Original Date: 07/09/2007
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Information : Custom Product Design
The Inpro/Seal Company combines a robust team of sales representatives, engineers, and production managers focused on providing custom solutions for its customers’ bearing isolator needs. In-depth analysis of the application environment and the close proximity of these groups foster collaboration on unique design applications, enabling Inpro/Seal to amass a library consisting of more than 60,000 designs.
The Inpro/Seal Company, a Rock Island, Illinois-based bearing isolator manufacturer, prides itself on providing custom solutions for its customers’ needs. The company has accumulated a library consisting of more than 60,000 specific bearing isolator designs by treating each order as a custom order. The fact that standard stock-size isolators do not fit the vast majority of applications brought about this departure from the traditional catalog approach and has increased the company’s product output to a level of more than 40,000 units per month.
While many Inpro/Seal designs could be considered standard solutions to common rotating machinery applications, the area surrounding the rotating shaft often necessitates modification of some dimensions of the manufactured bearing isolator, making it a unique design. In other instances, customers request bearing isolators be designed for one-of-a-kind applications. The increasing frequency of these special solutions has resulted in Inpro/Seal’s highly efficient custom design process. Once all necessary operational conditions and dimension information have been gathered for the required bearing isolator, engineers determine if an applicable design already exists. If not, a comparable design may be modified to provide a final solution. If the application is truly unique, a new design is started.
Engineers communicate freely with one another to ensure extensive corporate knowledge and previous experience are widely applied so that even the most complex designs are completed in less than one business day. In-depth analysis of the application environment is undertaken to customize the isolator design and minimize equipment modifications that the customer may have to arrange to accommodate the new bearing isolator.
Inpro/Seal sales managers, engineers, and production managers form a cohesive team under one roof, enabling more than 30% of units ordered to be shipped same-day, including many custom designs.
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