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Douglas Equipment Ltd

Time flies at Douglas Equipment

The move to a more efficient two-handed work style using SpacePilot Professional 3D Mouse technology from 3Dconnexion has dramatically cut design cycles at Douglas Equipment, reducing the amount of engineering time spent on projects by as much as 30%

Douglas Equipment Limited, based in Cheltenham, UK, is one of the world‘s leading suppliers of aviation towing tractors, ground support vehicles and yard shunting tractors. The company has been in business since 1947 and over the years has built a solid reputation for cutting edge design. In 1989 Douglas Equipment introduced its Douglas-Kalmar range of towbarless aircraft handling tractors and is now the world‘s foremost manufacturer of these vehicles with hundreds of units in operation across the globe.

Danny Hyatt is a senior design engineer at Douglas Equipment. The company uses Autodesk Inventor 2009 and AutoCAD Electrical 2009 for its design work. It also uses Autodesk Productstream PLM for data management. In 2005, when Hyatt was charged with procuring a new CAD system, an Autodesk reseller came to demo the Autodesk solution and it was during this demo that Hyatt first encountered 3Dconnexion’s 3D mice.

"I was immediately struck by the potential of the 3D mouse," said Hyatt. "I did some research to see what they were all about and decided it was definitely the way forward. I put in a recommendation that we kit out each CAD station with the top of the range SpacePilot and that we invest in the portable SpaceNavigator for Notebooks for use with laptops. We standardised this 3D mice approach so that 3D mice are supplied with the systems so we have been using them from day one with Inventor."

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