Fabco Manufacturing, Inc. was approached by a customer in the exercise equipment industry to provide a total manufacturing solution for their “Shox-Box” product concept. To reduce the inherent strain on the body caused by traditional rowing exercise equipment, the customer invented a shock absorbing apparatus weakening the forces produced at the finish of a row stroke. Our engineering and prototyping services were commissioned to bring this idea to fruition by working closely with the customer to ensure their idea was fully realized. We applied designing for manufacturability studies, and cost reduction fabrication to this project, to ensure a cost effective product. Fabrication started with 13ga and 20ga thick cold rolled steel, formed to the agreed upon shape with shearing, punching, metal forming, TIG and spot welding, and grinding processes. The unit was powder coated and silk screened and sourced hardware was inserted to complete the part. Quality and accuracy were upheld with in process and post production functionality and first article inspections.

The finished Shox-Box as highlighted below measured 24” in width, 12” in depth, and has a height of 6”. The product is warehoused and shipped from our facility using a Kanban system, packaging and shipping the part to locations worldwide. We produce 1000 Shox-Box units per year for this customer. At Fabco Manufacturing, we offer our customers complete in-house production capabilities, providing services from design to manufacturing to order fulfillment. For more details about this Shox-Box design and manufacturing project, or any of our other fabrication and value added services please see the table below or contact us directly.

Shox-Box Cold Rolled Steel Exercise Medical Equipment – Project Highlights

Project Name The Shox-Box
Project DescriptionThe developer of the Shox-Box, came to Fabco with a concept. To create a device that would reduce the strain and possible injury to the back, knees, neck, ankles and shoulders caused by rowing machines. The solution was a shock absorbing apparatus that reduces forces at the finish of a rowing stroke on an ergonomic rowing machine. Fabco’s team worked closely with the customer in bringing their design to reality by prototyping, reviewing design for manufacturability, manufacturing, warehousing and order fulfillment.
Capabilities Applied/Processes
Conception – SolidWorks Models and Drawings
Engineering – Design for Manufacturability, Cost Reduction
  • Shearing

  • Punching

  • Forming

  • Welding – TIG, Spot

  • Grinding
Powder Coating
Assembly – Hardware Insertion
Kanban and Order Fulfillment
Overall Part Dimensions Width: 24”
Depth: 12”
Height: 6” tall
Material Used Cold Rolled Steel
  • Thickness: 13ga and 20ga

Material Finish Powder Coated and Silk Screening
In process testing/inspection performed First Article Inspection, Functionality
Industry for UseExercise Equipment
Volume 1000 units/year
Delivery/Turnaround Time 4 Weeks
Delivery LocationWorld Wide
Standards MetCustomer Specifications, 2D CAD Drawing
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