Mallard Manufacturing recently announced the opening of its new Innovation Center and Testing Lab. The facility marks a significant milestone in Mallard's commitment to driving precision from manufacturing processes into systems design and operation. Simulation testing conducted at the Innovation Center adds a critical layer to the design process, ensuring the right-fit custom solution for each project.

A highlight of the Innovation Center is the interactive Testing Lab, where customers can engage in real-time with Mallard engineers while their application is tested. Mallard Manufacturing aims to deliver a unique, immersive experience with live-feed simulation testing. Mallard expects the lab, featuring two pallet flow lanes with built-in technology, to run about 200 customer tests in 2024. Customers connected in the live stream can ask questions and participate in modifications, eliminating design delays and potential adjustments in the field.

Key Deliverables of the Mallard Innovation Center include:

  • Live feed/customer interactive simulation testing: Customers can actively engage in testing, facilitating faster decision-making and adjustments
  • Improved testing capabilities: Two full-size pallet flow lanes, with easy pitch and beam support adjustments, closely mirror customer rack settings and accurately predict how the system will perform in the field
  • Increased production capabilities and shorter lead times: The facility has automated equipment to enhance production speed and capacity to reduce customer lead times
  • Innovative products and products solutions development: Aside from testing customer designs, the engineering lab will drive gravity flow product development and innovations
  • High-quality sound and visuals: Multiple camera angles and noise-canceling technology result in clear communication with test engineers, while Zoom capabilities spotlight critical details like damaged pallets or components, showcasing their impact on system performance.

The Mallard Engineering Test Lab has been a popular option for customers to use before finalizing orders. Testing is completed with customer-supplied pallets and sample inventory to minimize surprises in the field during installation or operation. The Test Lab records all tests and provides customers with a video and detailed report. The service is a gratis, value-added for Mallard customers.