Tods Aerospace Limited based in Somerset, is a leading UK composite specialist. Their work is found in a range of aerospace, mass transport, defence, marine, telecommunications and other applications. The company designs and manufactures from a range of composite materials, some of which are produced in-house or subcontracted to Tods’ own or an OEM’s specification.
Tods has been a Dassault Systèmes CATIA user for 7 years and now has a total of 8 CATIA V4 and V5 seats. It is partly due to its enthusiastic acceptance of the V5 PLM that the company was recently awarded an exclusive 5-year contract to supply composites to a major British defence helicopter OEM.
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Tod’s Engineering Director, Peter Eckersall explained the importance of V5 PLM at the company. “To win this valuable contract we had to demonstrate our ability to work within the Digital Product system operated by the OEM. This involves direct integration with the OEM’s PLM system via VPN lines. Using this route we can access the OEM’s Digital Mock Up (DMU). This enables concurrent design engineering practices that allow us to check assembly clashes and parts interference.”
This practice produces considerable time savings. Eckersall says “We are achieving a 20% reduction in design effort and sometimes that figure is much higher.”