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DSI Awarded New Tier 1 Supplier E-Coat Project

Design Systems, Inc. is very proud of our recently awarded project from a major Tier 1 brake and component supplier to assist this team with the design of the plant’s new state of the art E-Coat system. Design Systems Paint Finishing Engineering group has been contracted to provide the initial advanced planning engineering services for this this global supplier, acting as an owner’s representative. The DSI team advanced engineering services include: development and tracking of the project assumptions, development of the process flow diagrams, development of the overall AutoCAD layout, identification of the equipment requirements, creation of a controls architecture, concept rack designs / part buck designs, and overall cost estimates for our customer. It is anticipated that DSI will continue to support this customer and will provide overall Program Management services throughout the fabrication, installation and commissioning phases on behalf of our customer.


Design Systems, Inc. Receives 2016 Best of Farmington Hills Award

Farmington Hills Award Program Honors the Achievement

FARMINGTON HILLS October 7, 2016 -- Design Systems, Inc. has been selected for the 2016 Best of Farmington Hills Award in the Engineering Consultant category by the Farmington Hills Award Program.

Each year, the Farmington Hills Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Farmington Hills area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2016 Farmington Hills Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Farmington Hills Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Farmington Hills Award Program

The Farmington Hills Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Farmington Hills area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Farmington Hills Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community's contributions to the U.S. economy.

SOURCE: Farmington Hills Award Program
CONTACT: Farmington Hills Award Program


URL: http://www.localawardscenter.org


Industry 4.0 and Internet of Things - Design Systems, Inc. at Kon-Cept MMS Academy 2016

Earlier this summer, our Vice President of Sales and Operations, Dan Birchmeier, had the opportunity to take part in an event focusing on Industry 4.0. The event – MMS Academy – was hosted by our partner, Kon-Cept at their development campus in Stadt Haag, Austria.

Under the theme ‘Communicating’s easy with the Internet of Things (IoT) and Industry 4.0 transforming production’ numerous IT professionals and production specialists from industry gathered.

Dan spoke as one of three thought leaders at the event, offering a North American perspective on the topic.

  • Shop Floor Digitization (Andreas Staffen, Deloitte)
  • Innovations in Industry 4.0 – Practical Implementation of (Dr. Tobias Hegmanns, Fraunhofer IML)
  • North America Manufacturing in the Digital Age (Dan Birchmeier, DSI).

Dan also participated in a panel discussion, moderated by the chief editor of FACTORY magazine, Elisabeth Biedermann. The discussion allowed the industry experts to have dialogue and answer questions about key issues faced by today’s manufacturers.

The annual event provided a unique opportunity to gather industry leaders together to learn and discuss the improvements that are possible in manufacturing industry due to advancements in IT.



CAD-to-CAM Process Development

Design Systems, Inc. was recently contracted by a large global industrial company to support them with the development of a standardized process for a tube bender machine. The DSI team was tasked with evaluating, validating, and documenting the entire process - from CAD through CAM. A Book of Knowledge was developed that describes the process and software requirements to convert engineering SolidWorks designs into an Eaton Leonard machine code and deliver the new code to the machine via the established Ethernet Network. Supporting this facility with Electrical and Mechanical Engineering services, the project team was able to establish a defined, repeatable process that will benefit the plant for years to come.


Design Systems, Inc. Providing Manufacturing Expertise for Lansing Community College

Seeking to imitate real world manufacturing conditions, Design Systems, Inc. was selected to bring our manufacturing engineering expertise to Lansing Community College in support of their Center for Manufacturing expansion. Working in corporation with a leading architectural engineering firm, Design Systems team is working to create a “real world” training environment for the students of LLC. This new equipment and expansion of the Manufacturing Center at LLC is critical to advancing their role in supporting the high-skilled hiring needs of regional manufacturers. This expansion will bring in high-tech, industry utilized equipment to train the workers of tomorrow. Design Systems, Inc. three decades of providing unbiased manufacturing process design and integration services has positioned us a leader in state-of-the-art manufacturing practices. We are pleased to support the expansion of LLC’s Center for Manufacturing.    


Hamtramck High First Team Update

The FIRST Team competed Friday and Saturday at the Southfield First Robotics District Competition. After 12 qualification matches, Team Cosmos seeded  8t h in a strong field of 39 teams.  At the conclusion of alliance selections for elimination matches Saturday afternoon, we held the captain’s position for the #6 alliance. In the quarter finals we defeated the #3 alliance, moving on to the semifinals. In the semifinals, we defeated the #7 alliance. We fought a good battle, but in end,  after 2 exciting matches in the final rounds of competition, we fell to the #1 seed.

CLICK HERE for a link to a video of one of our matches at the event. We are Team #123.

Our next event is March 15th and 16th at:

Center Line High School
26300 Arsenal
Center Line, MI 48015

Thank you for your support. Without your help it wouldn’t have been possible.

John Stofflett

Team #123


Just like Uncle Sam…..Design Systems, Inc. Wants You!

Design Systems, Inc.’s breadth of service offerings and continued world-class quality are more evident now than ever. Providing manufacturing process design and integration services in varied industries from automotive, heavy truck manufacturing, aerospace, food and beverage, conveyor design shops, paint equipment OEMs, medical device manufacturing, parcel and package handling among others has Design Systems, Inc. looking for new engineers to join our family.

To meet this growing demand for talent, DSI has recently announced the launch of their Employee Referral Bonus Program for all current DSI employees. Our past experience shows that new hires who join our company through employee referrals are excellent contributors. Recent referrals include mechanical engineers, conveyor engineers, manufacturing engineers, industrial engineers, material flow engineers, paint system engineers, process engineers, electrical control engineers, AutoMod / Simulation engineers, CAD designers, and 3D designers. Should a referral from a DSI employee lead to a hire, that employee is rewarded with a $500 bonus. Not a bad deal - helping an acquaintance find a great company while helping Design Systems, Inc. grow our talent base.    


MAMA MIA! DSI Joins Aerospace Association

Michigan Aerospace Manufacturers Association

Design Systems, Inc.'s manufacturing process design and integration services are well suited to support any industry that manufactures a product, from cars and heavy-trucks to potato chips and jet airliners. The Aerospace industry in years past was less concerned about process design and lean engineering but in today’s competitive and global environment, they are seeing the benefits of bringing this knowledge to them. To help this introduction, Design Systems, Inc. is now a professional corporate member of MAMA – the Michigan Aerospace Manufacturing Association.

The mission of the Michigan Aerospace Manufacturers Association (“MAMA”) is to: serve and represent the interests of Michigan’s aerospace and defense manufacturing firms with a single unified voice, to provide educational programs and industry research to its members, and to promote the State of Michigan’s Aerospace and Defense manufacturing community within the global industry.    

MAMA’s objective is to be the supply chain of choice that is recognized for taking the "costs out of cost" for services, manufactured components, assemblies and complete systems. They are designed to take the risk out of the supply chain by having the best in class suppliers for cost, quality and delivery.    

The message is clear – the manufacturing process design and lean engineering principles of Design Systems, Inc. can be a difference maker for Aerospace companies that want to continue to deliver the best quality at the best price. Those who do not – will be left in the jet stream.     


Conveyor Training at Design Systems, Inc.

