For any company, hiring outside professionals to supplement the in-house team can be a positive experience, or it can lead to delays, confusion and what may be multiple revisions and modifications.
Often these negative issues occur for one of two different reasons. One reason these issues occur is that the engineering design services hired has little or no experience in the particular industry or with the specific type of part or component. It can also create problems if the engineers are not used to working on specific industry standards and regulations as are so important in the military and defense, aerospace or medical equipment industries.
The other common issue is when the outside engineering design team is brought in late in the design process. Often when this occurs, the in-house design team has extended the design plans and failed to consider specific issues that the engineering team can immediately address if they are part of the team or at least consulted.
In both of these scenarios, having the engineering design services involved early in the design process is important. In addition, the OEM has to carefully review the engineering and design company to verify their expertise and experience in the given field.
For these types of issues, hiring a large engineering and design company offers several advantages. These companies tend to have specialized teams that work in the various markets the company provides services for, ensuring the team working on your project is highly trained and skilled in the latest advances.
Additionally, with professional engineering design services, the accumulated experience across the engineering department can also be brought in to address challenges and to creatively overcome design issues.
With the best companies, the engineering and design team works to cut the costs of production, increase the life cycle of the part or component and develop designs that meet or exceed any and all applicable industry or governmental standards or regulations.