Are the digital twin and the results of digital prototyping initiatives the same thing? Is “3D master” just another name for the digital twin? And by the way: What role do investments in a company’s own PLM structure play? We are, after all, talking about figures in the tens of millions. Good questions and even better answers from MARTIN STRIETZEL from PROSTEP AG (Darmstadt).
In one fell swoop, the robotics and automation specialist KUKA has migrated its SAP installation, introduced Teamcenter as its new PLM system and reorganized the entire engineering-to-order process. Crucial to the project’s success were the soft PLM migration, during which the legacy and new system coexisted for a short period, and the consistent cleansing of the data, which KUKA undertook with the assistance of PROSTEP AG. PROSTEP also accompanied KUKA during the changeover to the current Teamcenter version.
How must a tool infrastructure be designed if it is to make possible smart engineering that truly satisfies the requirements of Industry 4.0? The author is of the opinion that expanding an existing IT backbone, such as PLM, into a “data hub” will only lead to the desired result if important steps in the direction of openness and agility are taken. A position paper on the prerequisites for an IT infrastructure that make the digital master and digital twin possible.
Transferring existing incorrect or incomplete data during PLM migration places a heavy burden on the new environment. The robotics and automation specialist KUKA therefore systematically cleansed its inventory of ERP and PLM data at all engineering-to-order (ETO) locations during migration of the SAP data and the simultaneous replacement of the old PDM system with Siemens’ Teamcenter solution. Our PLM integration platform OpenPDM was the driving force behind the data washing machine.
With a workforce of more than 11,300 across 60 countries and annual sales of 2.22 billion euros, Kärcher is the world’s leading supplier of cleaning technology. But when it comes to cleaning up its heterogeneous CAD and PLM architecture, the family-owned company does not just rely on its own expertise. The experts at PROSTEP are providing advice on formulating the new PLM strategy and modernizing the IT infrastructure.
The construction of a cruise ship is an ambitious, largescale project, during the course of which hundreds of subcontractors have to be coordinated. To make the exchange of CAD data with partners easier and more secure, Meyer Werft introduced the web-based data exchange platform OpenDXM GlobalX and adapted it to the specific requirements of the shipbuilding industry with the help of PROSTEP.
The integration of joint ventures in the PLM landscape places high demands on the way data flows are controlled in order to ensure not only that work can proceed efficiently but also that know-how is protected. GKN Driveline, the world‘s leading manufacturer of drive trains, uses PROSTEP‘s OpenPDM platform to provide its joint venture companies in China with all the required CAD data and synchronize this data following modification.
The migration of existing data is one of the major challenges faced when replacing PLM systems. It often leads to a delay in the new solution going live or the failure of the entire project. Our PLM integration platform OpenPDM supports different migration strategies – from big-bang migration to incremental migration through to the temporary coexistence of the old and new systems. This allows customers to take a highly flexible approach to PLM migration.
Many automotive suppliers develop their products using the same CAD systems that their clients use. Sensor manufacturer Sensata Technologies spares itself having to maintain dozens of different CAD systems by having the 3D models and 2D drawings converted by PROSTEP. Ever since they adopted this approach, complaints have been few and far between, even though the expectations of the OEMs are increasing all the time.