Brownlee-Morrow Company, Inc.
Accelerating Air- And Fluid-Handling Equipment Development with SOLIDWORKS
FASTER DESIGN, BETTER QUALITYSince standardizing on the SOLIDWORKS development platform, Brownlee-Morrow has cut its design cycles by 75 percent and reduced drawing errors by 43 percent. The company has also improved the quality of its proposals and reduced the time required to create them. “With SOLIDWORKS, we’re four times as fast in developing custom systems, partly because our design accuracy and ability to make changes quickly, late in the process, has improved dramatically,” Gilbert stresses. “We’re able to develop a proposal with SOLIDWORKS, including 3D models, in a couple of hours instead of the days and weeks it took to develop proposals—which did not include drawings, let alone 3D models—working in 2D,” Gilbert continues. “The average part variance that we experienced before moving to SOLIDWORKS was 12 percent. In the fi rst two years that we used SOLIDWORKS, our average part variance was less than half a percent. With SOLIDWORKS, we’re faster and more precise.”
SIMULATION SAVES MONEYUsing SOLIDWORKS Premium simulation capabilities, Brownlee-Morrow is also cutting costs by eliminating the need to use consultants to conduct analysis and reducing material and welding costs. “In the past, we would outsource analysis in special cases, but overall our equipment was extremely overbuilt, resulting in higher costs for materials and welding services,” Gilbert notes. “Using the simulation tools in SOLIDWORKS Premium, we can quickly run analyses to ensure that we’re using the right material and applying the appropriate factor of safety,” Gilbert continues. “For example, we used SOLIDWORKS Premium to validate that the design for a structural steel base and frame for a barge system that spans 45 feet and must handle loads over 200,000 pounds was suffi cient. We’ve run physical tests to verify our simulation results, and they have proven to be accurate, which not only gives us greater confi dence in our designs, but also saves us money.”
SIGNIFICANT ROI IN FIRST YEARIn evaluating SOLIDWORKS software in 2014, Brownlee- Morrow estimated the return on investment (ROI) that the company would realize and then calculated the actual ROI that the company had captured one year after the SOLIDWORKS implementation. In all three cost-savings areas—reducing drawing errors, increasing drawing effi ciency, and increasing manufacturing effi ciency—the ROI that Brownlee-Morrow realized exceeded its estimates, resulting in total cost savings of $50,950 in the fi rst year. “With the vast improvement in the quality of proposal drawings and quote accuracy, I estimate that we conservatively added $25,000 a year in sales that would otherwise not have been landed without the ability to provide accurate drawings,” Gilbert says.
Streamline the development of air- and fl uid-handling equipment while simultaneously accelerating proposal development, reducing drawing errors, and increasing design efficiency.
Implement SOLIDWORKS Standard design and SOLIDWORKS Premium design and analysis software solutions.
- Shortened design cycles by 75 percent
- Reduced drawing errors by 43 percent
- Realized ROI of $50,950 in first year
- Boosted sales by $25,000/year
Products(s) Used:SolidWorks Standard