DOCERAM Counts on 3D CAD Product Catalog Powered by CADENAS for Digitization Strategy

New 3D CAD Portal enables online configuration and CAD download of digital twins for welding fixtures.

New 3D CAD Portal enables online configuration and CAD download of digital twins for welding fixtures.

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DOCERAM GmbH, a MOESCHTER Group company, has been specializing in the development and manufacture of high-performance ceramic components for industrial applications for more than 20 years. In addition to the design of products for the mechanical engineering and automotive sectors, digitization is also an essential component of the company's strategy.

DOCERAM recently published its new 3D CAD portal based on the eCATALOGsolutions technology powered by CADENAS GmbH. Digital components for welding technology are available here as intelligent engineering data in more than 150 CAD formats for free download and effectively support engineers and designers in the development phase.

To further advance the company-wide digitization strategy, DOCERAM was faced with the challenge of digitizing its product data and making it available as digital twins. The aim was to make their low-wear components built of high-performance ceramics as well as their assemblies available to the design offices and departments in the mechanical engineering and automotive sectors for the planning process as customer-specific and user-friendly as possible.

“Until now, the product information of DOCERAM's standard range was only available as a printed catalog. We were confronted with the challenge of how to digitize and create internal data models, including the implementation of a component configuration, without losing sight of costs, time and personnel resources,” says Jens Cremer, responsible key account manager Automotive at DOCERAM GmbH. “With its established software technology, professional consulting and project management support, CADENAS was able to make a major contribution to the implementation of our 3D CAD catalog.”

Now the products and assembly components, which have been used by leading OEMs in the automotive market for 15 years, can be used digitally in product development for the first time and quickly transferred to bill of materials. In addition, the CAD portal offers an individual rule-based online configuration, which is also supported by the eCATALOGsolutions technology from CADENAS. This enables customers and interested parties to customize welding fixtures according to their individual requirements and transfer them directly into the CAD systems used within the company.

Digital Product Data Enables Virtual Simulation

The digital twin based on the eCATALOGsolutions technology by CADENAS opens up even more possibilities for DOCERAM. Shortly after the introduction of the 3D CAD portal, a strategic partnership with the EngRoTec group was announced, a professional solution provider for simulation and robotics in the automotive and mechanical engineering industries. With the 3D CAD portal, DOCERAM products and components can be tested virtually in advance in designs. This significantly shortens project and design times for the customer.

“DOCERAM sets standards in mechanical engineering and welding technology with its ceramic products. The low-wear components with service lives that exceed conventional metallic materials by a factor of 40 to 50 must meet the highest demands. Our ambition was to also reflect this quality standard in the digital product data,” says Markus Poppinghuys, branch manager CADENAS Solutions GmbH, Essen.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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