In order to meet challenging design and performance objectives, under tight constrains of budget and schedule, many OEMs work with motion control experts such as Parker to create a customized solution for their equipment. While Parker customers have specialized expertise in machining, measurement, instrumentation, etc., the nuances of motion control design are often best understood by companies like Parker. By collaborating, OEMs can often reduce their time-to-market and concentrate their own engineering and development resources on their core areas of expertise.
However, collaboration and custom design projects must be tightly managed in order to avoid delays and stay on track. Parker has developed a variety of “best practices” for managing these custom development projects in order to bring projects in on time, based on the following building blocks and core principles:
The development of a cost-effective motion or positioning solution is only the first step in a successful business development program. Next, a working prototype needs to become a full scale production environment. Parker’s recommended procedures, refined and based on years of experience in developing and manufacturing thousands of motion and positioning systems, include:
In full-scale production it is important that custom systems, shipped to various destinations around the world, will have local after-sale support. Parker, one of the world’s largest suppliers of positioning solutions and motion control components, has a solid after sale support organization that includes: strategic account managers (SAM), Regional Advanced Technology Centers (ATC), a global distribution network, live representative phone support and 24/7 emergency breakdown support.
Standard motion control components and systems don’t always fit the needs of every OEM project, so a custom-developed solution is at times the best approach. Whether for example you’ve determined that an XY stage needs a miniature linear motor actuator and linear encoders added to your design, or that you realized the design of an autofocus Z stage needs a custom designed slide and base and Invar encoder, successful product development requires maintaining close contact between you as the customer and Parker as your motion control design partner. Processes such as engineer-to-engineer development work and feasibility testing and analysis (as needed) minimize development risks and increase the probability of successfully delivering high-quality and competitively-priced products to the market.
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