Machinery, Equipment and Tool Design

Design Work

Bay Area Innovations specializes in machinery, equipment, and tool design, and the Principal of the firm has been in this business for more that 27 years. Most people think that a design consists of an engineering drawing showing the shape of a part, with some dimensions and notes. In reality, the design consists of calculations, analyses, and engineering evaluations documenting that the piece of equipment or the machine meets the technical requirements of the customer. The dimensioned drawings and plans are representations of the design.

As part of the design process, Bay Area Innovations will gather the design inputs. These include the loads to be carried by the equipment, the allowable stresses for the materials of construction, space limitations for a particular installation, among many others. Based on these inputs, the design is developed and fully documented with calculations, analyses, engineering evaluations, and engineering drawings. Bay Area Innovations uses the latest 3D CAD software to aid in this process.

Below is a short list of machinery, tools and equipment designed:

  • Special lifting devices and rigging for heavy loads inside nuclear power plants
  • Nuclear reactor servicing tools: Electro-Discharge Machining (EDM) actuators and associated handling tools for underwater cutting of nuclear reactor vessel internals
  • Mockups of reactor vessel internals based on as-built dimensions of various nuclear power plants
  • Hoisting equipment (shafting, wire rope system, motor, gearbox, and supporting frame) to actuate custom designed, retractable stair
  • Automated manufacturing equipment to process small electronic components
  • Gages used on manufacturing floor to measure dimensions of powdered metal parts
  • Equipment used for cutting high temperature insulation to increase thru put and improve cutting accuracy.
  • Powdered metal press tools (punches, dies, and core pins)

Industry Codes and Standards

The foundation of any design is made up of design standards and codes that specify the technical requirements and the allowable stress that a piece of equipment must meet. Below is a partial list of some design standards that BAI has designed to:

  1. American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Boiler & Pressure Vessel Code (BPVC) Section II, Part A (Ferrous Material Specifications) and Part D (Properties)
  2. American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), Steel Construction Manual
  3. American National Standards Institute, ANSI N14.6-1993, “American National Standard for Radioactive Material – Special Lifting Devices for Shipping Containers Weighing 10,000 lbs. (4,500 kg) or More”
  4. NUREG-0612, “Control of Heavy Loads at Nuclear Power Plants”
  5. American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) B30.9, Slings
  6. Crane Manufacturers Association of America, Inc., Specification for Electric Overhead Traveling Cranes, CMAA Specification #70, 1988.
  7. Code of Federal Regulations, Title 49, “Transportation”, Part 393, “Parts and Accessories Necessary for Safe Operation,”, Subpart I, “Protection Against Shifting and Falling Cargo”

Contact us today to find out how our design capabilities can meet your needs.