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The diversity of industries we work in is one of our greatest strengths. Our ability to cross-pollinate information, ideas, and insights from a wide swath of sectors leads to pioneering outcomes. Check out these customer success briefs to see how we found innovative solutions to some of their toughest problems.

Oil & Gas
Subsea safety valve-SSSV

PROBLEM: Down hole safety valves are a mission-critical application. Current valves are driven by hydraulics that threaten pollution when the hydraulic lines are ruptured. A non-hydraulic valve is needed.

SOLUTION: We designed and built from scratch a linear magnetic motor to drive the valve open and a magnetic, low power hold open to ensure fail safe operation.

RESULTS: Initial feasibility study was six months. First prototype was built within three months after go-ahead. Full-sized prototype took less than nine months from design to completion.

Water cut sensor

PROBLEM: The flow parameters of a newly developed ratio of water to oil detection method needed to be understood to determine measurement efficacy.

SOLUTION: Using sophisticated Computational Fluid Dynamics modeling software we determined our client's proprietary sensor would accurately measure the ratio of water to oil in production pipe for avery wide flow regimen. We then developed a tool that integrated the sensor into the tool for the downhole environment for “water cut” measurement. Finally, we built a complete flow loop simulator in two weeks, and then ran tests at Tulsa University to validate the modeling.

RESULTS: Initial study completed in 30 days. Project completed in 6 months.

LEAP pump

An elegant solution to crude extraction

PROBLEM: How to cost-effectively retrieve the final drops of crude from aging oil fields.

SOLUTION: We developed the LEAP System, a single artificial lift system that can be used for the life of the well. This linear electromagnetically actuated pump is effective with wells producing as little as a single barrel a day and is seen as a potential replacement for the nodding donkey pump. Compared to the millions of dollars needed to drill a new well, adding artificial lift technology is a cheaper alternative to maintain production from older wells.

RESULTS: We spent less than a year to design and deliver the 90Kw, LEAP tubular linear motor. Five months were spent in multi-physics modeling and another four months were spent building and testing this new, disruptive technology.


Water borne sensing- Autonomous Vehicles
WASP Autonomous boat

PROBLEM: Real time measurement of various chemicals in bodies of water is difficult, slow yet time consuming and expensive.

SOLUTION: An autonomous, motorized boat that tracks inside of the body of water, on a pre-programmed route that can be changed by downloading new directions from the cloud and collects chemical data in real time that is displayed on a cloud-based dashboard.

Transportation
Trinity Rail Railcar / The Connected Railcar of the Future

PROBLEM: The mantra of shipping via railroad is “ship and pray” because once the cargo is loaded and the railcar is placed into the hands of the carriers, the shipper loses control over the shipment. As a result, most often any damage or loss that occurred during shipment, cannot be attributed to the carrier.

SOLUTION: Taking end user requirements into account, we developed a suite of ruggedized sensors, some patented, that can detect impact, intrusion, theft, load level, possible contamination, hatch security, load environmental conditions, and along with location.

RESULTS: Shipment info is available in real time via a PCDworks developed gateway, to the cloud, with some local data aggregation and analysis. In addition, PCDworks provides DFM, and supply chain procurement assistance.


Medical
Resuscitation Device

PROBLEM: When performing CPR on drowning victims and others with respiratory failure, it's difficult to maintain the proper lung inflation and rate of inflation, especially while alone. Providing oxygen instead of exhaled air is key to survival success.

SOLUTION: PCDworks, along with its client, developed the first and only automated rescue breathing system that works on adults, children, and infants. It delivers 100% pure oxygen in the proper flow and pressure regimen for each, depending on the mask selected. Two patents pending.

RESULTS: Proof of concept tests and demonstration completed within 6 months.

FDA approve temperature and health monitoring device

PROBLEM: Body temperature is one sure way of anticipating the onset of infections including COVID 19. A reliable, FDA certified method of quickly measuring forehead temperature as a pre-screening measure is critical to slow down the spread of infections

SOLUTION: Wello created an optical device for measuring the temperature of the Glabella- the space between your eyes, the place on the exterior of the body which is most representative of real body temperature. PCDworks has helped Wello over the years with enclosures, mechanical tilt mechanism, sensing methodology and software enhancements.

Cardiopulmonary bypass

PROBLEM: Cardiopulmonary bypass surgery is a time-consuming operation. Every additional minute of surgery decreases a patient's chance of survival.

SOLUTION: We collaborated with an industrial design firm to help our client simplify the bypass procedure by organizing pumps and tubes into a compact structure. We also created designs, developed prototypes, and assisted in preparing a unit that was ready to manufacture. Our team further improved speed and patient safety by inventing a Vacuum Assisted Venous Return (VAVR) which enhances venous flow and reduced the size of the necessary line.

RESULTS: A cardiac bypass system that reduces the need for blood products, shortens surgery times, and offers greater fluid management options for the clinical team — all of which is proven to decrease morbidity.


Military
Automated tie-down device

PROBLEM: The Office of Naval Research needed a self-powered, remote-controlled tension system that would reduce cargo damage, decrease load and unload times, and minimize crew involvement.

SOLUTION: We created a system of individual units which, when networked together, provide the ability to simultaneously secure and release loads. This entailed designing a customized multi-hop wireless communication, advanced sensing capabilities, and a proprietary self-releasing hook. It also included a custom motor, high performance battery pack, linear actuator, printed circuit boards, and carbon fiber case.

RESULTS: Our new small, lightweight, and semi-automated system requires minimal human involvement to tension and release loads, reducing load and unload times by 20 percent. Additional uses are being considered for nuclear waste transport, rail shipping, and aircraft docking.

Food
Marmon Food Service

PROBLEM: A major fast-food chain is evolving to fresh product cooking to appeal to customers looking for a healthy alternative to heavily fried, fat covered burgers. The chain's equipment supplier needed a broiler capable of supplying fresh cooked, unfrozen product with less char, less fatand in less than 90 seconds.

SOLUTION: Our client asked us to explore alternate technology to atmospheric open flame burners.

RESULTS: We went back to our roots to a time when we were working on Infrared driven camping stoves. We found a new generation of Infrared emitting material and created burners that cooked the burgers iin record time with less fat and minimal charting.