In 2018 our engineering department switched from a 2 dimensional to a 3 dimensional design software. This switch has improved our cost savings, as well as decreased overall design time of the projects at hand. This allows our engineers to create specs that are easily understood and blueprints for our technicians to follow while assembling equipment.
Senior Designer, James Betza, has been working with the software for 13 years and has firsthand experience of the benefits of 3 dimensional design. On a recent project involving guarding and the movement of a parallel arm system, he found an interference that was able to be resolved prior to the install.
Spotting this problem ahead of time saved cost on rework and improved how similar designs will be looked at in the future. It is much easier to locate and find solutions for interferences, show movement of dynamic assemblies, and also add finite detail that couldn’t be shown in regular 2 dimensional software. Interferences such as that one may only take an hour to fix in the model but could have taken hours or even days in the field. Parts would have to be scrapped and new parts made to fit the space available, but instead, a quick revision of the model and drawings showed our team the freshly implemented change that is needed.
With isometric views and the ability to cut sections, it is now easier to visualize hard to reach spaces within the design. Seeing these pinch points and clearance issues is also imperative in the safety of our installation crew.
Our employee-owners take pride in our commitment to meeting customers’ needs which include operational requirements and space constraints. With this interactive software, the final design shows movement of doors, sprockets, shafts and cylinders allowing our technicians to feel confident the furnace system is engineered to properly meet the customer’s needs.
With our in-house operations, this software helps our sales support team by auto-populating values on the bill of materials based directly from the 3 dimensional model. Therefore, the document will not have any errors in the total quantity of each part/assembly and it drastically reduces the occurrences of spelling errors which can lead to confusion or miscommunication between our sales support team, the salesmen, the field crew and the client. Thankfully, this software keeps everyone on the same page and allows for a sense of consistency between all parties involved in the project.
This 3 dimensional design software truly sets Onex apart from competitors because it gives us the ability to demonstrate to our customers a true view of their products specs, appearance, and functionality. Textures can even be displayed to represent the different materials that could be used in a project such as brick, steel plate and refractory.