Fantom Abandons SolidWorks, Manages Large Assemblies with PTC Creo

At its heart, a vacuum cleaner is a straightforward device. An electric motor drives a fan, and the fan pushes air through an exhaust vent.

Physics do the rest: the airflow creates a low-pressure region that, as you may recall from school, causes ambient air to rush into the void. And with that ambient air comes paper scraps, dog hair, and the shattered pieces of old corn chips.

Simple enough.

So why then did Fantom, a large Turkish vacuum cleaner manufacturer, drop SolidWorks last year and consolidate on PTC Creo for its product development?

Performance, says authorized PTC reseller Informatik. Fantom engineers were looking to solve their large assembly performance issues and decrease design time. There were too many issues with the SolidWorks solution.

Managing Large Assemblies

Despite the simplicity, vacuum cleaners are big assemblies, jammed with extras. There are roller brush systems to encourage the dirt out of the carpet, systems that automatically wind the power cord, cyclonic separation systems, adjustable speed controls, and copious hoses and attachments.

With PTC Creo, Fantom engineers don’t have to work with just one subassembly at a time, blind to the overall product.  The system is designed to load and display complicated models without binding up computer resources. PTC Creo opens the entire model, but limits the detail in areas that aren’t of interest. That way, engineers can work in context with the entire product design.

Engineers at Fantom can also develop models in a top-down fashion so that they develop the skeleton first, and multiple engineers can work on different areas of the model at the same time, always in synch with each other.

Results

With PTC Creo and better large assembly management, Fantom has cut product introduction time by 30% and increased quality, with product failures down by 30%.

Plus, since abandoning SolidWorks, Informatik says Fantom has improved industrial and concept design processes, too.

Fantom CEO Adnan Tangün says the only way to stay competitive in a world market is to keep investing in R&D and production technologies. Ultimately, that’s why his company consolidated on PTC Creo.

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