KEEPING IT SAFE
Manufacturing Today|June 2020
SAFE MANUFACTURER USES A SOFTWARE TO CREATE A NEW GENERATION OF PRODUCTS.

SIEMENS PLM SOFTWARE SOLUTION ENABLED WALDIS to achieve significantly enhanced product development process. Here is how

MAXIMUM PROTECTION

The number of break-ins is rising in Switzerland, and in the process about 90% of the safes are either cracked or removed.

“This doesn’t succeed in the case of Waldis safes,” says Rainer Schmid, who is co-owner and assistant general manager of Waldis, and is principally in charge of technology. “The models developed and manufactured in Switzerland have the highest degree of resistance to break-in in their class.”

To prevent safes from being cracked or removed, Waldis, which was established in 1983, is banking on 4-fold to 8-fold safe anchoring, practically gap-free closing doors with internal hinges, high-quality multiple plating and high-security electronic locks. Waldis is so confident of this technology that it provides customers with a 20-year warranty against break-ins.

A NEW BEGINNING

It wasn’t always that way. When Schmid and his partner Urs Menzi took over the company in 2006 from founder Hans Waldis, they soon had to look for a new certification authority for the safes. “As providers of quality solutions, we decided on the strictest inspecting authority for secure storage units at the German VdS in Cologne in order to obtain certification under European standard EN 1143-1,” says Schmid. “Testing showed some opportunities for improvement.”

However, instead of settling for fine-tuning, the partners decided to develop a completely new product generation. In their search for a suitable tool, Schmid first contemplated 2D systems, but settled on 3D technology, which he became acquainted with while reviewing different products. When he got the opportunity to try out the 2D/3D computer-aided design (CAD) functionality in Solid Edge® software from product lifecycle management (PLM) specialist Siemens PLM Software, the decision was made.

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