Machine Design Process

ONExia understands that investing in a custom machine for manufacturing automation is an investment, both financially and physically as it plays a vital role in our customers operations.

Whether you are looking to make your first investment in automation or looking to add another custom solution to your operations, ONExia's commitment to providing our customers excellent service remains the same.

Custom Machine Design Process

Our process ensures success by working directly with every customer through every custom robotic cell build.

Initial Concept / Budget Phase

We work closely with the customer prior to their developing a specification and/or RFQ

1. Specification Development

Determine the requirements and sequence of an assembly process.

2. Proposal Development

Answer the specification by providing a statement of work and formal request for quote piece by piece.


Kick-off Meeting

Held in-person or virtually the project formally begins with both ONExia and the customer.

1. Introduction

Introduce the ONExia project team to the customer’s team.

2. Review

Review the proposal, concept, and customer’s statement of work.

3. Inspection

Site inspection of the machine’s final location to determine special limitations.

4. Schedule

A formal project schedule is presented to and reviewed with the customer.

5. Acceptance Criteria

An initial criteria based on project statement is given to show expectations are met.

6. Technical Review

Identify areas of technical concern for possible prototyping.

7. Samples

Parts for design, prototyping feeder selection and machine programming.



ONExia’s project team of engineers begins design of the machine starting with prototyping.

1. Prototyping

If any phases or aspects of the machine were deemed necessary for early phase prototyping, they are reviewed.

2. Preliminary Design Reviews

Any interim design phases that may require customer review are scheduled.


Design Review

A formal review of the machine design where the following items are addressed:

  • 3D Model of the machine
  • Machine sequence
  • Software screenshots
  • Technical aspects, tooling
  • Safety review
  • Final acceptance criteria


Machine Assembly

Following approval all software and physical assembly begins development

  • Fabrication drawings
  • Panel layout & wiring schematics
  • Part fabrication
  • Machine assembly & wiring
  • Software development


Machine Testing

Prior to shipment testing is done and drawings are finalized for delivery.

  • Machine debug
  • Pre-FAT testing
  • Acceptance testing
  • As-built drawings


Robotic Cell Drawing

Detailed drawing are presented showing the complete machine cell proposal.

Proof of Concept Services

Prototyping is done with customer supplied parts to design custom end-of-arm tooling.

Robotic Engineers

All of our engineering work is done in-house by our team of dedicated engineers.

Robotic Engineers

Prior to shipment a vigorous round of testing is done to ensure the robotic cell works upon delivery.

Delivery Services & Support

Following shipment of the completed machine ONExia's service does not end. We provide both initial services upon delivery along with continued support well after the machine is running on your production lines.

Services on Delivery

Based on the application specifics, ONExia provides the following services upon delivery:

  • On-site assembly / start-up
  • Virtual start-up (if possible)
  • Training for employees
  • Complete documentation and manuals

Continued Support

Following delivery, ONExia's support does not stop. Our engineers continue to provide the following services:

  • Virtual or on-site troubleshooting
  • Tooling changes as production expectations shift
  • Warranty support & repairs
  • Shortened lead times on duplicate systems