RACING AGAINST THE CLOCK
When it comes to manufacturing precision, ANCA is the go-to source for many companies seeking high-performance Computer Numerical Control (CNC) grinding machines and systems. In business since 1974, ANCA has managed a long-standing reputation for reliability and precision with its international customer base.
Maintaining this reputation has never been more important with the company’s latest product offering, a nextgeneration CNC and digital servo drive system, the 5DX. By committing themselves to a strict two-year development timeline, right on time for a critical international trade expo in Germany, ANCA faced a number of design challenges requiring unique solutions. Will the team be able to deliver, as they race against the clock?
THE CORE OF COMPLEXITY
At the heart of ANCA’s next-generation digital servo drive system resides a complex interior of electronics consisting of 20+ complex, high-density PCBs. In addition, developing a powerful CNC product requires the participation of a range of engineering disciplines, from electronic to mechanical and software engineering. All of these processes and teams must interact seamlessly together to produce the highly-precise and reliable products that ANCA has forged its reputation upon.
In addition to a high-degree of design complexity, ANCA’s project is also complicated by a lack of flexibility for multiple design iterations due to an incredibly tight deadline. Without the time to create multiple concepts or prototypes, the team of dedicated electrical engineers needs an electronics design software capable of providing incredibly accurate and quality designs. How will the ANCA team be able to forge this product from concept to creation without a highlyproductive and unified design environment?
RACING FOR THE FINISH LINE
ANCA chose Altium Designer to spearhead their complex electronic design needs for the 5DX. Needing a tool that was highly reliable and focused on productivity called for software that integrated the entire design workflow into one seamless whole.
ANCA clearly did not have time to learn multiple software environments while trying to piece together schematic capture and PCB layout tools into one unified system. They needed a solution that was already unified, ready to work with immediately. ANCA’s decision to choose Altium Designer amongst the competition came down to a few key characteristics that Altium Designer excels at, including:
ANCA also leveraged the use of technical support for Altium Designer during their design process, citing the support team as “second to none” in terms of quality and technical expertise. With a completed electronics design in hand thanks to a highly-productive design environment and the assistance of a skilled Altium Designer support team, ANCA went on to verify the mechanical aspects of the design using the company’s proprietary Unigraphics NX mechanical modeling and design software.
RIGHT ON TIME
Combining a team of highly-skilled engineers and Altium Designer allowed ANCA to finish the development of their digital servo drive system right on time for their trade show appearance in Germany. With Altium Designer, the ANCA team was able to keep the design process on track, using a set of high-productivity tools under a unified design environment that was both easy-to-use and powerful enough to accommodate a complex, 20+ PCB design process. The successful launch of the 5DX has been instrumental in cementing ANCA’s reputation as an international leader in the CNC industry, thanks in part to Altium Designer.