"To buy or to make it yourself" — particular thought is given to this question over the Christmas period. However, engineers in the fields of special-purpose machinery and assembly automation no longer face this issue in their day-to-day business — if they know about MISUMI. The ordering and logistics concept from the mechanical component specialist enables an appropriate purchasing decision.
Standard components such as guides and stoppers are used in a wide range of industrial applications. Stoppers, for example, consist of a block with two fine threads and mounting holes, a damper, a stopper bolt and two tightening screws. This parts list entails a complex procurement process for a relatively simple component — requesting a quote and placing an order with two suppliers, waiting for the goods to arrive and conducting quality control after receipt, as well as carrying out invoice verification and accounting processes. The stopper block is manufactured externally; this also involves creating and sending a drawing. Three supply sources and various working steps — this workload can be considerably reduced by procuring parts from MISUMI Europa GmbH, the full-range supplier of mechanical standard, purchased and custom-made parts from Schwalbach, Germany. Because cost-effective manufacturing starts small.
All the necessary components can be found in the comprehensive two-volume main catalogue "Mechanical Components for Special Purpose Machinery and Assembly Automation" 2011/2012, as well as in the eCatalog on the MISUMI website. Length, width, height, bores, threads, load capacity — the online configuration tool allows you to tailor the components to order. The corresponding CAD models for such orders are available for immediate download, along with binding prices and delivery times. If all the details are correct, the order can be placed directly via the eShop. For EUR 56.32, for example, the complete component can be ready for assembly within eight working days. Free delivery is available within Germany; MISUMI does not apply any minimum quantity charges or minimum order values. Alongside the good-value, quality components, the administrative cost is reduced considerably. Thanks to the reduction in the workload and the time required, various departments have more capacity to focus on their core business.