Have new employees that need basic Conveyor Training?  Maybe you are adding some new systems to your existing factory and need to train existing employees on the operation and maintenance of these systems?  Let Design Systems, Inc.’s team of experienced conveyor engineers provide this training.  This proven Conveyor Training Seminar is designed to teach facility engineering personnel the basics of Conveyor Systems Engineering so they will have an understanding of the systems’ overall functions.  Systems included in the training include; Overhead Power & Free, Inverted Power & Free, Skillet Systems, Chain-on-edge Systems, Skid Systems, Flattop Systems, Power Roll and Belt Systems, and basic Transfer Systems.

This course and great for cross-training plant personnel.  People who will benefit from attending this course typically will include: Plant and Facility Engineers, Supervisors, Building Engineers, Safety Directors, Environmental Health & Safety professionals.    


Major Consulting and Engineering Firm Endorses Design Systems, Inc.

Steven Abbott, president of 3P Enterprise LLC located in Clarkston, Michigan recently wrote about Design Systems, Inc.:

"Design Systems of Farmington Hills provided an excellent concept design for one of my clients in northern China. A challenging time constraint, and difficult scope of work was created in a relatively short period of time. And the client was very impressed. Thank you DSI (Dan and Brian) for delivering 3 viable solutions for a large operation... in just 10 days."


Supporting Our Engineering Leaders of Tomorrow

Design Systems, Inc. was so pleased to provide support and encouragement for a very talented and energetic group of young students. Team 123, Hamtramck High School’s FIRST Robotics team proved hard work and fun can go hand-in-hand. Team 123 competed at two district competitions in which they ranked among the top ten teams with the highest qualifying points. Team 123 was rewarded for their hard work with three awards: The Entrepreneurship Award; Innovation in Control Award; and lastly The District Engineering Inspiration Award which is the second-most prestigious award a FIRST team can achieve which seeks to distinguish teams who have shown tremendous commitment to spreading science and technology throughout their school and community. To cap it off, Team 123 from Hamtramck High School qualified to compete at the FIRST World Championships in St. Louis, Missouri. Good luck to the team...everyone at Design Systems, Inc. wishes you great success.

Team 123, Hamtramck High School’s FIRST Robotics team, began the 2015 season with a bang and ended even stronger. They competed at two district competitions, Woodhaven and Center Line, in which they ranked among the top ten teams with the highest qualifying points. At both locations, Team 123 advanced to the playoffs and won an award. The Entrepreneurship Award recognizes teams who demonstrate excellent execution of a comprehensive business plan. The District Engineering Inspiration Award, the second-most prestigious award a FIRST team can receive, seeks to distinguish teams who have shown tremendous commitment to spreading science and technology throughout their school and community. At the FIRST in Michigan District Championship, Team 123 also won the Innovation in Control Award, which recognizes a robot with an impressive control system. However, the team’s journey did not end in Michigan. For the first time since 2007, the Cosmos qualified to compete at the FIRST World Championship in St. Louis, Missouri.

The Cosmos owe much of our continued success to the support we receive from our sponsors; from those who have been with us since the year we first began, to those who have recently joined the Cosmos galaxy. Without our sponsors, we would not have been able to compete at either of our district competitions, never mind reach the World Championship. 2016 will mark the 20th anniversary of Team 123’s formation, and with this in mind, we thank you for the relentless support you have shown our team and FIRST. Each of our sponsors will always have a place within the Cosmos galaxy, and we can only hope that you will join us for another incredible 20 years.


Sincerely,
Luthfor Khan
Hamtramck High FIRST Team – CEO


Design Systems, Inc. – Investing In The Future

The backbone of any world class manufacturing engineering service provider is the intersection of its most valuable resources: people, real estate, and technological infrastructure. Design Systems, Inc. has recently made sizable investments in the first two resources as our business continues to grow, and are now targeting our network and server infrastructure for a complete ground-up overhaul. This timely and much-needed upgrade is focused on building a faster, larger, and more reliable framework to support all of our computer operations, providing our talented engineering staff with top-of-the-line tools and hardware to continue delivering the level of service and detail our customers have come to expect. Highlights of this effort include:
  • Virtualization of all server hardware – replacing aging hardware infrastructure with environment that can grow with future computing demands
  • Massive, scalable increase in storage capacity, accommodates ever-growing data, 3D scanning, and archival needs
  • 20x increase in throughput between host servers
  • 10x increase in network speed between floors at our main office in Farmington Hills, MI
  • Ability to have dedicated channels to individual machines for high-bandwidth applications
  • Streamlined backup operations and simple, fast retrieval of files


Design Systems, Inc. Receives 2015 Best of Farmington Hills Award

Farmington Hills Award Program Honors the Achievement

FARMINGTON HILLS April 6, 2015 -- Design Systems, Inc. has been selected for the 2015 Best of Farmington Hills Award in the Engineering Consultant category by the Farmington Hills Award Program.

Each year, the Farmington Hills Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Farmington Hills area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2015 Farmington Hills Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Farmington Hills Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Farmington Hills Award Program

The Farmington Hills Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Farmington Hills area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Farmington Hills Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community's contributions to the U.S. economy.

SOURCE: Farmington Hills Award Program
CONTACT: Farmington Hills Award Program


URL: http://www.awardsystem.org


Leadership in Electrical and Controls Engineering

Design Systems, Inc. continues to provide world class Electrical and Controls Engineering services to our growing customer base. Design Systems, Inc. is very pleased to announce the recent addition of Mr. Mike Swenson. Mr. Swenson will be leading all group efforts and services as Group Manager. Mike has over 11 years of experience in engineering, operations, and manufacturing management with a high-level of electrical and mechanical expertise. He has the proven ability to diagnose and solve complex electrical engineering challenges using his training and experience with automotive OEM’s, tier I suppliers and other varied industries he has had the opportunity to work within. Design Systems, Inc. welcomes Mr. Swenson to the team!

Please contact Design Systems, Inc. for your Electrical and Controls initiatives and schedule a meeting where Mr. Swenson will share the latest in Electrical and Controls Engineering methodologies.


Design Systems, Inc. supports customer with Production Aids Design and Prototype Build

Design Systems, Inc. continues to support a North American automotive OEM with our multi-disciplined engineering team. DSI was tasked to provide the design, prototype sets and validation quantities of Paint Shop Production Aids for a new vehicle program. Utilizing our extensive experience in 3D design and specifically in this case Inventor software, DSI’s mechanical team led the design effort for these production aids. Furthermore, working with our partner Turnkey Systems Integration for the prototype builds and validation testing, we were able to provide a complete one-stop shop for this effort. Production aids included fuel door fixture, hood handles, hood supports, front / rear overslam units, and more. The quality and efficiency of this work has led to DSI performing production aid design and prototype build services on many programs since our initial effort.


Design Systems, Inc. awarded Arc Flash Program

Design Systems, Inc. was recently awarded a large Arc Flash program for a major automotive manufacturer. With additional process equipment being installed to meet new production demands, Design Systems, Inc.’s talented group of electrical engineers is tasked with leading this organization through the Arc Flash process to ensure their plant employees are safe and the company fully meets all the OSHA and industry consensus standards. Programs are comprehensive and may include: written electrical safety program, employee training program or ‘train the trainer’ class, electrical power system analysis and panel labeling, up-to-date one line drawings, mitigation reports, energized electrical work permits, personal protective equipment (PPE) requirements, engineered solutions and installed solutions, electrical safety audits and maintenance, and ongoing Arc Flash training and electrical safety program training for your employees. Design Systems, Inc. invested in ETAP software for this program, adding to the Easy Power software already in place to deliver the quality and precision expected of DSI.


Put Design Systems, Inc.’s Supply Chain experts to work for your business!

