One technique used by many companies to save money in these economic times is to use standard configurable mechanical components rather than custom-built parts. These components can be sized to precise dimensional tolerances and ordered in different materials and finishes, depending on the application.
According to Patrick Esposito, Marketing Manager for Misumi USA, “Many customers report that standardization means faster, easier maintenance and repair, as well as reduced machine downtime when part replacement becomes necessary.”
One example is Orbitform Group of Jackson, Mich., a manufacturer of standard and custom-designed forming, fastening and assembly machinery for the automotive, aviation, and medical device industries.
Daniel Shirkey, Manager of Orbitform’s Business Development Group, credits Misumi’s 3D CAD Configurator as a time-saver, eliminating the need for detailed drawings to be made in-house. He estimates downloads typically save from 15-40% in cost.
Other leading machine builders have reported similar positive results, including cost savings of up to 50% and time savings of up to 60% as compared with in-house design, production and machining. Additional benefits cited include greater modularity of systems, improved appearance, reduced build time, and faster time-to-market.
MISUMI USA, Inc.
Filed Under: 3D CAD, Automation components, Machine tool industry + subtractive manufacturing