Thursday, 15 February 2018

How Engineering Product Data Management plays vital role in Sheet Metal Industry ?

Anything that you design, develop, manufacture and make profit out of it.

Files related to product design, development, manufacturing and process info.

  • Organizing the product & process info.
  • Conquering the key challenges faced related to design data management area.
  • Taking the process towards the destination with the flow.

Key challenges faced by the sheet metal industry related to engineering data management
  1. Security of intellectual property.
  2. Data leakage, deletion, modified.
  3. Data Duplication.
  4. Track & Locating legacy design data.
  5. Version management.
  6. Redundancy due to old revision in the shop floor.
  7. Errors,time consumption,chaos due to manual Engineering Change Management.
  8. Tons of drawing hard copies, ledgers, files, documentation requires space and individual to maintain it.
  9. Pending of design approvals due to absence of authority.
  10. Open access of design info to all stakeholders.
  11. Control access of info sharing with internal & external stakeholders, suppliers, customers.
  12. Robust to locate & track the info globally.
  13. Searching a solution to build collaborate & concurrent working environment.
  14. Impossible to revise MBOM (Manufacturing Bill of Material) from EBOM (Engineering Bill of Material) as BOM modification happens frequently at this stage before send it to the purchase department.
Engineering Product Data Management | Key Challenges in Sheet Metal Industry
SOLIDWORKS Product Data Management

Vault (Centralized repository) protects the intellectual property (Design data & info).
  • Most of the cases, their own machine acts as the server. Even in any exceptional case their server will be placed within their own location. So, there is no possibility of data leakage.
  • Every individual needs authorization to access their info (Prevents data modification and deletion).
  • Powerful search & reuse tool helps to track & locate the legacy design data with ease.
  • Capture & Records all the design changes made from designers and make him aware of design changes made.
  • Release only updated drawings to the shop floor (Rework is eliminated utterly).
  • Avoids error due to manual process, automation of (ECR, ECN, ECO) process.
  • Electronic info transfer (Utterly paperless), E-documents, E-files saves space, manhandling to maintain and to move it.
  • Possible to approve and provide comments to the drawings with the electronic gadgets through E-drawing application. (As, it streamline the approval process).
  • Controlled access provided to different person based upon their departments, roles & responsibility (Individual can able to access the info within their boundary).
  • Possible to connect with suppliers, vendors, customers and restrict the info.
  • Track & Locate the design info globally.
  • Share,collaborate the design info and work concurrently from any part of the globe.
  • Edit, compare, add EBOM & MBOM.

  • Optimize design cycle & throughput time.
  • Reduces non-value added activities and the cost involved in it.
  • Makes the product reaches the market faster (5x).
  • Ease of use, as it is integrated with windows explorer interface.
  • Simple installation.
  • Implementation can be done within a month of time.
  • Increases product & process quality.
  • Possibility to integrate customized module based on client request through API.



Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Data Handling & Product Communication in Automotive Sectors!

                    Data – a key element in every Organisation. Handling data is the sole responsibility of Personnel / Management to ensure Proper Data flow inside an organisation. When it comes to an organisation involved in automotive product design and manufacture, it's quite complicated to manage Product Development data under one roof. Communicating this available information is much more tricky and challenging.

 The solutions to rectify these complications are pretty expensive and time consuming to sort out the challenges faced by the automotive firms.

Challenges faced in Automotive Industry:

A) Difficulty in managing product related data & Files (Parts, Assemblies, Drawings, Standards, Reference Documents and Catalogs) across the Design & Development process
B) Unable to track Legacy data & Existing Designs for new Automotive Concept
C) Managing revisions& Versions in existing Projects is complicated
E) Data Segregation and accessibility between Departments
F) Visualising the Exploded View of the Automotive and Understanding the Mechanisms
G) Difficulties in delivering the right assembly Instructions to assembly line
H) Communicating the right information to the service engineers & Creating Service Manuals


A)   With SOLIDWORKS Product Data Management (PDM) you can create and maintain your design data under control with the functionalities of finding files, Duplicate files (twin files), Duplicate (same file name but different geometry)

 B)   PDM helps you to repurposing existing design data (to eliminate recreating designs) with the high functionalities and features of advanced searching, Integrated file preview, File structure copy and rename

C)   Manage design revisions more effectively to track design revisions and maintain a complete revision history to avoid the errors of manual approaches

D)   Organizations with multiple locations either domestically or internationally can collaborate and work with Centralized storage with automated vault, Automatic notifications, Automated neutral file creation, Web connection to access from anywhere at any time with a browser and an internet connection.

E)  Secure and protect access to sensitive or proprietary product information with the Secure Data Access (read-only, read-write, change authorizations, release approvals), Centralized storage with automated vault replication.

F)  Now with SOLIDWORKS COMPOSER, Animate and visualize to explore about your Product in Exploded Views and also mechanisms.

G)   Demonstrate clearly and present your product or process using 2D and 3D graphical content

H)  Illustrate and transfer a high quality images and even interactive servicing information to prepare Technical documents like manuals and catalogue.
  •            Powerful Integration of SOLIDWORKS and Windows
  •          Find and re-use Design Data
  •          Secured access within the organization
  •          Automated approval process & Work Flow
  •          Reduce documentation costs by at 25 %
  •          Add life to documentation with interactive 3D animations

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Best in Class Manufacturing Solution for Sheet Metal Fabrication Industry

                  We have been working with many Sheet Metal Fabricators for how quickly and cost-effectively they can create sheet metal part designs and get the exact blank development for fabrication of the components. 
And also how to directly get the machine inputs from the CAD model using SOLIDWORKS 3D Software

Challenges faced by Sheet Metal Fabrication Industry : 

•     Manufacturing errors during Sheet Metal process like bending, punching, forming.
      File conversion like DXF /DWG for cutting and bending operation of Sheet Metal components using CNC, Laser cutting machines.
      Requires entire cut list for the different multibody sheet metals for fabrication.
     Estimation of accurate blank development for manufacturing is tedious.
     Due to lack of design communication lot of rework and scrap occurs.
     Want to make blank development for forming tool. 

SOLIDWORKS Solutions Proposed : 

        Generate a number of bends including loft bends, sketched bends and more.
        Sheet Metal cultist provides the exact sizing like Length, Width, Thickness, Area etc for different multibody Sheet Metal components .
        Take control of bend allowances/bend reductions by using bend tables.
        Advanced Sheet Metal tool helps to find out exact Sheet Metal Blank area with bend compensation using Flatten tool.
        Directly convert it to DXF/DWG for the Sheet Metal CNC machining operation.
        Scraps can be reduced or avoid by getting exact development length . 


 •       Inbuilt forming tools are available in the Library and the blank development can be taken for it.

•        Sheet Metal Costing tool helps to calculate the Material & Manufacturing cost Upfront in Design Stage.


       Reduce development cycle time
       Increase product innovation
      Improved quality and minimized design errors
      One stop solution for changing needs
      Enhanced design communications with existing & prospective customers
       Shortened time required to make design changes by 90 percent.

SOLIDWORKS Customer Testimonial: 

“ What SOLIDWORKS solutions have allowed us to do is increase the speed of development and design more complex solutions. That has enabled us to significantly grow our business. We value the SolidWorks platform because it gives us a real competitive advantage.” 

Mr. Chris Weiss - Vice President of Engineering 

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