About Automatic Handling International, Inc.
Automatic Handling International, Inc. is a worldwide manufacturer of custom handling and packaging systems, serving leading companies in the pulp and paper, tissue and towel, nonwovens, fiberglass, agriculture, stone, and steel industries. With a mission of continuous internal and external improvement, Automatic Handling helps its customers improve efficiency while reducing costs by integrating the latest technology with proven machine designs.
The company brings the same focus on efficiencies and cost reductions to its own machine development, manufacturing, and assembly operations. In 2002, Automatic Handling transitioned from AutoCAD® 2D development tools to the SOLIDWORKS® Professional 3D design platform. According to Media Group Manager Nathan Pienta, Automatic Handling upgraded from 2D to 3D to improve design accuracy and efficiency, choosing SOLIDWORKS for its ease of use, large-assembly capabilities, and extended suite of integrated solutions.
Automatic Handling eliminated paper drawings by using the open SOLIDWORKS API. “With the API, we were able to give EPDM data cards their own workflows for releasing designs to manufacturing—all linked through references,” explains Mechanical Engineer Phil Morris. “We put the manufacturing due dates, type of process, routing, and even paint color in EPDM. When engineering releases a design to manufacturing, the system automatically and instantaneously creates the eDrawings, purchase orders, and work orders that drive production and assembly.
“In the past, an engineer could spend a day or two just printing off engineering drawings,” Pienta notes. “Now, the release process is instantaneous, and production personnel receive the information that they need via 30 computers with 50-inch monitors on the shop floor. The process is not only faster and more accurate, leading to improved quality, but also eliminates printing, paper, and administrative costs.”
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- Cut manufacturing release times by 80 percent.
- Replaced paper drawings with digital 3D models for production.
- Empowered machinists and fabricators as part of Development Team.
- Eliminated printing, paper, and administrative costs.
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