Automation within engineering saves time and money, reduces human error and enables scalability. It can also relieve qualified experts of time-consuming tasks, freeing up more time for tasks that add more value to your business.
We founded clous to help our customers free themselves from manual and repetitive activities and automate their processes. With our approach, which we developed at Fraunhofer, we can help our customers save time and resources and focus on the important things.
The clous.engine enables the continuous use of digital data in engineering and product data handling. Interruptions in the digital process are overcome by linking previously incompatible software and preparing data sets that cannot be evaluated.
The end-to-end process reduces time requirements and costs. Qualified specialists are also released from repetitive and non-innovative tasks and can concentrate fully on the core of corporate value creation.
Incompatible software and file formats
Old data that cannot be evaluated
Manual evaluation of inhomogeneous project data
Automated processing of repetitive tasks
Reduces processing time and costs
Concentration of employees on the core of corporate value creation
The clous.engine is the digital platform to meet your individual challenges to produce end-to-end digital processes. With an extensive library of standardized workflow components, a solution can be developed for almost any process. While the focus is on purely automatic components, manual process steps up to the integration of third party service providers can also be included.
Automated conversion of technical drawings into 3D models
Time-consuming conversion of technical drawings into 3D models can be accomplished quickly and efficiently with clous.engine. The prepared, customizable workflow of clous.engine can process native as well as neutral vector and image based file formats like DXF, DWG, PDF, TIFF and many more formats and output CAD models in all common native and neutral 3D formats. Assemblies are also possible.
Change large quantities of technical drawings
Occasionally, large volumes of product data have to be adapted. While this is mostly possible with manageable effort for homogeneous metadata in the PDM, the adaptation or addition of information in technical documents such as drawings used to be a time-consuming, manual process. An adapted workflow of the clous.engine can be trained to the individual problem and can solve this task with a high degree of automation in a time and cost saving way.
Model simplification for IP protection and data reduction
By simplifying 3D models, the amount of data can be significantly reduced without losing the outer shape and relevant connection points of a component or system. This simplifies, for example, the provision of product models for customers or the use of models of complex subsystems in larger designs. At the same time, the elimination of internal structures effectively protects your IP. The clous.engine offers a customizable workflow that keeps the simplified model up to date even during the change process.
Workflows of clous.engine automate repetitive and non-creative tasks in engineering. In the following, we name areas where you can particularly benefit.
Digital Twin and Digital Continuity
Shape and maintain the Ditgital Twin of your product with data from the entire product lifecycle. Workflows of clous.engine can take this data at the point of origin, analyze it, prepare it and feed it to your Digital Twin.
Adaptation of product data
Large inventories of product data must be regularly updated according to new internal and external standards. These can concern design models, drawings, data sheets or metadata. Workflows of clous.engine can take over this task in a time and cost saving way and with their AI even consider individual requirements when adapting across product and part families.
Calculation and feasibility
The workflows of clous.engine are able to check the feasibility of a multitude of customer requests according to individual specifications and support or even completely take over the cost calculation by extracting relevant variables and parameters. Therefore you save the time of your employees and increase your chance to get orders by fast offers.
clous.engine is already the solution for a multitude of customers to save time in daily engineering, to minimize errors and to scale services. Let the following examples inspire you how the clous.engine can advance your engineering.
For the products of the leading supplier of technical ceramics, the workflows of clous.engine reliably and quickly perform feasibility checks and price calculations in the field of ceramic substrates, sliding rings and additively manufactured components. The data is directly transferred from the product website and/or the inquiry management into the clous.engine workflows - without human intervention.
Product data workflows of the clous.engine take over the automated generation of 3D annotation based on the existing technical drawings into the 3D design models. A significant contribution to the Digital Twin and the engineering of the future.
Workflows of the clous.engine automatically derive the catalog models of the leading standard parts manufacturer for the provision of 3D CAD catalogs for customer download from the Hasco website. The models are parametrically optimized and, in addition to the individual download, also provided in compact libraries for integration into the customer's development environment.
Complex components are converted from customer-supplied 2D drawings into 3D models for the machining expert.