Design Systems, Inc. continues to provide world class manufacturing process design and integration services. A growing demand from our industrial customers is to provide support with Supply Chain Management. Leading this effort for Design Systems, Inc. is Mr. Jim Pratt and Ms. Margaret Park. Mr. Pratt is a supply chain professional with over 30 years of extensive, progressive and diverse global and domestic experience. Mr. Pratt has experience with high risk assignments managing the design and implementation of successful operational changes. He has the proven ability to diagnose and solve supply chain concerns using his experience with launch readiness, demand planning, master scheduling, material flow, cost reduction, and logistic, program, and metrics management.

Ms. Park likewise is a seasoned professional who provides subject matter expertise, support, and thought leadership in the development of Supply Chain Solution Design and Transportation Management System capabilities, including developing, communicating, and executing the solutions. Ms. Park is also involved with the APICS professional association as an instructor. She has been teaching the CSCP certification class since 2008, and began teaching CPIM and Train the Trainer certification classes in 2014. Ms. Park recently attained her Master Instructor designation.

Please contact Design Systems, Inc. for your Supply Chain Management initiatives and schedule a meeting where Mr. Pratt and Ms. Park will share the latest in Supply Chain Engineering methodologies.


Design Systems, Inc. is proud to be providing manufacturing engineering services to one of North America’s largest independent, value-added steel processors.

Experiencing steady growth, this steel processor has contracted Design Systems, Inc's team of professional manufacturing engineers to evaluate options to plan for this significant growth. Seeking to get more output, the engineering team will evaluate the existing layout and review the current process flow to identify improvement opportunities for increased production. Design Systems, Inc. will be evaluating different equipment and automation opportunities, evaluating material flow throughout the facility to “lean out” the facility, review current and future state material storage needs, review material staging and shipping operations, review dock operations including locations and quantities all aimed at meeting existing production demands with an eye towards the future. Design Systems, Inc. is very skilled at preparing long-term phased in plans to ensure a smooth transition while manufacturers ramp up production to meet their growing volumes.


Giving Back To The Community

Design Systems, Inc. is a proud supporter of the Gleaners Food Bank of Southeast Michigan. As a locally owned and operated engineering firm providing process and manufacturing engineering services, Design Systems, Inc. is proud to support this outstanding organization serving our local community. Design Systems employees raised $3,668.00 during their Jeans Day campaign for 2014. The company then went even further, matching this amount and sending a check to Gleaners for $7,400. Furthermore, our donation was then matched by additional supporters that brought the total contribution to $14,800. Amazing how something as small and simple as a $3 Jeans Day fee can turn into nearly $15,000 to help our neighbors in need. Thank you to all who participated.


Design Systems, Inc. continues to add to its leading portfolio of world class engineering services.

Design Systems, Inc. continues to add to its leading portfolio of world class engineering services. Already recognized as a leader in manufacturing engineering within the plant environment, the team at Design Systems is now providing this same level of service with Supply Chain Engineering. Design Systems, Inc. integrated Supply Chain Management team provides end-to-end services that support our customers design, planning, execution, control, and monitoring of their supply chain activities. Services provided include:
  • Global Supply Chain Strategy Development
  • Supply Chain Event Management
  • Lean Parts Operations
  • Distribution, Warehousing, and Logistics
  • Network Capacity Planning
  • Supplier Relationship Management
Supporting heavy industrial clients within automotive, heavy truck, military / defense, and supplier levels, Design Systems, Inc. team is helping our clients become more profitable with the shared objectives of creating net value, building a competitive infrastructure, leveraging global logistics, and measuring performance.


Design Systems, Inc. Supports leading North American full-service engineering thermoplastic distributor with significant growth plans.

This leading provider of thermoplastic solutions across multiple industries is seeking to expand their operations to keep up with the growing demand. They turned to Design Systems, Inc. to provide the Manufacturing and Supply Chain Engineering to determine the optimal layout for this expansion. Design Systems, Inc. is supporting this thermoplastic manufacturer and distributor with building layout engineering services to ensure a lean flow of material within the site, identification of storage requirements, a dock analysis, logistics and supplier review, and recommendations for warehouse racks and locations for this long-term growth plan.


Business Case Development

Considering adding production capability to your existing facility network? Maybe you outsource certain processes and want to bring these in-house but don’t know where to start. Let Design Systems, Inc. Engineering and Consulting professionals help with the planning and development of your business case. Expanding operations can be an exciting time but before you do, you need to fully understand the magnitude of project, the added cost to operations, and most importantly the Return-on-Investment you can anticipate should you move forward. With our 30+ years of serving manufacturing and industrial customers, Design Systems, Inc. is very skilled at designing, planning and preparing business cases to provide the decision makers all the information they need to make sound decisions about future growth plans. Areas addressed will include proper building sizing and facility requirements, identification of equipment requirements, roll-up of utility demands, determination of added manpower requirements, cost estimates for project execution and ongoing operations, and most importantly a Return-on-Investment calculation that is based on sound engineering practices.


Design Systems, Inc. spearheads production increase efforts at compressed air solutions provider.

Design Systems, Inc. continues to be recognized as a leading provider of manufacturing process design and material flow engineering services. Expanding production at one of their U.S. manufacturing sites, an international manufacturer and leader in compressed air solutions has retained Design Systems, Inc. to assist in planning for production and rate increases that are required to meet the growing demand. Adding a new production line and seeking to optimize the existing operations with lean engineering principles, Design Systems, Inc.’s manufacturing engineering team will look at all aspects of this facility, from material storage and dock utilization, containerization, line side part display, in plant material logistics and conveyor and material handling options that work best for this client, in their particular location.


Design Systems, Inc. has been awarded an engineering and manufacturing project with a global ball bearing company in North America.

DSI has been contracted to provide professional World Class Manufacturing Engineering and Process Development Engineering services to assist the team in planning for and designing a lean facility to support their North American expansion plans. DSI can help this company, along with yours, to improve work place optimization, work place ergonomics, total operational costs, the highest quality standards, along with the ability to scale up production for future volume levels.


Warehousing Operations Assessment

Design Systems, Inc. understands a client’s needs for relocating into a new facility due to significant growth and will provide a Warehousing Operations assessment. One of our certified supply chain professionals will conduct a full evaluation that will assist the team in defining the warehouse requirements based on anticipated future volumes. DSI can support all of your engineering needs with our award winning multi-discipline engineering groups; Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Lean Manufacturing, Paint Finishing Engineering, Simulation Engineering.


Design Systems, Inc. Receives 2014 Best of Farmington Hills Award in the Engineering Consultant Category by the Farmington Hills Award Program

The Farmington Hills Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Farmington Hills area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value. Their mission is to recognize the small business community's contributions to the U.S. economy.


Business and Real Estate Consultants are Calling on Design Systems, Inc. Expertise in Facility Engineering

Design Systems, Inc. has recently been working with two of the largest and most successful national real estate consultants to provide facility engineering services for their industrial customers. Working with these consultants, DSI has been tasked with performing process engineering services, manufacturing engineering, layout engineering, utility and power studies, cost estimates, and overall project management for all aspects of the facility and process engineering of a new project. These relationships have proven to be a win-win for all parties as the consultants are tasked with overall project execution and they understand the value of having Design Systems Facility Engineering team on the project.


