Van Herk Ensures Long-term Client Relationships with Superior Document Management
See how combining SOLIDWORKS and 3DEXPERIENCE Works enables real-time design collaboration and data management for internal and external stakeholders.
Accurate and detailed collaboration is vital to success when develop customized solutions for production automation and special tooling.
Adding 3DEXPERIENCE Works collaboration solutions to its existing SOLIDWORKS® installation.
- Easy delivery of all necessary technical documentation such as risk analyses, manuals, diagrams, etc.
- A single document management and storage platform
- Secure access for employees and customers
- One location for all product data
Van Herk Mechatronica, in Lage Mierde, the Netherlands, is a mechanical design consultancy and engineering solutions company that invents, designs, develops, and builds customer-specific solutions. Van Herk Mechatronica takes on complete product development projects from concept to delivery, including the delivery of all necessary technical documentation such as risk analyses, manuals, diagrams, and anything else a client requests.
"We build and develop customized solutions for production automation and special tooling," says owner Ruud Van Herk. The specialized tooling ensures production operations can be done in the simplest and most ergonomic way. To achieve these ends, Van Herk Mechatronica essentially becomes a temporary engineering department for its customers. Therefore, communication and collaboration are vital to success, along with fast and accurate delivery.
In addition, because Van Herk Mechatronica strives for long-term client relationships, a single document management and storage platform are vital to customer satisfaction. When the company ran into a few challenges concerning its document management, it found 3DEXPERIENCE Works products to be the right solution.
The platform is cloud-based. That means I'm no longer bound by my location. I can easily share information and designs with clients.
Facilitating Communications via the Cloud
The 3DEXPERIENCE platform makes it easy to work with everyone on the team, regardless of location. Designers have instant access to other contributors' updates on the platform, enabling real-time concurrent design. The platform makes it convenient to communicate concerns, identify issues, and propose resolutions with designers, engineers, managers, and even customers. Everyone with a secure access link to the platform can participate in the product development process.
"The platform is cloud-based. That means I'm no longer bound by my location. I can easily share information and designs with clients. They can share their input," says Van Herk. "We can easily access this information and give feedback on the same platform…and everything is stored safely—that definitely gives me peace of mind."
Integrated Tools Enable Everyone to Stay In Sync
By connecting to the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, designers can continue their work in SOLIDWORKS. The shared data updates automatically as designs change, so everyone stays in sync. At the same time, the design data becomes part of a unified product definition, which enables the seamless use of the data throughout the company.