One day out of the blue (because any good case begins with something unexpected) , we received an order for a refrigerated display case from a manufacturer. Right away Chris created the True Manufacturing family shown below. The family is a TMV-400 Glass Door Merchandiser, and includes the light fixtures as well. The family, we learned, was for our customer’s customer, as any manufacturer’s families should be.
Curiously (because any good case also involves some coincidence), not a moment later we received another order, which also involved display cases. And so with Chris still on the case of the first display case, I set up to work on the latter, this time for Kysor/Warren. Let’s take a look at those now.
The families I worked on included three levels of detail in 3D, as well as three levels of detail in 2D with masking regions and symbolic lines. Because of symmetry, the 2D views implied 9 different views for a total of 12 views between 3D and 2D, helping the family to provide the best performance in a project. Like all our families, connectors were also included where needed (I just never include those in thumbnails or screenshots).
The first of the Kysor/Warren families is the QWST (8′-12′) Twin Island Freezer display case family (492K). It has two types for the two lengths it comes in, and two parameters that allow for the left/right panels to be removed so that several of the freezers can be stuck together. The only minor complication was getting the masking regions and symbolic lines to show up properly in the 2D plan view with the right/left panels turned on or off. In another post I will explain how to create 2D views using only masking regions and symbolic lines that look different when seen from the left and the right. Below is an image of the section view at three levels of detail.
The image below shows an 8′ unit and 12′ unit that have been stuck together, in both medium and fine levels of detail, followed by a rendering of the units. The coarse view is only a box and is not shown.
And below is an image of the 8′ unit with and without the left side panel, in fine detail, followed by a rendering of the same unit.
The next one is the Kysor/Warren Glass Reach-In Door Freezer QFGCEI (440K) with two types, models QFGCEI-03 and -04. The family includes sanitary connectors (for drainage), electrical connectors, light fixtures, levels of detail, and the same left/right panel options for sticking units together. The first image below shows a 3D view of the unit in different levels of detail, followed by 2D views and a rendering. Note that all 2D views contain only masking regions and symbolic lines.
Finally, there is the Kysor/Warren Multi-Deck Display Case, with models DX6L, DX6X, MX6L and MX6X. Each of the models comes in four different lengths. To cover for the variety of models, a type catalogue was created. The family is 464K and comes with light fixtures, connectors for drainage and power, options to remove side panels so several units can be stuck together, and all the magic levels of detail that we’ve seen before. Below is an image of the three different levels of detail in 3D.
And so what did we learn from the case of all this casework? Perhaps the most significant finding here is that customers of these manufacturers got the families they required by telling the manufacturers they needed them for proper spec-ing and purchase for their projects. As to who the savvy customers were behind those requests? Well, we have our suspicions, but that’s all.