Design Systems, Inc. Supports Major Wood Treatment Company

Manufacturing engineering and process engineering are required no matter what your product may be. The principles of sound engineering will be the building blocks of an efficient facility; lean methodologies of 5S, Yamazumi charts, Minomi systems, value stream mapping, smart material handling methods, properly engineered conveyors, well designed facility layouts to improve flow and throughput for your plants are essential. At Design Systems, we are proud of our work with a major wood treatment company. This company is experiencing growth and was in need of additional throughput capability. Recently, Design Systems, Inc. was involved with the conceptual engineering design of six (6) patents pending automated material handling systems for this company. At Design Systems, no two projects are the same and every customer receives the individual attention their project requires. In this case, it just so happened to lead to an innovative material handling design that is in the process of potentially being granted a patent.


The Universal Language of Engineering

Design Systems, Inc. was recently tasked with supporting a large international automaker at one of their Venezuelan facilities. More and more automakers are designing flexibility into their plants, allowing them to build several products on multiple platforms within the same site. This can pose daunting challenges for engineering, and DSI is up for the challenge. This particular site needed to introduce an additional process within the paint shop prior to the primer process. This plant, and in particular this paint shop was space constrained and introducing a new coating process into this area needed to be carefully engineered. Design Systems, Inc., working the OEM’s Paint Engineering staff and suppliers, provided the layout engineering and studies to integrate this new process into the system. Looking at cycle / process times, conveyor options, chording studies, volume constraints, ergonomics issues, safety concerns, and strip out requirements, the team designed a flexible system that will allow this plant to meet production and quality requirements now and into the future.


Design Systems, Inc. - Lending a Helping Hand for the Holidays

DSI is pleased to be able to make a donation of two Delta airline ticket vouchers to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. This organization grants wishes to terminally ill children and creates beautiful memories for their families.

Over the past several years, Design Systems, Inc. employees have also donated thousands of dollars to various charities through an employer-sponsored "Jeans Day" program. In 2013, DSI employees have raised approximately $2,900, which the company is matching and will make a donation to Gleaners Food Bank. Gleaners donates emergency food to hundreds of local relief organizations to get aid to those in need.


Design Systems, Inc. Offers More Than Meets the Eye

Determining best overall value can be a difficult task. What do you value in your vendors and suppliers? Are you only looking for that single lowest cost, regardless of experience and company integrity? At Design Systems, Inc., we believe that our customers want and expect much more than that. At Design Systems, we become partners with our customers. We are an extension of their engineering staffs. One recent example illustrates this perfectly: A past customer with whom we did business years ago recently came upon a conveyor design and simulation model we performed for them for an area they are looking to update. This customer no longer could find any of the drawings or files associated with this project but were inquiring with us if we had any of the information. Well, we not only had all of the information, all the drawings, all the simulation models - we also still have the employees who performed the study and have an intimate knowledge of their foundry plant. How do you put a value on a company's stability and longevity? On a company that truly becomes a partner with our customers, with a long-term vision? While staffing firms come and go, engineering companies start-up and disappear, Design Systems continues to be a leading provider of manufacturing / process engineering services to the global community. We kind of think it might have something to do with our customers expecting more of us and always being there when called upon.


Design Systems, Inc. supports Gleaners Food Bank of Southeast Michigan.

Gleaner's Food Bank Of Southeast MichiganAs a locally owned and operated engineering firm approaching our 30th anniversary of providing process and manufacturing engineering services, DSI is proud to support this outstanding organization serving our local community. Design Systems employees raised $2,900 during their Jeans Day campaign for 2012. The company then went even further, matching this amount and sending a check to Gleaners for $6,000. Furthermore, our donation was then matched by additional supporters that brought the total contribution to $12,000. Amazing how something as small and simple as a $3 Jeans Day fee can turn into $12,000 to help our neighbors in need. Thank you to all who participated.


The Value Of Experience

Experience is one thing you just can't fake. It often makes the difference between meeting your project budgets and schedules or falling short. At Design Systems, Inc. we take great pride in the experience level of our engineering staff. Nearly 25% of our staff at DSI have been with us for at least ten years and a good majority of these have been at DSI for 20+ years. Across DSI's disciplines - manufacturing engineering, mechanical engineering, paint engineering, electrical and controls engineering, facility engineering, process engineering, and simulation engineering - we have associates that have the real world experience to help our customers with their engineering projects. So, as we approach our 30th anniversary this year, DSI continues to provide world class engineering support from an experienced and talented team that has just about seen and done it all. You don't get that level of expertise from textbooks or web searches!


Design Systems, Inc. continues to support the dairy industry.

DSI was contracted by a major powdered milk producer to travel to several European equipment manufacturers to evaluate how their equipment functions and how it will integrate into an existing facility. Looking closely at the utility requirements, ventilation requirements, pumps and motors, platform designs, structural pits and overall equipment functionality will lead to a detailed specification for procurement and installation.


Design Systems continues to provide world class Material Flow Engineering.

Working with a global automotive company, Design Systems was able to assemble a mixed US and Mexican engineering team to support a truck assembly facility in Mexico. The DSI lead team will be performing material flow engineering and material handling facilities and equipment engineering services. Designing a lean production flow to eliminate waste and non-value added is a key driver of this project. Specifying all the required material handling equipment, from tuggers to fork trucks, and identifying station by station all the hand held equipment requirements will ensure that the launch goes smoothly and the schedule is adhered to.


Design Systems, Inc. was awarded an engineering and project management project

for a global automotive company. DSI has been contracted to support facility engineering, kit installations, and conveyor modifications in this companies US based Body Shop. DSI engineers will be managing contractors and ensuring that design specifications and schedules are met as an extension of our customer. The team will be leading contractor meetings, managing the overall schedule, developing specifications, developing an overall integration plan, coordinating tear down and shipping, equipment buyoffs and punch lists and overall start up and commissioning support.


Design Systems is working with a global OEM supplier

leading the installation activities in support of powertrain operations at a major US auto company. Design Systems was contracted by this international optics company to provide equipment installation management, schedule development, onsite field engineering, utility coordination, contractor meetings, and issue resolution, to get the equipment installed on time and within budget. This work has taken the DSI Mechanical Engineer across North America to install this equipment.


Simulation services provided by Design Systems, Inc. optimize automotive facility's operations.

Design Systems Manufacturing Engineering group has been contracted by a leading auto manufacturer to develop an AutoMod Simulation model to test various material flow concepts and scenarios. This simulation model will identify bottlenecks, material delivery delays, and congestion areas leading to inefficient material handling operations within the plant. The model will look at dock operations, storage areas, repacking operations, kitting and sequencing operations, and line side delivery methods.


Design Systems, Inc. is proud to be working with a leading Aerospace manufacturer of composite components.

With business expanding, this large international Aerospace company has contracted DSI to assist them in designing the manufacturing process at a new Greenfield facility for Composite Engine components. The DSI team has assisted with layout engineering, and this next phase will have the team developing a detailed lean layout including workstation detail, process equipment requirements, staging requirements, shift patterns, manpower considerations, material handling design, throughput simulation, and an overall phase-in-plan to ensure that production schedules are met.


Design Systems, Inc. is providing Emulation Services to a major Tire Manufacturer.

DSI is providing manufacturing systems Emulation Services to find solutions to reduce risk on a new project launch. DSI's Emulation service will validate the complex system software program in our office before installation on the plant floor. By validating the software before installation it greatly reduces the conveyor system launch risk, saving time, money and increased launch ramp-up volumes.


Design Systems, Inc. has begun a project with a large Industrial Manufacturer.

The DSI scope of work includes the custom design of a material handling system that must operate in an explosive manufacturing process area. This system must also be completely automated with monitoring technology.


Design Systems, Inc. is providing Simulation Services to a major Tire Manufacturer.

