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Working Backwards: How Reverse Engineering Leads to Forward Thinking

Posted by Jeffrey Geiman on Sep 30, 2013 9:03:00 AM

Reverse engineering is a process used by some manufacturers to improve an existing product. As its name suggests, the process involves disassembling a product in order to analyze its operation, structure and design. It is a process of discovery that requires thorough examination and deductive reasoning—efforts that are rewarded by knowledge that can be used to cut costs, enhance quality and shorten production times.

Fotosearch k3676073 (1)At the start of the process, engineers will thoroughly inspect and disassemble a product to determine how it works. During this step, they analyze the workings of the product and gather technical information. This information is then used in the next step to design the plans for a new or modified version of the original product. The final step of the reverse engineering process is when the manufacturing process begins.

In many instances, reverse engineering leads to improvements in the original component or design. At McClarin Plastics, we are well versed in the process of reverse engineering.  Our expert engineering staff has been involved in multiple reverse engineering projects, all with great success.

We rely on the reverse engineering process to demonstrate how plastic components can be used in place of metals. We take all factors of the original material into account, such as strength, durability, and chemical resistance, and design a new piece in a plastic composite that equals the original. In some cases, the new plastic composites can even exceed the functionality of their metal counterparts. Reverse engineering allows us to show a client how plastics can successfully replace metals in an existing product.

If you would like more information on our engineering services, please contact McClarin Plastics today!


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Topics: McClarin Plastics, Reverse Engineering