Harbor engineers are also experienced in designing electromechanical devices. An electromechanical device is one which uses electrical operations to drive mechanical parts, and we have the multidisciplinary skills to cover the entire project from prototype development to turnkey assembly and full product manufacturing. To start, we can design the necessary circuitry with proper sensor and actuator interfaces, hardware layout, and controller system. Then we can continue the project with software and or microprocessor programming and create printed circuit board (PCB) layouts. Finally, we can integrate the electrical components with the overall CAD model of the mechanical components to create detailed documentation complete with schematics and routing diagrams.
Once a design is finalized, our engineers create a detailed dimensioned drawing of the design. Based on this drawing we then develop an engineering Bill of Materials (BOM). You can think of the BOM like an ingredient list in a cookbook recipe; it lists all the parts and components used in the design, the correct quantity of each part should be used, as well as additional critical properties. The BOM is essential in supporting engineering development. It ensures correct manufacture and assembly the design and allows for calculating accurate pricing and manufacturing lead times. At Harbor Designs we make use BOMs for all designs to create a smooth transition from engineering to manufacturing.
The entire engineering process is controlled via product lifecycle management. Our engineers use Product Data Management (PDM) software to track and control all the data associated with a project. The vault serves a central archive for the project and facilitates integration and exchange between everyone interacting with the project. All relevant files released, to a client or vendor, are given a revision number and a history file is stored in a PDM vault. This is especially important for CAD files. Throughout the progression of a project CAD models can be revised many times and the PDM revision ensures everyone is using the correct version of the model. Furthermore, the PDM history allows us to track changes throughout the project and to access previous versions if necessary.