DesignPro Ltd: From a start-up company to the largest machine building facility in Ireland
Design Pro Ltd. relies on the mechanical components and solution of MISUMI, which have been supporting the company to develop outstanding machines from its foundation until today.
DesignPro Ltd, based in Limerick, Ireland, is a leading provider of precision automation and machine build services. Established in 2004 by the visionary design-er Paul Collins in a spare room of a rented house, the company developed rapidly. DesignPro started off by designing jigs and fixtures and applications for the automotive industry. Nowadays, DesignPro also cre-ates large, fully automated production lines from start to finish and works across a variety of sectors includ-ing the automotive, medical, pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries. The company has developed a reputation as a creative and highly professional partner to some of the world’s largest multinationals. Due to its ongo-ing success, the company recently moved to a new 120,000ft2 premises at the Rathkeale Industrial Estate, Co. Limerick. As a result of the move, DesignPro has become the largest special-purpose machine building company in Ireland. What remains the same are the company’s values: A flexible approach to new challenges, a focus on innovation and an enthusiastic, customer-friendly way of working.
Picture1: The new DesignPro facility in Limerick, Ireland
In search of a reliable supplier for configurable components
When the company was founded in 2004, Paul Collins and his first employee Pat Downes were aware of the fact that not only state-of-the-art engineering knowledge, but also a careful suppli-er selection were essential factors for company growth. They were therefore looking for a reliable partner that would benefit them in various areas, including the supply of configurable parts, the delivery of small quantities and 3D CAD models. Both remembered MISUMI as a vendor, because they had previously worked with the MISUMI catalogue at college. They started ordering preci-sion shafts, bushings, bearings, precision slides and handles in different sizes and lengths from MISUMI. When their machines grew bigger, they started acquiring a huge range of further prod-ucts. They were delighted by MISUMI’s short lead times and the very consistent supply. In recent times, DesignPro appreciated MISUMI’s devel-opment from a catalogue provider to a mainly online- focused company, as MISUMI’s new concise WEBINDEX - which includes links to the product selection online - allows DesignPro to realise further time savings.
In addition to the MISUMI components, Design-Pro uses the MISUMI InCAD Library as a source of inspiration. The InCAD Library contains more than 200 application examples with motion previews and bill of materials ready for download. One of the application examples that proved useful for DesignPro was an example of an adjustable car-riage, which they required for a project.
Good partnerships lead to success
Due to the partnership with MISUMI, DesignPro was able to improve the planning of its projects and could lower its costs over the years. Paul Collins, Managing Director at DesignPro explains his satisfaction with the MISUMI products and customer service: “The efficient lead times of MISUMI have helped us improve our productiv-ity and increase our outputs. Our business has grown with MISUMI over the years, but even in our early begin-nings as a small organisation they afforded us the same level of attention and high-quality customer service as we re-ceive today.” Pat Downes, Senior Design Engineer and the first employee at DesignPro, shares this sen-timent and stresses: “We have found a trustworthy partner in MISUMI. They offer consistency throughout every stage of the buying process along with a reliable range of products and short delivery times.”
Picture 2: Precision and thorough dedication: Senior Designer Pat Downes at work.
Picture 3: An example of one of the complex production lines that are designed, built and tested by DesignPro from start to finish .
As part of their plans for continued growth DesignPro has made the move into new industry sectors such as renewable energy and expanded its operations worldwide into Mexico, India and the UK. By choosing to partner with MISUMI they know they can guarantee their global network that even the smallest of details are given the highest level of consideration.