Edited by Mike Santora
How does one ensure engineers can quickly supply complex hydraulic systems based on customer demand, each with their own unique applications? The German engineering company Viereck & Co has done so by making smart design software a key part of the supply process.
Complicated hydraulic power sources and control systems require high quality standards. To realize various hydraulic applications for a wide range of customers, the company needed smart software to design and produce hydraulic systems of a high quality in a standardized manner.
Paro Software was chosen to provide design software created in such a way that the development and documentation of a hydraulic system occurs efficiently.
“Traditional CAD/CAM software required the manual development of parts in hydraulics schematics,” said Ulf Kaschewitz, engineering director at Viereck. Many services and functionalities for the fast and reliable creation of schematics for a hydraulic system in the HydroSym software are missing in standard CAD software.
“If you create a schematic in HydroSym, you select a component or a symbol from the supplied library. You only need one click to create every desired connection between components. Those connections remain in place when you move components to different positions in the schematic. Thanks to the “pack&save” functionality you can create a zipped file that includes a PDF document of the schematic as well as the datasheets of the components used in the schematic.”
Multifunctional and easily accessible
Time consuming activities are not needed to manually create frequently used symbols for regulating elements of the hydraulic system, which has given the design software a different role within Viereck. “Within our organization, sales employees have also started using HydroSym,” continued Kaschewitz.
The software contains a complete library of standard units for hydraulic systems that quickly and easily adds the characteristics to the design. The system as a components program can quickly offer information about these components. In addition to this, the interface of the software is user friendly and fully intuitive. There are many drawing options available to easily create the design by clicking and dragging standard components from the library. Functional connections can be named and drawn quickly via connecting lines.
Kaschewitz stated that the designing of a hydraulic system for the steering of a bridge windlass has become as easily accessible as the designing and drawing of a kitchen.