Designing Carbon Fiber Propulsion Shafts with PTC Creo

Power plant generators. Agricultural and mining equipment. Refrigeration appliances. Ships sailing on every sea in the world. These are some of the many places you’ll find products made by American VULKAN Corporation (AVC). The company’s three divisions (VULKAN Couplings, VULKAN Drive Tech, and VULKAN LOKRING) create products like couplings and drive shafts for marine propulsion, power transmission equipment for industrial applications, and solder-free locking systems for refrigerant tubes.

From its facilities in Winter Haven, Florida, AVC does it all from start to finish. Product design, engineering, manufacturing, and distribution all take place there. And it doesn’t end after the sale. The company also services its products.

AVC’s customer list is as varied as its products. The company works with shipyards, designers, OEM’s, power plants, and engineering companies including Caterpillar, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Carnival Cruise, ZF, Holland America Lines, and Rolls Royce.

Here is the U.S. Navy’s USS Independence LCS2 littoral combat ship, which includes American VULKAN lightweight multiple-section carbon fiber propulsion shaft lines in its propulsion system:

By upgrading to PTC Creo Parametric, AVC can provide high-fidelity 3D designs to customers. The software’s 3D toolset works with even large assemblies, so engineers can quickly create models of any part.

AVC designers also need to easily and quickly change models, even late in the design process. And they also leverage and redesign existing projects. So they use PTC Creo Flexible Modeling Extension, an add-on for PTC Creo Parametric that brings direct modeling capabilities to the parametric CAD environment. Flexible modeling allows users to modify geometry, without worrying about design intent.

“Using PTC Creo Parametric and flexible modeling, we more efficiently reuse our existing design data to reduce new project design time by 75%,” says Matthew Moore, mechanical engineer at AVC.

What are engineers doing with this new-found time? Investing it in R&D for new products and working to win new business.

Control Design Data

To improve its design to manufacturing workflow, AVC also takes advantage of the product data management (PDM) capabilities of PTC Windchill. With PDM, companies can effectively organize and manage their digital product information. That makes it easier to find designs, reuse them, share them with others, and control versions and release processes.

Even in a global design environment, design engineers know that manufacturing has the right information with PTC Windchill. That helps manufacturing work more efficiently, improve production processes, and keep costs down. “PTC Windchill reduced production errors and material scrap by ensuring proper revision levels were shared with manufacturing,” says Moore.

For AVC, PTC Creo and PTC Windchill are game-changing solutions that support the company’s end-to-end processes, from design through post sales. AVC has enhanced its capabilities, while bringing new products to market faster and winning new business.

Learn more about how you can support your business strategies. Visit the PTC Creo Parametric page.