Automating In-Context Conveyor Configuration with SOLIDWORKS
CONVEYOR CONFIGURATION WITH IMPACT!Schwar literally walked into the company’s configuration solution when he attended GoEngineer’s GoAutomate technical session at the end of the SOLIDWORKS World 2016 Conference. “Those were the most important 15 minutes of the entire trip,” Schwar stresses. Developed by SOLIDWORKS reseller GoEngineer, GoAutomate is an open-source tool based on Microsoft® Excel that helps customers automate SOLIDWORKS models directly within Excel, allowing users to control features, dimensions, configurations, mates, and more. “The GoAutomate session was the last one, and I actually was asking myself how much cash I had on me when I discovered it was free. GoAutomate is the bridge connection to the SOLIDWORKS API and the engine of our IMPACT! configuration tool. The combination of SOLIDWORKS, its API, GoAutomate, and Excel enabled us to develop a configurator with no limitations or restrictions, providing a simplified, flexible solution without plug-ins, new software, or add-ins.”
IN-CONTEXT DESIGN SAVES CUSTOMERS TIME AND MONEYBecause IMPACT! utilizes a customer’s system configuration data to recommend the best-fit options from a range of SOLIDWORKS models—with literally millions of possible configurations in total—and lets customers make in-context design changes within SOLIDWORKS, with real-time pricing feedback, the solution has been well received by customers. “I love two things,” says DeWayne Merritt, an engineer at AutoLiv. “Accurate CAD files with high detail and the time this software saves me.” In addition to helping customers save time and money, the combination of SOLIDWORKS and the IMPACT! configurator has enabled Glide-Line to offer industry-leading aggressive lead-times. “Now that we’ve introduced the first intelligent, in-context conveyor configurator, nobody can deliver as quickly as we can,” Mauger notes. “The SOLIDWORKS configurator has allowed us to deliver systems in half the time, and because the automation also helps reduce cost, we can deliver less expensive products faster than the competition.”
TAKING IT UP A NOTCH WITH GLIDE-LINE 360Glide-Line recently introduced the Glide-Line 360 conveyor line, which combines powered-timing-belt-based conveyors working with the company’s family of devices to accomplish almost any type of movement (e.g., orientation change, sort, or shift) in a small space. Designed entirely with SOLIDWORKS, the Glide-Line 360 makes it possible to shuttle, divert, merge, sort, stack, lift, lower, transfer, and turn a pallet or pallets cost-effectively. “The automation that we’ve been able to achieve on the SOLIDWORKS platform is incredible,” Mauger adds. “It gives us the speed and flexibility that we need to better serve our customers, introduce innovative products, and grow our business.”
Develop 3D model library of conveyor components, assemblies, and subassemblies, and then combine it with intelligent mating technology via Application Programming Interface (API) manipulation to provide customers with real-time, in-context configuration, editing, and ordering of conveyor designs.
Implement SOLIDWORKS Professional design, SOLIDWORKS Premium design and analysis, and SOLIDWORKS Composer technical communication software, and leverage the open SOLIDWORKS API in conjunction with the GoAutomate open-source automation tool from SOLIDWORKS reseller GoEngineer.
- Cut delivery lead-times in half
- Introduced first intelligent, in-context online conveyor configurator
- Improved user experience with unparalleled power and flexibility
- Helped customers save time and money
Products(s) Used:SolidWorks Professional