Dec 10, 2016

The manufacturing environment is getting increasingly complex. The need for CAM and PLM tools by the manufacturing engineer, CNC programmer or machinist is similar to the need for computer assistance by the pilot of modern aircraft systems. Modern machinery cannot be properly used without the assistance of good hardware and software. What drives competitive advantage in the manufacturing industry today is cutting edge technology. It fosters innovation, productivity and cost-efficiency. In the face of tough global competition, technology is the manufacturer’s avenue for shorter time-to-market cycles, for improving production efficiency, developing new products, and much more. 

Manufacturing professionals require the latest in graphics and CPU horsepower with cool and quiet performance, as well as space-saving designs that will keep the work environment free from distraction for maximum creativity and productivity. They run powerful business applications for which desktop PCs or uncertified workstations are inadequate, since the hardware is not optimized for the task at hand. Minutes instead of seconds may be spent waiting for files to open or for 3D models or video edits to compile, due to insufficient processing power. Sluggish processing, slow response to mouse inputs, and even blue screens may be experienced owing to maxed-out memory and hardware components that are designed for standard office use.
Workstations are the crucial link between highly-skilled workers and the critical tasks they perform. The right workstation enables workers to leverage their skills and expertise to address any key manufacturing challenge or opportunity. Owing to the extreme environments in which manufacturing companies operate, their requirements are more demanding than typical IT shops. Workstation performance in a manufacturing environment is determined by the sum of many factors, not the least of which is good design.

Features of a robust workstation design for manufacturing

Lenovo workstations are purpose built for high performance and heavy workloads. They are also designed so that one can tailor the system, and the price, to match one’s application requirements in five 
key ways:

Faster rendering for complex graphics: A workstation is designed to support one or more professional grade graphics cards, while a PC typically supports only consumer-grade cards. Anyone working with detailed 2D or 3D graphics can expect to see dramatic improvements in system responsiveness using a workstation, even if the two systems are otherwise identical. 
Processing power for compute-intensive applications: A workstation is configured with more processors than a PC, and with more powerful processors. Demanding applications, such as computer aided design will respond more quickly, and multiple applications can be run simultaneously without performance loss. This can make the creative process more fluid and provide designers, engineers, and scientists with faster access to the required information. 
Memory for large tasks: A work-station can typically be configured with about twice the memory of a desktop PC (or with the same amount of memory using smaller, lower cost DIMMs). Engineers can work on larger assemblies. This can improve workflows in fundamental ways. It can also allow designers to identify interferences and other design flaws earlier in the process, when they are far easier and less costly to fix. Since the probability of data errors increases with the size of memory footprints, this is an essential feature for anyone working with large and complex designs.
Large hard drives for massive jobs: Workstations are designed to support terabytes of internal storage, so jobs of almost any size can be stored on the system. 
Reliability and less downtime: workstations are designed to keep productivity levels high and downtime and desk-side visits to a minimum. Remote monitoring, diagnosis, and repairs of the workstation can be performed even if the system is shut down or the OS is unresponsive.


Dharm Patel

Editorial Team


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