SolidWorks has announced that five members of one of the food industry companies will be using 70 licenses of SolidWorks three-dimensional computer-aided design (3D CAD) software to design their industrial baking machines. These subsidiaries of the Horstmann Lebensmittelgruppe are using SolidWorks to transition from 2D to 3D design and accelerate product design cycles to bring bread-making equipment to market more quickly than with 2D design software.
The Horstmann companies are using SolidWorks to design the commercial equipment used to knead dough and bake bread in small bakery kitchens and large plants in more than 100 countries. Subsidiaries deploying SolidWorks include baking equipment manufacturers Werner & Pfleiderer Lebensmitteltechnik GmbH and Werner & Pfleiderer Industrielle Backtechnik. Kemper and Winkler and Holland-based WP Haton will also use SolidWorks software for their baking products. All of the companies will use SolidWorks to design everything from the equipment that mixes the batter and pours it into the baking pan to the equipment that removes the excess flour off of a freshly baked loaf of bread.
Large commercial baking companies rely on precisely engineered, automated machines linked together by a web of conveyor belts. SolidWorks’ large assembly and collision detection capabilities will help the Horstmann companies ensure that every element in the system operates exactly as it should, so they can meet strict daily production schedules.
“SolidWorks is a complete 3D design solution that is easy to learn and use. These were key factors in our decision to purchase the software,” said Martin Zielonka, IT coordinator for the Horstmann companies. “In addition, the software’s parametric design capabilities will allow us to modify designs as we go, enabling us to immediately see how changes affect overall designs. SolidWorks will significantly speed up the design process, saving time and money associated with creating physical prototypes of machines.”