ECO – Interview with Kenneth Mozer, Mechanical Engineer
November 16, 2023
In this exclusive interview, we sit down with Kenneth, a seasoned mechanical engineer with a wealth of experience solving complex engineering problems. Kenneth shares his journey in addressing the daunting mechanical challenges of reducing weight while maintaining optimal performance and the crucial role of CAD simulations and cross-functional collaboration in achieving these objectives.
Kenneth, please tell us about your journey in mechanical engineering and how you became involved with the ECO project.
My experience in mechanical engineering has provided me with numerous opportunities to work on diverse projects, each with its own set of challenges. When the ECO project was introduced as the next project In line, I was immediately drawn to its unique requirements and the chance to apply my skills to address them. My task was to reduce the weight of a component from 23kg to less than 15kg, which I found both exciting and motivating.
What role did simulations play in your work, and how important were they in achieving your objectives?
Simulations played a critical role in our project. We spent significant time optimizing the component using various FEM tools. This allowed us to test different material choices and configurations, ultimately helping us find the most efficient design to meet our goals.
How did you bridge the gap between theory and reality in your work?
The key to bridging the gap between theory and reality is a combination of CAD simulations and physical tests. We used simulation to optimize our designs, and then we verified those designs using CAD. Finally, we conducted physical tests to ensure that our theoretical solutions held up in real-world conditions.
«The key to success in engineering is to have a solid theoretical foundation and the ability to translate that knowledge into practical solutions. By embracing collaboration and harnessing the power of simulation, we can turn our ideas into reality.»
What was the biggest challenge you faced during the project?
The most significant challenge was reducing the weight of the component from 23kg to 13kg while maintaining optimal cooling performance and X-ray output. It was a delicate balance, as we had to ensure the parts were lighter and functionally efficient.
How did a collaboration with various teams and management influence the outcome of the project?
Collaboration was crucial to our success. We received invaluable input from the assembly team in production, which helped us make the product more intuitive and easier to mass-produce. We also had an "up and down" feedback loop that allowed us to learn from the production floor and management, ensuring that all perspectives were considered and addressed.
Finally, the design was optimized and reviewed in detail with the design department to maintain our high design standards.
This interview with Kenneth highlights the importance of CAD simulations and collaboration in addressing complex engineering challenges. His experience on the ECO project showcases how these elements, combined with innovative thinking, can turn theoretical concepts into practical solutions, pushing the boundaries of engineering and opening doors to new opportunities.
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