Siemens SW Aerospace & Defense Product Realization (Manufacturing) Solution
Track: NX CAM and Tecnomatix User Connection
Aerospace & Defense (A&D) companies are challenged to adopt themselves to changing business models. In the defense sector, for example, the evolvement of new materials & production technologies and a continuously shrinking defense budget, push companies to seek for new and improved ways to accomplish their business goals. This means that innovation must not be only product functions related, but also innovation along the product lifecycle, including manufacturing (realizing) products in a more efficient manner. The session will focus on the high level use cases within the manufacturing engineering (ME) phase of a program - design for manufacturing, early process planning and detailed process planning. Siemens PLM SW supports this need with value-added capabilities, all tightly linked to Teamcenter (TC) for virtual verification, which enable MEs to ‘shift left’ in the program timeline, performing manufacturing planning studies earlier in the design cycle. This will be demonstrated through the Rafael Advanced Defense Systems (Rafael) PLM project, and how TC Manufacturing Process Planner (TC MPP) is deployed to support it. Rafael defined a strategic PLM initiative, to support the growth of the company with a new PLM system, conducted a benchmark, and selected Siemens PLM SW as the PLM vendor. In the manufacturing engineering domain, Rafael had the opportunity, using this project to assess its working methodologies, and improve them. Traditionally, Rafael didn’t have a manufacturing engineering role per-se, and the design engineer, was responsible to some of the manufacturing aspects. Also, Rafael was implementing for many years a methodology, in which, the Engineering Bill of Material (eBOM) was managed in the CAD environment, and the Manufacturing Bill of Material (mBOM) was managed in the ERP system. Thus the eBOM & mBOM were disconnected structures. Through this new PLM project, Rafael had defined, with Siemens PLM SW and Mckit Systems, a concurrent engineering methodology to manage product trees - start from the eBOM, down to the mBOM, and facilitate change management process. The workflow is based on core MPP capabilities to create an mBOM out of the eBOM, and update it, to reflect product and process changes. Rafael will explain in the session, the different tools and methods, implemented using MPP, to create and manage mBOM:
- Mirror tools to create manufacturing structure based on design assembly structure.
- Accountability Check and reports available in TC MPP to control and reflect changes.
- Automatic tools to align migrated legacy data, in which the eBOM & mBOM are disconnected structures.
- Markup tools to suggest changes on existing structure, without changing the design.
Manufacturing Digital Thread
Manufacturing Digital Thread