Advancing Ball Valve Development with SOLIDWORKS Solutions
Faster Design, Improved QualitySince implementing SOLIDWORKS solutions, Siddharth Engineers has realized substantial productivity improvements, resulting in shorter design cycles, faster times-to-market, and improved quality. Using SOLIDWORKS software, the valve manufacturer has cut design time by 20 percent and time-to-market by 12 percent. “Our first design with SOLIDWORKS was a manual override for a valve that was part of a defense rocket,” Parab recalls. “That project demonstrated the benefits of working in 3D with SOLIDWORKS software,” Parab continues. “The ability to model our assembly designs in 3D using SOLIDWORKS, and then evaluate the assembly to identify critical areas that need improvement prior to testing and manufacturing the finished product has dramatically improved both the speed and quality of our development processes. SOLIDWORKS enables us to bring higher quality products to market faster, which has improved our competitiveness.” Moving from 2D to SOLIDWORKS 3D has also allowed Siddharth Engineers to increase design reuse and the development of derivative designs, both of which contribute to design cycle reductions.
Simulation Reduces PrototypingIn addition to standardizing on the SOLIDWORKS 3D modeling environment, Siddharth Engineers acquired SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional and SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation software to support its efforts to minimize prototyping, improve performance, and make testing more efficient. “After modeling our valve designs, we need to test designs for feasibility and performance before releasing them for manufacturing and the creation of tooling,” Parab stresses. “In the past, testing/design modification iterations added time and cost to the process,” Parab adds. “With SOLIDWORKS simulation tools, we now have a very effective digital prototyping environment that helps us address potential failures before building a physical prototype. This capability has enabled us to reduce prototyping costs by 30 percent while simultaneously allowing us to eliminate potential leaks, decrease minimum valve opening torque, reduce weight, shorten manufacturing time, and minimize field failures.”
Improved Communications, Including MobileThe transition from 2D to the SOLIDWORKS 3D design environment has also improved Siddharth Engineers’ communications with its customers. For example, by supplying customers with SOLIDWORKS Simulation Engineering Reports of virtual prototyping studies, the valve manufacturer not only validates valve performance but also instills greater customer confidence in the quality of their designs. The addition of SOLIDWORKS Composer software has automated the development of user manuals, and SOLIDWORKS eDrawings® communication tools lets Siddharth Engineers share designs via tablets and smartphones. “By moving to the SOLIDWORKS 3D development platform, we have improved design visualization and communication, both of which help to shorten the process and optimize valve designs,” Parab points out. “The integration of modeling and simulation tools in SOLIDWORKS helps keep us focused on the design, and the ability to communicate with customers via mobile smartphones prepares us for conducting business in new ways for years to come.”
Accelerate the development of ball valves and turnkey projects—involving valves, pumps, piping, instrumentation, programmable logic controllers, and other automation hardware—while simultaneously improving quality.
Implement SOLIDWORKS Standard design, SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional structural analysis, SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis, and SOLIDWORKS Composer technical communication software solutions.
- Cut design cycles by 20 percent
- Shortened time-to-market by 12 percent
- Reduced prototyping costs by 30 percent
- Improved product quality and performance
Products(s) Used:SolidWorks Simulation Professional
SolidWorks Flow Simulation