Industry News | by Petra Lugner | May 27, 2021
Columbus McKinnon Engineered Products has revised its user-friendly CAD download center "CAD & go" for the configuration of Pfaff-silberblau products and geared the tool even more closely to user requirements. The optimized CAD & go platform, which was launched in April 2021, offers significantly improved performance, new content and even more functions.
The tool has a completely new look and feel with improved usability that enables intuitive operation. In addition to the actual product configuration, CAD & go offers the option of subsequent 3D/2D CAD data output. Users can integrate their configured Pfaff-silberblau CAD models directly into their own CAD design.
The new design of the CAD & go platform and its extended range of functions are now even more in line with the users' desire for simplified operation. No previous knowledge is required for use; CAD & go works completely intuitively – simply start the tool and configure the desired Pfaff-silberblau product.
CAD & go can be used anonymously and barrier-free by any website visitor, i.e. without registering or the hassle of having to enter user-related address and contact data. It has never been easier to create a custom 3D model, download it and immediately copy it into your own CAD drawing.
After starting CAD & go, a clear tile menu appears, which initially provides users with an overview of all configurable products. They can now simply select the desired product with a mouse click and are immediately taken to the corresponding configuration screen. The configuration is now much faster and easier despite the greater variety and variability of products.
New clearly arranged selection fields facilitate navigation. Each individual drop-down menu contains all available product-specific options to choose from. The configured product variants are displayed immediately in a preview.
Interested parties can send specific enquiries about the configured Pfaff-silberblau products to Columbus McKinnon directly from the configuration menu and thus benefit from a faster process.
The content of the SHE, HSE and MERKUR screw jacks in particular has been expanded. This also applies, for example, to designs with a protective tube and anti-turn device, with inductive or mechanical limit switches and with a motor mounting flange. In addition to the input fields for ratio and lift, there are now also input options for the different head designs and for the position of the shaft ends (left, right, both sides).
There are also extensions for safety worm gear screw jacks which are suitable for all applications where the safety of persons is critical and where the relevant standards apply, for example DIN EN 280 (mobile elevating work platforms), DIN EN 1493 (vehicle lifting platforms), DIN EN 1570 (safety requirements for lifting tables) or DIN EN 1756 (tail lifts).
With just a few clicks of the mouse, individual CAD data for Pfaff-silberblau products can be conveniently created and downloaded as 2D or 3D models for further processing in the customer's own CAD program. Users can select the required CAD format and use the "Download" button to create the CAD model in the selected format. The CAD model is then generated and saved in the CAD & go download center.
Similar to a digital shopping basket, any number of CAD models can be saved and then downloaded or sent by e-mail. Since all configurations can always be cached, it is ensured at all times that the CAD data of the individual product configurations is never lost, for example if a glitch occurs (e.g. in the online connection).
Any interested party can use the online tool for configuring Pfaff-silberblau products directly without registering at https://cad.pfaff-silberblau.com.
About Pfaff-silberblau and Columbus McKinnon Engineered Products
The company Columbus McKinnon Engineered Products GmbH, Kissing/Germany, has ranked with its brand Pfaff-silberblau for many decades amongst the technology leaders in components and system solutions for mechanical motion and lifting technology. The portfolio ranges from sophisticated screw jack elements to innovative linear drives through to powerful lifting tables and wire rope winches. On the basis of these components, Columbus McKinnon Engineered Products also offers customized solutions for a wide range of different fields of application.
Columbus McKinnon Engineered Products is a subsidiary of the listed McKinnon Corporation (CMCO), Getzville/USA, a leading supplier of lifting and materials handling equipment. Columbus McKinnon Engineered Products is a partner of the VDMA sustainability initiative Blue Competence (www.bluecompetence.net). Further information on Columbus McKinnon Engineered Products along with its brand Pfaff-silberblau is available online at www.pfaff-silberblau.com.