Elecon Engineering Delivers Dependability with Creo Simulate and Templates

When you’re in the business of creating heavy-duty gearboxes that drive your customers’ operations, you commit to delivering something they can depend on. At least that’s the case with Elecon Engineering, one of the largest gearbox manufacturers in Asia.

Elecon supplies mills, naval ships, mines, and power plants. And among its strategies for creating dependable products is the most modern infrastructure in the country, including its CAD / CAM technology.

With nearly 40 years of experience designing and manufacturing high-quality gears, innovation and adoption of new technologies have been hallmarks of Elecon Engineering’s longevity. Elecon is the first company in India to introduce a modular design concept for gearboxes. And it’s the first to use techniques like case hardening and ground gear technology to improve gear strength and durability.

Elecon Engineering planetary gearbox units in use

The company designed and produced combined diesel or gas (CODOG) marine gear boxes for the Indian Navy’s Shivalik-class stealth frigates, the first of its kind to be designed and built domestically.

To help support complex products from concept to detailed design, Elecon standardized design processes with Creo, Creo Advanced Assembly Extension (AAX), and Windchill PDMLink.

But the company also wanted to further increase efficiency and reduce design cycle time by modernizing analysis of critical components. That’s why the team decided to adopt Creo Simulate.

With Creo Simulate, engineers can analyze the performance of their models from within Creo. They model in Creo Parametric as per usual and then apply loads, materials, and boundary conditions to the design geometry in Creo Simulate. Results of the simulation can be saved to Windchill PDMLink, so it’s with other product content managed in a central and easily accessible location.

To streamline simulation tasks across departments, Elecon is also taking advantage of templates. Creo Simulate provides several standard Process Guide templates that define modeling and analysis steps. Designers can also create their own templates for use by a team of engineers. And the templates are a great way to guide novice Creo Simulate users through running an analysis.

Elecon now uses Creo Simulate to validate key mechanisms like pinions and planetary gears for possible stress concentrations early in the design cycle. Engineers can quickly see the results and adjust the model, producing higher quality designs faster than ever.

“By using Creo Simulate for analysis of critical components, we can now predict failures before they happen and eliminate expensive changes,” says Jayanta Mukhopadhyay, Dy. General Manager, Design, Elecon Engineering. “We have even avoided problems that would have led to delays in time to market.”

Creo Simulate modernizes analysis at Elecon Engineering, helping the company make good on its “modern technology” promise. Elecon benefits from early visibility of possible stresses, improved verification, and valuable insight that helps speed time to market. Its customers benefit from faster design processes and even higher quality products.

PTC offers a variety of simulation tools to meet almost every analysis need. To learn more, explore PTC simulation solutions.