A consistent product data model as a basis for the uniform development and management of products
In a survey conducted by the Aberdeen Group in 2016, 56% of respondents identified the challenge of "Introducing products faster and before the competition" as one of their primary concerns for improvements in the developmental process.
At the same time, the challenges in development have become even more diversified with the increasing number of variants and increasingly complex product portfolio. Because products are becoming more compact, for example, electronics and mechanical component must efficiently share increasingly confined installation spaces.
In the process, the document-based approach of traditional CAD data management fulfills basic requirements - such as release and change processes that are compliant with audits, avoidance of competing changes and data storage in a central location. However, the new challenges of development are only being inadequately addressed. This includes, for example, the interdisciplinary functional modeling of the system, efficient re-use of tested functional concepts and virtual safeguarding and optimization.
This is precisely where the concept of holistic, data-based specifications, simulation and management of products is proven: It serves as the basis for a consistent product data model. It represents all specifications, product designs, system models and structures of mechanical, electrical and electronic components and links them together. Multi-disciplinary development concepts, such as model-based systems engineering (MBSE) are also integrated consistently.
The sum of all of this information, particularly the interrelationships, makes it possible for all participants to maintain an overview and have the capability of reacting flexibly. Predefined work flows and templates add to consistence and speed in the collaboration. In this manner, consequences of a planned change to different product variants can also be evaluated very quickly.
Therefore, the concept factors in a key requirement: The completeness and consistency of information about the complete life cycle of a product. This verifiably improves the company-wide collaboration and accelerates and optimizes business processes. In addition, task-specific viewing of the information by specific user groups within the scope of their work is also supported.
The processes in the development should be user-friendly and yet process-safe. Activities which do not create value must, by contrast, be avoided or automated. Predefined work flows and templates add to consistence and speed in the collaboration.