Implementing A CAD System TO Reduce Costs


This report will analyze a proposal on how Woodbridge Foam could become more
competitive through improvements in technology. This includes the saving of the
companies money, shortening the design time for new products, decreasing quoting
time and improving quality overall. By implementing a company wide CAD system,
which would be networked together with each customer and all plants, these
improvements could be achieved. Research will include interviewing various
employees as to how business is done and what influences the winning or loosing
of a contract. Research will also include study of both customer and
competitors systems.

Project Scope & Current Evaluation Goals Supported by CAD Initiative:

In converting to a completely independent CAD system, there are a few aspects of
operation which would be greatly improved. The first of the improvements would
be the elimination of paper communication. The need to transfer large drawings
using mylars would cease to be, thus helping provide a paper less environment.
Another improvement as a result of CAD would be that of achieving much tighter
tolerances in building new products. Using a CAD system, part designs could be
received in an electronic format such as a math model. These models are
currently in use by customers such as GM, BMW and Mercedes. The effect of
having math models of all new products would enable a quicker turnaround in both
quoting and production of products. CAD Vendors & Hardware Suppliers: Upon
observing the various systems used by several customers and suppliers, the major
CAD vendors worth consideration have been identified. Manufacturers of high
quality workstations which have been distinguish are: Hewlett Packard (HP) IBM
Silicon Graphics (SGI) SUN Premium, fully functional CAD solutions are: CATIA
(Dassault / IBM) Computervision (Computervision / TSI) SDRC (SDRC / CAD
Solutions) Unigraphics (EDS) Current System Description Success Factors: In
implementing a new, otherwise foreign system into an established habitual way of
doing things, there are several success factors which must be examined. If
these factors are carefully thought over, a favorable shift from old to new may
be obtained. Some critical success factors are as follows: Vendor availability
- Will the chosen system supplier be readily available for technical support?
Product engineering acceptance - Will those who are set in their ways be willing
to abandon their habitual manner of operating? Training - Thorough training of
all related employees must be completed before introduction of the new
system. Data management - A new manner of recording all vital information must
be established and proper procedures documented. Customer interface - Will the
chosen system be compatible with those used by our customers and will needed
data be easily convertible?

Company Weaknesses:

Currently, there are many aspects of our situation which present problems in
coping with changing times, which in turn affect the development of technology.
Some weaknesses in the company which curtail our affiliation with the
developmental progress of our customers and suppliers are: We cannot easily
accept electronic data; We must deal in manual drawings; We have many copies of
similar drawings; We have multiple ECN levels; We have minimal CAD knowledge; We
must perform manual volume calculations.

Threats to Business:

If procedures are not taken in order to improve on the present company
weaknesses, there are bona fide threats which could potentially harm future
progress and business. Once the weakness in the company have been effaced, the
following threat to our business may be eliminated or greatly reduced. The
immediate threats are: Suppliers may assume the design role; Competitors able to
accept electronic input; No business with new products; Deterioration of
communications; Lost productivity Process Description: As in most large
corporations, our process generally follows a standard order of operations.
There are several departments or areas which have functions. Based on the
function of a department or area, a focus area is established and followed.
Department/Area Function Focus Area


Designs seat

Product Engineering

Designs tool to manufacture seat


Builds tools and supplies components needed to manufacture and construct seat

Product Evaluation & Costing

Costs seat based on foam and components used, manufacturing costs and assembly


Locates seat component suppliers and oversees development and manufacture of


Manufactures and assembles seat

Quality Control

Ensures that products meet our own and customer standards

Sales / Marketing

Processes orders and manages overall customer relationships

New System Requirements CAD System Requirements:

The CAD system which is chosen must be capable of performing several specific
tasks. In order for a new system to be of any use to the company and an aid to
its advancement, it must present an improvement in various areas. Some of the
short term requirement of a new CAD system are: Capable of 3D modeling including
solids; May be used for