Hytrol Conveyor Company has deployed Autodesk’s manufacturing software to increase operational efficiency, sales volume and market share.
Working with Autodesk Consulting and D3 Technologies, an Autodesk channel partner, Hytrol has implemented new business processes to accelerate mass product customization from the point of sales to delivery of its conveyor systems.
Hytrol says it was looking for a solution that would enable it to design and deliver its customized conveyors to market faster. The company’s business model is to sell exclusively through its 80 distributors, so it believes that implementing an engineer-to-order (ETO) system will shorten sales and engineering cycles, accelerate manufacturing processes by automating bill of materials production and facilitate customer ordering processes at the time of order.
At the core of Hytrol’s system is ‘Autodesk Intent’ engineering configuration software, an ETO application that automates product customization. This will enable Hytrol to rapidly and efficiently configure and deliver its conveyor systems.
Autodesk says embedding engineering rules into the software will enable sales teams to achieve pre-approved designs in the field, reducing design iterations and minimizing costly errors. The distributors will be able to show customers exactly what Hytrol will deliver at time of order.
Autodesk Intent is integrated with ‘Autodesk Inventor’ 3D mechanical design software, which enables Hytrol to produce engineering documents based on input from their distributors.
By implementing the Autodesk manufacturing solution, we will enable our network of more than 600 sales reps across 80 distributors to enter real-time engineer-to-order sales in the field, said Stuart Shaw, manager of information systems at Hytrol Conveyor Company.