Brudden Equipment Ltd.
Achieving a Fitness Equipment Market Leadership Position with SOLIDWORKS Solutions
SHORTER TIME-TO-MARKET, INCREASED THROUGHPUTSince implementing SOLIDWORKS solutions, Brudden has achieved its product development goals, reducing time-to-market from 19 to 24 months to 13 to 18 months (a 25 to 30 percent reduction), and quadrupling annual new-product output from five new products each year to 19. “The move to SOLIDWORKS was an important factor because the solution enabled us to create a library of standardized parts and assemblies, including part and assembly configurations,” Xavier explains. “With better tools for handling sheet metal and complex surfaces, and a library of part and assembly configurations, product development is much faster, resulting in shorter time-to-market,” Xavier adds. “We’re also more efficient whenever we need to make design changes or implement engineering change orders [ECOs], due to the parametric nature of SOLIDWORKS.”
CUTTING COSTS, IMPROVING PERFORMANCE WITH SIMULATIONIn addition to helping Brudden compress design cycles and shorten time-to-market, SOLIDWORKS solutions enable the company to reduce prototyping requirements, and associated costs, while simultaneously improving product quality and performance with SOLIDWORKS Simulation tools. “Before we implemented SOLIDWORKS, most finite element analysis [FEA] was outsourced to a consultant, primarily for validation at the end of development.” Xavier notes. “Using SOLIDWORKS Simulation Premium and the analysis capabilities of SOLIDWORKS Premium, we now run analyses more frequently and as part of initial design. Instead of needing four or five physical prototypes during development, we now require only two or three,” Xavier continues. “We not only have enjoyed a 40 percent reduction in prototyping costs as a result, we also have improved product quality, expanded our knowledge of design performance, and increased our confidence in our products.”
BETTER USER MANUALS IN LESS TIMEWith SOLIDWORKS Composer technical communication software, Brudden has also improved the quality of its user manuals and product documentation, while reducing the time and effort required to create them. “In the past, we worked with an outside company to create illustrations for our manuals,” Xavier points out. “With the development of so many products and with so many products changing frequently—and the greater need to improve documentation quality in a broader market—that approach had become unmanageable. “SOLIDWORKS Composer is a wonderful tool because it allows us to leverage our SOLIDWORKS CAD data to easily and quickly create the illustrations that we need,” Xavier stresses. “Our illustrations include greater detail, the quality of the manuals has greatly improved, and we’re able to create product documentation—and sales materials—in less time.”
Further establish and expand product offerings for agricultural machinery, fitness equipment, and recreational boat brands by streamlining development, reducing reliance on physical prototyping, and shortening time-to-market.
Implement SOLIDWORKS Standard design, SOLIDWORKS Professional design, SOLIDWORKS Premium design and analysis, SOLIDWORKS Simulation Premium analysis, and SOLIDWORKS Composer technical communication software solutions.
- Shortened product time-to-market by 25 to 30 percent
- Cut prototyping costs by 40 percent
- Quadrupled annual new-product development throughput
- Won 2015 international iF Design and 2017 European Product Design awards
Products(s) Used:SolidWorks Simulation Premium