While most modern companies use a PDM system for documenting and managing product data, many find it difficult to take advantage of the full potential of the PDM system to support modularization. Proper application of modern PDM systems can enhance the success of modularization; it is a strong tool not only for managing product data, but also for defining and building up different product structures as a basis for managing the variants of systems, modules, and interfaces within a product family.
Typical consequences of not having systems, modules, and interfaces defined in a PDM system:
- Systems, modules and interfaces are not properly documented
- Difficult to recognize and manage modules and interface in a PDM or CAD system
- Difficult for designers to find and re-use existing modules
- Unclear what is standard and what is customized for a specific project or product
- Difficult to carry out proper monitoring of the design progress during a project (e.g. cost and weight of modules or systems)
The CPC approach for implementing Platforms and Architectures in a PDM system is to use the client’s existing PDM system and its capabilities to build up and define the product structures that support modularization. The CPC approach enables the definition of a product family in PDM by means of modules, interfaces and systems (systems engineering).
CPC tools and methods for implementing Platforms and Architectures in a PDM system:
- System structure – Systems (e.g. cooling or hydraulic) are defined in a structure representing the bill of material seen from a system point of view, which can enable 3D visualization of the systems and automated reporting of cost and weight of each system
- Module structure – Modules are defined in a structure representing the bill of material seen from a module point of view, which can enable 3D visualization and automated reporting of factors such as cost and weight of each module
- Interface structure – Interfaces are clearly defined in a structure representing different interface types and it is clearly defined which components and modules are related to each interface and which system holds the responsibility
- Interface diagram – Tool for modelling interfaces and modules (visual representation of the system, module and interface structure)
- Interface document – Tool for specifying interfaces in the design process
- Periodical reports – The design progress is monitored based on cost, weight, approval process, documents, and other factors; periodical reports are automatically generated, for example on a weekly basis
CPC is experienced in the successful implementation of Platforms and Architectures in PDM systems, e.g. PTC Windchill PDMLink® and Siemens Teamcenter®.
Typical benefits of implementing Platforms and Architectures in PDM:
- Clearly defined systems – An enabler for managing the design process and the responsibility within each system
- Clearly defined modules – An enabler for re-use of modules
- Clearly defined interfaces – An enabler for re-use of modules
- More accurate cost reporting due to automated reporting based on modules
- More accurate design progress reporting due to automated reporting based on modules
Contact CPC to find out how implementing Platforms and Architectures in PDM can benefit your business.