To match the growing market demands for cookware, all kinds of tools, utensils, appliances, etc. are springing up to attract consumers’ attention. For a 60-year-old kitchenware brand, how to stay competitive and innovative? TAÇ MUTFAK from Turkey attaches great importance to product R&D, design, and manufacturing with ZW3D.
Figure 1. Double-sided frying pan designed by TAÇ MUTFAK with ZW3D
Kitchenware Design: All About the Patterns
Founded in 1960, TAÇ Porselen ve Mutfak Eşyaları (TAÇ MUTFAK for short) is a renowned Istanbul-based kitchenware manufacturer with several famous sub-brands such as Vallena® and Aksu®. Via more than a thousand dealers worldwide, TAÇ MUTFAK aspires to reach more customers with more tasty products.
According to Mr. İlker Coşkun, R&D manager of TAÇ MUTFAK, patterns are crucial to kitchenware design and take up much of their work time. Therefore, besides the price tag, they need to take the variety and specialty of flexible modeling into consideration when choosing a design program. To find out whether one is suitable, two tests are inevitable: a) the pattern must not be deformed when it is applied to different parts of the model; b) automatic threading operations must be available. He recalled, “ZW3D is famous for designing patterns, and I have been using it since 2007 because it is the most eligible program.”
ZW3D Accelerates Product Iteration without Sacrificing Quality
At first, they had some hurdles getting their bearings. But the after-sales services offered by Grup Otomasyon, a Turkish ZWSOFT partner quickly dispelled their misgivings. “I am so pleased with the technical support and service of ZWSOFT and your local partner. You reach me every time I need it,” Mr. Coşkun appreciated.
Once they can start to create, the advantages of this integrated CAD/CAM solution available in Turkish manifest themselves. During the modeling stage, a bunch of handy CAD features such as Hole, Morph, Wrap, and Direct Edit help boost their productivity. Mr. Coşkun cheerfully added, “BOM is one of my favorite ZW3D functions. It is particularly useful for us to sync information with our ERP system. We usually need to do cost accounting for our different products. Since our products come in different sizes and materials like granite, steel, and glass, ZW3D is very practical for this: we can export BOMs as Excel® files rapidly and directly.”
Also, ZW3D’s mold design functions come in handy. For example, analysis tools enable the automatic detection and healing of unnoticeable mismatched faces, open edges, and gaps; while Parting helps them create parting faces and split the mold effortlessly. Moreover, after the design is complete, they can move on to machining straightaway, shortening the time to market. In the CAM environment, Pocket, Rough Milling, etc. allow them to generate toolpaths and NC codes fast. Mr. Coşkun praised, “ZW3D makes it very easy to transmit from CAD to CAM. Plus, I am very satisfied with its CAM features. The calculating speed is very high.”
Figure 2. Mold Parting in ZW3D
The Success Will Span Generations with ZW3D
Innovation, fashion, technology, and the expectations of consumers are the core ingredients of TAÇ MUTFAK kitchen and tableware. To continue this recipe for success, TAÇ MUTFAK will keep blending ZW3D into their product design and manufacturing processes. “Our collaboration with ZWSOFT will proceed. I have already suggested ZW3D to our partner companies, and 2 of them have bought and are using ZW3D now,” concluded Mr. Coşkun.
(Image courtesy of TAÇ MUTFAK)