While many manufacturers outsource their production to save costs, Axelent Engineering in Sweden has forged a different path. The manufacturer decided to continue producing its smart machinery locally and ramped up its use of automation to work more efficiently.
“A few years ago, there was a general trend for manufacturers to move production to regions with lower labor costs and we were amazed that they hadn’t analyzed what automation could bring to the table,” said Richard Skogward, CEO of Axelent Engineering. “We wanted to continue to produce within our own country and turned to high technology and automation to differentiate ourselves.”
Axelent Engineering knew it needed to digitalize its processes and grow its technological capabilities to support its workforce and continue delivering the best machines to its customers. It also wanted to create a centralized design database to reuse part designs for future machines and explore the potential of simulation and virtual twin experiences. This led to a successful partnership with Dassault Systèmes to implement the Simplified Smart Equipment industry solution based on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, which is now the backbone of its product development and manufacturing processes.
Today, Axelent Engineering is leading the way as it continues the transition from a traditional mechanical workshop into what it calls a competence company, focused on developing smart machinery.
“Our core competence is making our customers profitable throughout the lifetime of the machines they buy from us,” Skogward said. “They look to us to deliver smart, self-correcting machines that are easy to run but deliver maximum efficiency and output.”
Read the full story to discover how Axelent Engineering has set itself on an upward trajectory for success as it grows its capabilities and adopts new, more efficient ways of working.