Toulouse, France, and Rochester Hills, Michigan, April 7, 2009
Hi-Lex Cuts Costs Using Kineo CAM Technology
Hi-Lex Controls Inc. and Kineo CAM are pleased to announce that Hi-Lex and in particular its Window Regulator Division has adopted Kineo CAM’s automatic path planning technology for optimizing assembly process.
Hi-Lex manufactures quality, innovative, and cost-effective Automotive Cables and Closure Products (Door modules, Window Regulators, Power Liftgates, etc) through an extensive international network with advanced R&D capability. Hi-Lex supplies major automakers with effective, efficient solutions to their needs.
Hi-Lex made the decision to use Kineo path planning technology in 2006 for preparing the installation of window regulators into automotive doors. Kineo technology enables rapid and accurate 3D prototype models to assemble the window regulator through the hole into the door, finding collision free insertion paths in seconds instead of hours. In addition, Kineo technology makes it possible to cost effectively identify and correct issues that were impossible to detect using the old method, which gives Hi-Lex a competitive edge, states Charles Hazel, Design Supervisor in Automotive Division at Hi-Lex.
Using Kineo technology on the digital 3D models has helped Hi-Lex reduce the time required to develop loading simulations from on average one month to two days per program. With the previous process, a mock-up or prototype door and window regulator had to be fabricated and the loading study physically validated. If the regulator did not fit, the prototype had to be modified (cut, glued) or tooling had to be adjusted, costing the company significant resources and time.
Beyond the initial value of Kineo technology, Hi-Lex is also using it to generate simulated installation videos that help customers better understand solutions enabling Hi-Lex to win more business.
Founded in 1946, Hi-Lex stands alone for having conducted research that has expanded the developmental stages of creating new and innovative technologies. These new technologies have proven to be of exceptional quality and reliability while promoting and maintaining creative designs, functionality and ease for the driver, our ultimate customer. Visit www.hi-lex.com.
About Kineo C.A.M.
Kineo C.A.M., based in Toulouse, France, is a spin-off company from the LAAS/CNRS (French National Center of Scientific Research). Active worldwide in the automotive and aerospace industries, Kineo C.A.M. develops, markets and supports best-in-class path planning solutions that rely on 15 years research and dramatically improve the computation of automated collision free path finding for digital mock-ups. For more information, visit www.kineocam.com.
This press release was published by Kineo CAM prior to Siemens PLM Software acquiring the company on October 8, 2012.