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How the Architectural Components Industry is Using Design Automation & Product Configurator Software

Architectural component manufacturers are using DriveWorks design automation & sales configurator software to improve manufacturing processes and be more efficient.

Architectural components often have to adhere to strict regulations and building codes. This can make it difficult to design variations of a product, custom orders often take a long time and are prone to errors. Design automation and CPQ software helps eliminate these errors and speed up the process. It also ensures rules and regulations are adhered to, and products meet customer requirements.

Read on to learn how architectural component manufacturers are improving processes and selling more with DriveWorks.


F.H.Brundle is a family-owned business in the UK. Founded in 1889, they are wholesalers of steel products which include a market-leading range of handrail and balustrade systems. F.H.Brundle stocks over 8,500 products and new lines are continuously being added.

As F.H.Brundle are adding new products all the time, it was important for them to find a solution that they could set up and manage themselves. They wanted software that would allow customers to configure systems to their dimensions, creating quotes and detailed drawings in minutes. This would save hours of work and eliminate errors.

Using DriveWorks, they created Liveconfigurator, an online 3D configurator for their internal teams, distributors and customers.

The most important thing for F.H.Brundle is customer service. Liveconfiguratorprovides many benefitsfor their customers, both trade and consumers.

Customers canget a quote any time they want it, 24/7/365 and we can add in personalised discounts. Product information is readily available for a wide choice of options.

Currently, F.H.Brundle have online configurators for their pre-assembled post systems, frameless glass balustrade systems and their glass spigot systems. They are continuously developing Liveconfigurator to add configurators for more of their products.

F.H. Brundle is building customer loyalty, increasing sales and avoiding mistakes.

F.H.Brundle's logo, LiveConfigurator Logo with a screenshot of what it looks like inside the configurator, and a picture of an F.H.brundle residential balcony.

Learn more about how F.H.Brundle are providing quotes and technical drawing anytime with DriveWorks Pro:


markilux GmbH & Co. KG is an award-winning awning company, based in Germany. They have been specialists in creating awnings for over 40 years. As number 1 in the awning market, markilux is committed to staying as the leading manufacturer of innovative designer awnings in Germany.

Using DriveWorks software, designer Alexander Metten creates sets of rules that can define entire systems. These sets of rules are based on the native 3D data and are fully integrated into SOLIDWORKS and linked to selected parameters.

The individualisation of an awning can offer a multitude of choices and these variables have to be made configurable. The sets of rules are created in DriveWorks Administrator.

The customisation and personalisation of an awning can offer a multitude of choices and configurability.

Before the introduction of DriveWorks, products had to be customized by hand. Each assembly had to be manually opened and edited, and the drawing derived and saved. A large, time-consuming effort with an incalculable potential for errors. With the help of the DriveWorks configurator, designs, functions and stability all work in harmony.

markilux plans to expand its use of DriveWorks into sales. With DriveWorks, the sales configurator and partner portal can be used on other devices outside engineering. This means the markilux consultants will easily be able to start the order process by entering the individual measurements and details whilst on-site at the customers premises.

markilux's logo, a configuration of one of their awnings, and another configuration of a markilux awning in over a patio garden area.

Learn more about how markilux have reduced design time from 4 hours to 20 minutes with DriveWorks Pro:

Eurobond Doors

Eurobond Doors, headquartered in Wales, UK, manufactures design-to-order industrial and commercial steel doors. Eurobond Doors have been using DriveWorks since 2006.

Eurobond Doors product offering consists of 83 configurable parts. Their DriveWorks configurator allows them to easily enter the door specification as detailed in their job traveller. This can be done manually, or directly from an XML generated by their ERP system.

DriveWorks Autopilot and SOLIDWORKS generate the required models and manufacturing drawings automatically, ready for checking by the engineering team.

The most important about DriveWorks for Eurobond Doors is their improved efficiency and reduced costly data entry errors.

The underlying methodology of all the projects is based on group tables with most model rules being DWVlookups. This allows easy project maintenance as all the controlling data is within these group tables.

Adding different door furniture is simply a task of adding a new data row in the relevant table. This makes it very easy to make any updates to their product offering.

Eurobond Doors' logo and a screenshot of one of their input forms used to product specify.

Learn more about how Eurobond have increased efficiency and consistency with DriveWorks Pro:

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