3D CAD SOLIDWORKS Case Study FKI Logistex

Corporate Summary
FKI Logistex Denmark is a leading manufacturer of automated sorting lines for use in factories around the world.

Challenge
The company’s engineers use SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD software to develop the technical plant, AutoCAD 2D design software to draw project layouts, and the EPLAN electrical engineering CAD system for producing electrical diagram drawings and wiring schematics. Efficient and secure management of the high volume of design data created with these tools is important to the company’s success.

According to Product Manager Per Nielsen, FKI Logistex Denmark decided to replace its existing product data management (PDM) system in 2005 because of slow data retrieval response times, ineffective vendor collaboration, and poor integration. “Performance on our system at the time was unsatisfactory—it sometimes took more than a half-hour to open one file, and there were some files we simply could not open,” Nielsen explains. “When we were faced with selecting a new system, the requirements were such that we wanted to have a system with good performance, which was well integrated with SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD software and was updated on an ongoing basis.”

Solution
The company evaluated a number of PDM systems before selecting SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM. FKI Logistex Denmark chose the SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM system—implementing 200 seats—because of its intuitive user interface, efficient performance, favorable price-performance ratio, and full integration with SOLIDWORKS CAD software, which allows for continuous system updates to keep in step with new versions of SOLIDWORKS software.

“MOVING FROM ONE PDM SYSTEM TO ANOTHER IS NO EASY TASK, BUT BECAUSE OF THE IMPROVED PERFORMANCE OF THE SOLIDWORKS ENTERPRISE PDM SYSTEM, CONVERTING THE MORE THAN 100,000 FILES IN THE EXISTING SYSTEM TO SOLIDWORKS ENTERPRISE PDM WAS DEFINITELY WORTH IT.”
-FKI Logistics

Summary and Metrics

• Increased individual PDM user productivity
• Realized fast return on investment
• Eliminated new user training requirements
• Integrated PDM and ERP systems