A hot topic everyone at Dinnissen is talking about is smart working. A few years ago, all processes were critically examined. The result? Use the principle of smart working as a connecting factor between different disciplines.
More than ten years ago, the company switched over from mechanical 2D drawing to 3D. “It was the perfect opportunity for us to also make changes to our mechanical engineering processes – smarter changes”, says Kuijpers.
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The moment a project starts within Dinnissen, the Mechanical Engineering department gets to work. Johan Hermans, Manager of Service & Automation, explains: “At the very beginning of a project, the first thing a project manager does is make a P&ID diagram, which is drawing an instrumentation diagram. The P&ID basically shows the ‘blocks’ or steps as they are applied in a project, along with the instruments and engines that we’ll be using. All machines are designed so that they are project independent, which enables us to cleverly reuse parts for other projects. Once engineering has finished designing the machine, the drawing goes into a batch plot, which we developed right here at Dinnissen. The purpose of the batch plot is to check a drawing package on compliance with the current agreements and manufacturability before it is printed. It also ensures the data is communicated with the ERP production systems and that all drawings and relevant documents are printed. Otherwise routine tasks of engineers are thus automated, freeing up their time for other matters that add value for our customers. We have now reached the point where mechanical engineering is being integrated with electrical engineering. The data is delivered in such a way that generating electrical drawings, software for PLCs and documentation is now a virtually fully automated task for engineering.”