In the Autumn of 2018, Bridgewood UK revealed that we had invested in the Tebis V4 Software suite to streamline our manufacturing process of high quality plastic parts.
We identified the software as key to improving our new product development process, and after 18 months of use, we are delighted with the benefits this new technology has delivered in reduced production times and higher quality parts.
However, time consuming manual input, and therefore opportunity for human error, remained during the final stages of documenting and reporting tolerances against the physical components compared to the original CAD drawings.
Software of the future
In our continuous push for improvements, Bridgewood are excited to announce that through our latest investment in Solidworks Inspection Software, we will soon have the ability to improve this specific activity and make the entire process seamless.
Solidworks Inspection will enable us to automate this stage of the manufacturing process. The software has already proven itself to be both intuitive and easy to use, with the potential for measured inspection values to be added manually or automatically, which allows reduced time to market while making sure product quality remains at the fore.
Exploring the key features
This is far from the only benefit to our customers. Solidworks Inspection Software also has the ability to receive engineering drawings using optical character recognition, as opposed to the traditional PDF or TIFF formats. As a result, inspection documents can be created regardless of which CAD system they were created by and out-put data in a much more user-friendly format.
Furthermore, Solidworks Inspection has the capability to create inspection reports in just a fraction of the time we would normally expect, again, helping to drastically reduce the time to market and also the amount of associated paperwork
Training & roll-out
Bridgewood has already started training key members of staff on how to use the Solidworks Software, with a view to have the system being fully up and running towards the end of end of 2018.
Investment in Solidworks Model-Based Definition (MBD) Software
Along with the purchase of Solidworks Inspection Bridgewood also purchased Solidworks Model-Based Definition (MBD).
Exploring the key features
Solidworks Model-Based Definition (MBD) lets you define and organize 3D dimensions, tolerances, notes, Bills of Material (BOMs), and other annotations in a 3D environment which can then be published for manufacturing to a 3D PDF. This can be used on single Parts or Complex Assembly Specifications, Request for Quote (RFQ), and Incoming Inspection Reports.
Solidworks Model-Based Definition will enable us to improve the communication documentation that is used in the production environment. This will ensure that employees understand the specifications of the part that they are manufacturing in a clear electronic document. The document can be modified to include multiple views and the ability to investigate the 3D model themselves in the manufacturing environment.
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Find out how we can make your plastic products more cost effective, durable and attractive – call us on 01482 646464.