Test rigs are essential in the development of next generation equipment. Modeling is also continuously evolving and dropping in cost, but if you are really state-of-the-art, you are ahead of reliable modeling.
Test rigs present different challenges than moving to production. There is no volume benefit. Everything must work the first time, so experience and designed-in reliability are essential...even though you are going into undeveloped operating ranges! This is a critical combination of classic "hands-on" engineering skills, meshing of multiple specialty technologies, and understanding advanced concepts.
Coming from R&D backgrounds with all-new turbomachinery designs, this is an area that OFM works in quite comfortably. Additionally, we maintain relationships with consultants and companies with overlapping and unique skills and will work as both your technical lead and program lead to create the special purpose test rig you require.
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