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Caso de Sucesso Ulma Packaging


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Veja como a Ulma manteve a sua reputação de inovação adotando o Solid Edge como a sua ferramenta de desenvolvimento

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Caso de Sucesso Ulma Packaging

  1. 1. Machinery Ulma Packaging Upgrading from 2D CAD to a 3D solution that supports the entire company Product Solid Edge Business initiatives New product development Value chain synchronization Business challenges Maintain a reputation for innovation Respond quickly to customers’ demands for customized machines Keys to success A single 3D CAD solution (Solid Edge software) used company-wide Software simulation of moving parts; ability to detect interferences Solid Edge revolutionizes packaging machine design From small startup to international success To meet the ever-increasing requirements of the market, such as shorter delivery times and greater product customization, Ulma Packaging replaced its 2D design tool with a 3D solution. Innovation has always characterized the company, along with a rapid response to customers’ expectations. Now, the company has an automated design workflow in which manual tasks, once a source of errors, have disappeared. The company invests the time saved in the development of new products. Ulma Packaging is one of the seven business areas of the Ulma Group (agriculture, forklift trucks, construction, forging, handling systems, polymer concrete and packaging). Founded in 1956 as a business created by several friends to offer machinery repair and maintenance services to the then prosperous chocolate industry in Oñate, today Ulma Packaging provides employment for 700 persons, with more than half of its revenues coming from international sales. 2D: many sources of error Every day, Ulma Packaging’s technical office is confronted with the task of designing diverse packaging machinery intended mainly for the food products sector. It has six different product lines: Extendible Film, Flow Pack, Thermoformed, Thermosealed, Retractable and Vertical. The company’s machines consist of multiple parts (between 500 and 600 in Flow Pack machines for example). In addition to the complexity of the machinery, there is also a need for highly precise movement. In addition, the machines must meet the Suppliers’ use of viewer to receive drawings and updates electronically Automatic integration of component lists into the ERP system Use of CAD models in the production of manuals and other documents Use of manufacturing specifications from contracts to automatically design parts
  2. 2. Results Faster design of standard parts allows more time for new product development Fewer errors now that manual design-related tasks have been eliminated Planners confidently delegate to drafters and focus on new projects Solid Edge integrates the Technical Office with Production, Purchasing, Machining and Documentation exacting hygiene demands of the foot products industry. Before 2001, Ulma Packaging based its design process on 2D MicroStation, a system that was not keeping pace with the new challenges of the business. The main obstacle was that many phases of design still had to be done manually, which gave rise to frequent errors. In addition to the limitations of 2D for calculating paths and movements, creating standard parts was a highly manual task, which practically forced the company to design each part from scratch. There were also visualization and dimensioning errors. Creation of production lists was also a problem because, in addition to being a manual task subject to human error, there were also difficulties communicating with the company’s ERP system (Baan). Frequently there were omissions and confusion about quantities, which caused serious problems. When it came to production, the company experienced interferences, which are difficult to find using a 2D program. The corresponding modifications required a redesign which, once again, posed the possibility of errors. Exploded “Solid Edge has become the central axis of a network of programs.” Aitor Olalde Technical Director, Flow Pack Line Ulma Packaging drawings for the documentation department were also produced manually, adding another potential source of error. Implementing a more advanced solution Ulma Packaging replaced its 2D program with Solid Edge® software, which it purchased from Pixel Sistemas, a company that distributes Siemens products in northern Spain. Following a comparison with Pro/Engineer, SolidWorks and Autodesk Inventor, the choice was made in favor of Solid Edge for several reasons. “The three basic points that determined our choice of Solid Edge were its ease of use, among other things, because it runs under Windows; the ability to customize the tool to our requirements, which is precisely the same thing our customers are increasingly asking for, namely machines made to measure; and the price-performance ratio,” notes Aitor Olalde, technical director of the company’s Flow Pack line. The implementation of Solid Edge occurred in phases. “We first equipped the New Products Launch team with the new system,” explains Olalde. “This team designs new catalogue machines and does not have to fall back on legacy systems, and its commissioning period was limited to one month. At the same time, we initiated conversion from the legacy system to 3D and, once this was completed, the Product team and then the Projects team were equipped. In total, full implementation throughout the department was finished in eight months.” Pixel Sistemas took charge of training, offering basic and advanced courses in the afternoons so as not to interfere with designers’ daily tasks. Solid Edge proved to
