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Custom Machine Builders: Design & Build Process

As custom machine builders, EPIC understands that creating a machine from concept stage requires extensive knowledge of machine components capabilities. EPIC is an experienced design/build firm that is skilled at proving functionality at critical points in the machine development process. We complete the following steps for every machine:

CAD design machineSTEP 1: Concept

Every project starts with a base level concept with varying degrees of detail. From napkin drawing to fully developed machine spec, we take your concept and make it a reality. At this stage of the process our machine builders help you:

  • Evaluate the feasibility of your project
  • Provide candid feedback on your concept
  • Propose alternative conceptual solutions

Step 2: Front-End Engineering | Our Unique Way of Quoting & Estimating

Once the concept of your system is vetted, we begin Front End Engineering (FEE). This is the most critical stage of any project we are involved with. At this step we work diligently to fully extract your project requirements and specifications. Our engineers do the due-diligence up front to identify:

  • How will the machine work?
    • We provide a fully developed concept and preliminary model
  • How long will it take to build your machine?
    • We provide a fixed critical project timeline that you can count on
  • How much will it cost?
    • We provide as firm quote not laden with contingency

Click here to learn more about our non-traditional quoting process

STEP 3: Machine Design

Machine BuildersThe detail of the machine builders and design builds upon the concept and FEE stages of the project by integrating the details that constitute a final machine design. Included in this phase are:

  • 3-D modeling
  • Force calculations
  • Detailed component selection
  • Finalized machine design

STEP 4: Machine Automation

The same engineer and machine builder who worked with you on the design stage of the project will also program the controls and automate your custom application. In the automation phase of your project our custom machine builders will:

  • Determine overall automation design & strategy
  • Complete electrical design
  • Determine best operating platform for the application
  • Complete programming and operator interface
  • Data collection

STEP 5: Machine Fabrication

Your machine will then be fabricated by our skilled craftsmen at our in-house fabrication facility. This stage includes:

  • Structural fabrication
  • Mechanical fabrication
  • Electrical wiring
  • Piping/tubing
  • Instrumentation
  • Component assembly
  • Finishing

Machine BuilderSTEP 6: Start-up/Commissioning

As the custom machine builder, the machines that leave our facility are fully tested while operating at required specifications. We welcome our clients to our facility to be an integral part of this process. Our start-up and commissioning process includes:

  • FAT testing
  • Operator training
  • Punch list resolution
  • Maintenance training
  • Shipping
  • On-site integration and Installation

Your project is not complete until your machine is running as specified, your staff is fully trained and all punch list items are resolved.

To learn about the specific types of machines EPIC custom builds, please visit the custom machines homepage and click on one of the categories in the middle of the page.

You can also contact EPIC to discuss your specific project with an engineer today.

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