Fico Cables relies on Enventive® for shorter development cycles

José Mendes, Technical Director

“To constantly remain ahead of our competition, we need to be able to innovate more quickly than our competitors while ensuring better compliance to the demands of our customers. Enventive has been a cost effective, easy to implement solution that has helped our engineering teams get to the correct critical design parameters more quickly and at the first time.”

Pedro Lopes, Product Engineering Manager

“Our engineering team was able to use Enventive after 4 days of training. We have been able to correct some design mistakes that were done in the past due to the limitations of the tools we were using. In the end, our customer praised us for the speed and professionalism with which we have been able to complete and present the DFSS phase on this project.”

Fico Cables LDA, a company of the Ficosa Group, is a global leader in the design and manufacturing of cables and cable actuators for the automotive industry. José Mendes and Pedro Lopes of Fico initially performed an evaluation of different tolerance analysis packages present on the market. Enventive was one of the packages evaluated.

After several presentations, the commitment of Fico Cables for Enventive was decided based on the fact that Enventive was the only tool to have complex contact modelling capabilities as well as unlimited capabilities to model and statistically optimise any physical parameter (force, temperature, pressure, friction).

The implementation of Enventive started by the training of 4 persons. Before and after the training, the trainer from Enventive’s European sales partner Cognition Europe, spent some time in order to get to know the types of analyses needed in Fico Cables’ business and how Enventive could help perform them quickly, more accurately and more easily. In the end, this enabled the training to be focused not only on theoretical aspects, but also on the ways design and optimisation issues can be addressed on a daily basis.

The collaboration between Fico Cables and Enventive/Cognition was extended to assist on the most urgent projects and during presentations to OEM customers. After this experience with Enventive, five more users were trained to be able to use Enventive on a daily basis. Fico Cables now agrees that Enventive brings more than a simple tolerance analysis tool; Enventive offers structured architecture and innovative modelling capabilities. Enventive allows Fico to optimize any critical parameter very early in the development process and to monitor statistical process control accordingly.

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