Gantry System Housing
DESIGNED TO CUT COSTS
The aim for this project was to find creative ways to streamline manufacture by reduce component expenditure. We worked with our client Escco to find a creative, low cost alternative for the gantry system housing. When manufacturing a large piece of industrial machinery with hundreds of components, even slight cost savings can make a big impact. Our team of engineers and designers discovered the housing unit was going to be made from machined and bent steel. In order to more efficiently produce this component, we re-designed it to be vacuum moulded from 6mm thick ABS plastic. This presented several challenges in order to be manufacturable and still serve the function of the component.
In order for the cover to fulfill its function, we analysed the existing model in order to replicate key features. Using our engineering expertise, we converted these key features into a component that could be vacuum moulded. In the case of the first housing (below) there were four components, each made from laser cut steel. Not only did our design streamline manufacture, but it made two of the components redundant, reducing costs further. Rather than increasing material thickness to provide strength, we added an indented feature which also provided an attractive styling element.