The Misumi component list for this machine included linear shafts, flanged linear bushings, strut clamps, locating pins, locating bushings, belts, bearings, plates, bolts and rollers. By using configurable rather than custom components, Pescariu found that he was able to reduce the total component count of the machine. This benefitted the machine design because the machine components fit together well and helped shorten testing as well. Moreover, the machine was easier to duplicate, with potential long-term benefits of lower maintenance and less down-time.
Reducing the component count has also saved cost. ABCO President Brad Kemmerer expects his engineers to meet their design and build budgets and encourages them to beat this budget on a consistent basis. “We were able to come in under budget for the design and build of these packaging machines and I can honestly say this is due to using as many Misumi components as we could on the machine,” stated Pescariu. Each packaging machine contained approximately 10,000 components. Out of the approximately 10,000 components, around 3,000 were Misumi components.
Using configurable components has also altered ABCO’s custom machine design and manufacturing process. Previously, the strategy was to design the machine, specify as many standard components as possible, then fill in the rest with custom components. The new strategy involves specifying standard components and then as many configurable components as possible, thus decreasing the amount of custom components.