Product Development Center

Bridging the gap from ideas to production for resource-limited businesses. Enhancing production through automation, robotics and optimization

Services

The PDC is a not-for-profit activity of the LSSU College of Engineering, Technology and Economic Development that provides fee based  (see drop down below) engineering services to businesses, entrepreneurs and inventors.

fee based

Cost Estimate Process

Following the execution of Project and Intellectual Property agreements, the client meets with an Engineering Project Manager to disclose the nature of the concept and establish the scope of the project.

The PDC staff will develop a task by task project plan with costs based upon projected usage of labor, facilities, materials and special equipment.
A written proposal with cost and estimated completion is time is then provided to the client.
If signed and returned by the client with an initial payment, work can begin on the project.

The PDC is not a source of funding. 
The PDC can not undertake unfunded activities.

For Project Funding Assistance

There are federal, state and private sources for economic development funding. The SmartZoneSMsystem, the MEDC and its Strategic Service Providers can provide suggestions and help finding resources.
Occasionally the PDC has had grants that can partially offset project costs.
The Mi-SBDC can provide help in developing a business plan suitable for presenting to private and governmental financing sources.

SSMartSM

The Sault Ste. Marie/LSSU SmartZoneSM is operated by SSMartSM, Inc. providing help to entrepreneurs to bring new products and businesses to reality.

MEDC

Whether it’s an expansion, relocation, or even a concern with an agency of state government, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) can help. From site location assistance to job training grants, from help with permits to tax abatements, the MEDC is the State of Michigan’s official economic development corporation — a one-stop resource for businesses seeking to grow in Michigan

MI-SBTDC

The Michigan Small Business Development Center (MI-SBDC) is comprised of 12 offices statewide, providing services and support to the Michigan small business community in the areas of counseling, training and research.

Engineering Project Managers with industrial experience participate in each project and guide skilled engineering students to provide an economical result for the client.

Whether a prototype device or process is needed or making an existing idea ready for market the PDC can help with engineering in the areas of:

Mechanical

  • Component Design
  • Component Testing
  • System Testing
  • Feasibility Testing
  • Rapid Prototyping
  • Finite Element Analysis
  • Drafting
  • Various Machining, Welding and Grinding

Electrical

  • Board Layout and Design
  • Electronic Testing
  • Embedded Systems Design
  • Industrial Controls Development and Prototype Testing
  • Custom Instrumentation System Development
  • Electro-Mechanical Component and System Modelling
  • Component and System Validation
  • Micro-controller Design and Testing
  • Control Systems Design and Testing
  • Surface Mount Circuit Board Assembly

Software

  • Program Design
  • Embedded Systems Programming
  • Data Acquisition and Sensing over internet
  • Custom Web Page Development
  • Robotic Programming

Manufacturing and Robotic/Automation

  • Manufacturing Process Optimization Using Simulation (flow lines etc.)
  • Work Cell Layout and Design
  • Work Cell Simulation
  • Cycle Time Analysis
  • Repetitive Testing Using Robots
  • Feasibility Studies for Introduction of Automated-Robotics Manufacturing
  • PLC Programming
  • Feasibility Studies for Product Assembly Using Robots
  • Computer Programming

Statistical Analysis

  • Experiment Design
  • Data Analysis
  • Assist in Developing Documentation for Certification of Products and Processes

Technical Writing and Documentation

  • Specification Writing
  • Documentation of Systems( user’s manuals, process descriptions, etc.)
  • 3D CAD
  • 2D Patent/Manufacturing Dimensional Drawings
  • Assist in Developing Documentation for Certification of Products and Processes

If a project needs additional support in the business or sciences areas, the PDC can manage the project and collaborate with various departments of the university. For example, projects may benefit from the involvement of the LSSU School of Business in developing a marketing or business plan.

As a project develops from idea to marketable product, the PDC can interact with other economic development entities such as SSMartSM ( Sault Ste. Marie Advanced Resources and Technology), Inc. and other SmartZones.

News

Events

MEDC – PDC Partnership

The LSSU Product Development Center (PDC) and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) work together to foster an environment to help entrepreneurs and technology companies succeed. The initial grant to support the PDC was provided by Michigan’s 21st Century Jobs Fund, which is administered by the MEDC, Michigan’s one-stop resource for business retention, expansion, and relocation projects

MEDC

Whether it’s an expansion, relocation, or even a concern with an agency of state government, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) can help. From site location assistance to job training grants, from help with permits to tax abatements, the MEDC is the State of Michigan’s official economic development corporation — a one-stop resource for businesses seeking to grow in Michigan.

Prof. Jim Devaprasad wrote a paper titled, “Testing of Products or Processes: A Low-Cost Option,” after he, LSSU Mechanical Lab Engineer Jon Coullard, and several LSSU students completed a testing project for PIAB USA, a Boston manufacturing firm specializing in robotics end-of-arm tooling.

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