DSI is providing simulation modeling of their material handling conveyor systems. DSI is an industry leading supplier of simulation services. Our simulation modeling will validate the manufacturing throughput capabilities, bottlenecks, conveyor system buffer sizes, etc.


Design Systems Inc. has co-authored with Proplanner

and will present a paper at GVSETS (Ground vehicle Systems Engineering and Technology Symposium ) on MPM (Manufacturing Process Management). The paper explains the advantages of utilization of a disciplined and consistent approach (MPM) for the manufacturing floor that will reduce manufacturing cost, improve quality, quickly react to demand variability and can be easily transportable. MPM, once implemented can also directly interface with any ERP and /or PDM and supports the DoD Manufacturing Readiness Guideline (MRL's).


Design Systems was awarded a contract with a large automotive supplier

to design concepts involving the Spray booths, Ovens, Conveyors, and Dip Tanks. DSI also designed concept layouts for the new underbody coating system and recommended the use of rotating carriers for ergonomic benefits. DSI assisted in launching tri-coat painting process and did data analysis for the ovens and spray booths. Design Systems also made conveyor modifications and did chain pull analysis for the entire paint shop.


Design Systems Canada has been awarded a contract

for identifying and providing recommendations for the replacement of outdated safety fencing and access gates for a major manufacturing operation. Following the preliminary study, we will develop a bid package and necessary reference drawings for the client to solicit bid from suppliers. As current Health and Safety Legislation is updated, more and more pre-1988 manufacturing systems will have to be reviewed from a PSR and risk assessment standpoint. This will ensure the owners for current legislation compliance.


Design Systems Inc. has been awarded a Turnkey Contract

to provide Engineering, Project Management, Equipment, and Installation for an assembly plant in Mexico. The DSI engineering team will be integrating a new Automated Robotic Sealer Cell and Manual Sealer Cell System.


Design Systems Inc. has a new project with a Major Steel Manufacturer

to implement Lean Manufacturing principles and reduce waste in their facility.


Design Systems, Inc. has been awarded engineering services for a major automotive supplier for the replacement of the existing Modicon PLCs and HMIs

with Siemens HMIs. The work will consist of site evaluation and surveys of existing equipment and development of procurement bid packages. DSI's Electrical / Controls Engineering Group will be managing this project.


Design Systems, Inc. continues our long term relationship with a major tire manufacturer.

Our services range from project planning, bid specification development, conveyor system design, working with our customer to develop a new standard conveyor system, simulation throughput analysis and program management.


Design Systems, Inc. has been awarded a project to support a large Aerospace firm.

Our focus will be lean manufacturing and world class manufacturing principles. This is one of the many services DSI can provide for our customers. We offer a full breadth of services for the manufacturing world, including conveyor engineering, industrial engineering, lean manufacturing, controls engineering, paint finishing engineering, simulation, 3D design, and program management.


Design Systems, Inc. has recently completed the rapid battery charge project for a major automotive assembly plant.

The scope of the project was the complete installation of all battery charger stations including material handling fork trucks and tuggers, all maintenance fork trucks and scrubber for the Body, Paint and Trim shops.


Design Systems, Inc. continues our long history of providing mechanical and process engineering support in automotive paint shops.

DSI is proud to announce the award of several projects with a major automotive manufacturer, studying line speed increase impacts, process changes, booth refurbishment and structural design requirements. This preliminary engineering phase will provide the AutoCAD drawings and process descriptions to move to a turnkey implementation.


Design Systems, Inc. is providing line side production aids for the paint shop of a major automotive company.

Production aids include: part storage racks, work tables, team leader stations, information boards, safety boards and material flow racks. This is one of the many services DSI can provide for our customers. We offer a full breadth of services for the manufacturing world, including conveyor engineering, industrial engineering, lean manufacturing, controls engineering, paint finishing engineering, simulation, 3D design, and program management.


Design Systems, Inc. is working with a major supplier of equipment and conveyors to build a simulation model of a North American auto manufacturers paint shop.

This simulation model will identify potential bottlenecks and provide carrier counts of a proposed design. Utilizing this simulation model, the team will save time and capital by testing the proposed system in the virtual environment long before any fabrication or field engineering is required.


Design Systems Canada provides mechanical layout and working drawings for a local Aluminum Casting Plant.

The Sand Handling System modifications will include providing electrical sequence of operations, field device layouts, control logic modifications and system start-up assistance.


DSI Provides Food Distribution Supply Chain Logistics, Transportation & Warehouse Engineering Services.

Design Systems is selected by a large multi-national food distribution company to provide Supply Chain Logistics, Transportation & Warehouse engineering services.

The services include re-engineering warehouse infrastructure & load planning processes, freight optimization, development of Key Performance & Financial Indicators (KPI/KFI), Standard Operation Procedure development and roll-out. The Supply Chain Logistics services also include optimizing the use of existing IT systems to monitor real-time, actual performance against established KPI's & KFI's.


Miami International Airport North Terminal Development - Baggage Handling System Project.

Design Systems worked with a Major Baggage handling provider to provide material handling Logistics, Project Planning and scheduling, Conveyor Testing & Commissioning Support, Operations and Business process engineering, Field Operations Business Administration & Field Installation Planning.

DSI's responsibilities on the Miami International North Terminal Development Baggage Handling project included:
  • Logistics, Testing & Commissioning Support including field operations skilled/unskilled labor supervision.
  • Operations and business process engineering including developing & implementing process improvements both on the project business side as well as on the installation side.
  • Field operations business administration including negotiating monthly payments with the Client, vendors & bond holders, landside/airside transition planning.
  • Field Installation Planning including project delay analysis & tracking, and working with corporate Contract Admin to process claims. Used Primavera (P6 v7.0) & Microsoft Project extensively.


Design Systems, Inc. Provides Cost-Saving Engineering for Our Powertrain Customers.

With our technical experience in powertrain processes as well as utilities such as equipment, chip handling, piping and HVAC etc., we can provide detailed engineered build level drawings to assist our customers in self-performing the installation of the utilities. This allows our customers to save money on the installation cost.


Design Systems, Inc. continues to be a leader in assisting the manufacturing community with plant specific safety programs to ensure employee safety and company compliance.

One such area that literally can be the difference between life or death, is compliance with regulations NFPA 70E and CSA Z462 dealing with Arc Flash Safety.

Design Systems' talented group of electrical engineers will lead your organization through the entire Arc Flash process to ensure your plant employees are safe and your company fully meets all the OSHA and industry consensus standards. Programs are comprehensive and may include; written electrical safety program, employee training program or 'train the trainer' class, electrical power system analysis and panel labeling, up-to-date one line drawings, mitigation reports, energized electrical work permits, personal protective equipment (PPE) requirements, engineered mitigation solutions and installed mitigation solutions, electrical safety audits and maintenance, and ongoing Arc Flash training and electrical safety program training for your employees.


Design Systems, Inc. awarded contract to design and supply prototype Production Aid Tools to a major automobile manufacturer in Mexico.

Design Systems, Inc. uses multiple software packages for 3D prop tools, conveyors and carrier designs including Catia, Inventor and Unigraphics. For this project, the tools include a hood handle and support, lift gate handle and prop, door hold open (Elpo), front & rear door over slam, front & rear door (Clean) checklink and fuel fill door fixture. DSI will build the prototype tools and validate the designs for functionality with the new vehicles at the plant.


