Feist Co. Beats the Supply Chain Clock with ZW3D CAD/CAM
"ZW3D has rapidly improved all business. Compared to our old system, it’s much easier and faster. Because of this easy-learning system, the training cost is kept low and even newcomers can deliver results quickly."-- Peter Feist, CEO of Feist
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Suppliers to the automotive industry are required to be reliable and excel in the standards of quality, price and delivery. The ten-person German company, FeistModell und Formenbau works in the development of prototypes, utilizing the integrated 3D CAD/CAM software, ZW3D. The perfect working condition that ZW3D provides, with native interface support, enables 5-axis simultaneous millingthat optimizes competitiveness and sustainability. It does all of this with an excellent price to performance ratio.

 

Feist Modellund Formenbau, located in Oberpframmern, Germany,is a small but highly professional company that specializes in manufacturing regionally based automotive prototypes from raw materials as well as pilot run samples. In addition, this ten-employee private company produces components for design and function tests. Like any supplier and manufacturing partner to the automotive industry, Feist is faced with the special cooperation and delivery requests. The customers need the highest quality and despite short-term requests, they strictly adhere to deadlines. On the other hand, with the increasing complexity of vehicles, the difficulties of the tasks also increase. Since each cubic centimeter of space in the engine needs to be perfectly used, the object design is becoming more unusual. "Because our customers set the pace, we are under great pressure. To keep pace, we need top tools and resources in all areas," said CEO Peter Feist.

 

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The 3D CAD/CAM ZW3D of ZWSOFT ensures the performance of the company. Feist will provide the software tools base on an abundant benchmark every two years, so the functionality can be checked against all commercially available systems through their paces. Only those, who can deliver the right solutions to meet the high demands, can stand out. For six years ZW3D has covered the process chain from inquiry handling to the transfer of NC programs on the machines. Meanwhile, ZW3D received three premium licenses for a smooth "end to end" order processing and a "light" version of the CAD-examination in the bidding phase in the house.

 

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For a small company like Feist even a small amount of investment is essential, "ZW3D has rapidly improved all business," recalls Peter Feist. "Compared to our old system, it’s much easier and faster. The transition went smoothly. Because of this easy-learning system, the training cost is kept low and even newcomers can deliver results quickly."

 

Moreover, the redesigned user interface ZW3D 2012, which opens at the variety of projects and is a significant time-savor, enabling a faster constructive work. Though, the conciseness and efficiency are important, Peter Feist puts far more emphasis on technical fitness of the system.

 

A CAD / CAM-system for all tasks

 

These include primarily the built-in interfaces that allow a proper exchange of data and a smooth handling of foreign data. As part of a complex supply chain, Feist relies on seamless communication with others, such as the development department of an auto manufacturer who sends a complete 3D model of an engine to clients, or the calculation providers who carry out the acoustic and thermal analyzes. Employees need to be provided with quick and correct data volume. Interfaces for importing from all major CAD systems and for export to neutral formats, such as Step or IGES, are included in the standard package of software.

 

High licensing costs of 3D CAD/CAM software and the fact that there are important interfaces to have, and few options make it very expensive. In addition, customers rely explicitly on the company's expertise in manufacturing, which allows the mold maker a lot of freedom in selecting a system. "We will always work with external data. Independence and flexibility are very important to us and ZW3D enables us to preserve these, "says Peter Feist.

 

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The strong compatibility of ZW3D supports external systems as well as the other services in Feist's portfolio, such as 3D printing technology and laser sintering. The CAD system can scan data in the form of point clouds. Finally, this versatile software, makes it possible to deploy a single enterprise-wide CAD / CAM solution, which speaks highly for ZW3D.

 

Besides the handling external communication, the system which covers the entire internal process chain is the focus. In Feist, employees solve the constructive and mechanical work, such as CAD design and NC programming. For the development of a component, the company reaches an agreement with the customer about the points of contact and the design direction. Feist completes the rest of the design and construction of shape.

 

Once a form is fully developed, the pressure of deadlines comes. Therefore, the company relies on four HSC-milling machines. But of course, the cost of the NC-programming and the transmission of the program to the machine are essential factors. The company always has to two or three parallel projects, and about 150 types of different sizes of products can be produced through a year.

 

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To be able to afford the quality of the productions while given a time limit, it requires the employee to be responsible for a system project, which accompanied employees from A to Z and in particular the transition from CAD to CAM offers perfect consistency. In particular, the critical transfer of NC programs on the machine via integrated postprocessors, ZW3D fulfills accurately.

 

Valuable point: regional support

 

Specialists of the regional ZWSOFT distributor Encee CAD / CAM Systems admitted Feist’s customizing of the 5-axis post processor. For a small company like Feist which is in touch with the local service, there is another advantage in the service package of ZW3D. Competent, practical training, rapid response, short distances and a free hotline indicate a level of service and customer orientation, that users, such as Peter Feist really want to expect from their partners. Encee delivers on all of this. What particularly pleased the manager, is that ZW3D is being constantly developed by the manufacturer ZWSOFT, and very much responsive to the needs of the users. "The system was good to begin with, but we’ve noticed a significant leap forward. We'll keep it."

 

About Feist Modell- und Formenbau

 

Since 1969, Feist insists on quality and reliability in model and mold making. Fast order and customer-oriented processing have always stood in first place. The company operates on national and international markets, and relies on industry-specific new technologies and their optimization with proprietary know-how. Constant employment and modern technical equipment enable the continuity and stability of sales. The company currently has 10 employees and takes up approximately 1200m ². The education of young people will play an important role attributed to both a secure future, as well as a contribution to social responsibility. The company is a member of the modelers' Guild of Southern Bavaria. http://www.feist-modellbau.de/en/

 

About encee CAD/CAM Systeme

 

Snice 1995, Encee CAD / CAM Systems GmbH in Amberg Kümmersbruck has sold ZWCAD and ZW3D for ZWSOFT in Germany and had the regional contact from advice through to technical support. The CAD / CAM are functionality based on the 1985 implemented and steadily development of VX technology. In Germany, Austria and Switzerland, Encee has over 1,000 customers in the areas of industrial design, tool and mold making, plastics and mechanical engineering and aerospace technology. As an authorized reseller partners since 2011, the Encee office also offers 3D printers from HP.  http://www.encee.de/cgi-bin/view/Main/WebHome

 

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ZW3D is cost-effective CAD/CAM software for 3D modeling, mold design, and machining, which takes engineers from concept to finished product in one easy-to-use, single collaborative environment. http://www.zwsoft.com/products/zw3d.html
 

 

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