Custom Equipment, Test Fixtures, & Automation

We are experts at machine design, test fixture design, custom equipment design, and industrial automation, and we provide these services in a turnkey fashion. Our customers leverage Pipeline to realize a wide variety of custom R&D and manufacturing solutions including but not limited to the following:

  • In-line product quality inspection
  • Product demolding
  • Thermal forming process
  • Device assembly & disassembly
  • Carton erecting & folding
  • Insertion force testing
  • Cycle testing
  • Device flushing/cleaning
  • Functional qualification

We design using Solidworks CAD software and include full manufacturing documentation in our deliverables. Our mechanical engineering team is happy to accommodate customers’ specific drawing templates when creating this manufacturing documentation. The typical process for a custom equipment project follows these steps:

  • Define scope of work collaboratively with customer
  • Send quote to customer & receive PO to start project
  • R&D as needed (e.g. to develop new processes, mechanism design, etc)
  • Detailed mechanical and electrical design of equipment in CAD
  • Manufacturing custom parts and procurement of COTS
  • Assembly, troubleshooting, & internal qualification of equipment
  • FAT (Factory Acceptance Test) at Pipeline’s facility with customer
  • Delivery and SAT (Site Acceptance Test) at customer’s facility
  • Ongoing support as needed

In addition to the steps above, regular design reviews are held with our customers (typically each week) to receive feedback and share progress on the project.

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