4927 St. Croix Ave, Golden Valley, MN  55422-4515   For more information, call (763) 521-0217)

The painting to your right is by the late Dr. Mario Fernandez, whose experience also includes many industrial design efforts, both with us and with others.  For example, Mario and his business partner at the time, created Toro's present (and very well known) logo and color scheme that has served the company so well over the years.  Samples of some his design work can be found within this website.


Product Design - ManufacturingTechnical and Forensic InvestigationMedical/Food - Contact Us

Go directly to WEIBULL reliability and statistics analysis program


Industrial Systems Engineering

This is an industrial systems engineering office working in applied research and all phases of product development.  We design consumer and business products, plus production and assembly equipment to accomplish the same.  This includes technical investigations and forensic engineering expert services for private and government entities.  Within those areas, our strong suit is clearly the ability to generate mathematically and graphically accurate models of operating equipment or systems to simulate or duplicate real world situations or occurrences.  This is a member office of the American Council of Engineering Companies - www.acecmn.org .

Example of very successful project.  We were called upon, on an emergency basis, by a small electrical component manufacturer by the name of L & L of Crystal, Minnesota.  Its manufacturing vice president assigned us to identify a way around an injunction for patent infringement.  We had to come up with a means to join a cord to the light for a yard light manufacturer that, in turn, would  allow production of lights without infringing pre-existing patent(s).  After looking a number of ways of accomplishing this, we settled on one, fabricated a working prototype, and presented it to the client.  The result was clearly established as far superior to the concept being infringed.  Successful follow-up by others led to company's (L & L) successful entry into the market.

A few months later, the company (L & L) was purchased by Toro.  The product line developed around this concept became the nucleus of Toro's Home Products Division.  This is an excellent example of the type of work we can do for you. www.toro.com

Toro's Power Curve  Incidentally, our principal investigator was the original creator of Toro's Power Curve blade configuration.  This is the most critical performance feature of Toro's very popular and presently best selling single stage snow throwers.  This concept of what came to be known as the "Power Curve Rotor" dramatically advanced the performance and commercial viability of single-stage snow throwers by shaping the rotor to maximize energy transfer from the rotor blades to the snow stream.  www.toro.com

Example of another very successful effort.  A small Eden Prairie, Minnesota startup company called upon us to provide design and construction assistance for their original fused deposition 3D printer elevator system.  The original patented concept was provided by the client.  Our assignment included construction of original prototype(s) of the elevator portion of their product, plus build of multiple units (36) for our client.  These were incorporated into initial production units .  The name of the company was (and still is), Stratasys.  Since then, Stratasys has become the undisputed leader of the 3D printer business.  www.stratasys.com


Experience includes electrical and mechanical engineering of equipment, biomedical engineering, medium to high volume production, ergonomics (human factors), materials selection, plastic and aluminum components, mechanical power transmission, computer simulation and related algorithms.  Experience areas include home appliance, food processing, medical, outdoor equipment, assembly, automation, and carpel tunnel prevention equipment, UL and CSA investigation, standards compliance (CPSC, OSHA, CSA, UL, TUV/GS, NSF marine, etc), consultation for liability prevention, test fixtures.  Our experience includes responsibility for four different product lines that have achieved No. 1 with Consumer Reports.

Past efforts have included projects with Thermo-King, Kirby, Stratasys, Black & Decker, Toro, Andersen Windows, Honeywell, 3M, Allen Bradley, Gould, Seimens, Kohler, Malco, Turck, INTEK Weatherseal Products, IBM, Polaris, Chrysler, General Motors, Brown Tank, the United States Department of Health and Human Services, United States Bureau of Mines, and many others. 

This is a member office of the American Council of Engineering Companies and the Consulting Engineers Council of Minnesota.

The content of this website is copyrighted material.  However, portions may be copied for exclusively reference purposes if appropriately credited.  Please call us at (763) 521-0217 if you have questions.


