To be fair, automating design and production is not, nor should it be, a trivial investment. But think about this: if your investment reduced your design and manufacturing times by around 50 percent, what would it mean for your company? What about if that investment also means you deliver better products with fewer mistakes, minimising the need for revision? Wouldn’t the cost be recovered quickly because of the extra profit you would be making? Surely, it’s an investment worth looking into!So, what’s the next step? When selecting an electrical CAE solution, the best providers will take the time to understand your procedures, the systems you use, industry-related requirements, and your pain points. From there, a discussion should be had on what issues you may face, and how bottlenecks can be eased or removed. Most frequent comments about pain points come down to the time spent on manual work. Some issues, such as tedious wire numbering and time-consuming cable schedules, can be solved with most CAE solutions. However, other lengthy pains, such as manually tagging PLC tags, manually sizing panels and last-minute customer design changes, require specialised CAE solutions with specific automation features. By using a well-chosen CAE package, panel builders can also benefit from an increase in productivity, shorter project turnaround times, and improvements in product quality.
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