Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) is extending its
portfolio for customers outside the print media industry. The
Heidelberg CAx Quality Manager is a new CAD add-on that enables
users in various sectors - such as mechanical and plant
engineering, the automotive and aviation industries, medical
technology, and the electrical industry - to quickly and reliably
check the quality of their own product and production data (CAx
data) and that of their suppliers.
Making complexity manageable
The quality of CAx data has a key impact on costs throughout
the product life cycle. In addition to this, industrial products
are becoming increasingly complex. To enable precise control right
from the development stage, Heidelberg Engineering Consulting has
developed a software product that can be linked with NX™
software, the integrated CAD/CAM/CAE system from Siemens PLM
Software, and thus incorporated in the product creation process. At
the touch of a button, the Heidelberg CAx Quality Manager checks
the quality of product data for the entire process chain - from
development and production to assembly and service. Users can check
individual components, complete assemblies, or drawings. The system
indicates errors, suggests corrections, and documents all results.
This enables errors to be identified and rectified at an early
stage, which cuts costs. It also improves the quality of the
existing CAx data, which provides a sound basis for modifying and
further developing products.
Used to good effect at Heidelberg
Heidelberg has been using the system itself for its own CAx
data checking for around six years and has made improvements to the
software on an ongoing basis. Particular benefits of the current
version include intuitive operation and the speed of the checking
process. Customers can use the software in their existing work
environment without much training and can also add their own
checking routines. What's more, the software supports
configuration of NX models in line with customized CAx methods and
"Managing complex structures and processes is part of our
core business here at Heidelberg. The Heidelberg CAx Quality
Manager helps us a great deal in this respect. We have turned it
into a market-leading technology, which we intend to expand
further, and other sectors can now also benefit from this product,"
says Hartmut Ball, head of Engineering Consulting at Heidelberg.
Four prestigious pilot customers from the mechanical engineering,
automotive, and aviation industries are already using the
Heidelberg CAx Quality Manager on a total of around 1,000 CAD
"Heidelberg is proving increasingly successful in opening up
new areas of business. In addition to our other activities in new
areas, primarily energy technology, we are now also gaining a
foothold in IT. The volume of orders in these new areas of business
has already reached the mid two-digit million euro range, which is
fully in line with our target," says Stephan Plenz, Member of the
Management Board responsible for Heidelberg Equipment.
Heidelberg is unlocking a key IT growth segment with the
new Heidelberg CAx Quality Manager.
The Heidelberg CAx Quality Manager is a new CAD add-on
that enables users in various sectors to check the quality of their
own product and production data.
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