The aluminium profiles were too weak for our application and the pricing just too expensive!
Asier Gonzalez Urdampilleta designs his second cart with the FlexQube concept!
Asier Gonzalez Urdampilleta is a Process Engineer at GH Cranes & Components in Beasain, Spain. GH Cranes & Components is a global manufacturer of hoists, cranes and crane components.
Due to their product portfolio, their needs regarding material handling in their manufacturing change from time to time and Asier is working to find the best solutions for GH Cranes & Components.
Asier found FlexQube on LinkedIn and reached out to FlexQube’s sales representative for Spain and Portugal, Kristian Svensson (located in Valencia) earlier this year and we told the story back then about Asier and his first designed FlexQube cart. The cart seen in the picture below is loaded with 1300 kg [2 900 lbs.].
Asier has now once again designed a new cart using the FlexQube system (Picture in the end of the article). Asier had previously worked with aluminium profiles to design his carts. But they just wouldn’t cut it this time. “The aluminium profiles were too weak for our application and the pricing just too expensive” Asier says. The FlexQube® concept uses high-strength steel for its building block. This makes it perfect for heavy duty solutions due to the fact that you can easily design a heavy duty application by e.g. using more FlexBeams™ and heavy duty joints. If your need is for lighter material, it is easy to adjust the same design with e.g. less FlexBeams™ and more FlexTubes™. The customers’ needs defines the design and due to the concept, FlexQube® have a high production of standard building blocks which means a very competitive price regardless if it is for a light or heavy application.
Asier managed to design a unique and quite complex cart using the FlexQube® building blocks and connection joints. By using the standardized FlexQube® components you will lower both cost and lead time and buy yourself an insurance for the future when needs change – you can easily re-use the same components when designing a new application or easily make adjustments on a current application to keep an optimal function.
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THE PHOTO SHOWS THE FINAL CART DESIGN THAT ASIER CREATED WITH THE FLEXQUBE CONCEPT
Name: Asier Gonzalez Urdampilleta
Position: Process Engineer
Company: GH Cranes & Components
Location: Beasain, Spain
Mainly designs: Carts and tooling
5 years’ experience of working with intralogistics and design production
Is currently using the CAD-software: Autodesk inventor
WE ASKED ASIER A FEW QUESTIONS REGARDING DESIGNING CARTS WITH THE FLEXQUBE® DESIGN PROCESS AND BUILDING BLOCKS
What do you see as the main benefits with doing the design on your own?
“Since I’m a mechanical engineer I’m used to designing my own applications. We already have our own customized parts drawn up so we can easily import them into the CAD-model of the cart. Also the support was always very helpful.”
What is the typical time it takes to design a cart like this?
“If I had to design the whole frame using only customized components it would probably take a month or more. Using the FlexQube™ system we could shorten that time significantly.”
Will you continue to design your future carts using the FlexQube system?
“Of course, Yes!”
What do wish from FlexQube in order to be able to make future designs even better and more efficient then today?
“I think that the support is good as it is. I would like more information of structural integrity and a FEM analysis. And perhaps a guide to if you build in a certain way you will get such and such strains.”
How much CAD experience do you have, and how much do you think is needed in order to start designing carts on your own?
“My CAD-experience is from the university. I have about 6 years of CAD-experience. You would be able to design your own carts in a day or two, but if you wants to make more advanced carts with lots of customized parts – I’d say about two months of training at least.”
Finally we would like to thank Asier for taking the time to do this interview with us and wish him good luck with future designs!