Engineering and Design
"Engineering-Driven-Sales" is the cornerstone of our company's philosophy and capabilities. This means that everything we provide to you is built on a foundation of sound engineering fundamentals.
At KALD, we treat engineering and design as coequal, interrelated, but distinct processes. Engineering is the application of scientific and mathematical principles to a practical end. Design is the systematic development, in graphic form, of your specific project. Engineering drives the design process, allowing us to craft a mold design that is practical, efficient and meets the needs of your application. This is fundamentally different than a "cookie cutter" approach, whereby your project may be forced to conform to a preexisting approach or template.
An important part of the engineering and design processes is Early Supplier Involvement (E.S.I). It means we encourage our customers to involve us at the very earliest stages of product development, if possible. E.S.I fosters innovative thinking and promotes consideration of multiple options before you make a commitment to a particular design. The result can be reduced costs and enhanced mold life. We encourage asking tough questions - both by our staff and customers:
- "Will this alternative approach work?"
- "Will it reduce costs?"
- "Have you considered all of the alternatives?"
It is part of our culture to constantly challenge our engineering staff to look for the best possible solution to each application.
Two critical concepts employed in the engineering and design phase are "relevance" and "reliability."
Relevance means matching product intent with tool function. Our engineers look for relationships between seemingly disparate design elements in order to create a harmonious solution that serves both the mold and the actual product being produced.
Reliability means development of a long-term solution through:
- Verification and the appropriate application of engineering principals
- Experience, which helps to identify problem areas prior to implementation
We utilize a variety of CAD platforms, including Pro/Engineer, SolidWorks, Cimatron, Surfcam and AutoDesk products, enabling us to work with original format part models. This means that when part changes are required, we can submit the revised model to a customer in a timely and cost-effective manner. This keeps us focused on the important task of designing and producing a quality mold, rather than dealing with file translation issues.
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