Up until 2007, the Ikeda Business Group in Brazil was using a 2D graphics design software to create their mobile equipment, and agricultural and leisure product. Then Helcio Mariano Pinto was hired for coordinating the product design and development for all Ikeda divisions. He was familiar with Solid Edge software and its advanced 3D capabilities. The product was selected for use by all Ikeda employees in part because of its ease of use and processing speed.
“We quickly rolled out the software across the business units,” says Pinto. “With one or two mouse clicks, you can perform simple functions and solve a number of problems.” He said the main goal was to find software with maximum command simplicity. Information quality, project security, design reliability, and project documentation are some of the areas where the company has made gains due to the use of Solid Edge.
In 2010, Ikeda Group migrated to Solid Edge with synchronous technology. Pinto said, “The advantage of synchronous technology is the ability to work with various versions of projects quickly and simultaneously. In addition, users do not have to choose between constraint-driven or history-free modeling. They can re-use a model without programming knowledge, and data from multiple CAD systems can be leveraged immediately. We now work on three or four projects at a time. This affords greater flexibility in pursuing new projects involving agricultural implements, mobile devices, or leisure products. Depending on the complexity of a project, sometimes drafts are reay in one day rather than two weeks.”
Today, the company has six licenses of Solid Edge with synchronous technology and five licenses of Teamcenter Express, which are used for project data management and product lifecycles.
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