Industrial Food Processing
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Industrial Food Processing

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Speed up food processing equipment design with Solid Edge

Solid Edge software enables manufacturers to streamline the design of new equipment to reduce delivery time and increase profit margins.

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Accelerate the food processing equipment design process

Industrial food processing equipment (IFPE) manufacturers face many challenges in supplying high-quality machinery that meets their customers’ requirements while winning new business and maintaining profitability. Some of these challenges include:

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  • Presenting compelling proposals to customers that communicate the unique benefits of your equipment designs
  • Designing and manufacturing equipment that meets all relevant industry standards, and documenting your compliance with these standards
  • Meeting your customers’ demands for equipment that delivers lower labor costs, a better work environment and improved operator safety
  • Reducing the operating costs of your equipment, including energy consumption
  • Designing equipment for easy cleaning, maintenance and high reliability
  • Providing excellent installation and ongoing support services

IFPE manufacturers are often small- and medium-sized organizations that do not have the amount of information technology resources that larger enterprises can apply to implementing and maintaining high-end software solutions. They need professional computer-aided design (CAD) and productivity solutions that are easy to implement and maintain, as well as affordable.


Affordable, professional productivity solutions

Solid Edge provides solutions for industrial food processing equipment design, validation and manufacturing that help you meet these challenges. Solid Edge can help your company flourish in the demanding IFPE business environment with:

Digitalize engineering processes. Digitalize your entire product development process and transform your business. Streamline engineering processes with 3D digital models. Add intelligence to 3D models throughout the product development lifecycle.

Improve productivity with next-generation design. Make digital representations of existing designs with reverse engineering. Use assembly modeling to manage large assemblies, up to 100,000 parts. Optimize products with generative design.

Speed mechanical design with 3D CAD. Use a history-free approach to 3D CAD with synchronous technology. Design complex parts and assemblies quickly and flexibly. Work directly with design geometry and make changes instantly.

Visualize design intent. Create photorealistic images and animations of proposed products with 3D rendering. Communicate the value of new products to potential customers. Validate design in real-world settings using augmented reality.

Integrate electromechanical design efforts. Create fully functional and manufacturable designs using industry-proven wiring and harness design capabilities. Enable seamless ECAD-MCAD collaboration for electrical and mechanical engineers.

Prepare design for 3D printing. Create products using the latest additive manufacturing and 3D printing techniques, with support for an end-to-end workflow.

Effortlessly create sheet metal models. Create 3D sheet metal models from 2D sketches. Use unique functions, such as enhanced lofted flanges and bend bulge relief, to build complex models.

Streamline access to manufacturing methods. Define and execute a wide range of traditional and new manufacturing processes including CNC machining, nesting, cutting, bending, molding, welding, assembly and additive manufacturing.

Meet customer and regulatory requirements. Manage customer and regulatory requirements using requirements management. Make requirements easily visible to design engineers, and track fulfillment of these requirements.

Enable paperless 3D documentation. Communicate more effectively and reduce manufacturing costs using annotated 3D models rather than 2D drawings with model-based definition. Spend less time on documentation.

Validate and improve product performance. Validate and improve performance of products with scalable simulation tools that use virtual prototyping and new integrated motion and vibration simulation. Communicate your digital design documentation globally with XLIFF language translation.

Automate modular plant design. Automate modular plant design efforts using 3D piping design, comprehensive part libraries and fully automated Isogen® drawing output for plant design.

Share product data over the cloud. Cloud-based collaboration offers a secure way to share product information regardless of origin.

Simplify data re-use and migration. Simplify re-use and migration of 3D models and 2D drawings from other CAD solutions. Maintain 3D model intelligence and 2D drawing associativity.

Manage data, easily and securely. Search, manage and share product data efficiently and securely with scalable data management solutions. Meet the needs of all manufacturers with built-in data management and Teamcenter integration.

With 3D CAD, electrical design, simulation, manufacturing and data management capabilities, Solid Edge provides an integrated portfolio of affordable and easy-to-use industrial machinery design solutions that help companies design better.

Digital models improve overall efficiency

The Solid Edge portfolio enables small and medium-sized manufacturing firms to rapidly digitalize their product design and their product development process, a fundamental step in moving to a full digital enterprise.

Digital validation of critical components reduces the need to create and test physical prototypes, speeding the product development process while ensuring that the final product performs as expected. Plus, 3D digital models, or “digital twins,” linked to digital compliance records, help maintain full traceability throughout the development process.

Customer Highlight

Shrinking industrial food processing equipment design time

Reading Bakery Systems designs and manufactures equipment for high-volume production of pretzels, cookies and crackers. Using Solid Edge, they have achieved a 63 percent improvement in overall design productivity.


  • Products require significant customization and thousands of drawings
  • Customer deadlines must be met to avoid costly penalty clauses
  • Unmanaged, out-of-date designs can’t be trusted, causing costly redesign work

Keys to Success

  • Move from old 2D design process to more productive 3D
  • Find an easy-to-use 3D design system with powerful assembly modeling sheet metal design capabilities
  • Incorporate design management to guarantee design integrity and share product information outside of engineering


  • 3 percent design productivity gain
  • Detailed drawing production time reduced from 3.2 to 1.2 hours
  • Produced almost three times as many drawings in first year
  • About half of all RBS employees (manufacturing, purchasing, sales, CNC shop) can now access current design data

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Solid Edge and industrial food processing design

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