Exhibitor Spotlight: Validyne Engineering
Ahead of exhibiting at Space Tech Expo 2018, we asked Manish Desai, Engineering Manager at Validyne Engineering to tell us a little more about his company.
Manish Desai has more than 13 years’ experience in the manufacturing industry and a wealth of experience in firmware design and development, as well as app development for desktop and mobile platforms. He has worked on projects with Airbus, Lockheed, L3, Sikorsky, SPAWAR, Raytheon, Blue Origin, and SpaceX for aerospace and various instrumentation systems involving automotive test cells, soil core testing, research labs, and wind tunnels.
Which customer or market demands were the biggest drivers of your company's growth during the past three years?
The demand for customized solutions has generated the strongest growth across all client industries for Validyne Engineering. With an in-house machine shop and design team, we pride ourselves in having the flexibility to work directly with customers and make reliable, cost-effective products that fit their exact needs.
Do you anticipate that those demands will continue to be your biggest growth drivers for the next three years, or are you anticipating new trends?
Providing cost-effective customized solutions will continue to be one of our biggest growth drivers in the coming years. With manufacturing companies, especially those in the aerospace industry that are working on the next generation of products, there will be high demand for customized components that fit aggressive product specifications that are hard to find off the shelf.
What are your areas of R&D focus, and what timeline do you anticipate for bringing your next new products to market? Can you tell us anything about those products?
We have an exciting year ahead focused on R&D and new product launches. In Q4 2018, our team plans to release the smallest and lightest transducer Validyne has ever produced – something which many aerospace companies have eagerly been anticipating. Another major area of R&D for Validyne is IoT-focused products, including the development of pressure sensors that remotely send out data to hubs and web servers.
What new trends do you anticipate and what market demands do you see evolving/changing over the next five years?
IoT-integrated products will be one of the biggest demands of the next few years, enabling smart systems which will help reduce downtime and increase overall system efficiencies.
What would you say are the key challenges and opportunities currently faced by the industry?
Lead times and access to an engineering team for the development of custom solutions are key challenges.
What is your company's approach to strategic partnerships or joint ventures, and what kinds of partnerships are you most open to exploring?
Validyne’s primary product focus is pressure sensors that are used in instrumentation. Therefore, we currently partner with and are open to more partnerships with manufacturers of complementary equipment or system integrators.
What products will you be featuring at the show this year and what response are you expecting?
We are featuring our new P370 high-line, low-differential pressure transducer with a sealed housing that is designed to withstand harsh environmental conditions. In addition to the P370 series, we will be displaying our popular P55 general-pressure transducer, our DP15 remote pressure sensor capable of field range changes, as well as our USB data acquisition system that can take up to 16 different sensor inputs at one time.
Why are you exhibiting and what connections do you hope to make there?
This year marks Validyne Engineering’s 50th anniversary and we want to bring our manufacturing expertise and customizable solutions straight to the aerospace industry. Also this year, Validyne was approved for AS9100 Rev D certification, which will allow us to offer our services to customers who need to work with certified partners. We hope to raise awareness of the trusted Validyne brand, create new connections with those who can benefit from our manufacturing solutions, and connect with existing customers in the industry.
Validyne Engineering Corporation will be exhibiting at Space Tech Expo 2018 at Booth 2017.