Shift to Autodesk Product Design Suite, 3D Design Pays Off for Malaysia Manufacturer

Group Achieves 95 Percent Accuracy and Shaves Two Months Off Development Time 

Group, a Malaysian-based manufacturer of automotive and industrial paint
systems, has improved its accuracy of design and delivered products to market quicker
as a result of using Autodesk Product Design
and other Autodesk digital prototyping tools.

Combat Group supplies painting line systems to a variety of major automotive, two-wheeler
and industrial companies with assembly plants in developing nations. Using
Autodesk software, Combat Group has increased
design accuracy to close to 95 percent, reduced development time by two months
and increased customer satisfaction by more than 45 percent. For its innovative work, Autodesk has
recognized Combat Group as the January Inventor of the Month.

Combat Group handles all
aspects of its painting line systems, including design,
manufacture, installation and commissioning. “Combat places a strong
importance on both the quality of our work and our delivery speed,” said Tan
Chuen Hau, Business Operations Manager at Combat Enterprise, one of the group’s
key divisions. “Autodesk Product Design Suite allows us to deliver well-designed,
quality fabrications to our industrial clients in a competitive timeframe.”

3D Design Process Brings Competitive Edge

off its 35-year foundation leveraging 2D CAD solutions for drafting to AutoCAD, AutoCAD Mechanical and AutoCAD LT, Combat Group
saw incorporating 3D design into its processes
via Autodesk Inventor software featured
in Autodesk Product Design Suite as a way to increase its competitiveness.

Since the
company frequently deals with automotive and industrial factories, it has to
take into consideration how to incorporate a variety of machines and equipment within
each facility. Space is a critical factor,
and having 3D rendering allows Combat Group to seamlessly integrate the
complete paint system with precision equipment placement and manage complex
process piping and cable routing in the overall building layout.

designing for the fabrication stage, Autodesk Inventor software reduces a lot
of the missteps that can occur later on in the work process if the initial
design has some flaws. Combat Group has found that with more detailed and
accurate 3D models, it spends significantly less time engaged in back and forth
with the customer trying to get the fabrication right.

Partly due
to this increased workflow efficiency, Combat Group has seen customer
satisfaction rise from 45 percent to 78 percent since adopting Autodesk
Product Design Suite and 3D design processes.