Molex Reduces Design Time by up to 90%, Ultimately Saving 120 Hours per Project
Molex, a manufacturer of electronic solutions, was looking to build out their PoE (power over Ethernet) lighting schedule. Since Molex works with complex systems and larger buildings, their PoE are powered from a central location and goes through multiple components that distribute the power and control to the lights and each piece of equipment. This limits the amount of power for each lighting circuit and the number of lights that the system could control and power.
Due to the increased need for PoE design from customers and the desire to scale their business to meet the demand, Molex needed to streamline the manual processes they currently had in place. It was taking Molex two to three weeks to manually analyze and sort the data and then recheck the data for quality control. Molex reached out to Applied Software Technology Inc. to help with standardizing their content development process and automating their PoE schedule in AutoCAD MEP.
Applied Software helped Molex reduce the time required for the process of designing the control, which includes the sequencing from the server to the gateway and then to the devices. Where this used to be a manual process that took Molex up to 120 hours per project, Applied Software was able to help Molex reduce the PoE design time by up to 90%.
With the support of Applied Software, Molex is anticipating up to a 90% reduction in the amount of time to develop the schedule. This will ultimately result in 40 – 60 hours of time savings per project. Additionally, this is a tool that Molex has adopted and distributed to partnered consultants that will make it much easier for outside designers to spec and use Molex products/system for future projects.
An important ROI for this project was that it created stronger adoption of Autodesk solutions, in particular AutoCAD MEP. The customer was not able to do the whole design process in AutoCAD and relied on a database and Excel. This tool provided AutoCAD as the database for the solution and streamlined the design in the Autodesk solution. Lastly, AutoCAD gave Molex more flexibility to help them achieve the outcomes they wanted.
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