Design Systems is working with a major military ground vehicle manufacturer

to develop and implement a Lean Material Strategy for their shop floor. The plan examines the use of material handling equipment, manpower, line display, secondary storage and primary storage areas. Ultimately, the Lean Material Strategy developed will drive discipline into their entire supply chain from the vendor to the point of consumption. Additionally, Lean Material Strategy will be the cornerstone of the client's plan to enhance their implementation of Total Configuration Management (TCM) and define the functional requirements for their Manufacturing Execution System (MES) Materials Module.


Design Systems, Inc. is expanding our engineering services into new programs for a large Aerospace firm

Services include evaluation of the manufacturing layout for an existing product line. With this layout analysis we are providing Lean Manufacturing techniques to optimize the manufacturing footprint and cycle times for the operations. We are evaluating conveyance methods, material handling methods, material storage requirements, material flow and work station requirements for the product line. With our award winning multi-discipline company we provide support to our customers with many services from our Conveyor Group, Controls Group, Paint Finishing Group and Manufacturing Engineering Group.


Design Systems, Inc. is partnered with an Automated Parking System Company.

DSI was tasked to develop innovative solutions for the conveyance and flow sequence of the new system. With over 25 years in innovative solutions for the automotive and a variety of manufacturers we developed a cost effective solution for this upcoming industry. With analyzing a variety of conveyors, ASRS, shuttles, lifts and storage concepts we have developed the building blocks for a cost effective system. Our simulation models can quickly validate the throughput capabilities of the various design configurations to ensure it meets our customer's needs.


Design Systems, Inc. to work with a world leader

in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft engines, industrial gas turbines and space propulsion systems. Design Systems, Inc. has been selected to perform a Pedestrian and Powered Industrial Vehicle (PIV) safety study at our customer's major manufacturing locations. Design Systems team of engineers will evaluate the overall usage and flow of people and material throughout the facility, identifying congestion areas and safety concerns. The team will study the material flow, pedestrian flow, PIV equipment flow and dock activities to better understand the overall process existing in the facility. Upon establishing a baseline of operations, the team will study various options to alleviate congestion areas and most importantly isolate pedestrians from PIV's to eliminate opportunities for accidents.


Design Systems awarded material flow project for a leading Battery Manufacturer.

The overall plant Material Flow Analysis includes the flow of lithium ion raw materials and components from the inbound truck docks to the internal material storage and staging areas, through the proposed facility, to the point of use. The Material Flow Analysis will continue with the completed lithium ion components and subassemblies from the end of their processes, through the packaging and shipping of those completed components. Utilizing lean production techniques, Design Systems team will perform a truck dock analysis, production material storage analysis, material handling analysis, and an indirect labor analysis.


Design Systems Canada Ltd. (DSC) was awarded and has completed phase I of a process layout development project for a Salt mining/processing plant.

Phase I involved the development of a current/reliable layout to be used for locating the new proposed grading equipment. Phase II will involve locating the new process, validating the process flow requirements and be used in the development of demolition and new installation Bid Specifications.


Design Systems, Inc. works with major call center in the US.

People don't normally associate call center operations with the manufacturing environment. However, Design Systems, Inc. has been awarded a contract doing just that. We will examine and optimize operations using discrete event AutoMod simulation as the primary analysis tool. We will look at the practices, methodologies and procedures using simulation to improve throughput, reduce wait times and increase utilization of the center's direct labor. This project illustrates another example of how lean manufacturing techniques apply to all industries.


Design Systems Canada Ltd. (DSC) has been awarded 2 contracts to assist a local distiller/bottling company

with the replacement of a new energy efficient absorber. By replacing the older, less efficient absorber the operation will gain in additional electricity generating capability as well as reduce their costs to produce steam that drives the generators. As part of this replacement project, DSC is assisting with soliciting and obtaining energy reduction grants to help offset the cost of the change. This work comes as they are completing the 1st phase of program management of a plant wide energy management system and lean manufacturing process.


Design Systems is under contract to provide engineering services to develop conveyor modules utilizing 3-D/emulation software Demo3D™

Demo3D Emulation SoftwareThe modules can then be used to create a dynamic model to visualize flow and provide a unique perspective of the overall system operation. Additionally, Demo3D™ can, ultimately, provide PLC controls testing for off line logic and HMI testing.


Design Systems, Inc. is working with RCM Engineering, a Brazilian engineering and project management firm located near Sao Paulo

RCM has extensive experience with automotive, heavy equipment and electronic manufacturers in Brazil. In conjunction with Design Systems’ Turnkey Manufacturing Engineering and Integration services which include: conveyors, material handling, controls, paint processing equipment, FIS / AVI in all manufacturing industries and RCM providing local fabrication and installation we can support the tremendous manufacturing industry potential in Brazil and South America.


Design Systems, Inc. working closely with a large tire manufacturer for their new facility in Brazil

DSI is developing the detailed bid specifications for the complex material handling systems. With a variety of conveyance methods and complex build sequence requirements the controls design is critical in making the flow and throughput requirements. With several years experience in the tire manufacturing industry our conveyor and controls groups have the experience to handle the most complex systems and bring the project in on time.


Design Systems, Inc. is providing engineering services to a large Aerospace firm

Services include development of a new manufacturing layout for a new product line. With this new layout development we are providing Lean Manufacturing techniques to optimize the building footprint size and cycle times for the operations. Through this process we are evaluating conveyance methods, material handling methods, material storage requirements, material flow, work station evaluations and budget estimates for the project. We are also providing a full Simulation model of the facility to validate the complex build sequence and product mix DSI is looking forward to a long relationship with our new customer and applying many services from our Conveyor Group, Controls Group, Paint Finishing Group and Manufacturing Engineering Group.


Design Systems, Inc. awarded project within heavy-truck manufacturing facility

Throughout the many model introductions, capacity increases, Lean manufacturing programs, and process rearrangements, the facility drawings were out of date and not consistent with any accepted CAD standard. Design Systems' task initially was to completely update the facility drawings to an accurate as-built status reflecting the actual conditions on the shop floor. The field engineering team gathered on-site and began the arduous effort of field checking the site, including conveyors, process equipment, utilities such as water, gas and air mains, and electrical runs / drops. The team took the next step and identified all the material locations, both line side use and staging areas. This effort will provide an easy transition into potential new product planning and Program Management activities using accurate and up-to-date as-built AutoCAD drawings.


Design Systems completes "Design and Build" of Paint and Elpo process fixtures

for two major U.S. automotive manufactures. These fixtures are used to support the production of spare parts used for in-shop repairs and dealer replacement parts. DSI was responsible for gathering / downloading the latest available product math data, complete design, fabrication and installation of the new part fixtures into the Paint Shop facilities. DSI also developed a complete set of 3-Dimentional "As-Built" shop detail drawings for each part fixture for customer use.  DSI can provide services such as; design engineering, detail engineering, carrier design, conveyor application engineering, conveyor evaluations, conveyor health assessments, impact analysis, part buck design, production aid design, prop rod design, as-built and as-installed drawings, chain pull, chain analysis, structural support steel design, load analysis, load trolley analysis, clearance studies, reverse engineering, structural clamp design, bid package engineering, etc...


Design Systems to provide the engineering and design

of a "Brownfield" automotive paint shop renovation for new vehicle production in North America.   The paint shop will re-utilize much of the existing facility process equipment and facilities and will incorporate the latest available technology with respect to energy conservation and reduction  of "Greenhouse" gas emissions.   The paint shop will  have the  production capacity of 160,000 units per year.


