Craftsman Automation Pvt. Ltd.
Growing Automated Manufacturing Business with SOLIDWORKS Solutions
Boosting Throughput and Customer SatisfactionSince standardizing on the SOLIDWORKS development platform, Craftsman has realized significant productivity gains, increasing the number of jobs that it can handle annually by 40 percent while improving both tooling and part quality substantially. The company has also leveraged SOLIDWORKS solutions to reduce production cycle times by as much as 30 percent. Manisekaran says these improvements have resulted in higher levels of customer satisfaction. “Working on the common SOLIDWORKS 3D design platform enables us to avoid problems related to misinterpretation of drawings,” Manisekaran stresses. “We take a customer’s part model directly into SOLIDWORKS, and then develop the tooling and fixturing around the part. With this approach, our quality has improved, so customer satisfaction has also increased.”
Validating Tooling Fixtures with FEAThe capability to use integrated FEA tools in SOLIDWORKS Premium and SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional software has greatly contributed to the quality improvements that Craftsman has realized. For example, Craftsman now runs FEA validation analyses on every tooling system that it designs, which customers must review and approve prior to tooling development and production. “We do an FEA validation study on every project, not only to confirm fixture strength and tooling performance but also to ensure that we avoid potential problems down the line,” Manisekaran says. “We require customers to approve the validation analysis before we develop tooling and begin manufacturing the part. The ability to run simulations up front has helped us achieve higher levels of quality and given our customers greater confidence in our tooling designs.”
Expanding into New MarketsBy supporting greater throughput and shorter production cycle times, the move to the SOLIDWORKS development platform is helping Craftsman sustain growth in its traditional machining and grinding markets, as well as expand into markets for injection-molded and cast parts. “Historically, our manufacturing automation systems have focused on machining and grinding operations,” Manisekaran points out. “Due to the trend toward greater use of engineered plastics and other materials, we will soon add molded and cast parts to our offering.” “With the mold development and analysis tools included in the SOLIDWORKS design platform, we can more easily and costeffectively expand into these markets,” Manisekaran adds. “Our long-term strategy is to support all of our customers’ tooling and production needs, regardless of the manufacturing approach. With the productivity increases that we’ve realized and the software’s breadth of capabilities, SOLIDWORKS is helping us grow and expand.”
Increase manufacturing capacity and reduce cycle times by accelerating tooling and fixture development to support growth and expansion into new markets.
Implement SOLIDWORKS Professional design, SOLIDWORKS Premium design and analysis, SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional analysis, and SOLIDWORKS Composer technical communication software solutions.
- Increased manufacturing output by 40 percent
- Reduced production cycle times by 30 percent
- Improved product quality
- Expanded into mold and cast parts markets
Products(s) Used:SolidWorks Simulation Professional