For many manufacturers, there comes a time when off-the-shelf machinery simply won’t do. Sometimes it’s a new product that requires new machinery custom designed and fabricated for a product manufacturing, processing or testing need. Other times, the existing machinery simply needs a modification such as
- An instrumentation upgrade,
- A new vision system added,
- Additional robotic integration, or
- Upgrades to improve safety.
Often, a manufacturer needs to produce a new product, increase their current production rate, decrease downtime, increase throughput or increase the machine’s accuracy. If the current (or nonexistent) machinery doesn’t have the functionality required or is not optimized for operation, then a custom machine build or retrofit may be necessary.
Traditionally, the process for exploring a custom machine build involves the client approaching a machine designer, explaining what they need, and receiving a quote for delivery of the finished product. However, that traditional approach mixes several key steps in a machine design-build project that tend to unnecessarily cost the client time and money. Following four phases are of vital importance in order to design and achieve high level of service and customization.
Phase One is the initial project-definition phase of the process. During this phase, custom machine requirements is defined, conceptual layout drawings and a functional specification for the client prepared. Moreover, cost and project timeline for the design, fabrication and installation phases of the project is defined.
Phase Two is the detailed engineering design phase of the process. Mechanical and electrical assemblies along with bills of material and detailed fabrication drawings based off of the approved conceptual layout and functional specification from Phase One of the process.
Phase Three is the procurement, fabrication, and machine assembly of the custom machine based upon the mechanical and electrical designs developed in Phase Two. A machine runoff and factory acceptance test with the client is a requirement of the process.
Phase Four is the installation, startup, and commissioning phase of the process.
The unique aspect of this four-phased approach is the client’s ability to review the results upon completion of each phase and determine a path forward for the project. By involving the client in every step of the process, any problems that may arise, allow for design flexibility, minimize the cost of changes and adjust the specifications to the changing client needs. The result is a high-performance machine that is built exactly to the client’s specifications. That is why employing the service of a quality reputable custom machine manufacturer can give your business an extra mileage in competitiveness