Harnessing model-based definition to modernize your product development process
How then do you upgrade your product development processes to achieve this degree of digital maturity?
The framework for this project is determined by three fields of activity:
- Starting model: You define or update your starting model. This means specifying a standard regarding the data which has to be generated for a component. This uniform data model must be a complete description of the product and contain all information needed in downstream processes.
- Design guidelines: You define or update the standardized and uniform approach associated with this starting model.
- Model-based definition: You record all manufacturing, quality and function-relevant data in the 3D model of the component. This must ensure data associativity, i.e. the PMI is assigned to specific components. The data are machine-readable and can be utilized as digital input in downstream processes.
Introducing model-based definition is the only way to replace the 2D drawing as master. And working with model-based definition is the only way to fully integrate your product development process with any closed-loop process control via your digital backbone.
Think big – start small: Correct project dimensioning
Generally, you only ever need to convert specific component groups and processes, rather than trying to take on your entire inventory list. After all, the project means intervening with tried and proven processes, and it will require changes to your PDM and PLM systems.
Additionally, you want the project to pay off in terms of digitalization. Currently, not all of your downstream processes are prepared for data intake and dispatch.
This can be due to a lack of standards – there’s plenty to do in that sphere. Or it may simply be the result of well-functioning but outdated equipment: perhaps your measurement machine dates back to a time when nobody thought of asking about open data interfaces.
And there’s another aspect to consider: You may well have internal divisions that will be unable to operate without 2D drawings in the near future, and the same applies to some external partners. Also, the limited information content of 2D drawings has its advantages in terms of intellectual property protection.
In the latter regard, we recommend generating 2D drawings from the current data status using a process-driven conversion system, and marking them with an appropriate stamp. Using the SAP environment as an example, Stefan Biefel explains this approach in an article available here on CENIT Newsroom.
Upgrade your engineering now – with CENIT as your Partner!
A project like this gives rise to a great many questions, including business decision-making, process modulation regarding development, manufacturing and IT, and initiatives needed to bring staff on board.
We would be pleased to support you in this process. With more than 30 years of experience in the manufacturing industry, CENIT stands for deep, networked expertise on the product development process.
In tandem with our Ready-to-Grow offer for 3DEXPERIENCE introduction, we offer a special package for Model-Based Definition.
Ready to Digitize makes your success predictable:
- rapid implementation based on generic project component
- solutions based on pre-configured templates and standard settings
- clearly defined project outlay
The Model-Based Enterprise: Creating the workplace of tomorrow
I am convinced that drawings will disappear from industry. The future belongs to the model-based enterprise. There’s no alternative, because how else can we make the digital twin work?
And, I might add, how else will you get people excited about joining your company?
At coordination meetings, I sometimes speak about the practical aspects of working with scanned 2D drawings, and often encounter deep puzzlement on the part of non-production managers: “Is that really how we go about our work?!?”.
Indeed, this approach should soon be a thing of the past. Tomorrow’s employees deserve a modern engineering workplace: lag-free, agile and connected.