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PLM ALM Integration using Teamcenter Linked Data Framework

By Jatish Mathew – Reports from the field indicate that the power window system in a particular car model has a defect. The anti-pinch feature does not work all the time. Customer service files a high priority incident report.

Representatives from different engineering teams meet and try to find the root cause of the problem.

The problem may be due to hardware failure such as a stuck button, it can be in the embedded software, or it can be a combination of hardware-software. Each team analyzes the problem using their tools and processes but when these teams need to coordinate what do they do?

The biggest worry for engineers, when they work with different teams, is that the practices, processes, and tools they use are diverse. How do they ensure that teams effectively collaborate without losing the processes and systems that work well for them?

In this post, we will explore how hardware (PLM domain) and software (ALM domain) teams work together to solve the power window problem. The automotive company in our example uses Linked Data Framework (Customer Only Access) to integrate and collaborate across domains. It is an integration framework to integrate different enterprise information systems such as Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) systems and Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) systems.

PLM ALM integration using Linked Data Framework helps with the following business problems:

  • How do you implement a process such as change management across different domains such as PLM and ALM?
  • How do you avoid creating new applications, and avoid user training?
  • How do you enable ALM users to access PLM data without learning PLM concepts or new tools?

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BOM Management: An introduction
By Susan Zimmerlee – What exactly is BOM Management?  Is that the same as BOM Configuration Management?  Or product variability management? Or Master Data Management?  Or a PLM BOM???

The answer seems to be that it depends on who you ask!

BOM management is a tough topic because those words mean something different to each company that I work with.  Even within a single company, you could ask different departments and get different answers.

Which bill of materials management or BOM management solution is best for you? I’ve sat on both the selling and buying end of this discussion, and there is no single answer for everybody. It’s like asking – which vehicle is best?

The answer depends on if you’re hauling heavy loads or trying to get someplace really fast. The BOM management discussion needs to be similar – what is it that you need your BOM management system to do for you? Whether you make paper towels or space ships, at a basic level, BOM management is a critical element that takes you from an idea to a delivered product. To have more detailed discussions about BOM management, we need to establish a baseline of some of the key elements involved:

  • Part: Managing a part bill of materials, also known as the physical product definition or product master, is commonly the main topic of Master Data Management (MDM) discussions.
  • Design: In a design BOM (often called the virtual product definition), mechanical designers and engineering are usually focused on generating the 3D components that make up the product.
  • DMU: Digital mock up (or DMU) refers to the ability to virtually view and interrogate your configured BOM throughout its lifecycle.
  • BOM Configuration Management: BOM configuration management is the discipline of managing the content of the product definition throughout its lifecycle.
  • Variability: Product variability is part of BOM configuration management.
  • Architecture: To better manage configuration and product variability, product architectures help to organize similar content across several products.
  • Coordinated Change: Coordinating product change across various product representations is an issue that is gaining more and more visibility as products grow more and more complex.

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JCB faces the skills gap in computer-aided design among engineering and design professions

SIEMENS – Siemens PLM Software customer of more than 17 years, JCB is one of the world’s leading construction equipment manufacturers and has a long heritage of supplying innovative products.  JCB uses NX„¢ and Teamcenter® for its computer-aided design and data management.   Working with NX daily gives JCB a keen insight into CAD challenges. Headquartered in the UK, JCB uses NX and Teamcenter to fulfill its computer-aided design (CAD) engineering needs.  Check out this JCB case study to learn more about how NX was used in the design of the JCB444 Diesel engine.

Al Dean and Tanya Weaver from Develop 3D visited the JCB UK Headquarters in October and talked about some of the key challenges faced when working with CAD. A JCB group CAD specialist explained about one of the key challenges: the quality of technical drawings, especially when it comes to university graduates who join the company with very little drawing skill. “You’ve got young guys going into our various divisions where they are detailing complex components etc., and it’s a real struggle, as the skills required to detail a high quality engineering drawing are not taught in depth as part of a modern engineering degree.”

They went on to talk about how to resolve this issue.

The  JCB Academy, based near the company headquarters in Rocester UK, is the first university technical college in the UK to deliver high-quality engineering and business education to students from the age of 14. The inspiration for the academy came from JCB Chairman Sir Anthony Bamford in 2006 and the school opened its doors to its first pupils in September 2010. In fact, JCB has just had its second intake of apprentices from the JCB Academy, who have come into the business having worked on real-life engineering projects.

“The JCB Academy was established to develop employability skills amongst young people and to enable them to achieve great academic and technical qualifications,” says JCB Academy Principal Jim Wade. more> http://tinyurl.com/kn5uno7

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Lean manufacturing process planning for lean production
SIEMENS – Zollner Elektronik is one of the world’s top 15 electronic manufacturing service (EMS) providers. Growing customer requirements and Zollner’s own desire for a stronger focus on full system manufacturing called for implementing an integrated solution-one capable of handling increasingly more information. Zollner sought capabilities that enabled flexible planning, analysis and management of manufacturing processes for complete lines and a solution that would support and intensify its lean management approach.

With a Tecnomatix® digital manufacturing solution, Zollner Elektronik has been able to define, plan, optimize and realize a new production line without any flaws while utilizing their pull principle and lean management requirement for highly complex electronic devices. more> http://tinyurl.com/kqoxpvq

Frisa cut cycle times and reduced costs with NX CAE
Frisa is a world-leading manufacturer of seamless rolled rings and open die forgings. Frisa supplies a number of industries including aerospace, construction, industrial machinery, oil and gas, power generation and wind power. The key to Frisa’s success has been its ability to develop unique and innovative ways to evolve the forging process to improve speed and quality. However, developing the innovation to maintain a competitive edge is a real challenge. So Frisa’s engineering team turns to NX„¢ software to design, analyze and manufacture products that it couldn’t develop using its previous approach-giving Frisa a competitive advantage. more> http://tinyurl.com/mwfp9f2

Tomcar Australia relies on Solid Edge CAD tool to design rugged all-terrain vehicles
Tomcar Australia is using Solid Edge® software from product lifecycle management (PLM) specialist Siemens PLM Software to produce tough all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) that compete against the products of larger players in the market.

Established in 2005, Tomcar Australia recently began manufacturing the Tomcar vehicles at its facility in Melbourne, Australia, supplying ATVs through online sales and agency networks, not only across Australia, but also throughout Oceania including New Zealand, Indonesia, Pacific Islands, Papua New Guinea and the Philippines. Since its establishment, it has been clear that using advanced technology is the way for the company to break through and most effectively compete in an already highly established automotive market. more> http://tinyurl.com/mue4558

Exciting times ahead for Nissan
In Nissan’s view, the global automotive industry is now engaged in “one of the greatest engineering competitions in history.” Carlos Ghosn, Nissan’s CEO and president, writes on the company’s website, “In pursuit of environmentally sustainable mobility, we are now engaged in a great race€¦[that] will change almost every facet of the car in the years ahead and€¦distinguish the winners from the rest.”

To ensure that Nissan is one of the winners, the company is now building on the success of a program Ghosn initiated in 2001. Called V-3P (Value Up for Product, Process and Program Innovation), this comprehensive plan positions the company well for the challenges facing the auto industry. In addition to the mandate for more environmentally friendly vehicles, the challenges include on-going time-to-market pressures, global markets and global supply chains.

The foundation of the V-3P program is product lifecycle management technology from Siemens PLM Software, specifically I-deas„¢ and NX„¢ digital product development software and Teamcenter® digital lifecycle management software. “Siemens PLM Software is the main solution for our V-3P innovation process,” says Keigo Fukushi, general manager and V-3P program director at Nissan. more> http://tinyurl.com/l794c4v

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Christer Oldeide uses NX, wins student design competition
SIEMENS – Christer Oldeide is currently studying Mechanical Engineering, Product Development and Manufacturing at the Norwegian University of Science & Technology. Students were assigned a project to make an electric screwdriver that was inexpensive and suitable for putting together flat pack furniture. Christer came up with the idea of combining a screwdriver and hammer as one. His aim was to make it small and compact and very easy to use.

Christer chose to use NX software to design his winning idea. Previously Christer was a SolidWorks user. His university has various CAD packages including NX which is part of the Siemens PLM Software academic program. He decided to use NX for this project. After taking a little time to get used to the software, his only real challenge was learning how to use surface modulation. Christer used NX fairly comprehensively on the assignment, including the various features and functions that are part of the NX academic bundle such as extrude, revolve, emboss, through curve mesh, scale and edge blend. His favorite aspect of NX was unite/subtract and trim body. He said that NX is a quality software tool –”and it never crashed!”. more> http://tinyurl.com/mzjt8m2

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Siemens PLM Portal Streamlines Part Selection

By Beth Stackpole – The new supplier parts catalogue Web portal is being made available thanks to a partnership with CADENAS Gmbh, a provider of parts management software. The portal, which serves up Solid Edge-specific versions of CADENAS’ PARTsolutions 3D catalogue, gives engineers access to a library of millions of commercially available components and assemblies that users can purchase and download directly to place into their product designs without the need for additional modeling, looking up part numbers, or trying to figure out supplier product configurations.

Though the idea of a part portal isn’t necessarily rocket science, it can really go a long way in simplifying the time-consuming grunt work associated with finding and modifying parts. Because the portal only showcases the part variations that are currently available, engineers are more likely to create accurate part lists and spec out more realistic assemblies the first time around. more> http://is.gd/NrBGqx