As part of the development of any automation solution, all of our systems are modeled in a comprehensive 3D design software called SolidWorks. This gives the project and plant manager the ability to complete a virtual walk through of the project. During this review, often forgotten component placements can be viewed prior to construction. As an example: location of HMIs, control stations, walk ways, head room clearance, lift truck aisles, conduit and tubing runs – to list a few.
Maintenance managers see this as a valuable tool for reviewing access to equipment prior to installation for maintenance purposes. As an example, checking to insure there is room to remove or maintain a component, or insure other components are not in the way.