Computer Aided Design (CAD) & Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM)

As you can probably imagine, Portland Engineering heavily utilizes Computer Aided Design (CAD) tools for the creation, modification, analysis, and optimization of our controls engineering designs. CAD software increases our productivity, improves the quality of our design, improves our communications through documentation, and creates a useable database for manufacturing.

CAD design involves vector-based graphics depicting the objects of traditional drafting, however it involves more than just shapes. As in the manual drafting of technical and engineering drawings, the output of CAD conveys information such as materials, processes, dimensions, and tolerances, according to application-specific conventions. CAD is an important industrial art extensively used in industrial automation, process, and controls engineering.

Computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) is the use of computer software to control machine tools and related machinery in manufacturing. This is not the only definition for CAM, but it is the most common. CAM may also refer to the use of a computer to assist in all operations of a manufacturing plant, including planning, management, transportation and storage. The primary purpose of all of this is to create a faster production process with components and tooling with more precise dimensions and material consistency, minimizing waste and reducing energy consumption.


Advanced Control | Automated Assembly | Batch Control & Batch Processing | Computer Aided Design (CAD) & Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) | Cloud Based Applications & Software | Control System Design | Control Panel Design | Data Processing, Collection, Reporting, Management & Analytics | Distributed Control Systems (DCS) & DCS Migration | Dedicated Controls | Discrete Control | Energy Management | Ethernet/IP | Factory Automation | Fault tolerant Systems | Field Service | Flow Control | HMI/OI | Industrial Engineering | Industrial Ethernet | Information Integration | Information Systems | Input & Output Modules | Installation & Startup | Level Control | Machine Design, Control, Repair & Maintenance | Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) | Modbus TCP | Motors, Drives & Motion Control | Networking & Communications | Programmable Automation Controllers (PACs) | Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) | Pressure Control | Process Control | Process Engineering | Product Tracking, Identification, RFID, Barcodes & Matrix Codes | Profibus & Profinet | Project Management | Pumps, Compressors & Turbines | Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) Systems | Sensors | Systems Engineering | Radio, Wireless & Cellular Telemetry | Temperature Control | Maintenance Training & Education | Operations Training & Education | Virutalization | Wireless | Wireless Ethernet