Weir Pumps claims it's going to cut design time in half by using CAD. The company is standardizing on SolidWorks, says Nick Muntz, engineering director. "It's helped us identify and rectify potential design problems before we get to the manufacturing stage," he says. The pumps are found worldwide in applications such as wastewater treatment plants, power plants, and on oil platforms. The software will help the teams collaborate.
Design collaboration now includes the entire value chain. From suppliers to customers, purchasing to outside experts, the collaborative design team includes internal and external groups. The design process now stretches across the globe in multiple software formats.
A new high-pressure injection-molding technology produces near-net shape parts with 2-inch-thick walls from high-performance materials like PEEK, PAI, and carbon-filled polymers. Parts show no voids, sinks, or porosity, have more consistent mechanical properties, and are stronger.
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