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  • Writer's pictureDavid Leavitt

What is Custom Engineering?

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Tools of the trade at Frosty Tech, a custom engineering and eco-innovation group.

Custom engineering is the design and manufacture of a product to the specifications of a buyer. Typically, an individual or corporation will approach an engineering firm with an idea and the firm will assess whether or not they can execute it.

If it is a simple design or solution, the custom engineering firm may charge by the project. For instance, a flat sum of $10,000 for a new design to increase the efficiency of a piece of manufacturing equipment.

For complex projects requiring significant research and development (R&D), a firm may charge a retainer or an hourly rate. Sometimes, companies decide to outsource their R&D instead of bearing the costs of an entire research team, supplying resources, etc.

Most engineering firms fit into two camps, either they build a product and the customer adjusts to it or the firm designs something from scratch to fit the customer’s needs.

Some examples of large engineering firms include Jacobs and Black & Veatch. Smaller firms such as Frosty Tech work on solving specific problems for their consumers.

At Frosty Tech we primarily focus on B2B custom engineering for cold chain. Our sister companies, Frosty Systems and Process 97, do custom engineering in regards to refrigeration, industrial water treatment, and general filtration technology.

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