Initially, it is often hard for engineers to notice if a new file has been created unless everyone calls each other or continually sends out emails every time a new file is available. EPDM solves this issue by centralizing data management; hence, the interface will immediately notify engineers if a file has been created or updated. Additionally, for ease of usage and navigation, everyone can access a common view or interface.
The second problem engineers have is poor performance accessing files. This is usually dependent on the internet infrastructure of the area, for example Australia and Singapore. In EPDM, whenever files are created in one location like Singapore and another location in Australia, it has a function to quickly replicate the data files from Singapore to Australia. This means replication takes place at present or it can be defined by the company itself. Engineers can set EPDM to replicate files on a common time zone where there is minimum activity network. Once the data has been replicated in these locations, transfer speed is improved because data is now locally available to engineers.
Thirdly, EPDM makes it easier for engineers to solve the issue of finding a file from a location or server. Data management are done through Windows Explorer and data are accessed through singly entry points. Engineers no longer have to remember where the server is located. EPDM allows you to only remember the point folder your files and data are stored in.
When replicating or backing up files to other network folders, engineers end up having multiple copies of the exact file, which disorganizes data management and tracking which file is the latest version they should be working on. EPDM solves this fourth problem by automatically updating all files across all network folders. Every time a user checks in EPDM, the system tracks if there is a new version created and gives version history management. Users no longer have to worry whether they are working on an old or latest copy of the file.
The fifth most common problem engineers face when managing data and files are locating which standard library a file is located in. What EPDM does to solve this issue is to centralize common libraries. All of the data and files will automatically be replicated to other offices in other locations of the world. Having this feature eliminates multiple part numbers. Without this system, engineers will constantly rely on sending out emails or phone each other.
Lastly, security is always a worry for engineers. If engineers start working with other machines and want to transfer files, they are not always assured security. In many instances, files are basically exposed to the outside world when transferring them. EPDM has security and access rights to anyone accessing the files. This feature provides accounts to every user; records the exact time and date that the user modified the file; and lastly restricts certain users to view specific libraries, folders, and file locations. For example, if a file is still in the design stage, and engineers want to limit the prototype to key people, it can be restricted, and once the prototyping stage is over, the restriction can be removed and the file can be made available to users who need to view the file.
All these features are designed to help engineers be more time efficient and organized with data management. Manually changing and organizing files sometimes involve potential human errors if not communicated properly. With EPDM, these potential errors are finally avoided. To know more about EPDM or get your own copy of EPDM, click here: http://youtu.be/PbTuLXBdMw8 ]]>
Read below some of these features and shortcuts, including how to properly use them to increase productivity.
Shortcut 1: Views
Let’s assume we’ve drawn a box like the one in the screenshot below, and you want to select a view, just right click in your design space and move the mouse slightly and you’ll find a selection wheel where you can select the view you prefer, this can be very useful as an alternative to going to the view menu and selecting the view you want.
Shortcut 2: Tool Bar
Let’s assume we’ve drawn a box like the one in the screenshot below, and we want to get to the tool bar, just unselect everything and in the design space press (s) you’ll find that a short cut has appeared where you can do many operations (e.g. extrude, sweep, extrude cut, revolve, loft, boundary boss, revolve cut, sweep cut, lofted cut, boundary cut, fillet, hole wizard and many more), this shortcut is very handy and useful as it saves you the time to go to the command manager at the top of the SolidWorks window and selecting the command you want from it.
Feature 1: Hole Wizard The Hole Wizard feature is a real time saver; it won’t only save you time but a lot of inconvenience. When using the Hole Wizard feature you can choose one of the many preconfigured hole designs that are available in SolidWorks, to use the hole wizard; let’s assume we’ve the same box drawing and we want to create a hole in just select the face you want and press (s, shortcut 2) and select the hole wizard from the tool, the wizard would appear on the left hand side as seen below in the screenshot, you configure the wizard and the hole would be created automatically.
The Secret to Growing Your Business With SolidWorks
These tips can help an individual be better work more efficiently, but as an organization, how do you take advantage of the many features of SolidWorks? How can you make best use of all these available SolidWorks resources and solutions so your business can grow further? Growing your business requires the right plan, the right people, and the right tools. Click the image below to watch a video for an overview of the different ways SolidWorks solutions can empower the growth of your business. http://bit.ly/1q3ffEx
Feature 2: Design Library
One of the most time saving features in SolidWorks is the design library, let’s assume that you have a component that you continuously use in the majority of your designs, SolidWorks allow you to save that component in the design library to reuse it in any of your designs in a fast and convenient way.
Let’s assume that we’ve the motor seen below in the screenshot and we use it in many of our designs, just go to the design library at the right hand side of the SolidWorks screen and create a new folder and give it a name (e.g. motor) then click on the add to library icon, a new window menu will appear at the left hand side just select the motor and then finish the process by pressing the green tick.
These were some of the handy features and shortcuts in SolidWorks that would increase the design automation process. ]]>
First Tip: How are you going to use your CAD software?
Nowadays there’s nearly a specific CAD software for every application; but overall they can be classified into two major categories 2D and 3D CAD.
2D CAD software is suitable for drafting layouts for civil, architecture and MEP applications. The majority of these packages are easy to implement, don’t have a steep learning curve and finally don’t require specific hardware.
3D CAD on the other hand is suitable for 3D modeling; they’re used in a wide variety of applications like games characters modeling, 3D architectural modeling, furniture design, 3D design and modeling of mechanical parts, and 3D design and modeling of electrical components.
