'Innovative Engineering Solutions'
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We bring ideas to reality!
Howard Marshall Engineering design and manufacture all of their own products and also provide bespoke solutions to customers within the agricultural and groundcare industry. HME have the resources to bring new ideas to reality through all stages of the design process including research & development , manufacturing, and final presentation. HME often undertake projects which require one or all of the stages of the product lifecycle, from developing an advanced winch system for utility vehicles, to restoring a vintage tractor our customers benefit from a wide range of skills and services to get the best results.
The design process happens in five key stages from Concept Ideation to Prototyping. Each stage of the design process is carried out at the HME premises by a team qualified and highly experienced engineers using industry leading Computer Aided Design software.
As with any new product the design process starts with identifying a problem. In order to generate a solution to the problem or fulfil a requirement, it is necessary to have a clear definition of what is the desired outcome. Creating a transparent well-defined unambiguous statement to outline these requirements is a key to a functional and effective solution. Various techniques are used throughout the process including concept ideation, the first stage in developing a design brief to solve a design problem or criteria and bring new ideas and innovations to life. Concept ideation can be communicated through sketches, ideation boards and digital renders.
Once the problem has been fully defined, information needs to be gathered and research carried out - Has the problem been encountered before? Do solutions already exist? How effective are they? What can be done to improve?
HME uses visualisations to present products, research outcomes and ideas prior to further development. Highly detailed digital visualisations and artists impressions show the desired result as it should be when manufactured without the manufacturing and development costs involved as during this stage the product or idea is likely to change many times before a final decision is made to progress to further research and development.
The HME team have a very high combined number of years of experience which contributes to research and development capacity. Research responsibilities are often divided up between members of the team based on background experience and a particular skill set, which is often varied. Throughout the design process research and development is critical to find new and innovative solutions.
Selection and Development
At this stage, a number of potential solutions will have been identified. The solutions now require careful analysis in order to recognise the most effective, both functionally and in terms of cost effectiveness. With the use of the latest industry standard Computer Aided design software, highly detailed 3D models and 2D presentations can be produced.
HME use a selection of design software including Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator for 2D and 3D graphic work ranging from visualisations to presentations and Solidworks for 3D modelling. The Solidworks package allows HME to create highly detailed working 3D models that are production ready, this industry standard software is among the leaders in its class.
Test and Evaluate
After the identification and design of a solution, testing is required. Much of the initial testing can be done within the 3D modelling software, Solid-works 2018. For example, stress tests and calculations using FEA and form fit function assessments.
In many cases, the 3D modelling software can eliminate the requirement for expensive prototypes. Testing in this manner allows advantages and disadvantages to be identified and analysed and the products overall effectiveness to be assessed. This is an iterative process and can sometimes lead back to step 3 before the best solution is realised.
A prototype of a product or solution can be produced pre-production if it is required to establish positive and negative aspects from which further development leads to the refinement of any issues which could later arise in the manufacturing process. This results in a more efficient and cost effective production later in the process.
HME products are manufactured in the UK at the Nottinghamshire based premises. Much of the manufacturing processes happens in the fabrication department. The 3 main stages of manufacture include fabrica The fabrication department also includes a large modern paint shop.
Assembly & Quality Control
All products are assembled and finished on site. The final assembly includes testing and quality control to ensure that products meet the highest standards. HME are proud to be renowned for the quality of their products and services.
PARTS & SUPPORT
Spare parts and components for all HME products are available through the dedicated parts department which holds a wide variety of parts in stock for speedy despatch. HME can also supply spare parts for agricultural and groundcare machinery, serving the local agricultural groundcare operators.
Howard Marshall Engineering Ltd.
Barracks Farm, Papplewick
Nottingham NG15 8FG
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