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The Benefits of Engineer-to-Engineer Collaboration in the Motion Control Industry

March 3, 2022

When you’re designing a device that requires a miniature motor, selecting a trusted and reputable motion control provider is absolutely crucial. One of the key qualifications to look for while vetting these suppliers is a focus on engineer-to-engineer (or E to E) collaboration! As its name would suggest, engineer-to-engineer collaboration is a process in which engineers representing both the motion supplier and the customer team up to actively design and develop the device, working together through the entire ideation to implementation process.

Benefits of Engineers Working with Engineers

Given the highly technical nature of miniature motion design and the uniqueness of applications using these motors, engineer-to-engineer collaboration is essential to creating an end-product that truly meets the needs of the customer. Four key benefits of engineer-to-engineer collaboration include:

1 A Focus on Customization. If you’re thinking about ordering a standard motor from a product catalog to power your new device, you might want to think again! Mini motor engineers are well-skilled in being able to take basic application requirements and customizing the motor to exceed these requirements. In other words, engineer-to-engineer collaboration ensures that you don’t receive a mini motor that merely works, but that surpasses your device’s needs.
2 More Minds are Better than One. We’ve bet you’ve heard the expression, “Two heads are better than one.” It’s true! Concentrating a multitude of minds on the same project means that developing a solution not only happens more quickly, but that the resulting product will be of higher quality than if one person was working on it alone.
3 Improvements in Efficiency. Allowing engineers to work with engineers is vital to improving the efficiency of the device design and development process. The experts are gathered around the same table (so-to-speak) for the same project, which helps to eliminate much of the back-and-forth regarding technical questions and requirements.
4 Get it Right the First Time. By bringing in the motion supplier’s engineering teams at the very start of the device design process, you’re ensuring the development of a feasible solution that meets your needs, optimizes application performance, and minimizes risks. Conversely, by waiting to bring in engineering team from the motion supplier side, it may be more difficult to fine-tune the motor solution - especially if much of the design process has already been completed.

While connecting with a motion solution supplier is the first step in the development of a new device, co-development between the device developer and the motion supplier remains at the top of the list when identifying who this supplier should be. Learn more about Portescap’s dedication to engineer-to-engineer collaboration and engineering support here.