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Design Process

Research & Development Technology Styling & Graphics Design

R&D Department carries out design work, and provides services ranging from market research through establishing specifications, to making sketches and renderings, using software that includes Photoshop, Illustrator and Alias Studio Tools for both two- and three-dimensional design, and Imagineering for the transition from concept to design proposal, while for reverse engineering a 3-D scanner is used for surface work prior to making the CAD-generated model. Being equipped with the right design tools makes for easy product review at each stage of the design process, enabling us to respond rapidly to changes in customer requirements in reaction to shifts in market demands.



Research & Development Technology Engineering Design

Details of design, technical feasibility analysis of each product, every step of the design process is validated and subjected to structural analysis testing using Computer-Aided Design (CAD), Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE) and Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM) Product design starts in tandem with the preparation of engineering documentation, procurement of the chassis on which the vehicle is to be based, then work starts on developing all the various parts and items of equipment, both external and internal, except for those that form part of the base chassis. Our team uses up to date technology and is fully equipped to carry out all the necessary testing at the various different stages – prototype, CAD model, etc.



Research & Development Technology Prototyping

The making of clay models and prototypes are necessary steps to ensure that customer requirements are being optimally met. Additionally, depending on precise customer requirements, a 'physical model' can be produced prior to going into actual production. This can either be made with hard tooling or by way of a digital mock-up.



Research & Development Technology Reverse Engineering

In automotive design work, to transmit styling requirements to the engineering design process and on to die making and production, R&D Department uses reverse engineering technology, to ensure that parts exactly match prototype.

The designer first transfers the design from his imagination to a clay model, and then makes any necessary adjustments. Next we use a 3D Laser scanner to record the surface data of the clay model. The scanner's arm sweeps over the entire surface of the model and displays the result on a monitor.The scanning machine stores the surface data in digital form and prepares it for transmission to and use in the next step in the design process.

As well as for creating new designs, the equipment can also be used for reverse engineering, whereby production parts are scanned and the resulting surface data compared with the original CAD data from the initial design.

This equipment can also be used for scanning dies to increase productivity or for subsequent care and maintenance



Research & Development Technology

Experimental Testing
The last step in the engineering design process is the try-out and testing program, which provides assurance of product quality. It can be carried out either in the laboratory or through simulation, and also by using CAE (computer aided engineering) in parallel with the engineering design. We have a full complement of tools and equipment for carrying out tests of various kinds, such as tensile, impact, NVH (noise, vibration and harshness), rubber hardness, electrical and thermal cycles, as well as basic product tests such as those for noise and sound, squeak and rattle in passenger compartment, vehicle dynamics, electrical shock, electromagnetic compatibility, durability and ride comfort. In the future we plan to make use of a virtual reality studio to gather information and feedback on customer requirements. Customers will be able to correct design work, paint, surface, etc. at each stage before mock up, clay model and prototype are produced.

Thermal Cycles Test 
 Julabo refrigerated and heating circulators are suitable for temperature application to external systems with simultaneous operation in the bath tank, with a working temperature range of -30?C to +200?C. This equipment can also be used for corrosion testing, by adding about 5% of sodium chloride by weight in accordance with standard test type D1193, which requires that the sodium chloride be substantially free of nickel and copper and containing on the dry basis not more than 0.1% sodium iodide and not more than 0.3% total impurities by weight. Some salts contain additives that may act as corrosion inhibitors, so careful attention is paid to the chemical content of the salt. In any case, test methods can be modified to meet customer requirements.

 Electrical Test 
  The Hioki 3284 clamp-on AC/DC HiTester is easy to use, with no need to tap into or connect to lines. The tester supports a range of functions including an automatic zero adjusts function that changes a troublesome task into a one-touch operation. The 3284 is capable of measuring various functions and displaying true RMS values, allowing measurement of peak hold values for either voltage or current. Using the 3284’s external output function in combination with a Hioki 8808 memory recorder enables recording of current and frequency fluctuations.



Research & Development Technology Production Technology

To protect auto bodies and parts from rust, we use the EDP (Electro Deposition Paint)s dipping process, which uses electrolysis to bind the coating over the entire surface, giving effective rust protection. Chemicals used in the process are environmentally friendly.
We use a baking type paint spray system to apply coating, where the paint is baked at a high temperature (150 degrees Celsius). This results in a high quality and highly resistant durable finish.
We have intergrated automation technology into multiple production processes. This automated industrial robots are primarily applied for assembly welding, which has improved working efficiency, product quality and uniformity.