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A Case Study in the Digital Thread

Track: Partner Sessions

Session Number: 170158
Date: Thu, May 11th, 2017
Time: 9:15 AM - 10:00 AM
Room: 109

Description:

A Case Study in the Digital Thread Driving Business Process Improvement: From Virtual Commissioning to Production Execution

The emergence of integrated software and hardware products spanning the entire value chain of the product lifecycle – from product design, to production planning and engineering, then to manufacturing execution, and finally to ongoing service and product support – has enabled the emergence of the Digital Thread concept. Data shared between systems is being used to augment every aspect of the value chain, helping companies successfully create industry-leading products. There are countless examples of how this data sharing between systems can drive improvement in business processes, from design engineering to the factory floor. At last year’s PLM World, Hyla Soft delivered a presentation about how Siemens Teamcenter for Manufacturing capabilities linked many different groups within a manufacturing company together to drive business process improvement throughout the organization.

This presentation will investigate a different use case: how the Digital Thread can offer dramatic improvements in the planning and commissioning of new production facilities. This session will include a live demo of the various software products involved in the Digital Thread, as well as a roundtable discussion for attendees to discuss how the presentation material applies to their own organizations and experiences.

The presentation will follow the story of an industrial manufacturer planning a new production line in a new facility. The presentation will cover the following areas (in sequential order):

  1. The Production Planning for the new production line has been done digitally in Siemens Teamcenter Manufacturing Process Planner module. The entire manufacturing process has been digitally validated and optimized.
  2. The Production Plan from Teamcenter is integrated into Siemens Tecnomatix Plant Simulation, where the performance and behavior of the new production line has been modeled and studied. Tecnomatix Plant Simulation is used to identify manufacturing bottlenecks and opportunities to increase manufacturing throughput. Sharing the production plan from Teamcenter Manufacturing to Plant Simulation creates value using the Digital Thread by delivering detailed process information as an input to the simulation model.
  3. Critical manufacturing processes within the Teamcenter production plan are studied in Siemens Tecnomatix Process Simulate to identify key process characteristics and validate the feasibility of the process. Doing so drives business process improvement by handling potential production problems before they occur in the real world. Again, the Digital Thread is used by maintaining one source of planning data in Teamcenter, and creating additional value in a specialized tool like Process Simulate.
  4. Finally, the new production line will manage its production execution with Siemens SIMATIC IT Production Suite for MES (Manufacturing Execution Systems). Once again, the production plan in Teamcenter is used to test and configure the MES before it is deployed to the new production line, improving time-to-market and reducing manufacturing ramp-up time.
Session Type: Partner Session
Cross-Listed Tracks: Business Process Connection, Manufacturing Operations User Connection

Related Industry: All Industries
Learning Objectives: 1. How is the digital thread related to manufacturing?
2. What are some practical examples of the digital thread in action using Siemens technology?
3. How is the data used in Plant Simulation, Process Simulate, and Electronic Work Instructions linked?
Applicable Software: NX for Manufacturing, SIMATIC IT, Teamcenter BOM Management, Teamcenter Simulation Data and Process Management, Tecnomatix
Pre-requisites: Knowledge of Engineering BOM Management in Teamcenter
Session Type: Partner Session
Cross-Listed Tracks: Business Process Connection, Manufacturing Operations User Connection

Related Industry: All Industries
Learning Objectives: 1. How is the digital thread related to manufacturing?
2. What are some practical examples of the digital thread in action using Siemens technology?
3. How is the data used in Plant Simulation, Process Simulate, and Electronic Work Instructions linked?
Applicable Software: NX for Manufacturing, SIMATIC IT, Teamcenter BOM Management, Teamcenter Simulation Data and Process Management, Tecnomatix
Pre-requisites: Knowledge of Engineering BOM Management in Teamcenter