MISUMI VONA Now Live – Instantly Generate CAD Models with Part Number Lookup via Online CAD Configurator

New System Enables Designers to Reverse the Process by Using the Part Number to Build the Desired Part

Milford, OH – May 1, 2013 – CADENAS PARTsolutions, a global provider of 3D part catalogs for manufacturers, and MISUMI Corporation, the world's largest supplier of fixed and configurable components for the manufacturing industry, announce the availability of the new "Part Number Lookup" feature for their online CAD configurator as part of the MISUMI-VONA product launch. MISUMI CAD models have long been configurable based on a series of criteria. Users select the configurable options to produce the desired product. These selections generate a precise CAD model for engineers to use within their design, as well as an exact part number for the item. Adding the new part number lookup feature now enables users to complete this process in reverse, beginning with the part number, to achieve the same 3D CAD model.

"The existing configurator is fantastic for our MISUMI visitors who need to configure a very specific part using the traditional method, by building the part based on selectable options," states David Basken, Senior Product Manager at MISUMI USA. "We have a community of MISUMI power users, whom we affectionately refer to as 'MISUMISTS'. These clients have frequent, repeatable orders based on their known configuration. Very often they can tell you the exact 20 plus character part number they need, right off the top of their head."


“Part Number Lookup” feature

As part of the new MISUMI-VONA website, users can now generate CAD models simply by entering the known MISUMI part number. "This feature adds a new level of flexibility to our web configurator and is something that has been frequently requested by our MISUMISTS," adds Chris Blaszczyk, Product Manager of Mechanical Components at MISUMI.

"Often designers will receive their list of pre-specified components for a project, they need the ability to quickly add these parts to their CAD design, without spending the time to configure each item. The new method enables them to save time by skipping directly to the 3D CAD model they need, simply by entering the part number," says Blaszczyk.

Expanding on MISUMI's involvement with the online configurator, Chris adds, "Our experience with the CADENAS PARTsolutions configurator has been very positive. The system works so well that very little input is required on our behalf to generate the traffic and leads powering our marketing efforts. The flexible platform allows us to build upon our foundation with upgrades as we see fit. Our goal now is to refine our delivery and improve functions for the best possible customer experience. CADENAS PARTsolutions has been there every step of the way."

Rob Zesch, President and COO of CADENAS PARTsolutions adds, "The exciting part of working with MISUMI is their drive to continually challenge and improve the online offering, which is the lifeline of their business. The Part Number Lookup feature is an example of listening to customer requests and answering that call. This type of feedback is invaluable for creating an optimal customer experience. By adding these features to the system we are ensuring that this customer segment has the best possible experience, securing return visits and setting MISUMI apart from their peers."

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