At CAID Automation, our internal processes when it comes to project management allow us to:
- Keep track of the status of every single project.
- Ensure that we are meeting all the customer’s requirements and specifications.
- Design and build the equipment with the highest quality components.
- React quickly and decisively when problems arise during the project.
- Meet on-time deliveries.
- Maintain customer’s trust when dealing with change orders.
Upon triggering an automation project, the team first develops a functional specification (FSD) that not only interprets the user requirements specification, but also communicates the specific design approach to meet the requirement. Our goal is to interpret concepts before energy is invested in a specific concept, eliminating waste and rework in the development phase.
Some risk mitigation activities in the early stage of the project may include the execution of proof of principles, functional prototypes, and engineering studies. Often, we work directly with our customers to define and develop user requirements and system specifications, as well as early risk assessments as well as technology and solution analysis to identify the best methods and solutions.
Often, we will conduct motion and process simulations, using assembly process data to confirm the solutions we design will meet specified cycle times. Our philosophical approach during the automation solution development phase is to work closely with the customer project team to assure complete transparency and co-development of the final solution with a focus on design for manufacturability (DFM), design for assembly (DFA) and improving component and design choices while optimizing the system serviceability.
Our systems are fully validated for mechanical fit and functionality by our experienced machine builders before the controls engineering team conducts electrical and controls integration protocols. Where possible, sub-assemblies are bench assembled and tested to reduce the debug and troubleshooting effort.
The project management team at CAID Automation is driven by the following goals:
- Keep the project on schedule and on budget.
- Maintain the highest level of integrity.
- Ensure that the customer is always informed about the real status of the project.
- Always looking at a situation from the customer’s point of view.
- Significantly mitigate all potential technical and financial risks.
Our project managers have years of experience in managing multi-million capital equipment projects and apply strict process steps to ensure that the equipment meets not only our rigorous quality standards, but also our customer’s specifications.