Industrial machines and heavy equipment are more complex than ever. In an increasingly competitive market, industrial machinery and heavy equipment companies must ensure innovation and manage complexity. To be successful, heavy equipment and industrial machine companies now rely on powerful software solutions to deliver high-quality products to consumers.
Increased customisation and sophisticated software controls challenge today’s industrial machinery and heavy equipment industry to deliver machine systems in scope, on time and within budget. Software and automated product systems are becoming more complex, requiring integration with IoT sensors and increased emphasis on software and system validation. These requirements challenge engineering operations to control of mechanical, electrical and software versions to support customers and benefit from design reuse.
Designers in the industrial machinery and heavy equipment industry are constantly faced with challenges and require innovative solutions that expand part conceptualisation beyond conventional 3D approaches. Couple design challenges with time to market and compressed margins, and it becomes essential to improve efficiency and validate virtually before manufacturing.
From agriculture to construction, mining and material handling, the heavy equipment industry is undergoing a shift in sophistication. This includes enhanced integration with the manufacturing operating environment.
Changing design requirements, from more powerful powertrains to complex load cases and operating conditions, challenge single-discipline simulation and analysis tools. Software-driven product features, functions and operating systems are becoming more complex, requiring integration with IoT sensors and increased emphasis on software validation and revision management. The integration extends to the manufacturing floor and supply chain, driving the need for increased, closed-loop quality with a focus on operating costs and waste reduction.
Manufacturing activities within the industrial machinery and heavy equipment industry boasts some of the most complex bills of material (BOM) in manufacturing. With this in mind, it is essential that all stakeholders and those involved in the manufacturing process have the most up-to-date data to mitigate the risk of mistakes. With collaborative manufacturing, engineers, line workers and managers on the shop floor are key parts of the PLM process. Capabilities from process simulation are easily visualised in work instruction, leading to rapid adoption of new manufacturing methods. Workers can access all data relevant to their activities and provide feedback in context of the design and manufacturability of the product.
The removal of humidity is a key stage in the production of foods such as breakfast cereals and savoury snacks. Without an effective drying process, there would be no satisfying crunch. Following the delivery of a particularly large order that indicated the potential for future international growth, Planet Dryers decided to review its overall design process. As a result, the company established an in-house design team and began to assess the engineering design software on the market.
AESSEAL is one of the world’s leading specialists in the design and manufacture of mechanical seals and support systems. AESSEAL promise to customers is simple, they aim to give such exceptional service that they need never seek another source of supply.
JCB had traditionally relied on sourcing engines through third party suppliers but made the decision to develop its own engines to further increase customer satisfaction.
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