Consolidated Engineering Company
Advancing Industrial Heat Treatment Systems Development with SOLIDWORKS
IMPROVED PRODUCT PERFORMANCE, LESS SCRAP AND REWORKSince implementing the SOLIDWORKS platform, CEC has ulitized SOLIDWORKS design-checking and interference-detection tools to minimize the amount of rework required during system assembly, dramatically reducing the amount of scrap produced in the process. The company also utilizes integrated SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation CFD analysis software to study fluid flows and the impact of design changes within its systems. “With SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation software, we have the ability to quickly optimize designs within the CAD environment,” notes Engineering Manager Andrew Turner. “Simulation results also work as an effective selling tool and boost customer confidence in CEC. “CFD allows us to select fans, design baffles, and place nozzles to optimize furnace air flow and provide more uniform temperatures and quicker heating times. We use CFD in a similar application for quenching systems to analyze components such as pumps, agitators, and ducting,” Turner continues. “CFD also works as a selling tool by allowing us to incorporate customers specific product models into simulations. Showing a customer simulation results of their actual process increases their confidence in CEC and assures them that the equipment is designed for their specific process.”
AUTOMATING WORKFLOWS, PDM/ERP INTEGRATIONImplementation of the SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional product data management system has not only enabled CEC to automate and formalize its development processes, it has also allowed CEC to integrate PDM data with its enterprise resource planning (ERP) system, resulting in additional automation opportunities and associated productivity gains. “We’ve optimized PDM to directly place finished parts into our ERP system,” Sutherland stresses. “Our engineering workflow is now completely automated, with the folder structure, kickoff forms, and related documents automatically generated for each project,” Sutherland continues. “When drawings are released, PDFs are autogenerated and XML BOMs are created and sent to the ERP system. With SOLIDWORKS PDM, we’ve been able to achieve as much automation as possible.”
MANAGING LEGACY DATA, SUPPORTING ASSEMBLYThe move to SOLIDWORKS 3D has not created any 2D legacy data or engineering drawing management issues for CEC because the furnace manufacturer utilizes the free DraftSight 2D design package to open, modify, and save older 2D drawings. In fact, the quality of CEC’s drawings has improved since the move to SOLIDWORKS 3D and DraftSight 2D solutions. “We use DraftSight to create schematics and 2D layouts for our proposals,” Sutherland says. “We also use SOLIDWORKS eDrawings® files to support our field personnel during installs at a customer site. They are able to better visualize how to assemble a system and can even measure dimensions and distances with eDrawings.”
Improve development of custom industrial furnaces and quenching the systems by eliminating clearance issues, optimizing fluid flows, and minimizing scrap and rework on the shop floor.
Implement SOLIDWORKS Professional 3D design, SOLIDWORKS Premium 3D design and analysis, SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation computational fluid analysis (CFD), SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional product data management, and DraftSight 2D design software solutions.
- Automated development workflows via PDM
- Reduced scrap and rework dramatically
- Optimized fluid flows to improve product performance
- Improved quality of engineering drawings
SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional
SolidWorks Flow Simulation