COLLINS LIMITED has the ability not only to complete work for you but also act as advisors to your project. You may be mechanically inclined and need our guidance on aerodynamics, perhaps you could design for strength but need some idea of how rigid the design will be.
With software engineering, we can advise on how to plan your project and make the most of your resources. We can propose a set of technologies that suit your need and may short-track your project toward the ideal solution. We offer a significant experience with mechanical design, from basic strength and rigidity through mass-minimisation and optimal material usage, through to lifing by fatigue and wear. If you require we can advise on computer simulation techniques that can help answer questions about your design, how they are applied and to what extent you can be assured of their accuracy.
Our consulting services can be your ‘engineering help desk’, giving you the information you need to better understand your problem and drive toward the most appropriate solution.
Writing a piece of software can be a daunting task. Not just for the specific technology or algorithm you have in mind, but for the ancillary needs you discover part-way though. Our experience in developing advanced software gives us the ability to advise your team on how to plan the project, manage changing needs or pre-empt user needs.
A well-planned software project benefits in many ways and raises far fewer costly surprises during development; a well thought out architecture accommodates more features and minimises awkward development issues. Having also a strategy for managing a change in project priorities minimises time wasted with an overly rigid and detailed plan.
We can advise on the scope of your project, any hardware or licensing requirements, appropriate technologies for programming language and databases. We can even advise on any skills your team will need to pick up to make your project feasible. Let us make the most of your development team.
Sometimes instinct allows the development of an ideal design to your problem in the first pass. Many times however, the ideal design would only come after clear consideration of all needs, available materials and available manufacturing technologies and taking a wider understanding of how the design integrates with the environment it works in. Using the motorsport design experience of COLLINS LIMITED you can be sure the design you come up with is as good as it can be.
A poor design will exhibit many classic symptoms of rushing toward the answer. Parts can break well before they should from a flaw that could have been identified early in the design process. Parts can be much too heavy to meet their need or instead be much too flexible to do the job. The part may apply unexpected loads to adjacent parts in a system or wear in unexpected ways. Before starting a design project we can work with you to fully understand the need for the part, work through a diverse list of possible options and issues that may confront the design. From there a robust solution can be developed by your design team or using our team of design engineers.
Computer simulation in engineering is a hugely valuable tool for saving development time and cost in physical testing. It can be used for evaluating very novel concepts well before any physical engineering occurs. They form excellent ways of communicating operating principles and of studying fluid or mechanical behaviours in ways impossible with physical testing alone.
Many aspects of computer simulation however remain misunderstood for many, leading to poor decisions made as to the most effective way of using it. COLLINS LIMITED has in its team the experience not of extensive use of simulation tools, but also of developing code for solving problems in:
- Suspension kinematics and multi-body dynamics
- Diver-in-loop simulation
- Computer aided design algorithms
- Thermal conduction and radiation
- Simple optics
- Electronic circuits
As well as developing codes in these diverse fields, we have research links to new and emerging technologies through our academic partners.
With these skills you can be sure you will engage engineering simulations in the most effective way possible, with the most accurate and relevant conclusions drawn from results.