Sheet Metal Straight Brake

Sheet Metal Straight Brake

Complete and Automated Sheet Metal Design in Solid Edge

To meet unique sheet metal design challenges, like manufacturability, Solid Edge streamlines the entire sheet metal product development process, from CAD design through flat pattern and drawing development. Unlike general purpose CAD tools, Solid Edge includes sheet metal-specific features, like Emboss, Dimple, Drawn Cut, Bead, Contour Flange, Straight Brake and Etch. And with integrated applications for analysis, NC programming, and related tasks, Solid Edge helps you speed design time, improve quality, and reduce costs.

Case Study

Agricultural equipment manufacturer uses Solid Edge to significantly improve product design speed

Theebo Tech

Siemens Digital Industries Software solution enables Theebo Tech to simplify and automate error-prone processes for its Equalizer product line

Facilitating innovation

Theebo Tech Pty Ltd started on a small farm outside Hopefield, a town on the west coast of South Africa. It is the sole developer and manufacturer of Equalizer agricultural implements. Its featured products include the Min-Till Precision SL Planter, Wide Span Precision C Planter and Min-Till Air Seeders. Theebo Tech serves South Africa and the international agricultural equipment market.

“One of the components that has given us the ability to be more innovative is Solid Edge,” says Theodore Turner, who is the head of design and development at Theebo Tech.

Twelve years ago Theebo Tech selected Solid Edge® software from product lifecycle management (PLM) specialist Siemens Digital Industries Software. The company’s decision was largely based on the ability of Solid Edge to support sheet metal and large assemblies, and the company remains very pleased with that decision. With Solid Edge, the assemblies consist of every single nut and bolt, and from there engineers can pull the build material that goes into jobs on the shop floor.

Managing risk

Now Theebo Tech is using the Solid Edge™ SP design management solution (Solid Edge for SharePoint® software), which provides easy vaulting and retrieval of Solid Edge files and related design data, along with a visual approach to managing linked documents, product structures and projects.

The company is using Solid Edge SP to simplify and automate error-prone processes, such as new product introductions, engineering changes and release to manufacturing. This straightforward approach to managing complex data simplifies the design process, enabling Theebo Tech to meet and exceed its targets for design project completion.

“Although we have a diverse product range, we try very hard to keep our designs modular, and Solid Edge for SharePoint allows us to re-use our designs very easily and accurately,” says Turner.

One of Theebo Tech’s biggest concerns was managing the risk and impact associated with design changes. Utilizing the visual approach of Solid Edge SP, the company now finds it significantly easier to see the links between files and the impact of design changes.

Visualizing relationships

To ensure product quality, Theebo Tech needs to be able to provide the appropriate personnel with the necessary documents at any time. With Solid Edge SP, documents are placed in one container, so there is no need for users to go search for documents. This resulted in significant time savings.

Turner also noted that Solid Edge SP is unique in that its part container allows other information to be embedded in the same container. This makes it very easy to find other engineering information, supplier drafts and test results by simply searching the specific part form.

“One of our favorite features of Solid Edge SP is the relationship browser,“ says Turner. “It makes it so easy and simple to visualize all the relationships between CAD files, engineering change requests, engineering change orders and projects.”