To rapidly customize their fiber optic splitting boxes for a major telecommunications client, Amphenonal relies on cloud-native Onshape, the only SaaS product development platform that combines a robust CAD system with built-in data management and real-time collaboration tools.
“Today's typical splitting boxes are completely sealed on the inside. And once you decide where point A and Point B are connecting, that's dependent on how the system is set up and is not changeable,” Capozzi explains. “So our customer thought it would be really great if they could open these boxes and reconfigure some of the lines so that they can be more flexible when they're out in the field and doing these installations.”
When developing new products, Amphenol Fiber Optic Products has its “quarterback engineers” in the United States collaborate on designs with its R&D teams and manufacturing engineers in Mexico, China and Vietnam. Whenever one Onshape user anywhere in the world makes a design change, everyone else on the team can instantly see it. A comprehensive Edit History tracks who made which changes and when, enabling the team to quickly revert back to any prior stage if desired.
This built-in data management system eliminates the delays of teams sending information back and forth by email or through Dropbox and prevents version control problems.
“Onshape helps us develop highly refined production-ready designs in a very short period of time that are easily reviewed by the team that will be making the product. Our engineers around the world can now see and work on the latest CAD model at the same time,” Capozzi says.
“With our previous CAD system, we really were working in silos at each facility,” he adds.
“Trying to open big assemblies and drawings that are saved onto a file share globally just doesn't work very well. And then you can't roll things back if you don't like the changes that were made. It was easy to lose a lot of your work because something wasn't saved correctly or somebody saved over the file. Because of all those difficulties, there was very little collaboration happening from the R&D teams.”
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