Industrial EquipmentMay 12, 2023

Injecting innovation at speed into customized vacuum pumps

Edwards’ Czech Republic division adopted the 3DEXPERIENCE platform to gain full visibility of the product development lifecycle to develop new vacuum pump designs faster.
Avatar Rebecca Lambert

From its cutting-edge facility in Lutín in the Czech Republic, Edwards develops the essential vacuum technology required to make products such as pharmaceutical drugs and lithium-ion batteries. Found in all manner of industrial settings, Edwards’ vacuum pumps and systems create sterile environments and pressures below atmospheric levels. Semiconductor and pharmaceutical manufacturers rely on these vacuum pumps in their production setups to enhance performance and make their processes safer, faster and more economical.

Key to Edwards’ and its customers’ success is their ability to work closely together. As they continue to push the boundaries of innovation, they need to be able to share data in a fast and very secure way. This is particularly important when developing customized pumps – an area of Edwards’ business which continues to grow at pace.

To keep up with demand for customization, the company required a single platform on which to manage all aspects of the product development lifecycle. Therefore, Edwards made the decision to enhance its digital capabilities and move from siloes to continuous workflows by implementing the 3DEXPERIENCE platform.

“We have multiple large projects in the works focused on customization,” said Petr Smerek, engineering manager, responsible for R&D at Edwards. “We needed to find a way to connect our product lifecycle management and bring our data together in one place. This is exactly what the 3DEXPERIENCE platform delivers.”

Today, thanks to secure, collaborative spaces in the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, the Czech Republic division of Edwards is speeding up product development and making informed decisions about new vacuum pump designs ahead of manufacturing them. It lets the right people with the correct access permissions see the information they need at the right time and share feedback.

The company has also modernized its project management capabilities. Edwards can efficiently organize all new R&D activities, compare project plans, generate task sequences and make accurate calculations about required resources on the platform.

Read the full story to discover more about how Edwards takes advantage of the power of the 3DEXPERIENCE platform to achieve rapid and responsible innovation and deliver customized vacuum pumps that give its customers a competitive advantage.

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