We understand the requirement
At CAL we understand modern Automotive Design and so we understand where our clients need support. We work with both OEM’s and automotive modification engineers. For the OEMs we provide on call capacity to fully develop the early concepts whilst for the automotive modification engineers we support them by applying best practice to modifying the OEMs initial concept for specialist use such as stretch limousines or all terrain variants.
As a high-end technology led design agency we combine traditional engineering precision with the latest technologies to create an to deliver an end to end service from Concept Optioneering and Finite Element Analysis through to prototyping and production support.
Who we work with
When we work with the OEMs we are usually asked to maintain a ‘platform centric’ methodology meaning the Concept Level Consultancy we carry out sets the foundation for an entire family of vehicles rather than making the common expensive mistake of only focusing on the immediate requirement. When we work with automotive modification engineers we specialise in ‘Design Development’ as we use our extensive sector experience to analyse the initial requirements to ensure that all of the wider implications of the proposed modification are understood and costed. Clearly there are often very significant safety implications to modifying an OEM design and so our team, supported by our FEA team, will ensure that everything is considered and included in the final design.
We own the whole problem
The CAL International Automotive Design team is an integrated team that covers all aspects of automotive design, rather than writing an exhaustive list of all the services we deliver its easier to just say that we will own the problem from cradle to grave. We describe ourselves as a Concept Level Consultancy because we know that the earlier we engage in the design process the better the final result will be.
CAL 4-Dimensional Design
All good engineers work in 3 dimensions but great engineers focus on the fourth dimension, the passage of time. Once a ‘perfect’ solution is launched it will start to get old and need parts replaced but not every component wears at the same rate and so a preventative maintenance schedule is required to ensure ‘up time’ meets the manufacturers warranty. Our FEA and Reverse Engineering Team are specialists at identifying the optimum preventative maintenance design and schedule.
Furthermore, when an automotive design is successful the sales team quickly pushes for the design to be modified into different vehicles variants. This inevitable consequence shifts the design priority from one-off ‘concept’ to an extended family ‘platform’ design.
The CAL 4-Dimension Design methodology starts with the ‘Platform Concept’ focusing on the initial design, production, subsequent platform exploitation and preventative maintenance implications from day one.