As things progressed over the past decade, the increasing levels of digitalization have resulted in much of the engineering product development process being performed virtually by using various types of CAD/CAM/CAE/PLM computing technologies. However, many of these specialty CAX technologies are primarily meant to improve the overall engineering quality, efficiency and productivity within the product design process. This is done largely by relying on engineers’ software application skillsets rather than their actual domain knowledge within a particular industry.
These engineering industries can be as widely diverse as automotive, buses, trucks or other specialized vehicles in the transportation sector, agricultural and construction equipment in the heavy/off-highway vehicular sector, aerospace, marine and ship building, mechanical and industrial products, electrical and turbo-machinery, medical equipment, telecom/hi-tech/embedded electronics and equipment-based product engineering activities , oil and gas, energy/utility, CPG, pharmaceutical, petrochemical and other facilities-based plant engineering activities within the process engineering segment.
Engineering design, at its very core, is quite an iterative process. Iterations require a hand-in-hand involvement of the various stakeholders from across a manufacturer’s key departments/teams, such as engineering and R&D, manufacturing/fabrication/ production, supply chain/vendor management, marketing, and even an OEM’s aftermarket. Thus, in order to become an end-to-end engineering design house, a service provider must develop its technical capabilities in many diverse industries to be able to relate to those various internal groups within a particular industry domain. This must occur before it can seamlessly work with its client teams and appropriately come up with the set of services and solutions that lead to the ultimate value.