Second Tip: Learning Curve
The learning curve for the software package is one of the most important factors that should be considered when selecting a CAD software. A steep learning curve means slower implementation and adoption by the CAD users at the organization which will lead to increasing the downtime and a decrease in productivity. A CAD software with a steep learning curve also means investing heavily in training, which might affect the budget of the organization.
On the other hand a CAD software with a fairly steady learning curve means faster implementation and adoption, less downtime and higher productivity. It’ll also decrease the investment allocated to training.
Third Tip: Budget
The final and most important tip is the budget allocated to the CAD software implementation. The licensing fees aren’t the only factor that should be considered when calculating the budget but also the hardware requirements and the training budget. Some CAD packages have fairly low licensing fees but a steep learning curve and specific hardware requirements, which means more investment in the hardware and training. So, all of these factors should be considered when calculating the budget.
The Secret to Growing Your Business With SolidWorks
With these tips in mind, how can you be sure that SolidWorks is the right 3D CAD software for you?
Ultimately, it’s best to discover firsthand what SolidWorks can do to improve your design, engineering, and manufacturing processes. Simply click the link below and register with your details to sign-up for a free SolidWorks Trial.]]>
Robert Bosch LLC is the largest and most reputable automotive components producer in the world– nearly every vehicle on the road today has Bosch parts. From a car’s fuel system to power train and chassis controls, literally Bosch components drive the global automotive industry. The company also provides solutions and technologies for their consumers in a wide variety of applications: from production, security solutions and packaging, power tools, home appliances, healthcare products, thermo-technology, solar energy, and turbine systems. With over 300,000 employees distributed worldwide, Bosch began a series of Transition manufacturing and machine design from 2D methods to 3D while supporting a variety of diverse CAD systems all over Bosch.
Bosch launched a test program to assess the SolidWorks 3D design system with 11 users at the company’s manufacturing facility in Charleston, South Carolina. Bosch selected SolidWorks software for its Manufacturing and Engineering Support pilot because its features helped in facilitating the transition from the 2D CAD system to the new 3D CAD System. It is easy to use with a steady learning curve, and many of the other CAD data could be easily imported and used in this new 3D CAD solution environment so no re-word is required.
By 2004, there were 300 SolidWorks users at Bosch. Eight years later, there are more than 3,000 across the company, and Bosch has added all SolidWorks design, simulation, and product data management applications to its solution set. The SolidWorks pilot was so successful that Bosch decided to use SolidWorks as a standard for manufacturing, making it available to all CAD users, and supporting it across the entire company.
Since the standardization on SolidWorks software for manufacturing and machine design, Bosch has recognized substantial productivity progresses. For example, the company has found the time it takes to modify out fixtures on its manufacturing lines reduced by at least 20 percent.
Utilizing the SolidWorks Application Programming Interface (API), Bosch was able to enhance the CircuitWork tool to accept configuration data output by the Zuken ECAD application to automate the formation of mechanical models with multiple configurations directly from the electronic design data, which resulted in a 500 percent savings in time leading further to a significant jump in the user base. Once Bosch started working with SolidWorks and discovered the available tools and how easy it is to use them, their number of users just continued to grow.
How Can SolidWorks Do This For Your Company?
Experience for yourself the difference of using SolidWorks in improving your design and manufacturing processes. Simply click the link below and register with your details to sign-up for a free SolidWorks Trial.
That usually happens when you start out with SolidWorks without a proper checklist of things you should have or do. Now, we could not blame you. That checklist isn’t in the manual, we admit. Yeah, we provide the software and the training materials you need, but there are a whole lot of things besides that affect your productivity using SolidWorks.
We will attempt to list some of the key aspects here. But before that, please remember that each company is different in terms of industry, company size, expertise, etc. You’d have to decide for yourself how much each of these affect your operations.
1. What is the extent of your integration with other units of the company and/or with your client?
Review the 3D CAD work flow in your company operations. Identify clearly what information and resources you need and what outcomes are expected from you. Then identify clearly the process in between, including the decision points.
With that work flow at hand, mark clearly where SolidWorks would be needed and by whom, which brings us to the next item in our list.
2. Who will be empowered?
List down the names and positions of people who will get involved in the 3D CAD process – from the draftsman, to the engineer all the way to the management. Then make sure each one has direct access to the following:
- Tutorials and Knowledge Base
- User Support
- Discussion Forums for SolidWorks users and administrators
- Local user groups
- Books, Magazines and Newsletters
Most importantly, do not forget to empower your administrator. He or she will be besieged with questions by all the users in the team, particularly in the beginning. Make sure he or she is up to it.
3. Who will be responsible for specific segments of the work flow?
This is where you need to decide the starting point of your process. Would the initial design come from the management? or should it come from the engineers? How does the design flow either way and who’s responsible for each step in the work flow? Will there be templates to be used?
As you see, while SolidWorks is a great product, it works best under a well-designed project management software that guides the actions of everyone. Make sure you factor in learning curves of people in the beginning to manage expectations well.
4. Who will be made accountable for the quality implementation of each segment?
This is where the rubber hits the road. Being responsible is one thing. Being accountable is another. The person who is accountable is expected to make sure things happen as scheduled and in the desired quality. Most likely, this task would fall on the project manager.
The Project Manager must brief each person in the team about the expectations due him or her, the tools he/she needs to use as well as access to the support sites or materials.
The list above is by no means exhaustive. But they can certainly help you manage results and expectations from your team well. After all, the points above require their participation and sense of ownership.]]>