Caso de Sucesso Caprock Manufacturing - Siemens PLM


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Caprock conta os motivadores da decisão de trocar o SolidWorks pelo Solid Edge e como isso impacto na sua maneira de trabalho.

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Caso de Sucesso Caprock Manufacturing - Siemens PLM

  1. 1. Solid EdgeCaprock ManufacturingContract manufacturer replaces SolidWorks with Solid Edge; cites need to simplifydesign for manufacturing process and avoid potential modeling kernel changeIndustry Complex CAD process callsUtilities, energy, aerospace, for technology re-evaluation;life sciences, transportation switch takes burden off engineering teamBusiness challenges Founded in 1983, Caprock ManufacturingGrowth strategies increased (Caprock) is a privately held custom manu-demand on engineering facturer of plastic injection molded prod-group ucts and assemblies for original equipmentNeed to model design manufacturers (OEMs) in the medical,recommendations for OEM utilities, transportation, energy and othercustomer products faster industries. Vertically integrated servicesExisting CAD system’s include product design, prototyping, moldunknown future making and a wide range of finishing processes. Caprock’s enclosures business unit designs and manufactures casings forKeys to Success airline signage, water meters, electricalRe-evaluate existing enclosures, durable medical equipment and other products. More demand on engineering groupSolidWorks CAD Understanding its success in the market,Find faster way to edit Caprock kept its focus on the design pro- Caprock excels in early supplier involve-customer data cess and, in 2011, decided to upgrade its ment, a process in which it partners withMove from complex history- customers during the product design computer-aided design (CAD) tools frombased modeling to period to ensure manufacturability, quality SolidWorks® software from Dassaultsynchronous technology and cost effectiveness while keeping tool- Systemes SolidWorks Corporation to ing lead-time to a minimum. This simpli- Solid Edge® software from Siemens PLM fies the design process and has proven to Software. Caprock had used SolidWorksResults for six or seven years, selecting it because be much more efficient for all parties thanFive-fold decrease in customer the conventional customer approach of it was an industry time bringing the job out for bid only after theAvoided possible modeling design is finalized and then finding manu- “But we read press and blog posts thatkernel disruption facturability issues during the tooling SolidWorks was going to a new modeling process. kernel and that prompted us to look at the market,” says Joshua Walles, a senior project engineer with Caprock.
  2. 2. “We read press and blog posts that SolidWorks was going to a new modeling kernel and that prompted us to look at the market.”Joshua WallesSenior Project EngineerCaprock Manufacturing “Our concerns about the future of Time for a new CAD technology SolidWorks actually led us to the discovery evaluation of a major shift in CAD innovation and pro- Caprock performed a basic market search, ductivity,” notes Walles. “The synchronous looking at its existing SolidWorks and technology in Solid Edge proved to be the Pro/Engineer® software. “Initially, we were answer to the increased demand here on leery of keeping SolidWorks, because of our engineers.” the uncertainties in its future direction and lack of new innovation in the past few As a contract manufacturer, Caprock works releases,” says Walles. with its customers to modify and redesign parts for product manufacturability. Most That led Caprock to Solid Edge and the dis- of the company’s engineers have no formal covery of an unexpected bonus in synchro- CAD training and are dual-tasked with nous technology. Often, Caprock has only project management duties. a paper drawing from its customers or sometimes a dumb solids file. Walles “We weren’t really entrenched in the points out that bringing in a dumb solid complex design planning process using with SolidWorks would be just the same SolidWorks,” says Walles. “The feature-tree as having a standard for the exchange of parametric process has been a real time- product model data (STEP) equivalent: consumer. We struggled with history- “I don’t have time to recreate all the based modeling. It was like a tough chess features that require modification.” game; you would have to look five, six, seven, eight, ten moves ahead in the Editing CAD data with synchronous future in order to get the design right.” technology became a key interest point for Caprock. “What would take us several “SolidWorks is not as evolved as Solid Edge hours to edit in SolidWorks takes us less is,” says Walles. “Using SolidWorks, the than an hour using Solid Edge,” says design is only as sound as the feature tree Walles. is. If you discover a mistake made earlier, in many cases just forget it, you might as well start over.”
  3. 3. Solutions/Services Using Solid Edge, changes made by “Over a period of a year, I might have Solid Edge with synchronous Caprock no longer require recreating the 20 customer redesign projects and would technology feature tree. “With synchronous technol- have to start all over in about 10 of them ogy, you just delete or modify the design using SolidWorks due to a combination of feature and go,” says Walles. “That makes lack of familiarity and fighting with the it a very forgiving design tool. The soft- design plan,” says Walles. “With Solid Edge Customer’s primary business ware is more intuitive and we don’t have and synchronous technology, that rarely Caprock manufactures to guess what the programmer’s intent happens. Yes, I would call Solid Edge and products for the medical, was to use most common software its synchronous technology a break- aerospace, utilities, transpor- features.” through – true innovation.” tation, energy and other industries. Caprock reports significant error reduction since moving from SolidWorks to Solid Edge. “I need to draw as fast as I think. The number of mistakes is much, Customer location much less than it used to be,” says Walles. Lubbock, Texas United States“SolidWorks is not as evolved as Solid Edge is. Using SolidWorks, the design is only as sound as the feature tree is. If you discover a mis- take made earlier, in many cases just forget it, you might as well start over.” Joshua Walles Senior Project Engineer Caprock Manufacturing Siemens Industry Software Americas +1 800 807 2200 © 2011 Siemens Product Lifecycle Management Software Inc. All rights reserved. Siemens and the Siemens logo are Europe +44 (0) 1202 243455 registered trademarks of Siemens AG. D-Cubed, Femap, Geolus, GO PLM, I-deas, Insight, JT, NX, Parasolid, Solid Edge, Asia-Pacific +852 2230 3308 Teamcenter, Tecnomatix and Velocity Series are trademarks or registered trademarks of Siemens Product Lifecycle Management Software Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States and in other countries. Pro/Engineer is a registered trademark of Parametric Technology Corporation or its subsidiaries in the United States and in other countries. SolidWorks is a registered trademark of Dassault Systèmes Solidworks Corporation. All other logos, trademarks, registered trademarks or service marks used herein are the property of their respective holders. Z7 26146 11/11 A