Case Study

Having the best design technology helps win business

Schuler Konstruktionen GmbH & Co. KG

Schuler Konstruktionen relies on NX and NX I-deas to impress customers with its expertise

Engineering service provider Schuler Konstruktionen needs design software that is state-of-the-art and able to exchange data seamlessly with other applications.

Winning customers requires advanced methods

Schuler Konstruktionen GmbH & Co. KG, established in 1968, is one of the leading German engineering service providers. The firm currently has more than 200 employees working in ten different offices across Germany. It offers complete product development as well as prototype building and strength analysis in cooperation with EnTech Schuler GmbH. Schuler’s customers come from a wide range of areas, from firms working in the field of special machine construction, machine tool manufacturers and consumer goods manufacturers to big firms working in the automobile and transportation industries. Its impressive customer roster includes leading machine tool manufacturers such as Hüller, Hille, Hermle and Grob.

As a service firm, Schuler Konstruktionen must impress customers with its expertise. It does this by providing the highest quality service as well as by using innovative, state-of-the-art IT solutions. Since 1995, the company has relied on NX and NX I-deas to deliver high-end CAD functionality.

“Open by design” means seamless data exchange

One key advantage of NX is its “open by design” foundation. This is critical to Schuler because it provides interoperability with customers’ design software. Although many of Schuler’s customers also use NX, “open by design” means Schuler is able to achieve seamless data exchange with all leading CAD systems. The efficiency and accuracy made possible by precise data transfer reduce development and product costs.

Schuler uses both of its CAD systems, applying the best technology for a particular project. For example, NX is used to develop functional assemblies, complex plastic parts and sheet metal parts for Siemens Dematic, a manufacturer of mail sorting machines and devices. The master model concept of NX helps shrink development times, even for very complex tasks, by permitting close cooperation between designers and fabricators. Schuler also uses NX to develop assembly stations for Fischerwerke’s automotive systems. The parts that are assembled include files, ashtrays, eyeglass covers and CD and cassette boxes. Fischerwerke and other customers use model data created by Schuler in their own downstream applications.

Automotive welding and assembly lines are other key areas for Schuler. Customers in this arena include large-scale installation builders such as EDAG and Thyssenkrupp. Complete welding cells with fixtures, lifting tongs, robots and grippers are designed and constructed using NX and NX I-deas. The respective strengths of both the Unigraphics (now NX) and I-deas (now NX I-deas) systems can be used together in an integrated system environment with the help of the NX gateway capability. Schuler also does a significant amount of work in the area of machinery for paper processing facilities. These projects require Schuler to have the latest technology, because often construction has to be carried out based on as little as a hand-drawn sketch and some project notes. NX helps simplify the exchange of information in the development process and keeps the required transparency from the very onset of the project.

Interoperability with other applications

In addition to providing interoperability with customers’ CAD systems, Schuler is increasingly expected to provide data that is compatible with downstream design applications such as digital simulation. For example, customers are increasingly asking Schuler to perform finite element analyses for digital product optimization, which helps get a better product to market faster. Computer engineers at EnTech perform these analyses using NX I-deas CAD data as the basis for finite element models in Ansys. Schuler also benefits from the use of Tecnomatix® software on projects that require the use of robotic simulation. The firm uses RobCAD software from Tecnomatix in conjunction with NX. Production processes are simulated with Tecnomatix RobCAD and then intricately detailed with NX.

With these advanced and open applications from Siemens PLM Software, Schuler is well equipped to meet customers’ expectations for quality and the growing industry requirement for interoperability. The firm relies on these software solutions as the means for delivering excellent service at competitive prices.

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