| Who We are
Innova Engineering Inc is structured as a mechanical engineering
firm specializing in product development services. The company
focus is on the use of advanced CAE tools in the pursuit of
effective product development.
The company was originally formed as Leading Edge
Design, in 1987 by John Cogger, as an engineering
consulting firm in the mechanical engineering arena.
The company grew to 11 full time engineers, and was
sold to a nationwide technical services company in
fall of 1991.
After the sale, a new company was formed, which was geared
to product development, and relied heavily on sophisticated
MCAD tools such as Parametric Technologies' Pro/Engineer solid
modeler. An additional emphasis was on non-linear finite element
analysis, using the MSC.MARC solver, MSC.DYTRAN AND PATRAN, and software prototyping
be, which became a differentiator in the product design marketplace.
This activity resulted in more than a dozen patents, primarily
in the pharmaceutical industry.
A hallmark during this period was industry wide recognition
of our expert level utilization of non-linear analysis
applications, with these
skills highly sought after by client firms. This extended into
a similar level of expertise with various PLM tools such as
Windchill and TeamCenter.
This expertise was a natural extension of our participation
in the product development world, wherein we were asked to
participate in the scale up and production aspects of the
products that we designed for clients. This was a formulative
period in the evaluation of our business model, as we determined
that there was a significant demand for rigorous implementation
of a robust design process, centering around FEA and other computer simulation tools
in the conceptual area of product design.. Many of our clients
lacked the infrastructure necessary to take advantage of these
types of products and services, and these skills were quickly
embraced by the medical and pharmaceutical communities in
The result of this experience was a wide spread recognition
among our clients of considerable experience in computer simulation
tools in product design applications. This experience was
based on "in the field" successes and real world implementations.
We began to formulate solutions to customer requests to add
additional fidelity to the conceptual design engineering process,
and we formalized our experience into a well documented series
of process steps.
In March of 2000, the company was incorporated in California
under the name of Innova Engineering Inc, with the express
mission of providing access to these tools and processes,
as well as database management expertise for the engineering
Description of Business Model:
The business model uses the experience gained during the
prior 22 years of providing engineering services to discrete
manufacturers, and encompasses the basic theme of technology
transfer, wherein difficult problems are solved for
client firms, and once proven successful, the methods,
techniques, expertise, and software applications are transferred
to the client.
The premise of the process driven conceptual engineering
model is to reduce the cost of product development, while
at the same time decreasing time to market. This is achieved
by investing engineering man hours at the conceptual level
- Predict component behavior during functional cycling.
- Optimize component design to achieve best in class results.
- Apply non-intuitive loadcases and evaluate the product
- Predict and correct potential failures before they occur.
Areas of expertise:
= Non-linear Finite Element Analysis. Innova's use
of the MSC.MARC finite element solver is well known in the
product development community. We have used this tool coupled
with our engineering expertise to provide significant benefits
in a wide variety of product development environments, both
for optimization programs and new product design.
= Mold flow simulation. Advanced
3D mold flow using fluid elements.
= Physical Response Testing. Lab testing is generally
applied to all programs, for determining exact material properties,
as well as validating computer models for accuracy.
= Mechanical Design Engineering. Using our
simulation environment, full scale product development and
software prototyping is performed on the digital models.
= Software sales. All engineering software products
are sold as bundled solutions.
Advanced services are available:
- Engineering analysis training, linear and
- Technical support for advanced FEA applications.
- PLM implementation, engineering workgroup level and
analysis work group level.
- PLM training