Hidraulika Kurelja d.o.o.
ADVANCING HYDRAULICS DEVELOPMENT WITH SOLIDWORKS SOLUTIONS
VISUALIZATION KEY TO NEW PRODUCT DEVELOPMENTUpon implementing SOLIDWORKS, Hidraulika Kurelja quickly realized the advantages of 3D modeling in terms of design accuracy and visualization, leading to greater new-product-development throughput and more complex hydraulic designs. For example, during the development of the Ambulift, an ascending and descending platform to help the handicapped, the disabled, and people with limited mobility board and depart aircraft, improved visualization helped the company’s designers resolve many design challenges that may have gone undetected in 2D. “It’s much easier to see the kinematics and motion in SOLIDWORKS, as well as how to run the hydraulic tubing and electrical wiring,” Žegrec stresses. “We try to do as much of our design work as possible in 3D because it helps us resolve problems during design that would have required rework in 2D. We can use the interference checking capabilities to resolve potential collision and clearance issues. It’s also important to be able to show a product to a customer for approval instead of trying to visualize a 2D drawing.”
REDUCING PROTOTYPING WITH SIMULATIONUsing SOLIDWORKS simulation tools, Hidraulika Kurelja is improving the quality and performance of new products while simultaneously reducing prototyping requirements by 30 percent. “With 2D, there were frequently issues that we couldn’t see in 2D that we would discover in prototyping, compelling us to produce additional prototypes,” Žegrec notes. “With SOLIDWORKS simulation tools, we run linear static stress analysis with bigger safety factors to detect problems prior to prototyping, which eliminates roughly 30 percent of the prototypes required,” Žegrec adds. “With SOLIDWORKS Simulation Premium software, we plan to leverage its nonlinear analysis capabilities to look more closely at torsional stresses and the use of nonlinear materials.”
AUTOMATING DESIGN VIA PDM, CONFIGURATIONSThe move to the SOLIDWORKS 3D design platform has also enabled Hidraulika Kurelja to leverage automation to a greater degree. With the SOLIDWORKS PDM system — including both Editor and Viewer licenses — the company has automated its workflows, supporting greater design standardization and reuse. Hidraulika Kurelja designers also utilize SOLIDWORKS design configurations to eliminate redundant work. “We’re automating our processes as much as possible with SOLIDWORKS,” Žegrec says. “For example, we routinely create configurations for our designs so that if a customer wants a dimension changed from 3,500 mm to 3,600 mm, the design is ready to go. It’s also much easier to make changes to designs with SOLIDWORKS.”
Streamline and accelerate design cycles to spark the development of new hydraulic products to satisfy a range of specialized trucking applications.
pgrade from 2D design tools to the SOLIDWORKS 3D product development platform by implementing SOLIDWORKS Premium design and analysis, SOLIDWORKS Simulation Premium analysis, SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic Professional design, SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D design, SOLIDWORKS PDM CAD Editor product data management, and SOLIDWORKS PDM Viewer product data management software solutions.
- Sparked greater new product development
- Increased complexity of new hydraulic system designs
- Reduced prototyping requirements by 30 percent
- Improved design accuracy and product quality
Products(s) Used:SolidWorks Electrical
SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional
SolidWorks Simulation Premium