SMS Siemag: All Clear with PTC Creo View MCAD

SMS Siemag is a global player in the plant construction industry. Whether it’s an integrated solution for making iron, hot or cold steel rolling, or furnace technology—SMS Siemag has been putting together the machinery and mills companies use to process metals for decades.

Here’s just one (very watchable) example: A hot strip mill designed for the Turkish company Çolakoğlu. At 330-meters long, the plant produces 3 million tons of rolled steel a year:

The video includes shots of the roughing stand (the first round of rolls the metal squeezes through during the production process), compact coil boxes (a step where the hot metal is rolled up and slowed down before finishing), cooling systems, and a number of other technologies that make up a steel plant. What it doesn’t show is the sophisticated effort that goes into fitting all those pieces together.

As with anybody who creates compact moving components, engineers at SMS Siemag worry about clashes and clearances in their plant design. It’s too expensive and time consuming to wait for production to find out that steel structures and pipework collide. At SMS Siemag, the team also must know early whether obstructions block crane tracks and escape routes. And to reassure clients, the company further needs to produce extensive and easy-to-understand documentation early in planning.

Those are all reasons why SMS Siemag uses PTC Creo View MCAD with the extension PTC Creo View MCAD Interference Analysis to validate its plant designs.

PTC Creo View MCAD is a powerful, easy-to-use visualization tool that anyone on the extended team can use to inspect and mark up CAD designs—all without a seat of CAD software. It allows everyone to participate in design reviews as they can load assemblies, images, 2D drawings, and documents into PTC Creo View MCAD for evaluation.

To quickly ensure the designs are robust, SMS Siemag also uses PTC Creo View MCAD Interference Analysis. The extension finds parts that will physically interfere, touch each other, or just don’t provide enough clearance.

With these tools, SMS Siemag then prepares digital mockups that can be used by engineering, manufacturing, and even support throughout the lifecycle of the plant. Plus, the virtual model goes on to serve as an impressive source of customer presentation material and training for customer maintenance teams.

“By using PTC Creo View MCAD software, we shortened our process time and enhanced the quality of our plants and the satisfaction of our customers,” says Ralf Kiedrowski, head of the CAD department at SMS Siemag.

The results? By keeping designs clear of interference, PTC Creo View MCAD has helped the company avoid expensive, on-site modifications, improved safety as crane tracks and routes are carefully designed long before production, and helped ensure customers are well-informed before and after their purchase.

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