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Calder

Pump package manufacturer Calder uses Solid Edge to meet industry standards and save both time and money

Precision at an early stage

One of the key conditions for Calder is to design for ease of manufacture, assembly and maintenance yet, sometimes, the design team only has a week in which to produce an initial design concept. “What I like most about Solid Edge is that I can quickly make several models with all the major parts and compare the best options for process flow, ease of access for maintenance, footprint and cost,” says Ben Monkton, lead mechanical engineer at Calder.

Synchronous technology supports speedy geometry changes

Calder buys specialist components such as diesel engines, motors and high-pressure pumps and these are often supplied with a full 3D model of the whole assembly. Use of Solid Edge enables designers to incorporate such models quickly and easily into the overall package. If any amendments are required, they can easily be done using synchronous technology, which does not require access to design history.

 

“Synchronous technology is very good for altering geometry, for example deleting a part, removing a hole or changing the length of a shaft,” says Morgan. “If, for example, I get to the end of a design for a tank, I can use synchronous technology to make very specific changes without affecting related items such as fillets. What works well is the ability to move between synchronous technology and ordered capabilities, using them both. I would, for example, always design fixed items such as hole patterns within the ordered environment.”

Customer service and cost-effectiveness

“Our use of Solid Edge saves a huge amount of time in the workshop,” says Elliott-Moore. “Thorough detailing may add hours in the early stages but the end result is a more complete design because we are addressing potential problems before they arise. If we put two extra hours of design time at the front end of the process and prevent a problem at the assembly stage, then we not only have a better product, we typically save 20 hours of shop floor time.”

 

Because everything is generated using Solid Edge, it is easier for Calder to prepare bills of materials (BOMs). “We know quantities and costs before we order and can avoid waste,” says Elliott-Moore. “In addition, we can give customers accurate lead times.”

 

Calder has a turnover of £25m, 75 employees and a state-of-the-art test facility. Sales recently rose by 260 percent over a five year period and according to Ian Calder-Potts, chairman and founder of Calder, the use of Solid Edge certainly contributes to business success:

 

“I can sit with a customer, use Surface Pro as my tablet to share a 3D model and show that we fully understand the customer’s needs and the specific application,” he says. “Our customers are looking for more than a safe and reliable pump; they demand engineering competence and Solid Edge enables us to demonstrate our capability.”

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