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LOMA Systems

LOMA systems is a global supplier of equipment for the food industry. We supply machines to companies who want to check for quality of the product going down the production line. So this is looking for contaminate or checking for the weight of product or even looking for real foreign body detection which we use our X-Ray machines for. We have 10 sites globally, 4 of those actually design centres. We use SolidWorks mechanical 3D cad as well as PDM Pro and we also now use SolidWorks Electrical. For LOMA we felt SolidWorks was the best fit in terms of flexibility and mechanical design. I think with our new X-Ray product being able to visualise all the space and fit all the components before we actually cut any metal was of huge benefit to us.

SolidWorks Electrical came a little later than the mechanical, but we’re working on integrating that in with the 3D CAD so we can work on routings. That means we can lay out wiring looms into our mechanical designs to get the cable lengths exactly right.

Sheet Metal is very important for LOMA; we do a huge amount of sheet metal work including weldments. That’s something that has really saved us a lot of time.

In our production base we have some computers which allow the production team to access design information and assemblies so they can see how the assemblies meant to go together, they measure from that. That means they don’t have to disturb engineers and stop the engineers from doing their work. They can just answer all the questions really from the design data that’s available on screen to them.

Spatial awareness inside the cabinet is quite important, for the X-Ray generator we need space for the aeration of that to keep it cool. It’s much more easy to visualise what goes on inside the cabinet with a 3D package. Importing 3D models from suppliers, they supply the imaging as a STEP file and we’re able to import that. That’s very useful, it saves a lot of time.

We have 4 servers for CAD and they replicate data and people can actually share data from the central master PDM database. Suppliers can actually access through a web portal our PDM system through a system of drawing issue and control. That means we can give them access to only approved drawing and drawing data, this includes models. So if they need to have a CNC model to be able to create a component for LOMA, then we can produce that.

We’re looking at introducing a new ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) system and we would like to integrate our new ERP with PDM and the bill of materials in mechanical SolidWorks. That would mean we would have a bi-directional link of information for Bills of Materials.

Previously we were on an old ME10 2D CAD system and it takes a while to switch between a 2D to 3D because you have to build up your 3D data. But once you’ve done that, and Cadtek were very helpful during that process in terms of training and support. Engineers can share screens with the Cadtek staff, they access it through the actual SolidWorks application itself with the Extranet portal. Just log a call via email if they wish to, so that’s definitely used across the world.

Overview

LOMA Systems is the global leader in the design and manufacture of metal detection, checkweighing and x-ray inspection systems for the food, pharmaceutical and packaging industries. Their products are uniquely engineered to facilitate compliance with international product safety standards, weight legislation and retailers’ codes of practice.

Sean Hannan, business systems manager at LOMA, explains how SolidWorks with Cadtek Systems support has helped them develop and grow. Using SolidWorks PDM Professional along with the Mechanical and Electrical 3D CAD, LOMA are able to share data across multiple sites quickly and securely.

 

For LOMA we felt SolidWorks was the best fit in terms of flexibility and mechanical design.

Sheet Metal is very important for LOMA; we do a huge amount of sheet metal work including weldments. That’s something that has really saved us a lot of time.

Engineers can share screens with the Cadtek staff, they access it through the actual SolidWorks application itself with the Extranet portal.

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