Solid EdgeMori SeikiSolid Edge 3D design contributes to revolutionary machining toolsIndustry Mori Seiki revolutionizedMachinery and industrial the lathe industry with theproducts announcement of its NL Series in June 2004. Solid EdgeIssues provided the 3D design powerDramatically reduce design to that contributed to Mori Seiki’sproduction lead time revolutionary designs.Take design quality to new Mori Seiki’s design review process washeights rejuvenated by the implementation of 3D design using Solid Edge® software fromApproach Siemens PLM Software. Solid Edge made it with simple machining functionality. This easier for Mori Seki to analyze designs as is the first lathe to address the needs ofMake the transition from 2D the machining world. well as evaluate performance prior to theto 3D CAD by implementing production of actual prototypes. By imple-Solid Edge software Makoto Fujishima, director and general menting Solid Edge, Mori Seiki was able to cut its design to manufacturing lead time manager of Mori Seiki, says that “the NLResults in half and increase its ability to release Series has been selling like hot cakes since many more new products. its debut.” Fujishima also notes that otherThe design review process N Series products are also sellingwas rejuvenated as non- extremely well and that the overall share The NL Series: Revolutionizing thedesigners were easily able to of N Series products is rapidly increasing. lathe industry and selling like hot cakes;contribute their opinions to He believes the reason for acceptance of Solid Edge: powering Mori Seiki’s 3Dthe design process with the Mori Seiki’s N Series among its users is due design processimplementation of 3D to its highly acclaimed “relentless improve- Since producing its first lathe in 1968,modeling ment of basic performance” N Series Mori Seiki has produced approximatelyAnalysis became easier to 100 types of CNC lathes over the years. In design concept. Mori Seiki has alwaysperform, which in turn made June 2004, Mori Seki revolutionized the been one of the main contenders for theit possible to grasp product lathe industry with the introduction of its top position in the cutting tool market, butperformance from the design NL Series, the latest model series in Mori the introduction of its N Series has defi-stage and reduce manufactur- Seiki’s new product N Series line up that nitely contributed to boosting its competi-ing time by 20 to 30 percent reflects its impressive performance record tive power to a much higher level.in the N Series compared to and an uncompromising commitmentthat of conventional product- to customer feedback. The greatest feature Solid Edge is the support behind Morisof equivalent prices of the NL Series is that it is a lathe with a Seiki’s product design advancements. Mori sophisticated machining functionality. Up Seiki began using host-facilitated 2D CAD until now, no lathes had been equipped tools in 1984 and then downsized to EWS www.siemens.com/solidedge
Results (continued) in 1994, at which time the company Rejuvenated design review and analysis made the transition to Solid Edge and made easy; design to prototype lead Dramatic reduction in the number of design flaws was implemented the 3D CAD design system time cut in half achieved that was noticeable across the board. Currently Mori Seiki The first benefit of the introduction of even by the designers owns 280 Solid Edge licenses making the Solid Edge was that Mori Seiki’s design themselves company what you might call a “heavy review process was rejuvenated. “When user” of Solid Edge. we were using 2D drawings in our design Time from design to prototype review process, it was often the case that was cut in half making it pos- “The purpose for introducing 3D design only the designers could understand the sible to release more new tools was to reduce our design-to-manu- designs,” says Fujimoto. However, since products facturing lead time and vastly improve making the switch, even the nondesigners our quality of design,” explains Kiyoshi are able to easily grasp the design con-“It used to take us about six- Fujimoto, information system manager for cepts and thereby more easily contribute months from development Mori Seiki. “In retrospect, we had reached their ideas to the design process. Often, to prototype, but now we the limit possible with 2D design tools.” Mori Seiki’s design review will include the are able to complete the It was then that Mori Seiki looked into designer’s supervisors, staff from the pro- prototype in about three several 3D CAD products and decided to duction site, sales executives and even months.The transition to implement a midrange product that was management executives for a lively Solid Edge has enabled us easy for anyone to use and eliminated exchange of opinions. Before the introduc- to double our new product curves not necessary to designing tion of 3D modeling, it was often the case development pace.” cutting tools. that problems weren’t discovered untilMakoto Fujishima Mori Seiki reached to the assembly stage. In addition, Mori Seiki could see that the However, now it is possible to catch andDirector and General Manger Parasolid® software kernel was going to be clear such assembly related problemsDevelopment and the future standard for solid modeling and during the design review stage.Manufacturing HQ so the company made the decision to useControl Technology Solid Edge throughout its enterprise. 3D modeling has made it easier toLaboratoryAdministrative HQ perform various types of analysis, whichInformation Systems play a critical role a in improving designDepartment quality. Mori Seiki uses an array of analysisMori Seiki Co., Ltd. tools to perform vibration, structure, ther- mal and operational performance analysis. Fujimoto says that this makes it possible“It takes hardly any time at to grasp how much product performance all before you are able to can be anticipated during the design use Solid Edge on your own. stage. Thanks to 3D modeling, Mori Seiki After just two and a half has been able to improve the basic days of training, users were performance of its products and reduce able to master Solid Edge in manufacturing time by 20 to 30 percent accordance to their own with its N Series when compared to designing abilities.” that ofconventional products atMasaki Kato equivalent prices.LeaderAdministrative HQInformation SystemsDepartmentInformation Systems 2 SectionDevelopment Systems TeamMori Seiki Co., Ltd.