A-Z Cuts Time in Tool and Mold Construction Using Creo

Optimizing workflows and utilizing software technology to respond to future requirements

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For over 75 years A-Z has been a leading supplier of high quality merchandise and service to the global tire industry. In its German 15,000 m² production facility A-Z designs, manufactures and produces tire molds and containers as per customer specification. Furthermore A-Z produces self-developed hot blade cutters for plastics and rubber processing, as well as special titanium equipment for the aerospace industry.

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Initiatives

  • Optimize workflows and utilization of latest software technology to flexibly respond to future requirements
  • Optimizing the adoption and processing of complex geometry from customers within their own CAD system
  • Accelerating and improving further processing of customer data for manufacturing
  • Ensuring compatibility with various customer CAD systems (e.g. SolidWorks, CATIA, Siemens NX)

Solution

  • Update Pro/ENGINEER licenses to Creo with extension of seats to fully benefit from improved user experience and developments
  • Gain productivity by automatically creating and optimizing toolpaths using standard and form tools from expansion of NC tools
  • Key-user update training; update installation and user training by key-user
  • Extended design capabilities using Creo Interactive Surface Design Extension

Results

  • Reduced the development time due to collaborative design
  • 10% time savings when using customer data from other CAD systems
  • Faster translation of CAD data to Creo and accelerated creation of NC programs and tools using consistent integrated CAM solutions. Time efforts for data translation for tool design and rework at design changes incurred with conventional approaches could be eliminated.
  • Almost 50% less mouse clicks via the new user interface in Creo

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