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.
Most of the new 3D printers and 3D printing technologies in this crop are breaking some boundaries, whether it's build volume-per-dollar ratios, multimaterials printing techniques, or new materials types.
Independent science safety company Underwriters Laboratories is providing new guidance for manufacturers about how to follow the latest IEC standards for implementing safety features in programmable logic controllers.
Automakers are adding greater digital capabilities to their design and engineering activities to promote collaboration among staff and suppliers, input consumer feedback, shorten product development cycles, and meet evolving end-use needs.
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