Streamlining Development of Automated Systems with SOLIDWORKS
Zeta Group LLC is a product design, engineering, and manufacturing consulting company that was founded in 2010 to automate manufacturing systems development and production for its clients. With two separate business operations—Zeta Group Engineering and Zeta Group Manufacturing—the company provides a range of services, including turnkey solutions that take automated production machinery and equipment all the way from initial planning and design through assembly, testing, and manufacturing.
Zeta Group LLC is a product design, engineering, and
manufacturing consulting company that was founded in
2010 to automate manufacturing systems development and
production, including robotics, for its clients. With two separate
business operations—Zeta Group Engineering and Zeta Group
Manufacturing—the company provides a range of services,
including turnkey solutions that take automated production
machinery and equipment all the way from initial planning
and design through assembly, testing, and manufacturing.
Customers in the tissue- and towel-converting; nonwoven
converting; food and beverage; printing, coating, laminating;
and packaging industries rely on Zeta Group systems to make
production more efficient and cost-effective.
According to President Kevin Marrick, the Zeta Group strives
to develop advanced automated manufacturing systems that
are unmatched in terms of speed and quality. “We set out
to offer engineered-to-order manufacturing systems that
exceed anything currently available on the market,” Marrick
explains. “For example, we developed a system that resolves
the ergonomic issues associated with producing the large, LED
signs that are increasingly erected on highways. To consistently
produce the level of quality and automation for which we’ve
become known, we need robust design and engineering tools
to streamline and accelerate production.”
Zeta Group has used SOLIDWORKS® mechanical design
solutions—including SOLIDWORKS Standard design, and
SOLIDWORKS Premium design and analysis software—since its
inception, because the tools enable the company’s designers
and engineers to quickly develop, optimize, and validate
production machinery. However, Marrick says the company
did not enjoy the same level of productivity with the AutoCAD®
2D design software that it initially used to develop electrical
systems and schematics.
“We began looking for a better electrical design solution because
using AutoCAD software to create electrical schematics for our
systems slowed us down—particularly when design changes
are required late in the process, which often occurs,” Marrick
recalls. “We were expending too much effort in rechecking
and redrawing schematics whenever changes were requested.
For example, one of our client projects involved more than a
thousand drawings. Incorporating a design change manually
with that many drawings could potentially take us another
500 hours. We needed a parametric electrical design system
that would allow us to make changes without this kind of
Zeta Group implemented SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D design and
SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic software in 2013 because
the software is easy to use, is integrated with SOLIDWORKS
mechanical design tools, and makes design changes less costly
and more efficient.
QUICK, EASY DESIGN CHANGES
By implementing SOLIDWORKS Electrical design solutions,
Zeta Group can incorporate design changes that affect electrical
systems quickly and easily, eliminating the manual time sink
that such changes would previously require and leading to
overall design cycle reductions of 50 percent. “Because we’ve
replaced using 2D mechanical CAD with intelligent, parametric
SOLIDWORKS Electrical software for creating schematics, we
are saving time overall and are much more efficient at handling
design changes,” Marrick stresses.
“We now develop every aspect of a machine—including
mechanical, electrical, and pneumatic systems—on the same
SOLIDWORKS 3D design platform,” Marrick continues. “Whether
we’re iterating on a design or incorporating customer-requested
changes, SOLIDWORKS solutions make us more efficient,
resulting in the high levels of quality that both we and our
FASTER CYCLE TIMES, LESS SCRAP
Zeta Group’s use of the SOLIDWORKS integrated mechanical
and electrical design system also allows the company’s
engineers to intensify their focus on achieving customer
production objectives, including accelerating manufacturing
cycle times and improving production quality. “One of our
customers was using a machine that took six hours to produce
75 pieces, 80 percent of which were scrap,” Marrick recounts.
“Using SOLIDWORKS mechanical and electrical design tools,
we redesigned the machine to produce 75 pieces in 20
minutes with just one piece of scrap,” Marrick adds. “That’s
what I call automation.”
HIGH-QUALITY SCHEMATICS, IMPROVED COMMUNICATION
In addition to saving time and facilitating design changes,
SOLIDWORKS solutions have enabled the Zeta Group to
dramatically improve the quality of its electrical schematics
and significantly enhance communication with customers.
“When you are automating machinery, you can’t fudge things
and have to be accurate,” Marrick notes.
“SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic software has helped us
significantly improve the quality and accuracy of our electrical
schematics,” Marrick says. “We also use SOLIDWORKS
eDrawings® to better communicate ideas, concepts, and
recommendations to our clients. They can open up an eDrawings
file, easily manipulate the model, and then fully interrogate the
design, which enhances our ability to communicate effectively
Establish and grow a robotic manufacturing system automation and manufacturing business
by streamlining, improving, and accelerating development cycles.
Implement SOLIDWORKS Standard design, SOLIDWORKS Premium design and analysis, SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D design, and SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic design software solutions.
“We now develop every aspect of a machine—including mechanical, electrical, and pneumatic systems—on the same SOLIDWORKS 3D design platform. Whether we’re iterating on a design or incorporating customer-requested changes, SOLIDWORKS solutions make
us more efficient, resulting in the high levels of quality that both we and our customers demand.”
-Kevin Marrick, President
Using SOLIDWORKS mechanical and electrical designsoftware, Zeta Group can more efficiently develop automated manufacturing systems; more quickly
implement design changes; and more effectively
communicate ideas, concepts, and recommendations
to its clients.
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