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Levels of Front-End Engineering

 

Rough Order Magnitude Quotation

Refined Quotation

Fixed Bid Quotation

Image Processing, Vision & Controls EngineeringNo significant engineering done.Development of concept and basic image processing performance capability and baseequipment listDevelopment of detailed concept, detailed performance testing and capability per specification and/or tolerances, time cycle testing, proof of concept, may involve algorithm refinement, refined equipment list,.

Peer design review conducted.
Equipment Specification and PricingCompare to previous projects of similar magnitude and complexity.Use recent pricing for standard process equipment, cameras, lights, controls devices, etc. and secure current pricing for complex and specialty equipment.Secure accurate current pricing for all equipment, cameras, lights, controls devices, etc.
3D ModelNo 3D model developed.*Base 3D model showing major equipment and module size form factors developed.*Base 3D model showing major equipment and module size form factors developed.
Plan and Elevation DrawingsNo drawings developed.*Preliminary plan and elevation drawings developed.*Preliminary plan and elevation drawings developed.
Site Equipment Integration RequirementsCompare to previous projects of similar magnitude and complexity.Basic concept developed for system architecture.Detailed concept developed for system architecture, I/O, interlocks, communication interfaces, safety, mechanical and electrical integration to existing line equipment.
Factory Acceptance TestingCompare to previous projects of similar magnitude and complexity.Use equipment, controls, lists and operational requirements to accurately estimate FAT effort required.Use equipment, controls, lists and operational requirements to accurately estimate FAT effort required.
Field Construction and InstallationCompare to previous projects of similar civil, facilities, utilities and process scope.+Develop internal estimates for mechanical and electrical installation scope.+Develop internal estimates for mechanical and electrical installation scope.
Field Check-Out and ComissioningCompare to previous projects of similar magnitude and complexity.Use equipment, controls, lists and operational requirements to accurately estimate effort required.Use equipment, controls, lists and operational requirements to accurately estimate effort required.
AdvantagesOverall project scope and base approach defined.

Least cost method to arriving at approximate project value.
Project approach refined and defined.

Contingency minimized as most "unknowns" have been turned into "Knowns".

Basic design engineering completed for camera and lighting concept. Front End Engineering value issued as credit against eventual Fixed Bid Quotation value.
Project approach totally defined and solidified.

No future financial risk to client if scope does not change.

No surprises later because proper due diligence was funded to arrive at the project value.

Included contingency minimized as "unknowns" have been turned into "Knowns".

Basic design engineering completed along with commitment to specification of inspection performance. Front End Engineering value issued as credit against Fixed Bid Quotation value.
Typical UsesPlacement of project in next year's capital budget.Best value approach to arrive at an accurate project estimate.Proper performance expectations developed. Risk mitigated on challenging inspection applications. Appropriation of capital funds secured.

* Models and drawings are not typical for vision FEE but could be developed upon request or as needed

+ Typically, machine vision system installations are specified and supervised by EPIC engineers. Construction is performed by plant electrical and mechanical resources

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