French Gerleman’s partnership with Nidec-Shimpo offers customers increased access to a wide-range of high-precision servo gearbox products, inventory and custom assembly options. Gearbox options include economy, standard duty and high-performance class, inline and right angle planetary, and right-angle worm products that offer many standard features superior to competitive products.
With the success Nidec-Shimpo has seen over the last few years, expansion was necessary to support ongoing customer requirements. In July of 2017, they moved to their main North American headquarters to a new 50,000 square foot facility in Glendale Heights, IL. The new facility offers more than double the space of their previous building.
The new facility satisfies the need for expanded assembly, but also met a number of other needs. For example, they added a larger testing facility, room for new employees and engineering support, improved on paint booth capabilities, and included a large addition to inventory space. Currently, Nidec-Shimpo maintains inventory of nearly $4 million and with the proximity of their new headquarters, French Gerleman can offer next day delivery on several common Shimpo models.
The Midwest-based assembly operation benefits our OEM customer base by handling a wide variety of products, and assembling those they do not have available as complete units. This satisfies small quantity orders, prototypes and helps in emergency/machine down situations. The expansion has also opened the door to more custom product conversations. Recently they have seen more requests from customers for custom shafts and adapters, private labeling/colors and food grade coatings.
With Nidec-Shimpo Japan now focused on product development of the robotic technologies they manufacture, this facility offers the extra space and capability for more local design in addition to the assembly resources here for those future products. Globally Shimpo manufactures more than 70,000 robust, high quality and cost-effective planetary gearboxes per month.
For more information on Nidec- Shimpo products, to review a product sample kit or to discuss the option to tour their new facility, contact your French Gerleman Account Manager.