ClampOn decided to switch to SOLIDWORKS-solutions in cooperation with PLM Group, and run a major update on their database. Models from AutoCad and Inventor were remodeled in SOLIDWORKS and stored in SOLIDWORKS PDM, while the existing SOLIDWORKS-files could easily be imported to the PDM-solution.
«I have experience in using different CAD programs and I find SOLIDWORKS very intuitive», Vidar explains. «It’s very easy to learn the basics, and it’s very advanced if you want to go deeper into the different aspects of SOLIDWORKS. It’s fast and lets me focus on the job instead of spending time on figuring out how to do something.»
Benefits in all departments
“The big learning from the process of moving to SOLIDWORKS and PDM has been to see all the capacity we gain by using good systems and working by good routines”, Vidar says, and adds: “and SOLIDWORKS PDM really helped us with that.”
It’s not only Vidar and the engineering department who have benefitted from their new solution; this has proven to be a timesaver for other departments as well. Their logistics department can for example easily pick a file from SOLIDWORKS, add data, and release it for use in their ERP-system.
“We also have this magic button”, Vidar explains proudly;” when we finalize a new product, we can easily export the product data to the ERP-system with connected drawings and all information needed by our sub suppliers and production department.”
ClampOn also uses SOLIDWORKS Composer for a lot of the illustrations used in their technical product documentation, for example installation manuals and instrument datasheets. Project Engineer Robert Harrison explains: “When models are updated and this needs to be reflected in user documentation, we know this can be done with a few clicks. This way we are certain that user manuals are always up to date and have the latest information available. “
The user documentation was previously written after the development process was complete, but with the help of SOLIDWORKS Composer and PDM, ClampOn can now begin working on the user documentation at a much earlier stage in the process. “This means that we can produce user documentation in parallel with the development process rather than waiting for it to be finalized”, Robert says and adds:” Which means that we can have material ready much quicker, and get it out to the customer much quicker.”
In order to connect SOLIDWORKS to their ERP-system, ClampOn worked closely with PLM Groups Professional Services. This is an important process were both parties need to understand each other perfectly to get a good understanding of how the PDM-system could be configured to fit their specific needs.
“After a few weeks of testing and fixings minor errors it worked well from day 1” Vidar says, “We felt very confident and safe choosing PLM Group for this task. Now we feel confident in our solution and can easily scale up to meet future challenges.”