After the kick-off meeting
a cross-functional team was created that incorporated the I.D.milano
designers and engineers from both Fimer and I.D.milano. The designers
quickly identified the main problem with the aesthetics of the old
design (see image below). The painted sheetmetal, while offering
a low manufacturing cost, did nothing to communicate the latest
high tech inverter technology that lay inside the machine.
and Fimer collaboration created a strategy for machine configuration
from one family to the next. Over the years, various welders had
been added to their vast range in an ad hoc fashion. This was an
excellent opportunity for Fimer to consolidate both designed structural
parts as well as purchased hardware.
I.D.milano worked with Fimer to eliminate several hardware items
by incorporating additional functional features within the new plastic
housings. For example, the old sheet-metal designs used 4 rubber
feet with 4 screws and washers. In addition there were 2 large moulded
insulators for the brass anode and cathode. The development team
eliminated the need for all these parts by integrating them seamlessly
within the new plastic parts.