Each of the following groups contain descriptions of each project included in it.

Please click on the heading to go to a particular group.


PRODUCT DESIGN  Applied research, mechanical engineering, and product design efforts have involved well over 200 individual product models of various shapes, sizes and functions.  We are able to provide drawings in a variety of formats including Pro-E, STL, Autocad, DXF, or most any standard format.  We are able to provide "like downtown" prototypes of appliances, consumer or business equipment, or most any category appropriate for your budget.

MANUFACTURING OR PROCESS  Hardware production organization and troubleshooting, equipment justification, return of investment analysis, testing and packaging. Process equipment has ranged from envelope machines, special production machinery, PC board assembly analysis, to production software, computer simulation.

TECHNICAL INVESTIGATION   Our past work has involved product reviews and investigation of electrical and mechanical engineering issues concerning hardware systems for corporations, Insurance carriers, law offices, and government.  Efforts have ranged from small consumer product reviews, to large railway equipment, to massive earthquake simulation systems.

MEDICAL or FOOD This section was added recently.  It is a compilation of past biomedical engineering and mechanical engineering projects from the above three groups that are related directly, or indirectly, to medical or food industries.  This has involved a full range of engineering simulations of potential products.

WEIBULL EASE  is our proprietary MS Windows based, software for integration of market research and field data with laboratory tests based upon the Weibull estimates of warranty failure cost estimates, and future reliability.  Its main emphasis is based upon the Weibull distribution's incredible flexibility and usefulness.  In addition to the standard statistical analyses routines of the more well known software, it uses a unique, but simple and understandable, routine for comparing field use with laboratory test data based upon the Weibull distribution..


APPLICATIONS RESEARCH, INC.

4927 St. Croix Avenue, Golden Valley, MN  55422

For more information, call (763) 521-0217

Visitors Since Last Reset Hit Counter

Expert Witness, engineer expert, engineer, expert,  Human Factors Expert Witness, Human Interface Designer, Human Factors Experts, Software Interface Experts, Software Interface Expert Witness, Personal Injury Expert Witnesses, California engineering expert witnesses, Anaheim certified legal professional consultants, west coast expert civil engineers, forensic engineering, expert witness services, law firms, sole practitioners, insurance companies, large corporations, structural failures, errors & omissions, accidents, disputes, experts, expert witness, expert witness directory, forensic, legal consultants, law, research, medical, appraisers, accident reconstruction, engineering, security, attorneys, lawyers, human factors, insurance, failure analysis, Minnesota engineering expert witness, Wisconsin engineering expert witness, Michigan engineering expert witness, Washington State Engineering expert witness, Accident Investigation, Failure Analysis, Intellectual Property Disputes, evidence Collection, evidence documentation, Product Liability, Design review, Specification Review, Review of Applicable Codes, code review, Statutes, Industry Standards, Evaluation of technical merits, engineer expert witness, engineer expert witness, engineer expert witnesses, engineering expert witness, engineering expert witnesses, mechanical engineer expert witness, mechanical engineer expert witnesses, mechanical engineering expert witness, mechanical engineering expert witnesses, professional engineer, expert witness services, litigation support, forensic engineering, product liability, root cause, accidents, structural failures, fire/explosions, expert witness testimony, engineering expert witness, engineering testimony, industrial, transportation, marine, petrochemical, structural, patent infringement investigations, patent infringement, patent litigation, intellectual property claims, litigation support, expert testimony, forensic support, proprietary technology, engineering support, failure analysis, failure analysis services, structural failures, industrial accidents, product liability issues, design imperfections, material imperfections, failure modes, metallurgy, component failure, failures, expert testimony, equipment safety reviews, safety reviews, machinery safety, creative engineer, registered professional engineer, professional engineer, best engineer in country, best engineer, best design engineer, design engineering, design, best design, award winning design, number one with consumer reports, top ranked design, best equipment designers in the country, best equipment designers