Design Systems awarded contract - design and engineering

for installation of equipment and systems at a "Brownfield" facility that will produce high efficiency engines for both electric drive and conventional drive automobiles.   The facility will have the capacity to produce 400 engines per day with the flexibility to increase production to 1,200 engines per day.


Design Systems Canada provides engineering services to major distillery

DSC was contracted by a major distillery to complete a solar feasibility study to utilize solar thermal heat as a supplementary heating source for their facility makeup air system. Design Systems, Inc. is providing integration solutions with renewable energy to the food & beverage industry.


Design Systems Canada provides engineering services to a major automotive supplier to expand their existing tank farm operation

DSC provided the engineering design, bid package and field installation support for the installation of a new diesel fuel tank farm and dispensing system for a major automotive supplier. Design allowed for TSSA Fuel Safety variances in addition to containment engineering and distribution design which entailed over 2,000 feet of mechanical piping.


DSI Conveyor/Mechanical Engineering Group successfully completes project for large European auto manufacturer

This company had been dealing with a significant amount of chain surge on a production conveyor which not only created system downtime but also induced a significant amount of unnecessary wear on the system. After trying to solve this issue with their own resources and also working with other companies to no avail, DSI was contracted to do a complete evaluation and conveyor health assessment. Upon our completion of this assessment, which included; conveyor chain pull analysis, numerous take-up readings, and drive and system component capacity related calculations, DSI engineered a simple cost-effective solution. This conveyor design solution was incorporated using the customer's internal resources and the issue was resolved. DSI can also help you resolve your conveyor problems, conveyor faults, conveyor failures, conveyor breakdowns, etc... like this example or assist you by providing some of our other services such as; design engineering, detail engineering, carrier design, conveyor application engineering, conveyor evaluations, conveyor health assessments, impact analysis, part buck design, production aid design, prop rod design, as-built and as-installed drawings, chain pull, chain analysis, structural support steel design, load analysis, load trolley analysis, clearance studies, reverse engineering, structural clamp design, bid package engineering, etc...


DSC provides engineering services to major distillery and bottling operation

DSC was contracted by a major distillery and bottling operation to study and develop an alternate process fluid storage and piping delivery system. Since this original release we have received orders for studies and bid package development for spill containment, plant ventilation, energy reduction projects and are further working with them on the implementation of Solar hot water systems to pre heat or replace their current steam applications.


DSC continues to expand its PSR, Pre-Start Heath and Safety Review – a regulatory requirement in Ontario, Canada, and TSSA application, approval and review, engineering services

As part of our engineering services to our clients, DSC can provide across the board assistance to ensure that our Clients and their suppliers, comply with and meet, the provincial requirements for PSR and for TSSA inspections and approvals. Call 519-944-8807 for specific application and service requirements.


DSI recently awarded a Turnkey program for Quality Systems in Mexico

Design Systems, Inc. has recently been awarded a Turnkey contract to provide Engineering, Project Management, Equipment, and Installation for an assembly plant in Mexico. The DSI engineering team will be required to provide Electrical Control Panel Design, PLC programming, Panelview programming and on-site system commissioning. The system installation will help the plant better achieve its quality goals, and will involve state-of-the-art integration of plant floor systems to upper level control systems.


DSI Awarded Electric Vehicle Powertrain Manufacturing Plant Contract

Design Systems, Inc. has recently been awarded a contract to prepare engineered installation packages for a new Powertrain program for a major domestic manufacturer. The engineering will include requirements for equipment mechanical installation, utilities tie-ins, mist collection, coolant supply and return and ancillary support equipment for a complete integrated facility. The plant will utilize existing refurbished equipment, new equipment and equipment relocated from remote facilities. Scheduled production start for this program is early 2010.


DSI Awarded Axle Manufacturing Company Contract

Design Systems, Inc. has recently been awarded a contract with an Axle Manufacturing Company to provide Program Management and Turnkey Equipment Installation services for their new Greenfield Axle Manufacturing Plant. The scope of work for this project includes; layout development and maintenance, development and management of the master timing schedule, detail engineering for facilities, field management of construction trades, and complete installation of all process equipment including fire suppression systems and process ventilation. The plant is scheduled to launch in early 2010.


Put Our Simuation Experience To Work For You!

Design Systems, Inc. offers Simulation services with an experienced staff dedicated to solving any bottleneck issues and increasing your throughput numbers with our detailed simulation software packages. We use a variety of software packages including AutoMod, Witness, Quest, Simul8 and Demo3D.

Design Systems, Inc. is an authorized AutoMod re-seller. Let us help you increase your production numbers.


Design Systems, Inc. Tops Quality Charts!

Design Systems, Inc. takes pride in providing quality Engineering services to our customers. Each of our groups, Mechanical and Conveyor, Electrical and Controls, Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering, Paint Finishing Engineering, Simulation and Emulation and Structural, continually focus on quality and continuous improvement in our Engineering service offerings. Over the past two years we have maintained over a 95% quality rating from our customers for Overall Program Management and Project Execution. As these difficult times continue for all of the industries, we will continue to provide cost-effective solutions at high quality standards for our customers.


Design Systems, Inc. continues its tradition of one-stop turnkey engineering

DSI has been tasked with the design, fabrication, and installation of a research & development conveyor system to validate a new process. DSI has taken this project from the early conceptual design stage to reality in the field. The R&D test is being conducted to simulate the concept through a phosphate / E-coat system. The intent of this test is to identify the viability of the conveyor concept as it is processed through its load and unload stations and to test the stability through vertical and horizontal curves. The test will show functionality to load / unload the skid in a cost-savings effort.


New Addition to our Health Assessment Expertise

In our continuing effort to provide the highest level of specialized services to each client, Design Systems now has a full time Tribologist on staff.  Tribology is a key part of our ability, as a company, to provide meaningful and accurate system “health assessments” for each of our clients.  In these economic times, we all need to make equipment last longer and do more – a Design Systems Heath Assessment will help you do this with your systems and equipment.

Tribology – “the branch of engineering that deals with the interaction of surfaces in relative motion (as in bearings or gears): their design and friction and wear and lubrication” - wordnet.princeton.edu/perl/webwn

 


Design Systems, Inc. is up to "Greener Things"

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design – LEED. DSI's Sustainable Initiatives service offering has reached a new milestone with Troy Shinavier achieving LEED accreditation - Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. With Mr. Shinaviers's status as a LEED Accredited Professional, the US Green Building Council (USGBC) will add Design Systems, Inc. to a local and national registry with LEED Accredited Professionals on staff.

LEED accreditation through the US Green Building Council allows Mr. Sinavier to consult with clients from all industries looking to understand and implement sustainable practices in their facilities. LEED for existing buildings focuses on the following design disciplines:
  • Sustainable Sites
  • Water Efficiency
  • Energy and Atmosphere
  • Material and Resources
  • Indoor Environmental Quality
  • Innovations in Upgrades

As a full service engineering provider, DSI supports the Sustainable Initiative platform with solid engineering resources to meet the ever-changing needs our clients.


Design Systems offers new service - "Green Initiatives" !

USGBC MemberIn this ever-changing engineering environment, there are new "Green Initiatives" that are driving the facilities and process design. We at DSI have recognized the need to participate in this "Green Movement" and will be aligning ourselves as a firm that can educate, engineer, and certify our client in the implementation of these sustainable practices.

Check out the Sustainable Initiatives section of our web site today!

 


Design Systems has been awarded an engineering contract for a major engine manufacturer in India.

Design Systems (USA) is working with Design Systems Engineering Services in Bangalore (India) to engineer the tool and equipment drawings and specifications for their complete installation in India. Drawing and bid package preparation for Engineering will jointly be performed by both offices.


