Corson Distilling Systems, Inc.
Boosting Distillery Equipment Development with SOLIDWORKS and Smooth Logics Solutions
SIZING STILLS WITH EQUATIONSWith SOLIDWORKS Premium and COUNTERPART software installed, Corson has not only streamlined its order-to-design-to- production processes, it has also automated the configuration of equipment designs using SOLIDWORKS design configuration and equation tools. “Based on a single design, we can now leverage SOLIDWORKS and COUNTERPART to automatically create models and drawings for stills of infinite sizes by just using equations,” Corson notes. “We no longer have to put in the time and effort to separately design and prepare each custom piece for production,” Corson adds. “We enter the dimensions in an equation, and the system automatically generates the newly configured design and mates all the parts together. This has enabled us to reduce the time to create a custom configuration from five weeks to two days. Now, engineering is outpacing production, which is the opposite of what happened previously.”
MEETING GROWING DEMAND WITH FASTER THROUGHPUTWith the SOLIDWORKS/COUNTERPART automated solution, Corson Distilling has increased its development and production throughput by 75 percent, helping the company grow to meet burgeoning demand. “We’re always trying to get faster to satisfy demand,” Corson stresses. “It used to take us four to six weeks to configure and produce an order,” Corson explains. “With SOLIDWORKS and COUNTERPART, we can now produce a system every week. Production and resource utilization is up because we now have full process automation.”
MANAGING THE ENTERPRISEIn addition to integrating with SOLIDWORKS to streamline design and production, the COUNTERPART ERP implementation is providing productivity gains throughout Corson Distilling’s operations. “What really sets COUNTERPART apart is its complete integration with SOLIDWORKS,” Corson points out. “When we receive an order, COUNTERPART opens SOLIDWORKS and directly synchronizes the parts required for the specific configuration with our other functions, including procurement, inventory management, and manufacturing operations,” Corson says. “It generates purchase orders, work orders for our plasma table, and cut lengths for piping. A majority of our employees use the system daily and have their own task lists to perform. The SOLIDWORKS/COUNTERPART solution is helping us grow the company by keeping everyone in sync.”
Increase the throughput of custom, engineered-toorder distillery systems and equipment to support increasing demand related to the growth of craft distilleries.
Implement SOLIDWORKS Premium design and analysis software in conjunction with the COUNTERPART enterprise resource planning (ERP) system from Certified Solution Partner Smooth Logics.
- Increased throughput by 75 percent
- Configured custom designs in two days versus five weeks
- Cut development time from four to six weeks to five days
- Eliminated 25 percent of drafting workload