For over forty years, ABCO has designed and built custom automation equipment for manufacturing companies in a wide variety of industries, ranging from pharmaceutical and medical devices to automotive and power generation. As with all custom builds, our clients have very unique, very specific needs, but collectively, they share common goals. Every client wants to increase productivity, improve quality, and gain efficiencies—but most of all, achieve a competitive advantage in their marketplace. And, we have proven time after time that with our design and build team’s experience and knowledge, we can craft custom solutions that deliver those benefits.
ABCO’s design and build process is structured and well documented and starts with a rigorous concepting phase. A multi-functional team develops a concept that not only meets the project requirements, but factors in ease of use, capacity, footprint, and cost. We then go to work creating a virtual layout using Visual Components Software.
With this 3D event simulation software, we design layouts using numerous models and factory components, such as pre-engineered conveyor units and industrial robots. Visual Components helps us plan and optimize factory/production line layouts as well as provide visualization and simulation of factory/production lines. From our experience, we have determined that simulation is one of the most critical steps in the design process. It lets us develop an accurate version of a factory or production line with all the components operating in a real environment. It also allows us to perform feasibility studies and collision detections as well as calculate cycle times. When we’re satisfied that we’ve created an optimal solution, our estimating team and applications engineers build a proposal that covers operational sequences, detailed equipment lists, project team’s responsibilities, schedules, acceptance tests, field services, documentation, and costs.