Synthesis . . . Meet the Owner

Valves Schematic
Lever MechanismEldon Goates is the founder and owner of Synthesis Engineering Services.  According to his parents and his Aunt, Eldon’s engineering endeavours started well before school, and continued all through his growing up years.  He created things for fun, for efficiency, and for the farmers he worked for.  He received his Mechanical Engineering Degree from Brigham Young University, and all this was just the beginning.

After school, Eldon worked with Ford Motor company in the Detroit area for several years in the Advanced Powertrain areas doing research and design.  It was a privilege to work on future automotive projects (mostly power transmission related) requiring the invention of new technologies.  (Several patent awards in that work.)  Particular areas of focus included electro-hydraulic control systems, mechanical clutches, linkage mechanisms and system level functional design & analysis.

Pumping Rocks

Big Slurry PumpEldon left Ford for the Rocky Mountains of Colorado and to collaborate with an engineering research team in the development of a new line of mill discharge slurry pumps.  Big stuff.  (Slurry pumps are big centrifugal machines that pump rocks.)  The blue one shown here is a first production unit made with a 10″ intake, and an 8″ pipe discharge.  That machine, in steel of course, weighs enough to crush most pick-up trucks.

By applying new technology in both manufacturing and design to a relatively mature industry, a new pump with superior efficiency and wear characteristics was born.  It made a “splash” by increasing efficiency ~ 18%.  It also drastically improved wear life.  The application of sound engineering principles like Statistical Design of Experiments (DOE) and reliability methods directed the design to an outstanding new product.

The Birth of Synthesis

One Way Clutch with Inventive ReleaseIn 1996 Eldon branched out as Synthesis Engineering Services, inc..  Since then he has focused his engineering, artistic and creative talents on developing products and new technologies for customers.  There is a great deal of satisfaction that comes from creating new products, with new technologies, then seeing them successful in the marketplace.  There is also a great deal of satisfaction in having delighted customers.

For samples of the work, please visit the Product Design Slide Show.  (We would love to show more, but much is confidential, so a few samples will have to do.  Enjoy.)

Patents are a big part of the work, with many awarded, more pending and always more in the works.  These patents cover areas from mechanical linkages, to pump systems, to hydraulic control systems, to mechanical clutches, to chainrings, to suspension systems, to bicycle derailleurs, to artistic designs and full system logic layouts.  For more information, please refer to the list of patent numbers and short descriptions.

Engineering The Fun

Meet The Owner and Bad HabitFor Eldon, engineering is a lot more than just work, it’s a way to have fun!  In the picture he is seen with one of his passions — the motorcycle streamliner he designed and built to race on the Bonneville Salt Flats.  He also uses his engineering skills in other hobbies and passions like bicycling, audio systems, climbing and computers as well.  Inventing and creating new and better things is all part of the course.

Do-It-Yourself is a passion — not so much because doing it alone is fun — Do-It-With-Friends is better.  Yet, the DIY approach allows building something better and something that exactly fits the need.  Many people have seen some of the cool things Eldon has designed, and asked about how to get one.  Special shop tools in particular.  To meet that need, some of the designs are now on the web for sale.  Visit the Mechanical Elements website to find all sorts of trailer plans, specialty shop tools plans, and more.

Bicycle Team RideThese days it is not uncommon to see Eldon out testing bicycle components he has designed or built for one of several bicycle industry customers; . . . or to see him with the Front Rangers Juniors Cycling Team which he coaches . . . or both.  Cycling is a passion too, and what is better than putting your creative energy toward something you’re passionate about?  Yes, that’s what he says.

Sharing The Knowledge

As the owner of Synthesis, it’s a privilege to share the knowledge we gain.  We are citizens of the world, and we believe growth for everyone comes with sharing.  So, Eldon writes, as a way to share.  See the growing library here as well as the Engineer’s Perspective, and at the Mechanic’s Post.  All are a good source of ideas for engineers, inventors and other interested readers.  For even more, it’s worth noting that almost everything on the WickWerks site is written by Eldon, as the Engineer, including the technical articles, guides, and videos.

Your Turn

To meet personally with the owner, call or e-mail now.  You will discover that the skills and determination of the owner set a course for excellence.  Your decision to work with Synthesis Engineering Services is one of the best you will make.

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