Handling Systems & Conveyors, with locations in Little Rock and Hot Springs, AR, designs, fabricates, and installs custom handling equipment. They build towline systems, overhead monorail systems, power and free systems, crane systems, and skid systems just to name a few.
With experts ready and willing to conceptualize, engineer, manufacture, install, and test systems that efficiently transport and position items ranging in weight from a few ounces to several tons, as well as designing, planning, building and installing complete overhead and floor-type conveyor systems, Handling Systems & Conveyors has a wide range of projects to work on from day to day.
HSC designs a cart in Inventor
Tools of the Trade
In order to help design and plan handling systems or conveyors, HSC uses Autodesk Inventor and Autodesk AutoCAD. “The 3d modeling environment helps us to eliminate drawing errors. It also gives us a great tool for sharing concept solutions with a customer when bidding a project,” says Lee Nierstheimer, Engineer at HSC.
Delivering on a Schedule
Recently, HSC built an accumulating towline system for a company that provides the trucking industry with engineered plastic systems. For the particular system that HSC worked on, the first step was to bid on the project. Creating 2D layout drawings in AutoCAD, HSC was able to price the system and find concepts that worked for the customer.
Once HSC was chosen to build the system, the next step was to create a custom accumulation cart and track system, which was done in Autodesk inventor. They used Inventor fabrication drawings to design each 20 ft. track section (approx. 20 for this system) to special parameters. “After everything was built to the Inventor drawings it all fit together well,” says Nierstheimer, “this particular project had a tight schedule and being able to fit everything together in Inventor really helped us meet our customer’s needs.”
Staying Competitive with Digital Prototyping
Being able to visualize a project before going in to physically build it, or Digital Prototyping, is a feature of Inventor that keeps companies’ time and sometimes costs down effectively. If companies can use digital prototypes instead of physical ones, there is less waste overall, and this helps them compete in today’s market.
Digital Prototyping lets you visualize a design before it's real.
For HSC, staying competitive means always evaluating processes and workflows, as well as staying on top of technology that’s available to them. Says Nierstheimer, “our company is constantly reviewing our system designs. We are always looking for a better way to do what we do, and having the best design software helps us do just that.”
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