Sumitomo (SHI) Cryogenics of America, Inc.
Improving Cryogenic Systems Development with SOLIDWORKS
SHORTER DESIGN CYCLES, GREATER ACCURACYSince transitioning to the SOLIDWORKS development platform, SCAI has shortened design cycles, accelerated time-to-market, and improved design accuracy, partly through the elimination of redundant, manual tasks, like repetitive design checking. “SOLIDWORKS has enabled us to save time and speed up the process,” Jaworski stresses. “For example, when we make a design change in SOLIDWORKS, it automatically ripples through the assembly and associated drawings, eliminating the need to detail the change and check the design across all associated data. This reduces the time required to check a design by 30 to 50 percent.” “SOLIDWORKS has improved our ability to design faster and more accurately,” adds Senior Designer Mark Schwandt. “The SOLIDWORKS sheet metal design capabilities have helped us tremendously. For instance, we no longer need to be concerned about whether holes in 10 to 15 different pieces of sheet metal line up. With SOLIDWORKS, these holes are always where you expect them to be.”
IMPROVING DESIGN PERFORMANCEUsing the fi nite element analysis (FEA) tools included in SOLIDWORKS Premium software, SCAI can simulate and optimize design performance. The fi rst problem for which SCAI leveraged SOLIDWORKS Premium simulation capabilities was a large plate that fl exed under load. “We needed to understand just how much the plate would fl ex in the middle,” Jaworski recalls. “With SOLIDWORKS Premium, we were able to optimize the thickness of the weight-bearing plate to achieve the stiffness we wanted. “Doing simulations in an integrated package like SOLIDWORKS Premium also saves the engineer who’s responsible for analysis a signifi cant amount of time because he only has to deal with one piece of software,” Jaworksi notes. “This effi ciency boost lets us optimize designs to support the higher speeds and greater loads that our customers frequently demand.”
INNOVATING NEW PRODUCTSWith the ability to more accurately create designs with SOLIDWORKS—and then validate and optimize design performance with simulation tools—SCAI can more consistently develop more innovative products. “SOLIDWORKS has defi nitely improved our ability to innovate,” Jaworski says. “We continually must come up with innovative and improved ways of doing things to support new and different types of applications.”
Streamline design cycles for cryogenic systems to accelerate time-to-market while improving design performance and increasing innovation.
Implement SOLIDWORKS Professional design, SOLIDWORKS Premium design and analysis, and SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional product data management software solutions.
- Shortened product development cycles and time-to-market
- Increased design accuracy and innovation
- Reduced design-checking time by 30 to 50 percent
- Improved design performance
Products(s) Used:SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional