Vault Drastically Decreased our Miscommunication Errors

Customer Challenge

At Imperial Industries, we’ve been designing and manufacturing specialized storage solutions for more than 41 years – constantly evolving to meet the changing needs of your industry. That dedication to growing alongside our valued customers has allowed us to advance from a maker of agricultural feed bins into the industry leader in manufacturing industrial dry bulk storage tanks as well as vacuum sanitation tanks, trucks, replacement parts, and accessories. Today, Imperial Industries operates four distinct product lines, serving the industrial bulk storage, commercial waste, and agricultural markets, and offering a full line of replacement and custom parts and accessories for your vacuum waste tanks and trucks.

We turned to Autodesk Vault to help with the management of Inventor files. Imperial has been considering the move to 3D CAD software for some time. Now seems to be the right time and Vault is simply a better way to manage all the files associated with Inventor than trying to just use a simple Windows Explorer file system.

Project Goals

We are trying to increase collaboration and streamline workflows across all our departments. As stated above, the eventual goal is to move all of our CAD work in the 3D realm. At one point we anticipate that we will have transferred everything that we do today using AutoCAD, over to Inventor. We have had multiple requests from Industrial customers to provide them with 3D models of our silos. We also think that the move to 3D will increase the accuracy and decrease mistakes and interferences that are difficult to catch in traditional 2D drawings. We felt that Autodesk’s Vault PDM was a perfect solution.


Autodesk Solution Provider NexGenCAM has been integral to, and very helpful with our initial implementation of both Vault PDM and Inventor. So far we believe everything has gone very smoothly. We are far from complete in our changeover though, and I anticipate additional assistance being required at multiple points in the future. Given the service so far, I anticipate that these exchanges will go smoothly with NexGenCAM.

Business Outcome

In terms of business value, we are expecting Vault PDM to decrease errors caused by miscommunication across business units. This may take time but we look forward to bettering our Data Management processes with Autodesk’s Vault.


Overall, the implementation and discovery phase of Vault has been valuable. Eric Miller and NexGenCAM helped walk us through the process so far and we are certain they will follow through with implementing it across the entire company.

Eric has also been helpful and timely in answering questions since the original implementation. We are very happy with the service that NexGenCAM has given us up to this point with our Vault and Inventor products!

Project Summary

Delivery Date

Project Duration
5 days

Autodesk Solutions

Services Provided

  • Implementation
  • Process Automation
  • Strategy & Planning
  • Workflow Optimization
  • Installation
  • Configuration & Deployment
  • System & Software Maintenance
  • Updates & Upgrades
  • Training

Customer Industry

  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Design