Utility cabinets line streets and alleys all over the world. They house equipment for traffic lights, power companies, and telecommunication. And despite their plain, boxy appearance, they require a lot of engineering consideration.
For example, how will the color of cabinet heat up the interior when hit with direct sunlight? As most engineers know, light colors like white and shiny finishes reflect heat, darker colors and matt surfaces absorb heat. Will the cabinet stand up to high winds? What about road salts? Vandals?
These are the sorts of questions designers at Almatec worry about. Based in Schüpfheim, with offices throughout Switzerland and Germany, Almatec produces housing for indoor and outdoor equipment, as well as accessories—like cable ducts, lightning protection, and air conditioning.
How do they design their custom equipment housing? PTC solutions.
“We use PTC Creo Parametric for all our construction tasks … large assemblies, new developments, and of course any sheet metal designs,” says Urs Bucher.
The team at Almatec also uses PTC Creo Illustrate for technical drawings. The software offers a dedicated environment with the capabilities required to create rich, 3D technical illustrations that are used to communicate complex products and procedures clearly and graphically.
For product data management, Almatec engineers use PTC Windchill PDMLink. With this web-based solution, manufacturers can access a single, trusted, central repository for all their product data. Team members can expertly manage all forms of digital product development data – including mechanical, electrical and software.
INNEO’s preferred 3D rendering software, KeyShot, helps designers create rich renderings that can be used for marketing.
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