Looking for a 3D simulation and layout planning tool
With 14 factories, 55,000 employees and 2017 sales of EUR 8.9 billion, KONE is a global leader in the elevator and escalator industry. The Finnish-based company provides elevators, escalators and automatic building doors, as well as solutions for maintenance and modernization, which add value to the life cycle of any building.
As KONE has grown over the years, so has the demand on their factories.
“A bit more than a year ago, we saw the need to change how we communicated with our stakeholders about assembly cells planning,” said Miikka Ahola, KONE’s Manufacturing Solutions Manager for KSU Manufacturing Solutions.
“New production processes are complex and difficult to explain via CAD and Excel, especially with robotics.”
Miikka and his team decided it was time to look for a solution that could not only help them with planning and designing new production solutions, but also improve their communication with stakeholders during the planning and development process.
“We were mapping potential solutions for simulation and layout planning for our factories and we wanted to have 3D layouts, as they help a lot in visualizing the layout and space requirements,” said Miikka.
“When looking for potential suppliers we found Visual Components software.”
After conducting an evaluation of potential software solutions, Miikka and his team decided to move forward with Visual Components.
“Using Visual Components was a lot easier compared to other products we evaluated. That was very critical to us,” said Miikka.