Facing the logistical challenge of almost 50 team members working remotely, Meter used Onshape’s cloud-native CAD platform to allow the team to rapidly share ideas, revise concepts and develop a workable design. Against a tight timeline, the Meter engineering team went through six iterations to design and manufacture an innovative emergency ventilator in a record 21 days.
Digitalization Reduces Cost of Product Development
As product firms seek to accelerate time to market and ensure high quality from manufacturing partners, they are seeing the value of cloud-based solutions in the production process.
Kichler Lighting is a leader in energy-efficient, fashion-forward residential lighting solutions. For Kichler, the need for fast, real-time collaboration with its distributed design and manufacturing teams was a primary reason for switching to cloud-based Onshape. Mehul Gala, Sr. Product Development Engineer at Kichler, highlighted the challenge:
“Our legacy systems were all file-based and were 2D. We were sending drawings back and forth with manufacturing partners all over the world. It was a cumbersome process that didn’t allow for very rich collaboration. (Using file-based CAD), we would end up at factories where we were on revision C, but our team in China would be on revision D and our suppliers would be on revision E somehow. That caused a lot of confusion. (With Onshape), there was a lot of opportunity just around the single source of truth to get all the key players on the same page.”
One clear benefit of digitalization and the Onshape platform cited by leaders at all three firms has been the reduction of wasted time spent on administrative tasks, including: version control issues, file management problems and lost data. Instead, design and engineering teams can now focus on the work they are most passionate about – designing innovative products.
At a time of accelerating change, cloud-based solutions are helping firms address critical challenges. These include enabling remote access for distributed employees, improving collaboration in the design process, and ensuring manufacturing quality through a more agile and digital approach to business.