There are lots of companies out there than need to make customizations to their products for every customer or every job. This can consume a ton of design time, but there are many products that simply cannot be sold without designing to the customer’s specifications.
This is a story about one of those companies and how they were able to design faster using EDA’s Edge Design Configurator for Solid Edge:
Based in Statesville, NC, JMS Southeast manufactures standard and customized temperature sensors as well as temperature accessories, using Solid Edge as their 3D modeling platform. JMS has many clients that demand specific customizations to their products. To expedite this process, JMS spent considerable time building sophisticated 3D models, as well as an Excel design spreadsheet to calculate the effect of various configurations and selected options. They were ready to take the next step: automating their models and integrating the two software programs into one powerful design system.
Through their Solid Edge reseller, JMS found EDA and set up a meeting to discuss their company’s automation goals. We were able to quickly assess their Solid Edge models and their MS-Excel spreadsheets and develop a plan to tie the two software programs together using EDA’s Edge Design Configurator (Excel-based configurator for Solid Edge).
The Edge Design Configurator is integrated with the company’s Excel installation and neatly ties into the design spreadsheets that were already developed by JMS. By using a special menu command, users of the configurator software can quickly generate the custom 3D models they configured with Excel. No Solid Edge experience is required to run the program and to generate the 3D parts and assemblies. Instead, all configuration changes are made in Excel and the models are driven by the spreadsheet. Finished parts, assemblies, and drawings are placed by the program in a user-selected directory. In the future, JMS is looking forward to implementing more of their extensive product lines using EDA’s Edge Design Configurator.
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For more info on how the Edge Design Configurator works, check out our step-by-step configurator implementation slideshow: