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Custom Project Process

What is the process to take my idea into production?

The flowchart below diagrams the steps of a typical OEM Solution.

Diagram of the steps of a typical OEM solution
Laser testing a customized linear motor stage Laser testing a customized linear motor stage. This is an example of a method used for both compliance & assurance.

How do I assure I’ll get what I want?

It is necessary to have clear and candid discussions with our design team to convey everything you’re trying to accomplish. This includes not only the performance requirements for the product, but must also cover business issues such as regulatory compliance, product life cycle management, service and support strategies and IP ownership. These discussions occur in the “document expectations” portion of the process shown above.

The outcome from these discussions (typically a RFQ or Requirements Document) is written documentation that casts all features, performance requirements and expectations into three categories.

Specifications

The list of measurable criterion that describe the operation, performance and quality of the product.

Compliance

The method used to demonstrate that the product meets each specification of the design goals.

Assurance

The sub-list of compliance methods applied to each unit to assure production quality goals.

Custom measuring tool used to verify the flatness of a multi-axis stage against a granite service. Custom measuring tool used to verify the flatness of a multi-axis stage against a granite surface. This is an example of a method used for both compliance & assurance.

What do I need to get started?

The success of an OEM solution is highly dependent on the ability to accurately and completely describe your project. We recommend organizing your information into four topics:

Detailed Description

This is a description of the general operation or use of the machine or product. It may include concept sketches or drawings. It should discuss not only the operation of the product, but how it works with other components and systems. For example: most applications require some ‘item of interest’ to be put onto the positioning stage as part of the payload. Describe how the stage interacts with and interfaces to other equipment. If you expect new generations of the product to improve on some performance or feature, be sure to describe it now. Here it is most effective to describe what you want to accomplish rather than how it will be accomplished.