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Standard and Custom Motion Solutions: 7 Factors to Consider During the Buying Process

Brian Fink
Product Manager

The ultimate success of many advanced manufacturing- and inspection-related projects and processes often hinges on a high-precision motion control solution. Composed of mechanical positioning stages, control electronics and software, the motion solution represents the fundamental platform on which the entire process is based. 

Defining a motion system that meets the correct technical requirements and fits within the project’s budget can prove challenging to even the most experienced motion control equipment buyers. This difficulty can be mitigated early in the buying process by considering the suitability of standard and custom solutions. Although many buyers can easily appreciate the convenience of conforming to a solution with standard products, it is often worthwhile to entertain the notion of a customized solution earlier.

However, the choice between standard and custom is far from black and white; moreover, what makes sense for one application may not be the best approach for another. There are varying degrees to which products and solutions can be defined as standard or custom, and a key element to a project’s success is having a better understanding of this continuum and the trade-offs made in the selection process. The following seven factors are a starting point for buying teams tasked with procuring a precision motion solution.