ENGINEERING & DESIGN SERVICES

APE’s talented engineering team utilizes the latest in SolidWorks 3D modeling technology to develop highly detailed models and components in very short cycle-times.  Our engineers have a diverse experience ranging from heavy construction to high end retail.  Our passion for efficient solutions to complex problems has allowed us to work with some of the biggest names in a wide range of industries.  With a focus on manufacturing, material handling, and specialty process equipment, we often work closely with a client’s own engineering team to optimize their current concept and bring it to reality. 


DESIGN AND ENGINEERING SERVICES:

  • Product Design 
  • Manufacturing Process Design
  • Fixturing & Tooling Design
  • 3D Modeling Using SolidWorks  
  • Finite Element Analysis (FEA) 
  • Structural & Weight Optimization 
  • Shop Drawings. 
  • Crating & Transportation Design 



DESIGN CAPABILITIES:

  • Machinery
  • Fixturing & Tooling
  • Manufacturing Equipment 
  • Process Equipment
  • Moving Devices 
  • Lifting Devices 
  • Sheet Metal
  • Enclosures 
  • Weldments 
  • Chassis & Space Frames 
  • Process Development

PRODUCT DESIGN:

Materials: 

While we focus on metal products, we can integrate a wide range of materials such as plastic, wood, and composites.   

Speed: 

Our team knows that time is always of the essence, so we focus on delivering a high-quality design quickly.  

Integration: 

Using our Design-Thru-Fab work flow we are able to seamlessly integrate with all relevant parties to deliver a premium design to our customers. 

Range:  

We can design a single part, or an entire assembly packaged for global shipment.  We serve as the subject matter experts for companies ranging from 4-people shops to global leaders.  



FIXTURING AND TOOLING DESIGN:

  • Welding Fixtures & Jigs
  • Assembly Fixtures
  • Tooling for Manufacturing
  • Test Fixtures 
  • Storage Systems
  • Shipping Pallet Systems


DESIGN EXAMPLES:

In order to maximize your manufacturing process, you might need a specialty crane system designed to optimize production and safety. We can design a lifting system for a wide range of industries including this crane system used in an industrial manufacturing plant to load large parts into a fixturing system.

Some people have gun collections that are too big and too valuable to put in any commercially available safe. We designed this vault for a celebrity gun collector to store his massive gun collection with security and functionality in mind.

Many components require a special material handling system to lift, move, and manipulate into final position. APE can engineer a custom material handling system to meet your needs.

portable jib crane

APE has a lot of experience with material handling and hoisting equipment and has designed many lifting systems including this pneumatically powered portable jib crane used for manufacturing applications. It has quickly, safely, and easily lift and manipulate parts up to 500 lbs and be moved around the shop with a forklift.

APE can integrate electrical, pneumatic, or hydraulic systems into the design of your product. We work with 3rd party integrators of a wide range of components.

Welding fixture designed for industrial manufacturing

In order to be competitive in manufacturing you need to minimize wasted motion and keep your craftspeople in a ergonomically comfortable position so they can safely and productively make quality parts. We designed this rotating fixture to spin an assembly in two axis during assembly to eliminate wasted operator motion.

Custom Tube Frame

We sometimes get to design and build some unique projects. This project required us to design a Helicopter Underwater Escape Trainer to be used to train police helicopter pilots how to escape the cockpit in the event of a water landing.

custom material lift

APE can design systems that integrate hydraulics, pneumatics, or electro-mechanical systems. This project was to design a specialty plate handling device for a tunnel construction project.

Overland trailer design

When you are traveling to the ends of the earth you need a reliable product. APE has been trusted to design an overland trailer to safely and reliable take an adventure where no one has gone before….and get back in one piece.

commercial grade cardboard shredder

With the rise of online delivery of everyday products, cardboard boxes are piling up at businesses like never before. APE has designed a commercial cardboard box shredder that can easily eat up all the cardboard you can throw at it and reduce it down to the fraction of the volume.

police k9 crate system

APE has designed many sheetmetal enclosures for a wide range of applications including the safe transport of K9s. We can design a sheetmetal enclosure for your application quickly and accurately.

aluminum k9 crate

APE has designed many sheetmetal enclosures for a wide range of applications including the safe transport of K9s. We can design a sheetmetal enclosure for your application quickly and accurately.

industrial welding fixture

APE is an expert in producing high precision complex weldments and in the process has become an expert in designing fixtures and tooling systems to give other manufacturers the ability to efficiently produce high precision components. This system shown was used to produce rail components for industrial plant applications.

custom security door

APE has experience designing a wide range of doors ranging from elegant doors for high end retail stores to super secure doors for private gun owners. We can design a custom door for your application that includes features such as magnetic locks, keypad access, concealed hinges, concealed operators, and various physical security features.

connex box gun safe

We have designed a wide range of security systems for various companies including this 20’ shipping container that was converted to a high security gun room.

During the initial outbreak of COVID-19 APE developed a decontamination container to use dry fog hydrogen peroxide to disinfect N95 masks. Thankfully, this unit was never put into action, because the supply shortages of N95 masks were fixed but it is a good example of our ability to quickly come up with a solution to a problem.


tool storage system

APE can custom design and build a storage system for your application. This system was built for an aerospace company that needed a tool storage solution for their rocket engine test area.


industrial rollaway toolbox

APE has designed dozens of types of custom tool storage systems. In many industrial applications an off the shelf box does not work and we can design a custom system to meet your needs.


welding fixture

APE is an expert in producing high precision complex weldments and in the process has become an expert in designing fixtures and tooling systems to give other manufacturers the ability to efficiently produce high precision components.  This system shown was used to produce high precision tube frames for specialty automotive project.


stainless access stair system

Many manufacturing processes require specialty access systems to be designed and built to get access productively and safely for workers. We have experience designing access solutions for a wide range of industries including construction, food processing, biotech, and manufacturing.


DESIGN-THRU-FAB™ WORKFLOW

At APE we focus on continual improvement from initial design to finished product. The Design-Thru-Fab™ feedback loop results in small changes, that make a big difference.

SAME PRODUCT, BETTER VALUE


Contact American Precision Engineering today to speak with our experts and to learn more about our design and prototyping services.

We will be happy to provide you with more information and to answer all your questions!

ADDRESS


13610 Immanuel Rd, Pflugerville, TX 78660


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