SyCSA, headquartered in Mexico, can now also guarantee the quality of its products, enabling clients to do the same for their customers, whether they transport flour, pellets for the plastic industry, or any material that requires temperature and moisture control. Having embraced 3D design with the purchase of SolidWorks software, SyCSA designs all of its products with SolidWorks, including the bolted silo, which is assembled at client sites, and the single-section welded silo.
“By optimizing design and production with SolidWorks software, we have improved our business performance and, by extension, have helped make our country’s food, plastics, and construction industries more competitive,” said Romualdo Tellería Beltrán, CEO of Silos y Camiones.
SyCSA serves 60 percent of its market and has recently increased exports by approximately 25 percent, to countries like Peru, Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Brazil, and the US. “3D technology has been instrumental in achieving this position, in many instances enabling us to close sales by taking clients on a virtual trip through the transportation and storage systems we offer,” said Carlos Hernández, the company’s director of automation. “This way, our products’ benefits come alive.”
The Road to the 3D Era
SyCSA reports that it has dramatically reduced the time it takes to design a 24-meter-tall silo, which supports up to 90 tons of contents. Design time for the silo used to take 10 hours but now takes three hours – or only half an hour when SyCSA can reuse design information. Designs are more accurate now that the company is designing in 3D, and errors are easy to see.
The company’s directors chose SolidWorks over other 3D CAD products with improvements like these in mind. In addition to 3D visualization capabilities, SolidWorks offers SyCSA seamless interoperability: it is the software of choice of a key supplier and many designers in the workforce. Ease of use was another deciding factor. Designers are productive within three months, benefitting in part from the training provided by SolidWorks distributor Diseño y Manufactura Digital (DMD).
In the Three-Dimensional Phase
SyCSA is also using the PDMWorks® data management system to control design file versions, eliminate costly duplication, and collaborate more effectively. With SolidWorks’ COSMOS® design validation software, SyCSA has reduced material usage by 30 percent without sacrificing quality. This reduction saves money and lessens the toll on natural resources.
“In short, SolidWorks allows us a more complete, sustainable, agile design, free of hidden flaws, without the need to develop prototypes,” said Hernández. “The result is measurable product improvement, return on investment, and customer satisfaction.”
The next step for SyCSA is using Visual Basic® software to create an application that will generate detailed customer estimates from proposed designs.
About Silos y Camiones, S.A. (SyCSA)
Silos y Camiones, S.A. de C.V. is an enterprise with 40 years of experience in providing customized solutions and services related to storing, transporting, and conditioning materials in bulk. For more information, visit the company Web site ( http://www.sycsa.com).
Diseño y Manufactura Digital, S.A. de C.V. is an authorized distributor of SolidWorks software. With a working team and more than 15 years of experience in the industry, the company is highly qualified and has SolidWorks’ certification to perform the installation, training, and technical support for all of the brand’s solutions. For more information about the company and services, visit http://www.dmd.com.mx or call 01 800 363-43 57 or e-mail Email Contact.
About SolidWorks Corporation
SolidWorks Corporation, a Dassault Systèmes S.A. (Nasdaq: DASTY, Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA) company, develops and markets software for design, analysis, and product data management. It is the leading supplier of 3D CAD technology, giving teams intuitive, high-performing software that helps them design better products. For the latest news, information, or an online demonstration, visit the company’s Web site ( www.solidworks.com) or call 1-800-693-9000 (outside of North America, call +1-978-371-5000).
SolidWorks, COSMOS, and PDMWorks are registered trademarks of SolidWorks Corporation. Other brand and product names are trademarks of their respective owners. Copyright (c) 2008 SolidWorks Corporation.
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