Advancing Thermoform Packaging System Development with SOLIDWORKS Solutions
TIGHTENING REVISION CONTROLS, AUTOMATING WORKFLOWSThe SOLIDWORKS PDM implementation enabled Prent to automate its workflows—both in product development and manufacturing and assembly—and tighten revision controls, resulting in shorter development times, less scrap and rework, and the elimination of errors related to using the wrong revision. “On the production side, the implementation of the SOLIDWORKS PDM system has resulted in a largely paperless system, leading to greater automation and fewer questions because we can easily access the latest, most accurate design data,” says Manufacturing Engineer Curt Nyhus. “If we do have questions, we can quickly and easily search the vault for the information we need.” Prent’s product development group also uses SOLIDWORKS PDM to formalize its design processes, maximize design reuse, and improve global collaboration. “The biggest benefit of the SOLIDWORKS PDM implementation is that we now have one version of the truth,” notes Senior Designer Jesse Winker. “SOLIDWORKS PDM allows us to automatically replicate our vault to other design offices and manufacturing facilities around the world, which ensures that we are using the same data, rules, and workflows across the company.”
SIMULATION TOOLS IMPROVE QUALITYPrent engineers also leverage SOLIDWORKS Simulation capabilities to validate and optimize design performance, leading to additional quality improvements. “How we use SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional and SOLIDWORKS Simulation Premium software varies on a case-by-case basis,” Nyhus says. “Thermoforming is a highly nonlinear process and is difficult to predict accurately via simulation,” Nyhus continues. “From a machinery standpoint, some of our presses must sustain 60-ton loads, and we need to make sure that we don’t break anything. SOLIDWORKS Simulation studies help us to analyze our systems to eliminate any weak points in our structures. Some systems may require motion simulation studies, and we need to conduct SOLIDWORKS Motion simulations on toggle mechanisms to pick the appropriate size servomotors as well as the correct gear reducers. These tools help us put material where it’s needed, so we can maintain the reliable performance and quality systems for which we are known.”
FASTER DESIGN SUPPORTS INCREASED THROUGHPUTSince implementing SOLIDWORKS PDM in manufacturing in 2014 and product development in 2015, Prent has streamlined its entire design and manufacturing operation, shortening lead-times to as little as two weeks while simultaneously doubling throughput to support a similar jump in sales. “Now that we’ve settled in with the SOLIDWORKS PDM system, we’re maximizing resource utilization on a global scale,” Zimmerman says. “The SOLIDWORKS 3D design environment—and particularly, the SOLIDWORKS PDM system—is helping us to do more work with the same number of people,” Zimmerman adds. “We now design systems more efficiently, collaborate more effectively, and deliver consistently high levels of quality across the organization.”
Streamline and automate design and manufacturing processes to save time, improve accuracy, and increase global collaboration in support of business growth.
Implement SOLIDWORKS Standard, SOLIDWORKS Professional, and SOLIDWORKS Premium mechanical design software, SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D design software, SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional and SOLIDWORKS Simulation Premium analysis software, and SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional product data management software solutions.
- Shortened lead-times to as little as two weeks
- Tightened revision controls
- Doubled throughput to support similar jump in global sales
- Improved design accuracy and product quality
Products(s) Used:SolidWorks Electrical
SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional
SolidWorks Simulation Professional
SolidWorks Simulation Premium