The challenge

RUNI A/S is a Danish screw-compactor manufacturer, established in 1973. RUNI A/S machines are used to add value to a large number of different materials, either by making them suitable for recycling and onward sale, or by reducing costs of transport, disposal, or energy consumption. RUNI A/S was previously using another 3D CAD system, but it was very complex in daily use.

The solution

The company uses its three SolidWorks licenses for the construction of the screw compactors and is also using PhotoView 360 to produce photorealistic images of the machines for its sales department.

RUNI A/S has cut one-third of the development time for its waste compactors with SolidWorks. It is also very easy to find technical staff who are familiar with the CAD system.

RUNI was previously using another 3D CAD system, but it was very complex in daily use. With SolidWorks, the development department has managed to cut development time for new products by up to 30 percent, estimates Niels Nielsen, a designer, and technical support manager at RUNI.

He points out that the user-friendliness in SolidWorks, combined with the fact that so many technical people today are trained in the use of the CAD system are very important parameters for RUNI: “It is vital for us that we can find people who from day one can get started creating value with the CAD system. It would not have been possible with the previous system.”

Niels Nielsen describes SolidWorks Enterprise PDM as the lifeblood of RUNI: “We manage drawings and revisions with the PDM system and convey product information to our ERP system. We have complete track of the history around our 3D models and drawings, and we can quickly search and find them. We could not do this without the system today and although it requires an investment, I strongly recommend the system to every company who is using SolidWorks.”

The next CAD challenge RUNI is facing is to automate the design work and drawing production using a product configuration tool, says Niels Nielsen. He estimates that RUNI could realize considerable time savings in its product development work. At the same time, he expects that the product configuration will be an effective tool in the sales work, where the company’s salespeople with 3D information from the CAD system at sales meetings will be able to configure customized machines: “We are looking at using one of the tools that exist for SolidWorks, and I expect that we will be embarking on an automation project for our design work during the coming year,” he says.

RUNI also is considering using SolidWorks Composer to produce technical documentation in the future, says Niels Nielsen. “We will for example be able to use the system to produce technical manuals and maintain them, and I am excited to learn more about the details of the system.”

The success

  • With SolidWorks, the development time for new products has been cut by 30 percent
  • SolidWorks is easy to use and fast to learn
  • Easy to find trained SolidWorks designers

”SolidWorks is very easy and fast to use, and it is easy to find technicians who are trained in using the system. At the same time, we were about to update the document database for our existing CAD system and it was cheaper to move to SolidWorks and SolidWorks Enterprise PDM than to do the upgrade.”

Niels Nielsen