Cooperative operation and integration between multiple hardware and software segments is one of our key abilities and is often critical to high level operation. RPL develops and commercialises comprehensive systems that are tailored to industry requirements through extensive client and relevant industry consultation. From technology validation, computer 3D design, prototyping, development, integration, commercialisation, right through to commercial production, RPL has extensive capability to cover most technological requirements.
Mechanical engineering encompasses most of the physical components or the design, analysis and manufacture of those components. This includes structures and their fabrication. RPL has extensive mechanical capabilities including:
CAD allows machines or other components to be fully designed on a computer before any material is cut. This allows all interactions between parts to be modelled ensuring they work together, simulation of motion paths, calculation of component weight, analysis of stress on parts for service life, photo realistic rendering of appearance and complete Bill of Materials to be generated. CAD is a valuable and powerful tool to assist with product validation and technical feasibility before committing to building systems, or to model a systems dynamic performance for specifying actuators for motion control.
General fabrication (cutting, milling, turning, welding, etc.) is often used to build the structures that hold or the body of actual machines, RPL doesn’t just design components and systems, we build them too.
CNC machining allows high precision and complex parts to be machined that are not possible, or would be very time consuming on traditional manual machines. CNC machines also provide fast part creation and high volume production to rapidly take systems beyond prototypes.
CAM by combining CNC machining with CAM, machining instructions are efficiently created for CAD designed parts providing fast fabrication turnaround or machining of complex surfaces and other part features.
3D Printing or additive manufacture for rapid prototyping or small scale production. RPL often uses printed parts to test their suitability or fit in a system. However, RPL also has access to outsource parts printed from titanium or stainless steel for high strength complex parts. 3D printing allows for very complex parts to be created that are not possible with other machining processes. This can provide significant design flexibility for problem solving.
Pneumatics uses pressurised gas to produce mechanical motion. It is a common and cost effective method of achieving many automation tasks.
Hydraulics used pressurised fluids to produce mechanical motion. It is commonly used in industrial machinery for its power density.
Whether it is internal capability or outsourced, RPL uses a wide range of modern methods of making parts. Viability of different options often depends on production requirements and volumes and these can be assessed on a case-by-case basis.