Automatic Handling International, Inc.
- Cut manufacturing release times by 80 percent
- Replaced paper drawings with digital 3D models for production
- Empowered machinists and fabricators as part of Development Team
- Eliminated printing, paper, and administrative costs
Automatic Handling International, Inc., is a worldwide manufacturer of custom handling and packaging systems, serving leading companies in the pulp & paper, tissue & towel, nonwovens, fiberglass, agriculture, stone, and steel industries. In 2002, the company transitioned from AutoCAD® 2D development tools to the SOLIDWORKS® Professional 3D platform to improve design accuracy and efficiency.
The vertically integrated solution provider chose SOLIDWORKS software because it’s easy to use, provides large assembly design capabilities, and offers an extended suite of integrated solutions. The company soon added SOLIDWORKS Premium software, SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM (EPDM) product data management software, and SOLIDWORKS Composer technical communication software. By selecting SOLIDWORKS solutions and working with the open SOLIDWORKS Application Programming Interface (API), Automatic Handling has cut manufacturing release times by 80 percent, replaced paper drawings with digital 3D models for production, empowered machinists and fabricators as part of the development process, and eliminated printing, paper, and administrative costs.
Previous CAD: AutoCAD
Products(s) Used: SolidWorks Enterprise PDM, SolidWorks Professional, SolidWorks Premium, SolidWorks Composer
Benefit: Value, Results, Implementation, Focus on Design, Design Better Products, Innovation, Manufacturability, Integration, Improve Quality
VAR: 3DVision Technologies