- Automation Systems
- Cables & Harnesses
- Class I & Class II Medical Devices
- Certified Welding Partner
- Design for Manufacturing
- Document Development
- Electrical Control Panels
- Engineering Services
- Global Fulfillment
- New Product Introduction (NPI)
- Optics Manufacturing
- Pneumatics and Hydraulics
- Power Distribution Control
- Printed Circuit Boards
- PCB Assembly
- Product Engineering
- Prototyping Services
- Radioactive Materials
- RF Testing
- Test & Validation
- Test Equipment Design
- Third Party Logistics & Kitting Services
- Total System Integration
What We Do
DCIâ€™s mission is to enable our customers to accelerate new products from a lab-scale Proof of Concept (POC) design through a systematic phased development process of alpha and beta prototypes and pilot production, and transition seamlessly into volume production. Consistent with the mission, DCIâ€™s services are positioned downstream from front-end discovery phase and upstream from contract manufacturing. DCI executes this mission with “Advanced Product Introduction” (API) which is the combination of a finely tuned product development process, Design for Manufacturing (DFM) practices, building and testing prototypes combined with proper documentation needed to transition the product into volume production. DCIâ€™s mechanical, electrical and software engineers, combined with project engineers, program and client managers, provide the following value-added services to clients:
- Design for Manufacturability
- Design for Cost
- Engineering Change Management
- Design for Compliance Adherence
Design for Manufacturability (DFM):
Starting with the POC drawings and schematics, DCI engineers develop alternative concepts for the mechanical and electrical sub-systems and their integration. DCI and the client jointly select the optimum concept based on trade-off analysis between performance metrics, cost, risk and manufacturability. In most cases, the analysis is based on solid models while in some instances it is based on feasibility testing to reduce risk. During the design phase, careful attention is paid to manufacturing methods, ease of assembly, modular designs, standardized interfaces, tolerance stack-ups, materials of construction, tooling, and test methodology. The use of best DFM practices reduces manufacturing risk and enables the client to meet their new product plans within cost and time to market considerations.
Design for Cost:
A substantial portion of a productâ€™s cost is determined by design decisions. Right from the Concept Phase, DCI evaluates commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) versus custom fabricated components and sub-systems and creates a costed Bill of Materials (BOM). The BOM is refined throughout the design phase with evaluation and joint decisions on lower cost design alternatives. DCI maintains a Best in Class, tiered network of suppliers of commercial and custom parts to get the best balance of price, delivery and quality from the start.
DCI maintains the facility infrastructure and skilled engineering technicians to assemble alpha and beta prototype systems in-house based on engineering-level documentation. The prototyping capability ranges from hand-held devices all the way to 40â€™ PODs housing servers, energy storage, and other large-scale systems. The prototypes enable field testing and market feedback to incorporate into an iterated design. This provides valuable validation of the new product with early adopters before product launch.
A key deliverable from DCI is a complete documentation package that can be handed off to Columbia Tech or any other Contract Manufacturer. It includes the BOM, specifications, solid drawings of each sub-assembly, assembly drawings, electrical schematics, PCB Gerber files and cable drawings. It may also include operating procedures and test plans.
Engineering Change Management:
Changes are inevitable in a development project and DCI can provide guidance on their trade-offs with schedule and cost. DCIâ€™s rigorous Engineering Change Order (ECO) process maintains traceability of changes and ensures that all relevant documents are updated for manufacturing. Clients have the flexibility to benefit from these DCI services by their choice of three types of engagements:
- Multi-Phase Product Development: A systematic and streamlined phase-gate development process with specific deliverables and reviews with the customer at each gate. This is the most common type of cl
- Engineering Controlled Production: This is for clients with contract manufacturing needs but who do not have the volumes to justify the development of detailed manufacturing documentation. DCIâ€™s procurement group and skilled engineering technicians can cover low volume builds with engineering-level documentation.
- Quick Turn: This is for clients who prefer to manage the project themselves but need to utilize DCIâ€™s engineering personnel, technicians, and/or facilities in a flexible and expeditious manner.
DCIâ€™s value-added services and flexible engagement models enable client companies to successfully accelerate the development of manufacturable and cost-effective new product designs from POC to prototype to full scaled manufacturing.
What can Coghlin Companies do for you?
Contact Coghlin today to discuss your organization’s needs and aspirations. Coghlin Companies can help you grow, thrive and profit.
In this engagement, Coghlin Companies supplied component sourcing, purchasing, capital equipment contract manufacturing, product testing, and logistics.
Additionally, Coghlin Companies set up documents, controls, processes, and test inspections, so future equipment will be built with absolute precision. Coghlin Companies succeeded because once again they were able to help a Coghlin Companies client grow and profit.