Improving production quality and efficiency by enhancing data integration through the entire mold-making process
3D Systems Cimatron® integrated CAD/CAM software for mold design and manufacturing
- Decreased lead times and accelerated delivery times.
- Eliminated date transfer errors and reduced scrap.
- Improved tool quality.
HARTING Applied Technologies, an independent member of the HARTING Technology Group with headquarters in Espelkamp, Germany, is a specialist in sophisticated toolmaking. Its 49 employees develop, design, and manufacture injection molds, aluminum and zinc die-casting molds, stamping and bending dies, and special machines. All of its customers are members of the HARTING Group, which means the company works solely for internal customers.
HARTING employees use Cimatron to design and manufacture high-precision, single- and multi-component molds. Cimatron enables them to achieve higher data integration in the overall production process.
Before switching to Cimatron, HARTING used other software solutions (SOLIDWORKS for CAD and I-deas for CAM) that lacked data integration. A lack of data integration between software systems generally leads to production scrap because of data transfer errors between individual production steps. At HARTING, this led to a variety of problems that negatively impacted production reliability and lead times, which are key financial factors for a company operating as a profit center within a corporate group that must meet high quality and delivery requirements.
Optimized Mold-Making Process
Using the dedicated automation features of Cimatron for mold design, electrode design, and NC programming, HARTING optimized the entire mold-making process, which led to improved tool quality, reduced scrap, and accelerated delivery times.
Andreas Weiß, production manager at HARTING Applied Technologies, praises working with Cimatron: “Rolling out Cimatron quickly enabled us to resolve the substantial EDM problems that we had been combating for 12 years.”
Stationary side of a mold, movable side of a mold, and close up of a mold insert in Cimatron
“With the implementation of Cimatron, we achieved data and process integration in the entire mold-making process, which is a key advantage for us.”—Andreas Weiß, Production Manager, HARTING Applied Technologies