Our experienced management and global design teams offer the in-depth skills required ranging from concept to production.

Industrial Design

Computer-aided industrial design (CAID) is a subset of computer-aided design (CAD) that includes software that directly helps in product development. Within CAID programs designers have the freedom of creativity, but typically follow a simple design methodology:

  • Creating sketches, using a stylus
  • Generating curves directly from the sketch
  • Generating surfaces directly from the curves

The end result is a 3D model that projects the main design intent the designer had in mind. The model can then be saved in STL format to send it to a rapid prototyping machine to create the real-life model. CAID helps the designer to focus on the technical part of the design methodology rather than taking care of sketching and modeling -- then contributing to the selection of a better product proposal in less time. Later, when the requisites and parameters of the product have been defined by means of using CAID software, the designer can import the result of his work into a CAD program (typically a Solid Modeler) for adjustments prior to production and generation of blueprints and manufacturing processes.

Industrial Design is the art behind the part. EES offers Industrial design services in order to provide customers with design renderings for early product placement and development. Our Industrial Designers will work with the customer to give their products an original style and theme that will set them apart from other products in that market segment. These renderings can be used to gather feedback on a particular product, assist sales in selling a product in the early stages of development, or simply give the design and engineering team a place to start their product development.

Class A Surface Generation

Class A Surface is the term used for the visible or styled surface of a given component. Many times that a surface is a ‘pretty picture', but is not feasible or realistic in the real world environment. EES designers will work to renderings, sketches, scan data, engineering criteria and/or customer styling input to deliver an engineered class a surface that matches the styling intent of the given product. These products include, but are not limited to: automotive interiors and exteriors, heavy truck/bus interiors and exteriors, aerospace interiors, recreational vehicles and consumer goods.

Criteria Section Development

At the beginning of any design and engineering project there should be criteria to which the given product needs to comply. These sections contain the styling, engineering and packaging requirements behind any given design. Without these sections as a ‘roadmap' to develop the component you have a design that might look nice, but is not real-world feasible. EES will take into account the complete component environment: part content, design intent, ergonomic requirements, safety standards, functionality, movements, required clearances, manufacturing methods, assembly steps, part quality and part style. Using all of these EES will develop criteria sections that need to be met during part development and will be used to check the part throughout its development process.

Design Verification, Visualization and Animation

EES offers a unique service that allows a CAD model to be transformed from the bland engineering math environment into virtual reality. We can take your CAD model and provide back a real looking rendering where colors, textures and materials can be applied. These renderings can be used as sales tools, on web sites or brochures before the product actually hits the market. We can also offer animation that shows your products functionality in any given environment. That could be a vehicle driving through the city or a consumer good in the home. This is an invaluable tool to get product approval or product sales prior to that product actually hitting the market.

Advanced 3D Solid Modeling

In today's fast paced work environment, it has become imperative to bring products to market quickly. This has resulted in most companies requiring 3D solid models as the final deliverable. These parametric models allow you to build features that make them much easier and faster to design and change as the product evolves. It also allows the data to be translated into other software packages as a solid model using STEP (standard for the exchange of product model data). EES offers fully parametric 3D Solid Models using Catia V4 and V5, Unigraphics, Pro Engineer, Solidworks, and Ideas software packages.

Packaging and Design Feasibility Analysis

It is becoming commonplace for OEMs to source design and engineering responsibilities to tier suppliers. Many of these suppliers do not have the capability or the resources to take on these additional responsibilities; that are where EES steps in. EES will take the CAD models and review them versus the packaging environment, part standards, manufacturing methods, assembly process and a host of other requirements to insure that part is ready to manufacture. This could save large amounts of money and time, versus tooling and manufacturing a part that is not feasible or acceptable.

Part Breakup and Assembly Sequencing

Often companies are given just the visible side of a CAD model from their customers. The end customer leaves it up to them to deliver a feasible part that is easy to manufacture and still meets the aesthetic desires and part quality. EES will take into account any number of criteria to determine the best assembly and part joints to accomplish this: styling intent, manufacturing methods (die lines, tooling action required, overall tool size, etc.), part color, texture and material schemes, assembly sequence and process required to assemble the components and more.

