Machine Design

Machine design is a broad field, encompassing many disciplines. While it includes hydraulic systems and electronic controls, they are given their own sections and we also provide them as isolated services. Within the field of Machine Design, we are known for the following services:

Product Development

Qsine provides complete research, development and design services that enable us to take new ideas or problem situations and systematically develop machinery for the application. Our service range includes:

  • Designing a concept from scratch.
  • Developing existing concepts.
  • Developing and proving the functionality of an idea.
  • Set out specifications.
  • Sourcing of both common and obscure components
  • Creating detailed working and assembly drawings.
  • Creating parts and service documents and marketing materials.
  • Manufacturing prototypes or production products.
  • Setting up database driven procurement, logistics, inventory and quality control

Mechanical Design

Qsine designs custom machine components and complete mechanical systems. Our capabilities are broad ranging from structural elements such as skids, to complex power transmission systems. We will develop systems with the functionality and structural integrity required for the application.

Our specialty is custom work. Normally, we help our customers pioneer products or process's that are not governed by standards bodies. We generally refer on work that involves building to codes and standards, such as building structures, to firms that specialize in that area.

Casting Design
Qsine offers cast product and tooling design services for both ferrous and non-ferrous materials using sand pattern processes. We do not offer foundry services but we can help you find a foundry to meet your needs. We also have limited experience designing plastic moulds for both gravity and pressure injected parts.

The Difference at Qsine...

The experience gained from manufacturing in-house has deepened our understanding of material properties and behaviors, tooling, set ups and countless other details. It makes us better, more comprehensive designers than when we relied entirely on outside help for fabrication and machining. Back then it was hard to foresee all the challenges involved in getting to the finished product.

We can now design to detail levels that were previously impossible because we lacked control of the tooling used in production. For example, we can now design bend allowances into templates of formed parts that suit our tooling. The result is faster production with better accuracy, fit and finish.

Not only do we design products around our tooling, we now design and build the production tooling and fixtures required for the product. This ensures that we, as designers, think out the whole manufacturing process right to the end. We believe it gets better results than just designing the product and leaving the rest of the thinking to the contracted shop.

At Qsine, our people are more than "CAD Operators". Our designers manage all aspects of the work from concept development through to detailing their own drawings. They take responsibility for not only the quality of the finished products but for the process of taking it from prototype development to final production. We believe that managing these responsibilities makes us better overall designers also.

To make the design process more effective we encourage our shop workers come into the office and layout their own parts in CAD or to work directly with designers. Regardless of a person's primary role, we try to train all of our people to be multi-disciplined and to learn as many aspects about designing and making machinery as possible.

We have staff with a great depth and knowledge in CAD systems and customizing it to suit our needs. Qsine adopted 2D CAD in 1987 and went into full 3D solid modeling in 1993. We were one of the participants in the "pioneering" stage of mid-range 3D CAD systems and we have used our software to develop many sophisticated parts and assemblies. As an example, the military project ILDS Remote Detection Vehicle was modeled in 3D, including every nut and bolt.

At Qsine we see design as integral to the manufacturing process. We feel that we are different from most firms both because of the way we encourage shop hands to develop and enhance design skills while also having designers do the same with their shop skills. This keeps everyone focused on creating better designs and products and assuming the responsibility for the outcome of projects they participate in.