The Design… Ideas turning into Solutions


The customer engagement process initiates the product development cycle. The Hydrep project team, consisting of hydraulic, mechanical and electrical engineering meets with the customer to understand the customer's functional requirements and/or problem. The customer's requirements are understood and a thorough analysis is completed to ensure all requirements are defined including existing and future performance levels. A functional requirements document together with system functional specification, schematics and block diagrams are prepared and reviewed with the customer until the customer provides its final acceptance. Once approval is received, the detailed design and development work begins.

Hydrep drafting design department utilizes Inventor® Professional 3D CAD modeling software products for advanced mechanical engineering design, finite element analysis, 3D rendering and visualization, motion simulation, layout and system design, sheet metal design, tube and piping design, manufacturing and assembly documentation, routed system and mold design, and data management.

In cases where in-depth design analysis is required to ensure material selection and mechanical design integrity, Hydrep utilizes Ansys Workbench Finite Element Analysis software tools to complete the design process. The Ansys tools provide Hydrep with the capability to simulate static, dynamic and thermal problems and identify design alternatives that result in an optimized design for the given application.

The development process includes concept reviews, design standards and final design reviews to analyze and evaluate the initial design alternatives and control the implementation of the final design solution. The process is controlled throughout the development process including: component selection and qualification; design safety factors for components and overall system; design and manufacturing cost budget; prototype and production unit delivery schedules; functional test, simulation test and system integration test plans; and design for manufacturability. A final drawing package is produced to required drawing standards and used in the manufacturing process to fabricate, assemble, test and inspect the final product. The maintenance manuals and spare parts list are produced from the engineering specifications and made available to the customer for installation and training of customer personnel. Project management information is used to communicate project status to the customer, identify opportunities for cost savings and schedule progress reports to ensure on-time delivery of the final solution.