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Luminex is a worldwide leader in the development of analyzers used for multiplexing nucleic acids and proteins in the life sciences market. Its open-architecture xMAP technology enables large numbers of biological tests (bioassays) to be conducted and analyzed quickly, cost effectively, and accurately.

One of the company’s most daunting challenges was the component costs on its prototype units, encountered throughout the R&D process.Luminex began purchasing Misumi linear shafts, linear bushings, timing pulleys, and belts in August 2005. “The availability of solid models and the fact that I can order custom components finished and ready for assembly were the two big reasons we decided to begin purchasing parts from MISUMI,” commented Roland Schneider, Director of Instrument Production and Advanced Manufacturing Engineering at Luminex. “This fact, combined with the large range of products available in inch and metric standards, made the decision much easier. It became obvious that significant economies could be realized,” continued Roland.

He further explains, “The real savings is realized with the MISUMI CAD Configurator. We are now able to finish the design of a new analyzer by using the CAD Configurator and downloading native CAD files directly into our assembly drawings. Parts are then ordered from Misumi as purchased components and scheduled for delivery on the date we plan for a machine build. The fact that Misumi publishes the ship dates for their components also contributes to our efficiency. We previously had to wait for parts from the local machine shops, which was often a guessing game. With Misumi, we no longer guess, because the answer is printed right in the pages of their catalogs.”Information: www.misumiusa.com.
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