VNews Interview: EnSuite Design Automation Speeds Up Quoting at Metalsa (CCE)

Quoting time reduced by 30% at Global Automotive Chassis Manufacturer



FARMINGTON HILLS, MI – Feb 22, 2012 – Metalsa a global automotive chassis manufacturer reduced its quoting time by over 30% by leveraging the automation features in CCE’s EnSuite product. This has allowed the company to win more business besides freeing their engineers to focus on more productive and innovative activities.

EnSuite a solution for sharing product data across the enterprise includes a design automation framework that enables the creation of scripts to automate routine design tasks. Scripts have been created to automate multiple tasks including opening and displaying only the data in context of use from large assemblies, automatically creating blanks for manufacturing by adding thickness to faces based on color, and extracting dimensions and mass properties from CAD models to automatically populate spreadsheets for quoting.


 

Metalsa was quoting on average 3 programs per month to automotive OEMs. This process required engineers over 100 hours a month to open CAD files in CATIA, orient the part view to get a snapshot, and extract part information including its weight, thickness and density.
 
All information was then populated into a spreadsheet for process, cost and timing quotations. Using EnSuite has enabled Metalsa to cut the total process time by 30% and compressed the quotation process schedule by 2 days.
 
Besides quoting, Metalsa also uses EnSuite’s multiCAD support features to view data from multiple CAD systems, and translate native CATIA data to IGES & STEP formats.
EnSuite is a CAD independent software package that provides an easy¬to¬use toolbox for designers and non¬designers to view, translate, interrogate and re¬purpose multi¬CAD data for their functional applications. EnSuite supports all major 3D CAD formats including CATIA V4, CATIA V5, NX, Pro/E, SolidWorks, Parasolid, JT, CGR, STL, Solid Edge, 3D PDF, IGES and STEP.

For additional information, please visit http://www.cadcam¬e.com/products/ensuite2/
 
About Metalsa:
Metalsa, a subsidiary of Grupo Proeza, manufactures structural components for the light and commercial vehicle markets. Products include chassis frames, suspension modules, engine cradles, body structures, safety components and steel fuel tanks for passenger cars, trucks and utility vehicles, as well as customized side rails and cross members, and frame assemblies for heavy trucks and buses. The Company has presence in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, China, Germany, India, Japan, Mexico, Thailand, UK (JV), USA and Venezuela. Metalsa distinguishes itself by offering quality, differentiated service and innovation, competitiveness and customization to each customer. Founded in 1956, Metalsa has more than 8,000 employees globally. For additional information, please visit
http://www.metalsa.com/

About CCE:
CCE (www.cadcam¬e.com) is a Michigan Corporation in business since 1989. Our offices are located in Farmington Hills, MI and Englewood, NJ. CCE currently employs over 200 software and design engineers. CCE’s focus is in CAD technology & application development and related services. The mission of the company is to deliver value for our customers through innovative, disciplined and communications¬focused technology products and services.

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