Streamlined design process accelerates product development
Since 2015, the Strategic Parts Management PARTsolutions has been the central tool in Wanzl product development for the access to 3D CAD engineering data from more than 700 manufacturer catalogs. Parts management enables design engineers to find the components they are searching for quickly and easily, to configure them with just a few clicks and then integrate directly into the SOLIDWORKS CAD system. "The wide variety of manufacturer catalogs in PARTsolutions convinced us. All major standard parts suppliers important for us are represented with their products, which we frequently use," says Dirk Webert, Head of Technology and Development at Wanzl. "The download of 3D engineering data in the form of clear 3D PDF data sheets from manufacturer catalogs also gives us high added value. The fact that the data sheet does not have to additionally be requested from the manufacturer saves a lot of time.
Avoiding the new creation of components & limiting diversity of parts
Although access to intelligent engineering data of various manufacturers is easy, it’s important not to create too many unnecessary or even duplicate components within the company, as this could bring about extensive costs over the entire life cycle. PARTsolutions makes a defined process for newly creating components possible for Wanzl, which have not yet been used in the company.
The various catalogs and components are shown with the help of a traffic light system. A sensible selection of available components are displayed in PARTsolutions for Wanzl’s engineers and designers, defined beforehand by Purchasing. So-called preferred parts, which are to be used by Product Development, are marked by a green bullet. Catalogs and components shown in red, on the other hand, are not to be used by Product Development. The marking is visible for all Wanzl sites with PARTsolutions working stations.
PARTsolutions is planned for further subsidiaries
In order to optimize product development worldwide, further Wanzl sites in Europe, USA and China are to have access to the CADENAS Strategic Parts Management in the near future. "As soon as new design engineers are hired by Wanzl, they will automatically receive access to PARTsolutions regardless of his location," according to Carsten Glogger and Ralf Müller, both CAD / PDM administrators at Wanzl. Furthermore, the company has the goal of extensively using the intelligent search methods of PARTsolutions, such as the Geometric Similarity Search GEOsearch, thus avoiding the creation of any more duplicates and further consolidating the diversity of parts.
The entire user report by Wanzl and CADENAS can be found at: www.cadenas.de/partsolutions/customers/success-stories
CADENAS ist ein führender Softwarehersteller in den Bereichen Strategisches Teilemanagement und Teilereduzierung (PARTsolutions) sowie Elektronische CAD Produktkataloge (eCATALOGsolutions). Das Unternehmen stellt mit seinen maßgeschneiderten Softwarelösungen ein Bindeglied zwischen den Komponentenherstellern und ihren Produkten sowie den Abnehmern dar.
Der Name CADENAS (span. Prozessketten) steht mit seinen 380 Mitarbeitern an 19 internationalen Standorten seit 1992 für Erfolg, Kreativität, Beratung und Prozessoptimierung.
Weitere Informationen finden Sie unter: www.cadenas.de
CADENAS is a leading software developer in the areas of Strategic Parts Management and parts reduction (PARTsolutions), as well as Electronic Product Catalogs (eCATALOGsolutions). With its customized software solutions, the company acts as a link between the component manufacturers with their products and the purchasers.
With its 380 employees at 19 international subsidiaries, the name CADENAS (Spanish: process chains) has been standing for success, creativity, support and process optimization since 1992.
More information can be found at: www.cadenas.de/en
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