HIOKI E.E. Corporation
Improving the Development of Electrical Measuring, Testing, Instruments with SOLIDWORKS
CircuitWorks and Configurations Accelerate DesignSince implementing SOLIDWORKS Premium, HIOKI has trimmed nearly four months from its development cycles—a reduction of 30 percent. This improvement has allowed the company to bring products to market 30 percent faster, while simultaneously reducing development costs by 30 percent. Mizuide attributes these productivity improvements to the greater degrees of collaboration and communication supported by SOLIDWORKS. For example, HIOKI uses CircuitWorks™ capabilities to integrate the electronic and mechanical aspects of its instrument designs. “One of the ways that we save time is by combining CircuitWorks with design configuration tools,” Mizuide notes. “We have to make two PCB (printed circuit board) models and accompanying drawings: one board that is fully populated with all of the electrical components and another board that is not. SOLIDWORKS is very effective in this situation and eliminates a number of steps from the process.”
Simulating Design and Mold PerformanceWhile some of HIOKI’s development cost reductions relate to time savings, a large portion involve the 30 percent fewer prototyping cycles that the manufacturer has achieved using SOLIDWORKS solutions. Mizuide says that by using the design analysis tools in SOLIDWORKS Premium and the plastic injection simulation capabilities in SOLIDWORKS Certified Gold Product SimpoeWorks® software, HIOKI designers and engineers can validate design performance, resulting in more streamlined interaction with mold manufacturers and requiring fewer prototypes. “Using the simulation capabilities in SOLIDWORKS Premium, we can do more prototyping in software and produce fewer physical prototypes,” Mizuide points out. “SimpoeWorks software enables our designers to simulate how a mold will fill with resin, which has improved communication with our mold manufacturers. There are fewer questions raised and fewer errors to correct.”
Developing the World's Best Power MeterHIOKI has not only realized substantial productivity gains with SOLIDWORKS software, but has also improved product quality, expanded product capabilities, and introduced industry innovations. The recently released HIOKI Power Analyzer 3390 is the top product of its kind and allows power measurements with a higher degree of accuracy. Takayuki Usui, manager of engineering in HIOKI’s Engineering Department, who designed the Power Analyzer 3390, credits SOLIDWORKS software with helping him create a breakthrough product for measuring electrical current related to inverters and motors. “SOLIDWORKS solutions helped us create the design for the best power meter in the world,” Usui says. “There are nearly a thousand parts and assemblies in the unit. With SOLIDWORKS, we were able to deliver a product that is number one in the market in record time.”
Advance the development of electrical test and measurement devices—by realizing quality, cost, delivery, and service improvements—while increasing manufacturing efficiency.
Implement SOLIDWORKS Premium software for design and analysis along with Certified Gold Product SimpoeWorks plastic injection simulation software.
- Shortened design cycles by 30 percent
- Accelerated time-to-market by 30 percent
- Cut development costs by 30 percent
- Reduced prototyping cycles by 30 percent
Products(s) Used:SolidWorks Plastics