Phase 1. Concept by Advantech TIME
We provide the know-how necessary to develop a product or process idea, using complex capabilities that are able to integrate fluid dynamics, heat transfer, acoustics and fluid machinery. We take advantage of an approach that combines scientific research method and field experience in very different sectors. This makes it possible to transform ideas and solutions, to be proactive in identifying R&D methods and tools and to maintain the right balance between complexity and feasibility.
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We guide you with in-depth technological analysis of the product to be obtained. The objective is to find critical process elements, strategic components, reference values you can operate on in order to transform an idea in to a feasibility project.
We identify the components necessary to achieve optimal product operation, we define the technical characteristics and outline its architecture.
We carry out a functional analysis in order to identify competitor know-how regarding specific aspects, in order to obtain inspiration for new concepts and to detect specific values or performance to be used as a reference.
We identify the standard test methods that are most suitable in order to acquire the necessary knowledge regarding specific components or processes. We develop new measurement and test methods for a product in order to allow complete experimental characterization, which we get through laboratory tests until we extract the complete know-how.
We design and build test benches and measurement and verification systems; we develop customized acquisition and control software and we automate experimental equipment; we train your employees up to test running and processing of the acquired data.
Phase 2. Design by Advantech TIME
Often we carry out a support role to our customer’s design departments, by contributing to generate the necessary know-how in fields which are our competence, so that the project can be developed in the most efficient way possible. In order to do this, we integrate our competence in fluid dynamics, heat transfer, acoustics, fluid machinery and process industry. Furthermore, we analyze the design and architecture of already existing products, whether these are components or systems, and we propose alternatives and adaptations when new regulations, product updates, and market changes require layout and/or performance modifications.
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Often someone that contacts us for design support is searching for a know-how that is so specific that there are no references, not even in literature. In order to prepare an efficient solution, we use our experience acquired in different sectors, scientific and applied research, knowledge and intuition. The tests carried out in our laboratory, based on standard methods or requiring a specific test bench, or support through numerical simulations (with simplified models or advanced ones such as CFD analysis) are essential.
We design individual components to be integrated into products or test benches, such as a fan, a heat pump, a filtration system or a heat exchanger.
We support you in identifying all of the characteristics that are necessary to build your own perfectly functioning prototype for a new component. Where possible, we can speed up the process by making certain components on our own through 3D printing or traditional mechanical processing.
Phase 3. Functional tests by Advantech TIME
We carry out tests verifying the functionality and performance of a finished product in its entirety, no matter what the type of measurement required. In fact, we have laboratories with instrumentation that is constantly updated within the setting of thermo-fluid dynamics and acoustics. Therefore there are a series of possibilities that can be used to build a custom measurement system, perfect based on your requirements.
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Static pressure or pressure losses in liquids, gasses, refrigerants, a wide range from 10 Pa to 100 bar; total pressure probes for flows; analysis of non-stationary pressure fields with a sampling frequency of up to 10 kHz.
Temperature measurement of flows, surfaces, solids (any thermocouple type, PT100, NTC etc.); capacitive and chilled mirror thermo-hygrometric probes for measurements over a large temperature/humiity range. Surface thermography using thermochromic liquid crystals.
Hot-wire and total pressure probes for measurements from 0.5 to 50 m/s. Flow rate measurements of fluids using magnetic flow meters, pressure differential devices or nozzle chamber according to UNI 5167/5801 (air capacity up to 60,000 Nm3/h). Characterization of 3D flows through non-intrusive measurements using a PIV (Particle Image Velocimetry) technique.
Measurements through acoustic intensity probe. Power measurement according to ISO 9614-1/2 ANSI S12.12 and variations, c/o measurements at our premises or on site. Sound-source identification analysis with 3D mapping.
Possibility of supplying stabilized power supply. Measuring absorption using high precision single-phase and three-phase wattmeters.
Multiple solutions in order to characterize the heat transfer performance of finned coils, heatsinks or heat exchangers in general. Air/air, ari/fluid, fluid/fluid transfer, power range 10W-30KW, temperature fields from -10°C to +200°C; simple heating/cooling or with humid air evaporation/condensation.
Phase 4. Post production support by Advantech TIME
Within the product life cycle evolution there are moments where it is necessary to introduce technical changes in the structure, in the components, in the processes or in the reference parameters. These may be required based on market requests, new regulations, technological innovations, as well as unforeseen uses or ideas for improvement obtained by analyzing user feedback. In all respects, this is a new Design phase, where we are ready to assist you while maintaining the necessary confidentiality.
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We renew design and performance of already existing products, both in their entirety as well as at the individual component level.
We regenerate pre-existing systems, also by working on individual parts of the process, for example on the software, on the measurement instrumentation or on the same hardware components.