Improving Shredding And Recycling Systems Development with Solidworks Electrical SchematicsImproving Shredding And Recycling Systems Development With SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematics
FASTER BOM GENERATIONUpon implementing SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematics, Shred-Tech immediately realized productivity gains in both schematics layout and electrical system BOM generation, cutting the time required to produce the latter from a full week to just a few hours. “SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematics cuts down on ordering time because we can generate BOM information more quickly,” Taylor notes. “Before we implemented SOLIDWORKS Electrical, it used to take five days to generate the BOM because we had to finish all of the drawings to manually create the BOM,” Taylor says. “With SOLIDWORKS Electrical, we can generate the BOM in about four hours. Whenever you can reduce the time it takes to complete a task from a week to four hours, you’re streamlining the process. And because SOLIDWORKS Electrical is easy to use, we can utilize junior-level designers to complete tasks that required a senior-level designer in the past.”
MINIMIZING ERRORS, REDUCING FOOTPRINTSNot only is Shred-Tech faster at generating BOMs and creating schematics with SOLIDWORKS Electrical, BOM and drawing content is much more accurate, further streamlining product development. “Before we implemented SOLIDWORKS Electrical, we experienced huge numbers of errors in both the schematics and BOM information,” Taylor recalls. “The accuracy of our schematics and related information has improved dramatically, prompting us to redo all of our past schematics with SOLIDWORKS Electrical,” Taylor continues. “In developing our electrical panels, we used to err on making them bigger to account for potential errors. Because the accuracy of our schematics is so improved, we’ve been able to reduce the size of our panels by 10 percent overall, which saves our customers money by reducing the cost per square foot on the factory floor.”
AUTOMATING WIRING AND CABLINGBuilding upon the success of the SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematics implementation and working with an integrated mechanical/electrical design platform, Shred-Tech is planning to further streamline its development process by leveraging the automated wire and cable routing capabilities of SOLIDWORKS Premium software. “Now that we’ve sorted out our time and accuracy issues with SOLIDWORKS Electrical, we’re planning to use SOLIDWORKS Premium software to automate the routing of wiring and placement of cable harnesses during a major revamp of our mobile products line,” says Taylor. “Working with a harmonized platform like SOLIDWORKS for mechanical and electrical design enables us to achieve additional efficiencies, like leveraging automation tools such as Routing, to continually improve and accelerate product time-to- market,” Taylor says.
Increase efficiency and resolve bill of materials (BOM) and drawing inconsistencies during electrical system design of the company’s recycling and document shredding equipment.
Add SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematics design software to its SOLIDWORKS Premium mechanical design implementation.
- Cut electrical BOM generation time from five days to four hours
- Minimized schematics errors
- Reduced electrical panel footprints by 10 percent
- Anticipates additional time savings through automated routing of wiring and cabling
Products(s) Used:SolidWorks Electrical