Automotive & Transportation

Creating an automatic tire inflation system

Aperia Technologies
The Challenge

Aperia Technologies is addressing the unnecessary costs caused by tire underinflation in the commercial trucking industry through its Halo™ Tire Inflator system, which utilizes the energy created by a wheel’s rotational motion to maintain optimal tire pressure. While the company began its work using another CAD software, it soon decided to move to a better development platform to improve efficiency and recruitment.

The Solution

Aperia switched to integrated SolidWorks® product development solutions because the software is more robust and stable, the tools are better integrated, and more designers and engineers know how to use it. The company implemented SOLIDWORKS Premium design, SOLIDWORKS Simulation Premium analysis, SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis, SOLIDWORKS Plastics Professional injection-molding simulation and analysis, and SOLIDWORKS Composer technical communication software. By switching to SOLIDWORKS, Aperia increased design efficiency by 10 to 15 percent, reduced time-to-tooling by 20 percent, cut prototyping requirements in half, and improved its recruiting of designers and engineers.

The Results
  • Increased design efficiency by 10 to 15 percent
  • Reduced time-to-tooling by 30 percent
  • Cut prototyping requirements in half
  • Improved recruiting of designers and engineers

"Moving to SOLIDWORKS enabled us to ramp up development, which allowed us to get product on the road more quickly."
- Brandon Richardson, Chief Technology Officer

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