Applied Robotics, Inc.
Improving Tooling Connectivity Design and Collaboration with SOLIDWORKS Solutions
Making a Good First Impression with Drawings and SchematicsAlthough the electrical and pneumatics schematics that Applied Robotics creates are not overly complex or sophisticated, improving the function is important for the automation company because schematics are shared with customers, contribute to collaboration with mechanical designers, and support system assembly. “The quality of the schematics and drawings is what the customer sees first,” Marcella stresses. “If you have lousy-looking, unprofessional drawings, you’re certainly not starting the project well.” “Our schematics layouts definitely look nicer and make a better impression with customers,” affirms Electrical and Controls Engineer Michael Spiesbach. “We’ve added a good number of new symbols to our SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic database, which enables me not only to create more aesthetically pleasing schematics but also to complete them more efficiently and cost-effectively.”
Better Collaboration and AssemblyWith the combination of SOLIDWORKS Premium mechanical design and SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic design software, Applied Robotics has realized better collaboration and documentation, resulting in productivity improvements during both design and assembly. “We’re collaborating more effectively since we switched to SOLIDWORKS because the combined solution simplifies things,” Marcella says. “In terms of collaboration, the electrical design schematics need to be completed first so our mechanical designers know what needs to be connected and what the space parameters are, such as does the current limiter need to fit in a space that’s the size of a shoebox or a quarter,” Marcella adds. “Electrical schematics development goes much faster with SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic software because it’s more simplified, allowing us to collaborate more effectively.”
Maintaining an Integrated SolutionApplied Robotics invests in SOLIDWORKS Subscription Services because the company places a high value on fast, accessible local support through CADimensions, its SOLIDWORKS reseller. “Buying maintenance on our SOLIDWORKS licenses is nice because it keeps us current with the latest features and capabilities,” Marcella says. “However, the greater benefit is being able to call someone who knows the software and can provide a quick solution on the problem that you’re facing,” Marcella continues. “Fast, local support, which we didn’t have with our previous solution, helps us resolve any issues that we may encounter, so we can keep working and contribute to our improvements in productivity.”
Improve the handling of the mechanical and electrical aspects of end-of-arm tooling and connectivity solutions development.
Implement SOLIDWORKS Premium mechanical design and analysis software, and SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic design software solutions.
- Enhanced quality of electrical schematics
- Realized more cost-effective electrical schematics solution
- Improved recruitment of trained designers to support growth
- Facilitated system assembly
Products(s) Used:SolidWorks Electrical