Getrag Getriebe- und Zahnradfabrik Hermann Hagenmeyer & Cie, a system supplier for transmission and drive train systems worldwide, has implemented the visualization system SpinFire Publisher and SpinFire Professional from Actify, a provider of digital design communication services, in its headquarters in Untergruppenbach, Germany, making 3D engineering data accessible to all its employees.
According to Actify, as 3D models carry a lot more information than 2D drawings, the SpinFire was implemented to make 3D engineering data accessible throughout the entire engineering process, using the companywide digital document archive from Getrag.
Infotech Enterprises, a provider of digital design communication services and one of Actify’s reseller partner has supported Getrag in the execution of the project. The implementation consists of an automated process to export data from the CAD system ProEngineer, used by Getrag, then converting the native CAD data into Actify’s visualization .3D format using SpinFire Publisher, and then exporting the data to Getrag’s digital document archive system. This way, all employees in Untergruppenbach can now access intelligent 3D data without the need of having a CAD system installed on their computer by using SpinFire Professional as the viewing and review tool.
According to the company, using SpinFire’s .3D data can easily be communicated and used in a multi-CAD, multi-format environment without requiring a CAD system, or CAD knowledge. The Actify .3D format contributes to the protection of the intellectual property as native CAD files are no longer provided in their original format. Thus, they are protected against inadvertent or unauthorized changes. SpinFire Professional is used in all departments at Getrag, from design, development, prototyping and purchasing to manufacturing, supervising and sales.
Hartmut Rebmann, project leader at Getrag, said: Right from the beginning, the project found great acceptance among all parties involved. Through this, the Engineering process will change considerably, be more secure and much faster.