Barry-Wehmiller International Resources (BWIR) provides design and manufacturing systems consulting services to some of the world’s top manufacturers, including Barry-Wehmiller Companies. In 1998, Barry-Wehmiller Companies began to challenge traditional 2D design methods and investigated available 3D design tools. Lost productivity resulting from file conversions, data compatibility issues, and errors in the design of parts within moving assemblies prompted Barry-Wehmiller Companies to engage BWIR to study standardizingon a 3D system, according to Senthil Kumar, BWIR director of engineering services.
“We evaluated the move to 3D for many reasons, the most critical being to save time and improve productivity,” Kumar explains. “We realized 3D design would be faster and enable our clients to fully visualize assemblies, some of which involve thousands of parts, before production. We believed moving to 3D would save time and reduce a significant portion of costs related to errors and rework.”
“Time-to-market has become increasingly important to our clients, and working in a 2D world simply cannot provide the speed demanded, especially in the design and manufacture of complex equipment,” adds James Webb, BWIR vice president of professional services. “We saw 3D as a way to increase productivity, bring costs down, and win business in highly competitive markets.” Following a preliminary evaluation of a full range of CAD systems, BWIR thoroughly evaluated three finalists. Barry-Wehmiller Companies standardized on SolidWorks® software because of its large-assembly functionality, ease of use, short learning curve, affordability, and communications capabilities. Barry-Wehmiller Companies has implemented over 400 seats of SolidWorks CAD software worldwide.
• Shortened design cycles by as much as 30 percent
• Reduced production time by as much as 25 percent
• Cut costs associated with ECOs and rework
• Improved collaboration/communication with customers
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