Design Services

Machine, product, and process design built on decades of experience. Our rapid design team is here to meet your most aggressive time-to-market deadlines.

Pioneering High-Speed Packaging & Customized Equipment Since 1969

Our legacy in designing high-speed packaging and customized equipment has evolved into the industry’s hallmark of quality and innovation. We strive to meet your unique needs by committing to clear expectations, utilizing advanced technologies, optimizing processes, and delivering projects efficiently within your defined schedule and cost constraints.

At Sterling Engineering, we don’t merely provide design services; we engineer solutions that drive success.

Clear Definition of Expected Outcomes
We collaborate with clients to define project outcomes, whether it’s boosting speed, improving quality, or achieving specific goals. Our approach ensures clear expectations from the start.

Harnessing Technology
We use cutting-edge tech and industry trends to enhance our solutions and future-proof your investment. We fine-tune every aspect of the project for optimal performance.

Process Optimization
Sterling delivers timely and cost-effective results through meticulous planning, diligent execution, and proactive communication. We utilize SolidWorks for efficient visualization in design.

Efficient Delivery Within Schedule and Cost Constraints
Sterling delivers efficient, on-time, and within-budget results. Our project management approach involves meticulous planning, diligent execution, and proactive communication to avoid costly delays and overruns.

Visualization with SolidWorks
SolidWorks is our powerful 3D modeling tool that helps clients and suppliers visualize proposed solutions, leading to quicker decision-making and faster time-to-market.


Design Services – Strategy Through Execution

We’ll assemble diverse engineering teams to support your project from initial concept through implementation.

R&D Concept Development

  • Brainstorming / ideation / concept analysis
  • Develop concept 3D CAD solid models
  • Proof of concept / prototyping / pilot lines
  • Develop prototypes and proofs of concept

Preliminary Engineering & Feasibility Assessment

  • Application Engineering & quoting support
  • Concept Solid modeling
  • Engineering Analysis (kinematic, timing studies/diagrams, stress/deflection)
  • Preliminary cost budgets
  • Turnkey design engineering and engineering documentation


Machine Design Support

  • Automation system design
  • Automated test systems​
  • Robotic work cell systems
  • Customized equipment design
  • Assembly machine and fixtures
  • Reverse engineering
  • Detailing (parts, assemblies, and BOM)
  • Engineering documentation: set up and troubleshooting maintenance procedures
  • Validation, installation, and integration support

Product Design

  • Concept design/product development
  • Simulation
  • Design drawings for manufacturability
  • Detailing
  • Documentation (tooling drawings, assembly documentation, etc.)
  • Reverse engineering
  • Manufacturing support and vendor liaison

Process Design

  • Engineering methodology
  • Equipment and plant layout
  • Process assessment
  • Industrial engineering
  • Facilities systems
  • Packaging line design and integration
  • Validation of equipment process or packaging IQ, OQ, PQ


Document Control / Technical Writing

  • Operator, parts, and manuals
  • Equipment installation
  • Maintenance manuals
  • Quality system documentation
  • Document control/CAD data
  • Safety procedures
  • Validation documentation
  • Documentation conversion
  • Technical illustration

Design Services Case Studies

Process Line Design and Build Support

In response to the government’s “warped speed” initiative, a custom automation company needed to develop a process line to mass produce vials that would be used to store the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) vaccines and therapeutics. Read on.

R&D Product, Machine, and Process Design

A client needed to develop a thermally insulated bag for a national online groceries home delivery client. Sterling conducted concept trials to assess product performance and then designed a prototype pilot line to prove process scalability. Read on. 

Medical Device Automation Design

For decades Sterling has been a resource provider for large automation projects. This program included ½ billion dollars of custom automation machines from several suppliers. This operation was to be the source for all the world’s markets. Read on.

Solving the toughest challenges since 1969.

Our flexible, relationship-based approach guarantees the success of your project.

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