  3. 3. be easy to learn. “It’s not more difficult than other software or the 2D system we were using,” Olalde explains. “Facilitating the leap from 2D to 3D is precisely the aim of Solid Edge,” adds Amadeo Corrius, managing director of Pixel Sistemas. “This software was designed to simplify the transition by integrating fully into the Windows-based PC environment.” Advantage for machine design In all, Ulma Packaging has three fixed Solid Edge licenses and 60 floating licenses. Floating licenses make it possible to increase the number of users without limiting them to fixed workstations. Solid Edge is used to design the machinery and to create production drawings, lists of assemblies and exploded drawings. The company has found Solid Edge to be well suited to the requirements of its design environment. The software’s support for product families works well with the modular design of the machines. “The use of families of parts helps us greatly,” says Olalde. “Thanks to this, we are able to link the different modules and, accordingly, we have reduced the time needed for their design and management.” According to his calculations, Ulma Packaging designed 10,000 new parts with Solid Edge in 2006. As someone who works with the software on a daily basis, Olalde emphasizes the sheet metal module as the feature that offers the most value and distinguishes Solid Edge from other tools on the market. “The sheet metal module is the one that makes the difference; it’s the most complicated module to use but, at the same time, it is the most powerful,” he says. “In the machines that we design, composed of a large number of “The use of Solid Edge has sheet metal parts, it is a great help.” been a veritable revolution. The precision and the ability Olalde finds the exploded drawings modto automate tasks have ule easy to use and says the drafting enviallowed planners to confironment is “very good because it allows dently delegate tasks to you to obtain a part automatically from technical drafters, allowing the assembly you’ve created. It extracts the planners to focus on the various views without errors and it developing new projects.” offers the automatic dimensioning funcAitor Olalde tion,” he says. Another important feature Technical Director, Flow Pack is Solid Edge’s ability to run simulations Line and detect interferences, especially with Ulma Packaging the parts of machines that are in motion. This is something that was not possible with the old system. The main result of using Solid Edge at Ulma Packaging has been “a revolution,” in the words of Olalde, in the way the company tackles design. “The precision and the ability to automate tasks have allowed planners to confidently delegate to technical drafters,” he explains. “This has translated into a situation in which, now, we can have the planners, who are very powerful professionals, creating while the drafters develop their creations.”
  4. 4. Solutions/Services Solid Edge Customer’s primary business Ulma Packaging, part of the Ulma Group, specializes in the manufacture of packaging units, systems and services. Customer location Oñate (Guipúzcoa) Spain “The three basic points that determined our choice of Solid Edge were its ease of use, the ability to customize the tool to our requirements, and the price-performance ratio. “In the end, Solid Edge has become the central axis of a network of programs. It is the program that supports multiple departments.” Aitor Olalde Technical Director, Flow Pack Line Ulma Packaging Advantages for other departments The advantages of Solid Edge are not limited to the technical office. Parts lists for manufacturing are created with Solid Edge and passed on to the production department. The purchasing area also benefits because suppliers can visualize the parts they are going to make using the Solid Edge viewer. In addition, the company has a small machining department that uses the Solid Edge data to create CNC programs using EDGECam (a Solid Edge Voyager program). The analysis department has linked its Ansys program for finite-element analysis to Solid Edge. Finally, the company uses a program created by the Abantail Company that translates specifications in commercial contracts for use in Solid Edge in such a way that it is possible to design parts automatically and to adjust them perfectly to customers’ demands. “Solid Edge has become the central axis of a network of programs, and it is the program that supports multiple departments,” says Olalde. “For production and the technical office, it was fundamental to be able to link Solid Edge to the company’s ERP application so that lists of components can be produced automatically. And the documentation department uses WebPublisher, another Siemens product, to collect our designs and to prepare manuals and documents for customers, branch offices, distributors, etc.” This last option supports the company’s ‘B2B’ program intended for suppliers because it allows them to obtain any diagram of part orders made by Ulma using a viewer. Also, they automatically receive diagrams of the latest versions whenever parts have changed. Future plans for Solid Edge Ulma Packaging is currently extending the use Solid Edge to improve returns from its business. One objective is to expand the capabilities of the automatic configurator developed by Abantail to reduce to the maximum extent possible the time needed for the design of standard machines, with complete automation of the process as the ultimate goal. This will permit the company to focus on the more complex designs that require customization. Moreover, the company intends to expand the use of Solid Edge to all the engineering work performed at different locations so that engineers can collaborate as a team and share information from any location. The Ulma Packaging Technological Center (UPTC), the company’s R+D+i center which also uses Solid Edge, will play a fundamental role in achieving these objectives. Ulma Packaging’s business growth and the expansion of the UPTC will entail an increase in the number of Solid Edge licenses, confirming its position as the strategic software in the organization. Siemens PLM Software Americas +1 314 264 8287 Europe +44 (0) 1276 413200 Asia-Pacific +852 2230 3308 © 2013 Siemens Product Lifecycle Management Software Inc. Siemens and the Siemens logo are registered trademarks of Siemens AG. D-Cubed, Femap, Geolus, GO PLM, I-deas, Insight, JT, NX, Parasolid, Solid Edge, 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. All other logos, trademarks, registered trademarks or service marks used herein are the property of their respective holders. Z3 10325 9/13 B