality;
  • Small companies that cannot staff engineers or do not have the specialization needed for a new product;
  • Large companies who do not have the bandwidth to complete projects in a timely manner.

Typical Development Process:

What is a “typical” engineering project?

The individual needs of the customer drives the engineering product development process. This sounds simple, but realistically there is no “standard” or “typical” product; each has its own nuances and technical needs. With this in mind, several examples of project types are outlined below:

The Widget:

Many entrepreneurs have absolutely awesome ideas to solve a problem that they have recognized in the market place. Often a customer will bring sketches (sometimes on napkins), home-made models, or the beginnings of CAD (Computer Aided Design) models and ask us to figure out how to refine or improve their designs and ultimately help get the product to market.

The Process:

  1. We listen to you as the customer to understand the product requirements.
  2. We discuss the possible market for the product - this aids in the design process and can potentially influence the manufacturing needs.
  3. We develop a “game plan” for the development - i.e. does the customer need a “prototype design” so that they can see if the product does what they expect? Or do they already have a good grasp of the functionality and want to go for production as soon as possible?
  4. With the manufacturing methods in mind, OSI designs a first iteration of the product in using CAD software.
  5. Create a prototype of the product with one of many techniques available… rapid prototyping, conventional machining, or one of many other short run manufacturing techniques.
  6. Repeat the above steps as necessary to deliver a finished, production ready Widget.

Reverse Engineering – Large Machine:

Many larger companies have equipment that they have purchased to perform tasks within their facilities that have broken due to failure of individual components and need to have those parts replaced. Often these parts come from overseas and can be acquired but at great expense. OSI often can reverse engineer and fabricate those components less expensively and quicker than they can be purchased from the original manufacturer. (OSI will not reverse engineer components that have intellectual property restrictions)

The Process:

  1. The customer delivers the damaged component to OSI for analysis. Also bring any supporting documentation and mating parts if possible.
  2. OSI will measure the components and re-create the geometry using CAD software.
  3. If there are modifications to the part that the customer would like to improve the component, OSI incorporates the appropriate changes to the geometry.
  4. OSI will manufacture the component (often in house) and supply a finished part or assembly.

Reverse Engineering – Small Part:

Many companies have components that they have produced or are currently producing but do not have product documentation. These components often are manufactured overseas and the customer would like to resource and manufacture in the United States. OSI can re-create the documentation necessary to produce these parts. (OSI will not reverse engineer components that have intellectual property restrictions)

The Process:

  1. The customer delivers a fully functional component to OSI for analysis. Also bring any supporting documentation and mating parts if possible.
  2. OSI will measure the component and re-create the geometry using CAD software.
  3. If there are modifications to the part that the customer would like to implement, OSI makes the appropriate changes.
  4. OSI will supply new documentation for the component and also help in manufacturing or sourcing where needed.

Engineering Department Support:

Smaller to medium sized companies often do not have the resources to employ their own engineering staff or do not have the internal bandwidth to engineer and develop required products or equipment. The engineering team at OSI can step in and act as a contract engineering department complete with rapid prototyping and manufacturing capabilities. This makes OSI an extremely effective development group.

The Process:

Similar to widget design but often on a grander scale.

  1. We listen to you as the customer to understand your needs
  2. We discuss the possible market for the product as this aids in the design process and can potentially influence the manufacturing needs.
  3. We develop a “game plan” for the development. I.e. does the customer need a “prototype design” so that they can see if the product does what they want? Or do they already have a good grasp of the functionality and want to go for production as soon as possible?
  4. With the manufacturing methods in mind, OSI designs a first iteration of the product using CAD software.
  5. Create a prototype of the product with one of many techniques available… rapid prototyping, conventional machining, or one of many other short run manufacturing techniques.
  6. Repeat the above steps as necessary to deliver a finished, production ready product or machine.

The engineering and design team at Old School Industries strives to add value to our customer’s businesses by offering creative problem solving and manufacturing experience.