THROUGHOUT THE PRODUCT DESIGN PROCESS
Its concept design team can commence projects in its own studios and develop these schemes into full engineering programs in the disciplines of Body Engineering and Structural Design, Interior and Exterior Trim, Electrical, and Chassis and Powertrain Installation.
It will manage its own people and teams to deliver the client’s requirements, integrating fully into the client’s program mechanism with the appropriate systems and processes. At every stage, clear communications will be put in place, so that everyone involved in a project can be clear about its status at any time. Contechs will also manage project changes and identify risks and opportunities to ensure transparency and efficient program development.
The constant manipulation of CAD data ensures that all vehicle elements will fit together as the design develops and matures, before reaching the stage of a physical prototype build.
Contechs has the expertise to cover all aspects of a vehicle, including body, interior and exterior trim, structures, seating systems, glazing and sealing, powertrain integration and specialist top hat modules.
As a fundamental element in its operations, it is supported by the experience of its senior management and its continuing investment in skills, resources, people and insight.
Having these qualities in its business DNA gives its clients confidence that it can deliver effective and efficient solutions across a wide range of vehicle engineering requirements.
It is skilled in working both with conventional steel bodies and the latest lightweight, energy efficient aluminium products that provide opportunities to exploit new bonding, jointing and panel forming technologies.
Contechs will ensure not only that the design is structurally sound, but also that it meets additional requirements, such as appropriate collision performance and manufacturing feasibility. Contechs can also provide the engineering skills to develop variants from an established vehicle body design, ensuring efficiency by designing in the optimum volume of shared elements.
Examples of its capabilities in this field include a number of Ford models, including the current generation Fiesta, Transit, Transit Chassis Cab, and special vehicle projects for Jaguar Land Rover.
It will take into account the need for protection from heat, debris and damage and make any required adjustments as the electronic buck evolves. It also has the capacity to accommodate different harness lengths, complexity & functionality and can undertake system coding as required.
Its engineers are fully conversant with delivery of finished designed or manufactured elements for all interior and exterior trim systems, such as door systems, roof & cockpit modules, pillar trims, glazing & seating systems, wash-wipe systems, bumpers, spoiler & body kits and carpeting.
Bumper systems are a key area of expertise, with engineers able to effect the fast translation of design ideas into production, addressing issues such as structural and pedestrian impact performance in line with international requirements, collision insurance ratings, materials selection, fixing methods & joint conditions, fit & finish, colour matching, dimensional management & analysis and production launch support.
Contechs has the capability to project manage, design and engineer the integration of complete systems or individual components, including their design, detailing, analysis, prototype preparation, testing, validation and product launch.
Its engineers are fully conversant with the product validation of suspension systems, steering, brake systems & slip control, wheels & tyres, ride & handling and controls.
PACKAGING DESIGN AND ENGINEERING
Working with preferred suppliers, it will manage complete system or powertrain ancillaries, including auxiliary drives, inlet manifolds and starter motors. This includes design, detailing, analysis, prototyping, test and validation, homologation and product launch assistance.
A great breadth of elements can be dealt with, such as reprofiled bumpers, spoilers, vents, bonnets and fenders. The revised components or systems can be mounted on the vehicle, painted and presented for approval prior to being released for production.
This area of work extends to designing chassis cab commercial vehicle variants and localisation programs.