Testing and Validation
Each new Hutchinson product design passes through virtual testing to determine its capabilities and ensure its integrity. Prior to production, each new design undergoes aggressive material and structural testing either in house or by an independent laboratory, which qualifies the product design and its compliance with all industry standards such as FINABEL, US Army specifications or special customer test requirements.
Each new Hutchinson product is developed by our in-house engineering department. We use state-of-the art solid modeling CAD and FEA software technology, custom developed design control, Failure Mode and Effect Analysis (FMEA) and Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP) processes. We design, prototype, test, validate and document our products to meet the most stringent customer requirements.
The typical design process is initiated through the Hutchinson Sales and Application Engineering representatives who help solidify the information and requirements necessary to initiate a new design.
The design is then engineered in a highly customized process where all aspects of the design are challenged and optimized.
Rapid prototyping is not only a “buzz-word” at Hutchinson. We routinely design and make full-function prototype assemblies for testing to meet our customers’ most demanding timeline.
We machine fully functional wheel prototypes in aluminum to the same standards and specifications as a production wheel.
New prototypes are assembled in our engineering lab.
Hutchinson provides technical support in field testing.