Published On: August 2nd, 2023 ¦ Categories: TOP Industry Solutions, News, TOP Digitalization ¦ 5.3 min read ¦ Views: 2485 ¦

Optimal Innovation with a Configurator for Maximum Time Savings

From the design phase, to documentation and coordination, to ordering – the item Engineeringtool optimizes the entire process chain.

CAD programs are often a bit unwieldy for standard tasks relating to constructions made from aluminum profiles, for example in factory equipment engineering or to create base frames. What’s more, they also lack the specialist knowledge of a supplier when it comes to aluminum fasteners and accessories. The item Engineeringtool, on the other hand, is something we have developed ourselves and into which we have poured our decades of experience. It stands out for its intuitive user navigation and rules-based 3D design. Automatic links and filters ensure that design and engineering tasks can be completed much faster than in a CAD system. Users can draw on the MB Building Kit System and Lean Production Building Kit System, not to mention components from the item Work Bench System, and can simply use drag and drop to place the products they want in a 3D view, where they can put their design together. Solid panel elements are now also available, making it possible to design applications such as material-optimized benches, workshop trolleys and machine cabins in the tool. The free design software for aluminum profiles can be used directly in your browser without needing any additional software or installation.

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Explore the potential with the item Engineeringtool, whether beginning a project with a preconfigured solution or starting from scratch.

Focusing solely on time savings and user-friendliness

All the functions of the item Engineeringtool have been designed to make life easier for users. This begins with the product catalog, which uses numerous filters to ensure the appropriate product can be found for any planned application. Thanks to the calculation tools, users can rule out the danger of making the project too big or too small. In the case of aluminum profiles, for example, these filters and tools come into play for aspects such as contours, groove shape, groove type, product line, design, length and profile deflection or buckling. As a result, users don’t need to know the specific aluminum profile that will be used in the design from the outset. The item Engineeringtool uses the information provided to determine which profile meets the requirements. Using aluminum profiles to create the actual design in the software is also straightforward – simply drag the product you want from the catalogue and drop it on the 3D work area.

Any errors in the design are flagged up immediately with visual cues. A warning indicates the problem, and the item Engineeringtool also helps correct the mistake. The “Properties” window makes it possible to configure products in just a few clicks and use parameters to define their properties. For example, you can change profile length using a slider or by entering the length manually. Ultimately, standard tasks can be completed as much as 94% faster in the item Engineeringtool than using a CAD system.

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Intelligent functions of the design software for aluminum profiles

Fasteners offer a perfect example of the extent to which the design software for aluminum profiles reduces the complexity involved. All that is required is to drag a standard Fastener onto a Line 5 profile, for example. The software recognizes the profile and automatically selects the Line 5 Standard-Fastening Set, including all the associated thread-tapping work and connection processing. However, there is an even easier way. You can use the “Preferred fastener” window to choose between Automatic-Fastening, Standard-Fastening and Universal-Fastening Sets. If you have made a selection here, the design software automatically connects the aluminum profiles together once they are placed on the work area.

Caps are also selected automatically. Once users have selected the Cap in the product catalog and dragged it to the end of a profile, the design software adds the suitable Caps by itself. The same applies when it comes to adding floor elements such as Swivel Castors. Screws and other fastening materials do not have to be defined separately, as the online tool automatically adds small parts. Time-saving functions such as these mean nothing distracts users from the task at hand. It’s easy to duplicate recurring design steps, too – a double click selects and copies the components, so basic frames are created in next to no time. You can use your keyboard to enter lengths for each component to ensure they all connect precisely. The lock function then ensures these cannot be changed.

Benefits in the documentation, coordination, and ordering stages

The item Engineeringtool also offers the potential to save time with the documentation, too. On average, this can take up to two hours. Since the software for designing constructions made of aluminum profiles automatically generates the documentation in a very short time, users have more time for tasks that actually add value. The documentation is available in compact, detailed and complete versions. Among other things, it includes a parts list, a detailed machining plan, a multiview projection, an isometric drawing showing all dimensions, an exploded view and an assembly guide. What’s more, every design that is placed in the shopping cart is automatically assigned a globally unique project number.

This Cx article number is all that is required to order the design or to view it in the Projectviewer. Everyone involved in the project can therefore use this number to access the design and all the additional information, making coordination much easier. The result is a process chain that is digital from end to end – from the design phase and compiling the data to transferring the data into the documentation and placing the design in the shopping cart. This helps eliminate transfer errors and misunderstandings. Above all, though, it significantly reduces the throughput times for design projects. The straightforward ordering process and rapid availability of item components ensure the machined profiles and associated small parts can be shipped within a very short time. As a result, customers can get the construction into service very quickly.

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