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Design & Engineering

Our design and engineering IP are built into every product APEM sells.


Products can be designed and manufactured many different ways and, like it or not, new product introductions provide in-use stress tests of the design. APEM’s 50 years of bringing products to the military, industrial, transportation and material handling, medical and healthcare markets means we’ve developed an extensive knowledge base of what works and what doesn’t in extended use in those markets. APEM’s Knowledge Management System (KMS) ensures every need-to-know employee benefits from our cumulative experience. We’ve identified product concept building blocks (CPBs) that our engineers bring to each new project. This knowledge base can both shorten the design process and help avoid costly mistakes.

Every APEM customer benefits from an experienced team of APEM engineers, working together to ensure
  • the right functionality
  • excellent design, for ease of use, ergonomics and visual appeal
  • easy integration
  • zero problems with manufacturability
  • reliability in extended use and
  • a reasonable price

An APEM team consists of
  • Senior Project Manager: The Sr. PM oversees the project from the global project planning perspective, keeps an eye on cost containment and ensures QA concerns are fully addressed. The Sr. Project Manager is the chief client interface and represents a critical component of APEM know-how.
  • Design Engineer: A member of APEM’s R&D department, the design engineer looks for elegant yet reliable solutions to deliver the required functionality. Product details (what inside the small coils, what will provide a sufficiently secure connection?…..) are his/her domain. All drawing and calculations are also within the design engineer’s purview.
  • Manufacturing Engineer: Above all, the manufacturing engineer’s goal is a product that can be made without problems. Smooth, reliable manufacturing comes from experience of the processes required (how will we fill this hole with ink on line? Will there be adequate time to accomplish the change over?.....).
  • Quality Assurance Engineer: QA engineers are on the lookout for anything that might malfunction in-use. (are the materials suitable for the end environment, can every component stand up? Will that wire deteriorate over time?)

This team comes together at the onset of a project to discuss and vet the concept, each member bringing their point of view, expertise and area of concern. Their meetings, which continue over the life of the project, are all about risk identification and anticipation. Chances are, we’ve already come across the challenges you’re facing.