Reverse Engineering Services
What is Reverse Engineering?
Reverse engineering is a process in which software, machines and architectural structures are deconstructed to extract design information. In many cases, reverse engineering involves deconstructing individual components of more complex products. The reverse engineering process enables Mechanical Power engineers to determine how specific part was designed so that you can recreate it. Companies often use this approach when seeking a replacement part from an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) is not an option.
One area Mechanical Power (MPI) sets itself apart from the competition is the ability to reverse engineer custom components. Often, we run in to OEM manufacturers in the Automotive, Agriculture, Industrial, Power Transmission industries that may not have a print (i.e. CAD drawing) for a part they need.
We take a sample of the part, perform necessary analysis, measure physical dimensions, features, and material properties to create the necessary documentation to source the part to customer requirements. Often, OEM’s cannot find a print, may not yet have a print for a prototype in new product development or cannot acquire the print from the incumbent supplier, etc.
We focus on the needs of the customer and find a way to positions ourselves to clearly define the requirements of the part to our supply base and effectively source it for the customer.
Mechanical Power in-house quality lab has adequate machinery, instrumentation, and human capital very capable of performing dynamic analytics leading to a full understanding of the part requirements. We utilize a common CMM and are in the process of evaluating and sourcing more modern instrumentation in the form of robotic arms capable of digitally scanning parts of all shapes and sizes to quickly generate requirements of a part. Where necessary, we utilize 3rd party sources with whom we have worked for many years for things like metallurgical analysis and testing.
We consistently responds to the requests of our customers. Over the years, we have been asked to leverage skills of our engineering team and reverse engineer custom components.
Why we get reverse engineering requests:
- The print for the part is out-of-date or can’t be found
- The manufacturer of a component has stopped making the part or gone out of business
- Our customer’s engineers want an improvement to the product that “standards” just can’t accommodate
- Prototyping for new product development
Our team coordinates communication between our customers and our factory partners to assure that the design and resulting samples are exactly what our customer needs and that the parts work in the application. We focus on the needs of our customers and clearly communicate needs and expectations to all interested parties through the supply chain.
Recently, MPI initiated a relationship with a large, well-known entity in the Lawn Care equipment industry and completely overhauled their supply-base for aftermarket service and repair part demand. After buying the same parts from many different manufacturers for years, we helped them see that they were paying far too much and Quality, Delivery and Cost all suffered. Unable to attain current prints for these parts, the OEM enlisted Mechanical Power to create prints and competitively source their products.
MPI greatly reduce their supplier footprint to one supplier, we saved them more than 30% across a significant annual spend. We took >100 parts traditionally sourced from >50 vendors to being sourced from Mechanical Power and driving significant favorable purchase price variance (PPV) for the end user.
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