We are heavily involved in the motor racing industry which has a strong focus towards accuracy, working in small margins of error to provide advantage over competitors. This philosophy is one we apply to our day-to-day operations at PACE Innovations. The typical product development project can be separated into four key phases:
Product Development Scope
Shortcomings of the previous product are evaluated and new performance criteria for the product defined. This can either be determined from customer feedback and/or extensive testing.
Here we conceptualise numerous alternatives or developments of the previous design to meet and exceed the new performance targets. These concepts are then developed to a point where they can be considered feasible solutions. The most viable solution is then selected for more detailed analysis and testing based on a key performance indicator testing procedure.
Concept Testing and Validation
The final concept is developed to a point where it can be tested to see if the new products performance criteria have been met. This can be achieved through various means such as rapid prototyping components and assemblies, FEA analysis, destructive testing and other procedures that may prove relevant at the time. After adequate testing has been performed to prove the concept will meet its design requirements, the final design and its relevant manufacturing details are submitted for approval before manufacturing commences.
Manufacturing and Commissioning
This stage can involve varying forms of work depending on the volume of the product. It can range from creating the necessary files for a one off machined component all the way up to extensive jigging design and production for higher volume and complex structure manufacturing. Our specialty lies in creating great economies in jobbing and low volume production learned from our extensive experience in low volume chassis production techniques. By having our own advanced fabrication workshop on site we are able to process these low volume jobs effectively and efficiently from concept to handover.
We can provide a complete “turn key” solution to you or provide certain services to aid you in your own product development project. Our current clients often come to us with a current mechanical system or part that they feel should be cheaper and meet more functional requirements but are not able to provide a solution themselves. We have helped them by providing innovative solutions that better meet their needs within budget constraints, from something as simple as a car wash product mixer through to a new race car chassis platform. We enjoy the challenge of tackling the things our clients would usually put in the ‘too hard basket’.