Design Systems is starting a project in Thailand for a major engine and powertrain supplier.

Installation bid package engineering work will be done by both Design Systems headquarters in Farmington Hills, MI and Design Systems Engineering Services in Bangalore, India.


Design Systems Inc has been awarded a Simulation Engineering contract by major steel manufacturer.

Design Systems Inc will assist our customer to optimize their BOP (Basic Oxygen Process) by developing a simulation to accurately depict the entire process from the blast furnace through the continuous casting line. The resulting model will comprehend all system variables and predict results from varying process inputs.


"JOB WELL DONE..." Design Systems, Inc. receives congratulations from one of our core customers in the tire manufacturing business.

DSI provided Project Management services for a launch at one of their key facilities. Services included: overall program coordination, project scheduling, layout development and coordination, conveyor controls development, coordination and integration support for the project.


Design Systems Completes a New Paint Shop Program.

DSI provided Program Management services for this two year assignment. Services included all aspects of a new Paint Shop Project: project management, paint booths, paint ovens, conveyors, work decks/platforms, system controls, simulation of the complete facility, emulation of some key areas, ASRS system, sludge system, paint circulation systems, RTO systems and IT systems.


Design Systems, Inc. Awarded a Major Equipment Installation Engineering and Program Management job.

Our customer is a leading manufacturer of Heavy-duty trucks. Working on this greenfield site in Mexico has allowed DSI to tap into our growing engineering resources in that region. Areas of focus include reviewing all mechanical and electrical design drawings, developing and managing a detailed project schedule, preparation of bid packages, assisting in bid award, managing installation and coordinating all open issues, manage start-up activities, conduct final buyoffs and inspections, ensure delivery of all as built drawing packages and manuals.


Design Systems providing on site overseas engineering services to major US Automotive firm.

Our customer required assistance for the support of a greenfield automotive paint facility in St. Petersburg, Russia. DSI provided project coordination for the execution of daily site activities, chemical cleaning and filling, spare parts and maintenance manuals, scheduling, start-up and launch activities for major systems within the paint facility. The results of these efforts will produce a world class facility through the efforts of an international team bringing together lessons learned, lean manufacturing concepts, and benchmarking from around the world.


Design Systems providing Japanese Transplant automotive manufacturer energy savings.

Our customer required assistance for the support and development of energy saving programs within their existing automotive paint facility. DSI provided the concepts and detailed bid packages for the implementation of air supply house controls and cascading ventilation systems. Working with the customer, Design Systems developed the concepts, provided all energy calculations, provided cost estimates, calculated the return on investment (ROI), developed all necessary drawings, provided written scope of work, attended pre-bid meetings and verified the final return on investment (ROI). Because of the designs, additional cascading ventilation concepts will be investigated throughout the facility.


Design Systems providing Large International Manufacturing facility energy savings.

Design Systems was tasked to identify energy savings opportunities within our customer's facility. The goal of this task was to reduce overall energy consumption in the manufacturing facility by 20%. These energy savings opportunities identified through the reduction of city water, wastewater, natural gas and electricity accounted for an overall annual savings of 40% with a return on investment as low as 18 months. With a team effort from the facility engineer, the optimization of the customer's process and facility with respect to steam boilers, solar energy, lighting equipment and solvent recovery were optimized.


Design Systems providing ventilation and utility designs for major automotive powertrain facilities.

Our customer has required assistance for the engineering and project management assistance for multiple greenfield and brownfield powertrain facilities throughout the world. Our scope for this service included indentifying all utility requirements, bid packages for equipment installation, evaluations of existing facilities, accurate sizing of all utility piping, design of the required ventilation and mist collection systems, bid packages for all utility piping and ventilation systems, program management of installation contractors and field assistance. Throughout these programs, we have found further customer benefits to include vendor coordination, scheduling management, electrical load distribution and coordination of field activities.


Design Systems completes automotive powertrain facility technical specification.

The bid package was done for a large automotive powertrain manufacturer and included; machining line equipment locations, utility layouts, utility sizing for machining coolant supply and return systems, coolant filter modification requirements, ductwork sizing for mist collection systems, electrical power distribution requirements and communication interface cabling plants.


Design Systems material handling engineering provides significant cost savings.

Being selected to engineer a comprehensive material handling plan to rearrange over sixty (60) bridge crane systems for a large automotive manufacturer in an existing engine powertrain manufacturing facility. This material handling engineering will be conducted using cost saving and value engineering principles and will include the reuse of all existing plant assets to be maintained in cooperation with the plant skilled forces performing the work using and opportunity-based schedule. The result will be a significant cost savings for the customer in addition to supporting full utilization of the plant's skilled trades workforce.


Design Systems assists local food manufacturer.

Our customer is investigating the potential of building / renovating a manufacturing facility for production purposes. Our scope includes: Feasibility Study, providing our customer accurate sizing and budget cost estimates for this proposed facility. We will provide a macro-level process layout of the facility, determine Utility requirements, and provide an overall evaluation of the building as it relates to supporting our customers' current and future needs.

Continuing this project would potentially include: developing detailed bid packages for equipment and installation, preparing detailed project schedule and finalizing an equipment list. Further in the process we could assist this customer with on-site management and vendor coordination, permit process, ongoing schedule management, on-site system commissioning and training, detailed controls engineering and PLC programming, coordination of all "As-Built" documentation.


Design Systems selected by electric vehicle manufacturer.

DSI will develop preliminary planning for a low volume electric vehicle in the United States. Working with the customer we are developing lean manufacturing and assembly processes for vehicle assembly. Our scope includes process scroll, process flow, station layout, station tooling, labor content, material logistics planning utilizing FI/FO and KANBAN concept, conveyor engineering development, and a flexible manufacturing plant layout. Our customer's objective is to minimize capital investment costs and achieve both direct and indirect labor requirements.


Design Systems, Inc. to implement a powered industrial vehicle.

Mobile equipment or lift trucks access and tracking control systems are being engineered at a number of our customer's mail processing plants. With experience of assisting a large number of plants, DSI has been able to provide individual plant guidance and assistance in installing, training and starting up the equipment to meet client guidelines. Successful plant activation of the system has provided the mail processing plants with documented OSHA compliance in controlling mobile equipment and their operators, along with providing a source of data for productivity improvements in operations and maintenance activities.


Design Systems Inc. to provide engineering services to leading South Korean company.

Our customer has developed conceptual design of a brand new turn-key automotive assembly plant for a major Russian automaker. DSI has provided project coordination, logistics engineering, participate in development of conceptual layouts, capital and operating cost estimates, utilities requirements, overall project schedule, program execution plan, and simulation. The result of the conceptual design is a viable business plan for an energy efficient, environmentally friendly world-class large volume multi-model automotive facility in Russia. Lessons learned from benchmarking of leading automotive manufacturers were employed in developing this "lean" manufacturing facility. The Team will assume Overall Project Responsibility for seamless project execution, from conceptual design to full production and beyond. Next step - detailed engineering.


Design Systems selected to perform cycle time analysis.

Our customer has a blow molded automotive gas tank, final assembly operation. Our scope included time study of each station broken down by element. The processes included manual and semi-automatic operations with analysis of the man-machine interface. A process model for production line balancing was developed to indicate where better methods would result in reduced cycle time and labor content. Recommendations for improvement opportunities, lean manufacturing, ergonomics and cost reductions have been implemented. Future concepts for phase two assembly rearrangements with reduced labor were also developed.


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