Competitive Product Evaluation

If a company knows which market they want to place their product it is wise to evaluate your competitors products. This will allow you to not only meet their competitor's quality and features, but to exceed those features and build quality all for a competitive price. EES offers the service of bench-marking customer's competitive products. Whether it is for cost, aesthetics or functionality, EES will perform a thorough product evaluation so that our customers have a target to exceed.

Reverse Engineering

There are many reasons to perform reverse engineering. Sometimes, it is to duplicate a part no longer in production. Other times, it is to verify the part you have produced matches the CAD model. Another, that is becoming increasingly more common, occurs when an OEM takes a component from a supplier that has gone out of business and gives it to another supplier to produce. In this case, it could be that the tools and drawings are not retrievable or no longer exist. In all of these situations, EES can help. We can scan a component using white light or laser scanning to give us an accurate 3D representation of that component. We will use that scan data to recreate the component in any number of CAD systems. We can deliver an advanced 3D solid model, drawings and/or an IGES file of that component.

Release Drawings and Documentation

The economic environment and downsizing has caused design and engineering teams to reduce headcount and increase workload on those employees that remain. Those that remain are often senior employees whose time would be better spent developing new products and managing engineering changes on current components. This leaves little time for release drawings and documentation. It often does not make fiscal sense to have senior level employees doing these drawings. EES can offer competitive pricing to do these tasks which can offer a cost advantage over senior level employees or adding headcount.

Data Management

Due to CAD system requirements many companies cannot absorb the large cost of supporting multiple CAD systems. EES can manage that data and the resulting translations for you. We have multiple methods of transferring data back and forth between customers and locations as well as all major CAD systems.

Legacy Data Conversion

If you have CAD data or drawings from an existing component that requires it to be re-mastered in another system to be used on a new product, we can help. EES offers all major CAD systems and we can recreate your data and drawings for you.

ITAR Compliance for Military Programs

EES is a DDTC and CCR registered company, CAGE Code 4N4R8, engaged in ITAR controlled vehicle packaging and systems integration design, structural design, structural analysis, computational fluid dynamics, occupant protection design and analysis and prototype fabrication for prime and sub-prime contractors and directly for US Department of Defense material command agencies using self contained and industry team based assets and contractual vehicles. EES is committed to the development of vehicle and material needs for the war fighters in the battle against world wide tyranny and terrorism.

Program Management

Effective Program Management is critical to ensuring the rapid development and delivery of complex products. Eicher has over 20 years of engineering and development experience and utilizes a number of effective program management tools. We focus on lean, streamlined processes; flexible, efficient management of resources; and innovative communication solutions.

Our experience in managing large, collaborative engineering programs has highlighted the importance of an effective partner communications solution designed to centralize program information for team members at different geographic locations and streamline and accelerate information transfer.

Customer On-Site and Off-site support

Many times it just does not make sense to outsource work to an off-site facility. This might be due to timing, security, core knowledge of the product, etc. In these cases, EES offers the ability to place employees at your site. We have a vast network of designers and engineers that cover every major CAD system and most industries. We will match the employee to your needs. It is not uncommon for a customer to have the need to place a designer or engineer at their customer's location. In this case the employee we place will have the best interests of you and your customer in mind. Even though they may technically work for us, they will in effect work for you and represent themselves as such.

Long-term program and Short-term project support

Whether your needs are for a long-term program or a short-term project, EES can support your needs. We will manage our resources based on your timing and needs. No project is too small or too large. We offer web-based collaborative design reviews using Webex so that our customers can review the design real-time at any time they like. We link this with the ability to provide open issues lists, bill of material creation, FMEA documents, PPAP documentation, APQP plans, DVPR reports, PLM solutions and GD&T. Whatever your needs EES can offer full project support.