Machine design services specialize in the design of custom machinery. To provide precision machine design, suppliers adhere to standards, codes, and regulations; follow statistical and computational models; and carefully select components such as seals, flywheels, fasteners, springs, gaskets, and bearings. Some machine design services specialize in the design of belt and chain drives, machine design, machine tool design, shafts and linkages, or fabricating machinery. Others provide general-purpose industrial design or specialize in material selection, measurement and interface, noise and vibration control, or load cycle analysis. Typically, an industrial design firm provides conceptual product development advice and mechanical, electrical, and software design assistance. To take advantage of the latest developments in industrial design technology, many machine design services support computer aided design (CAD) and computer aided manufacturing (CAM).
Machine design services are located across the United States and around the world. They comply with both voluntary standards and regulatory requirements for industrial design and fabricating machinery. The International Standards Organization (ISO), a worldwide federation of national standards bodies, establishes voluntary guidelines for machine design, development, production, and installation. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) represents the United States in ISO. Industry-specific standards for machinery design and machine design include QS-9000 and AS9100. QS-9000 is a quality standard for suppliers of DaimlerChrylser Corporation, Ford Motor Company, and General Motors Corporation. AS9100, a standard from the International Aerospace Quality Group (IAQG), contains over 70 requirements specifically for aerospace and aviation companies. Regulatory agencies such as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) also provide information to machine design services. Typically, machine design services that perform work for the U.S. government or its suppliers comply with military specifications (MIL-SPEC).