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IMPLEMENTING A CAD SYSTEM TO REDUCE COSTSIntroductionThis report will analyze a proposal on how Woodbridge Foam could become more competitivethrough improvements in technology This includes the saving of the companies moneyshortening the design time for new products decreasing quoting time and improving qualityoverall By implementing a company wide CAD system which would be networked together witheach customer and all plants these improvements could be achieved Research will includeinterviewing various employees as to how business is done and what influences the winning orloosing of a contract Research will also include study of both customer and competitorssystems Project Scope Current EvaluationGoals Supported by CAD InitiativeIn converting to a completely independent CAD system there are a few aspects of operationwhich would be greatly improved The first of the improvements would be the elimination ofpaper communication The need to transfer large drawings using mylars would cease to bethus helping provide a paper less environment Another improvement as a result of CAD wouldbe that of achieving much tighter tolerances in building new products Using a CAD systempart designs could be received in an electronic format such as a math model These modelsare currently in use by customers such as GM BMW and Mercedes The effect of having mathmodels of all new products would enable a quicker turnaround in both quoting and productionof products CAD Vendors Hardware Suppliers Upon observing the various systems used byseveral customers and suppliers the major CAD vendors worth consideration have beenidentified Manufacturers of high quality workstations which have been distinguish areHewlett Packard HP IBM Silicon Graphics SGI SUN Premium fully functional CAD solutionsare CATIA Dassault IBM Computervision Computervision TSI SDRC SDRC CADSolutions Unigraphics EDS Current System Description Success Factors In implementing anew otherwise foreign system into an established habitual way of doing things there areseveral success factors which must be examined If these factors are carefully thoughtover a favorable shift from old to new may be obtained Some critical success factors
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