Are you looking for help with research and ideation to build your new product? Do you have a currently produced item in need of a subtle, or not-so-subtle, tweak? If the answer is yes to those questions, we can help.
By providing custom design and manufacturing solutions, our engineering team becomes an extension of yours. Working with a company providing both design and manufacturing services streamlines the transition from design to manufacturing. We can recommend design improvements, reduce manufacturing costs, enhance functionality, and improve quality. Benefits of design services include cost analysis and reduction programs, SKU consolidation opportunities, reverse engineering, and drop-in replacement products.
Engaging East West’s Design Services teams minimize the risk of
fumbling the hand-off from design to manufacturing. The same team
that designs your product, makes your product.
Vice President of Engineering
East West’s Design Services offers expert consultation with a team of design engineers specializing in mechanical or electro-mechanical components, sub-assemblies, or projects. Whether you’re looking for a major redesign for technical purposes or to reduce costs, we will work with you to take your product specifications and turn them into a production-ready design.
Dedicated Design Center in Asheville, NC
In 2022, East West expanded our design services and opened our Asheville Design Center (ADC) in Asheville, NC. The ADC is integrated with its sister team in Atlanta to guide customers through the processes required to transition your product from concept to mass production as well as provide support for the development of products, custom components, jigs, and test fixtures to drive efficiencies in manufacturing.
Both ADC and the Atlanta-based Design Center teams are packed with seasoned senior-level engineers capable of designing, prototyping, validating, and launching technical electro-mechanical in any East West facility.
What We Do Best:
- Electromechanical Product Design
- Mechanical Design
- Solutions Engineering
- Industrial Design
- Electrical and Software Design
Electromechanical Product Design
An integrated team of experienced electrical and mechanical designers is available to develop high-quality, cost-effective solutions which seamlessly transfer into East West’s manufacturing capabilities.
CAD & Simulation
Equipped with the latest releases of industry-leading design and simulation software packages from:
- Solidworks ([3D/2D], Simulation [FEA], Flow [CFD], PCB [Schematic & Layout])
- Altium (Designer [Schematic & Layout])
- Ansys (Maxwell [emag])
Prototyping & Validation
Capable of developing quick-turn electrical and mechanical prototypes using a combination of in-house capabilities and a network of 3rd party partners; billed at cost to both internal and external customers
New Product Introduction
Ready to tool and ramp? Our team of NPI engineering professionals is available to usher your components or complete assemblies through industry standard New Product Introduction (NPI) and Production Part Approval Process (PPAP); enabling you to provide a mature, vertically integrated box-build capability to your customers.
New Product Introduction (NPI) has been a core engineering function of East West Manufacturing since our founding in 2001. Our Engineering Services NPI Team is comprised of experienced material scientists and mechanical and electrical engineers that are well-versed in the capabilities of our international business units and have the appropriate knowledge and contacts to ensure those customer components or sub-assemblies are tooled and qualified in accordance with industry-standard Production Part Approval Processes (PPAP.)
Cost and Time to Market
With access to designers in the U.S. and overseas, our design services team can generate designs at a fraction of the cost of other firms. Using advanced technology like Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and Finite Element Analysis (FEA) software, our design engineers can test your design prior to prototyping, saving you valuable time and money.
Partnering with our mechanical and electrical engineers, our design services team uses principles of Design for Manufacturability (DFM) and Design for Assembly (DFA), examining your product or specifications and looking for ways to reduce manufacturing costs without sacrificing performance. When it’s time to see how your design will look and perform as a physical piece, we offer 3D and CNC machined samples to move your project further down the path to production. By tapping into our engineering expertise, the most cost-effective processes and materials can be applied to your project from the start.
Our teams are familiar with working with Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) at the earliest stages of product development. We know what to look for and what to expect. The fewer surprises the better. Positive relationships we have cultivated with OEMs over the years mean a smoother transition from design to manufacturing for you.
Computational Fluid Dynamics
Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) analysis demonstrates how a system responds to conditions such as internal or external air- or water flow, identifying fluid velocities, pressures, and temperatures. Within minutes, our design engineer can evaluate an assortment of variables during simulation and review the impact of changes to existing designs. By utilizing CFD analysis during the design process, our design engineer is able to obtain a clear picture for making better informed decisions without having to create numerous prototypes for physical tests.
The result? CFD analysis allows for a quicker time to market while helping to create a better performing product at the lowest cost.
Design for Manufacturing
Design for Manufacturing (DFM) is the method of design for ease of manufacturing of the assortment of parts that will form the product after assembly. DFM is primarily concerned with reducing overall part production costs and minimizing the complexity of manufacturing operations.
Design for Manufacturing is the process of designing or engineering a product so that it is easy to manufacture at the lowest possible price. The process should include review of the raw material selection, secondary processes (finishing, plating), dimensional requirements, and even final packaging.
Design for Manufacturing aims to:
- Reduce material, overhead, and labor cost
- Shorten the product development cycle
- Focus on standards to reduce cost
Key principles East West can help with in the DFM process:
- Minimize part count
- Standardize parts and materials
- Create modular assemblies
- Design for efficient joining
- Minimize re-orientation of parts during assembly and/or machining
- Simplify and reduce the number of manufacturing operations
- Specify ‘acceptable’ surface finishes for functionality