Engineering is the central skill that sets us apart from other contract manufacturers. Our in-house engineering staff brings a level of capability that surpasses others.
With over a half century of experience serving aerospace, automotive, medical, and other demanding industries, EFE has engineering and management strength, operations knowledge, and the ability to execute.
- Functional Specifications
- Program Management
- Electronic & Mechanical Design
- PLC & Systems Programming
- Design & Process Documentation
- Installation & Training Support
Our process begins with thorough discovery and definition to clarify the technical nature of the opportunity at hand. Building on this foundation, we refine our approach and establish the project goals.
Next, the EFE team creates a task-level program management plan. Our ability to control design flow, monitor progress, manage communications, and ensure execution is based on our compliance with engineering standards that dictate specific processes.
Electronic & Mechanical Design
EFE’s engineering team boasts over a century of combined design experience. We have the ability to work as an outsourced design firm for your business. For conceptual interactive three-dimensional designs, we use AutoCAD, Solid Works, Pro-Engineer, Inventor, and other software.
Additional Design Capabilities:
Process Control Equipment/Panel Design
Embedded Digital Hardware Design
System-Level Hardware Design
Data Acquisition Systems
Test Equipment Design – Automated and Manual
PCB Assembly Test Equipment
PCB Layout – Simple to Multi-Layer, Complex SMD Assemblies
Experienced from Concept and Design to Final Production.
PLC & Systems Programming
Through its years of system configuration and programming experience, EFE has developed a range of automation capabilities. In data acquisition and automation applications, we use a wide variety of control interfaces; this breadth of expertise enables us to take on our customers’ most complex problems. In particular, with the National Instruments LabVIEW software environment, we can test real-world signals and analyze data rapidly and at minimal cost. In other applications, we use a computer-based control engine (soft PLC). All of these approaches can be combined with other appropriate technologies to provide a sophisticated control and monitoring system. Most importantly, this level of support and innovation requires very little in the way of customer intervention.
Additional Software Design Experience:
Automated Test Equipment
PLC SW (Vendors: AB, Siemens, Panasonic, etc.)
Data Acquisition and Control Systems
Data Analysis Systems
PID and Process Control Loops
Motor Drive/Motion Systems
Design & Process Documentation
EFE draws from experience in a variety of customer documentation protocols. Our process-oriented documentation approach respects project-specific needs, whether they entail the updating or reverse engineering of existing drawings, or ground-up new-product development. This ensures continued operational success: strong documentation supports a direct link to our well-developed functional specifications, facilitates setup, promotes clear communication, and enables effective process control. During the installation phase, this step also helps make a seamless transfer of intellectual property and manuals/educational materials, setting the stage for ongoing partnership through maintenance and service support.
Installation & Training Support
The physical transfer of new equipment involves more than shipment. EFE facilitates the entire uncrating, reassembly, and installation process. We confirm power connection, assist customers with initial startup and testing, and train in order to make a smooth transition to production.