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best-practice benchmarks and their benefits

How exactly is product creation changing and what does this change offer? 

Outlined below are a number of scenarios for the respective best-practice benchmarks and their benefits. For this e-book format the details and interrelationships of these scenarios have been simplified.

If you would rather gain an impression of workflows in an operative, real-world environment, we recommend our webinar on this topic.

Digital Consistency in Requirements Management

What are typical effects?

  • The project manager examines the product requirements and defines the relevant specifications
  • The specifications are digitally documented and matched to the associated requirements
  • Based on the specifications, the engineering team develops the relevant components/assemblies. The associated CAD data are linked to the relevant specifications.

What are typical benefits?

  • The digital platform manages the relationship between requirement, specification and CAD data. This enables productive collaboration between all stakeholders.
  • The transparency achieved makes it easier to optimize the cost-benefit ratio of components
  • In each instance, the project manager can determine which requirements have already been fulfilled and where what additional work is needed
  • The process generates an audit trail for product requirement fulfillment; this can be used seamlessly in product approval and compliance processes

Implementing Systems Engineering

What are typical effects?

  • Let’s assume that the client’s order includes “smart” components. That means that the specifications will involve multi-CAD tasks.
  • M-CAD, E-CAD data and software are correlated with one another and in relation to requirements management, and organized as a task
  • The digital twin is represented by the integrated multi-CAD data and the associated software programs.

What are typical benefits?

  • The V Model of systems engineering is managed on a digital platform. It offers a complete project overview that reduces the effort needed to fulfill on time, on budget and on value requirements.
  • The engineers tasked with mechanical design, electrics/electronics and software can effectively coordinate their sub-tasks and view each other´s work progress where required/desired. This prevents planning errors and promotes overall optimization. Timely, collaborative work is digitally supported.
  • Using simulation applications, the integrated, digital product model can be continuously analyzed and evaluated, making inconsistencies transparent at an early stage
  • Early recognition of system errors saves costs
  • Eliminating error sources avoids costly product recalls

Front Loading: Simulation Driven Design

What are typical effects?

  • In an intuitive simulation environment, developers can test their design ideas and implement initial optimization tasks for individual system components or entire systems
  • Additionally, the development unit can rely on automated process workflows with predefined process parameters (simulation templates)
  • Standard simulation tasks are pulled forward to the early phases of product development

What are typical benefits?

  • Added innovation and creativity during the design phase
  • Simulation applications become more democratic due to easier operation and reliance on templates; there is greater added value thanks to improved work connectivity (development engineers) and work focus (simulation specialists)
  • Improved quality of product drafts due to continous, integrated evaluation
  • Early recognition of conceptual, functional and design errors
  • Cost efficiency and greater productivity thanks to a significant reduction in the number of prototypes and less need for physical product testing
  • Significantly shorter development cycles for new products and product changes

Konfigurationsmanagement im 3D-Design-Prozess

What are typical effects?

  • Via a variant methodology, the design process integrates the development of configuration variants and their formal descriptions
  • The engineers are able to verify module feasibility (variant functionalities)
  • The variants are added to the digital twin.

What are typical benefits?

  • Consistent digital representation of all product variants across all business processes
  • Synergy effects during development and optimization of product families (=product configurations) reduce engineering costs and simultaneously boost product quality; all configurations of a product family can be optimized at the same time
  • Improved planning and optimization capability because all variants are available as data for production engineering and production planning

Fertigungsplanung und Arbeitsvorbereitung (Handover-to-Manufacturing)

What are typical effects?

  • Production planning and preparation are based on a digital twin that combines all previously generated information: the multi-CAD data, the simulation data (tolerance management), and the data of the component variants

What are typical benefits?

  • The 3D digital twin model ensures an optimal user experience and thereby boosts efficient planning, optimization and validation
  • Digital consistency: true end-to-end processes
  • Early digital validation of assembly and manufacturing processes shortens the time between engineering and the start of production
  • Systematic re-use of the digital product model eliminates time-consuming, redundant model definition during production preparation
  • Early, rapid verification of production planning and preparation thanks to graphical 3D representation and simulation, shortening the design-to-production cycle
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