About Omega Foundry Machinery
Located in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, Omega Foundry Machinery have served the Foundry industry globally since 1984, manufacturing a comprehensive range of machines for the chemically bonded sand sector of the foundry industry as well as bespoke equipment to suit individual customer needs. Omega’s main design challenges are bespoke machines and the Parametric capability of SOLIDWORKS 3D design allows Omega to make changes to the existing design and get approval from customers quicker than ever before, saving time and money.
Omega has invested in SOLIDWORKS together with SOLIDWORKS Simulation tools, and manages design data by using SOLIDWORKS Product Data Management (PDM). Omega have built a strong partnership with Cambridge-based SOLIDWORKS Reseller Innova Systems.
The benefits of SOLIDWORKS
Omega Design & Project Manager, Gareth Allwright, commented on the benefits of SOLIDWORKS, saying: “We previously used Autocad 2D, which was a nightmare because it meant recreating every view – and then any changes would have to be updated in each view. With SOLIDWORKS 3D design software, a change in the 3D model design is reflected in all the drawing views, ensuring that all views are up to date.”
He continued by saying “SOLIDWORKS has made it easier for people that don’t have the engineering design background, but the foundry knowledge to visualise the new designs, thus increasing the probability of picking up mistakes in the design prior to testing or manufacture. We can now interface with customers and send out 3D plant or foundry layouts which assists the sales and commercial teams with visualisation.”
SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional
Omega has used PDM Professional to give them greater control and access to files, documents, drawings including cataloguing the most up-to-date version (revision control) which is critical in a manufacturing environment. Other key attributes of PDM Professional are provision of secure access, audit management and integrated search.
For new machine designs, SOLIDWORKS 3D simulation tool helps Omega to design and simulate real world conditions making sure that it works before committing to manufacture, thus dramatically reducing Omega’s build/test cycle to reduce cost but increasing design confidence.
Commenting on Omega’s partnership with Innova Systems, Gareth said: “Without the training we would have been lost and their in-house courses on 3D Simulation has certainly opened our eyes to the capabilities of the system. We soon realised that their Technical Support was essential and has proved to be outstanding and we use it constantly. Innova Systems and SOLIDWORKS has contributed to the growth of Omega globally.”
To find out more about the latest version of SOLIDWORKS 2017 software, contact Innova Systems on (01223) 200690 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org