Solving automated system and material handling challenges for commercial and military applications.

Conceptual Innovations has a long success story of designing and building custom solutions for automated systems and material handling needs for aerospace, automotive, military, and many other commercial applications. 

This has saved customers hundreds of thousands of dollars by getting prototypes to production faster, moving more materials safer and with less effort, and developing complex systems that move and turn simultaneously for greater efficiency and precision.

 “We set out to design products that are effective, cost-efficient, and reduce the risk for worker injury, all while solving a specific challenge of our customers,” notes Elmer Lee, Ph.D., and president of Conceptual Innovations. “In the case of the Omni-Directional Drive System we developed for NASA, eight independently powered pods enable the system to move forward and back, side-to-side, turn-in-place, rotate and change direction while moving forward. This ability to move and turn simultaneously is unprecedented in the industry.”

The thinking behind the doing.

A lot of strategic thinking and testing goes into Conceptual Innovation’s products. After analyzing the challenge and obtaining primary research data, Conceptual Innovations then prototypes the design, creates proof of concepts, and tests for both long-term usability and endurance. Each solution is optimized for both functionality and manufacturing costs to provide the client with an optimal outcome. 

Some other examples of Conceptual Innovation’s engineering successes include:

  • Developing a custom drive platform with omnidirectional maneuverability to position a 2.5-ton airplane scaffold. What took 16 people to turn and move successfully now only takes 1.
  • Creating a moving display for a boat manufacturer used in a product reveal at a national boating expo. All facets – including mechanical design, electrical design, programming, fabrication, testing, and debugging – were handled under one roof.
  • Constructing a 30 ft. driving simulator that would utilize a full-size car body to provide a realistic simulation. Special considerations included that the skin panels be constructed out of aluminum and incorporate two curves along the entire 12 ft. length
  • Building a simulator for training troops on M2 Bradley and M1126 Stryker ICV military transport vehicles. Custom fabrication allowed the simulator to be configured between the two styles, saving time, space, and money 

Minimizing push force while maximizing maneuverability and productivity is what drives the success of Conceptual Innovations.
For more information on their full capabilities, call  800.704.1562