Effective collaboration between those in Engineering and Manufacturing is critical to any digital transformation strategy. Yet this is no small feat in today’s manufacturing environments.
Acknowledging Manufacturing Complexity
Consider the manufacturing process, which must satisfy many requirements:
Complicating matters is that collaboration between design and the factory is often limited. Teams tend to use different systems to do their work, manage data differently and even rely on different data models. This “wall” between groups can lead to:
The Solution: A Part-Centric Product Development Approach
Success hinges on the effectiveness of manufacturing to streamline processes and stay aligned with engineering and other downstream teams. Simply put, manufacturing processes, quality plans and work instructions should be defined and delivered digitally.
The first step to taking this part-centric product development approach is integrating product data – including that related to CAD and PLM – in a single repository. Manufacturers can achieve this using a multi-dimensional BOM. Manufacturing teams can then create connected but separate plant-specific manufacturing bills of materials (MBOMs) and work instructions based on the engineering bill of materials (EBOM).
By using PLM to connect domain specific information from systems such as CAD, PLM and ERP, manufacturers create and automate a single source of truth to all product data between the respective BOMs. Some of the core benefits of adopting this part-centric approach include:
The Value of Adopting a Collaborative Approach Between Engineering and Design
When the EBOM, MBOM, manufacturing processes, quality plans and work instructions are defined in a single PLM system and delivered digitally – organizations benefit from:
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