Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Demos & Tech Tips: Live Webcast Schedule- JULY 2012

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Sunday, June 17, 2012

PTC's Heppelmann Declares 'New Era of Manufacturing'

At PlanetPTC Live customer event, the CEO says technology will drive the strategy that sets manufacturers apart.

No longer can a manufacturer set itself apart solely by being operationally efficient. To succeed in today’s manufacturing market, a company needs to gain competitive advantage through its products and service. 
Those were the words of Jim Heppelmann, president and CEO of PTC, at the company’s PlanetPTC Live annual customer gathering in Orlando, Florida, early this month. Declaring a “new era of manufacturing” driven by technology, Heppelmann explained, “Over the past few decades, global manufacturers have made massive investments in technology and process change aimed at improving operational efficiency. Today, however, we are reaching the limits of the competitive edge these investments can deliver. Manufacturers need to be operationally efficient to stay in the game, but they can no longer achieve meaningful advantage from that alone.
“The time has come for a new source of competitive advantage — product and service advantage — from technology and process change that improves strategy decision-making across the enterprise, from engineering to the supply chain to sales and service networks.”
Heppelmann believes that technologies — specifically, PTC’s CAD and lifecycle management software solutions — are the key to this undertaking. PTC is trying to determine how its customers can set themselves apart, he said. What are the best ways to carry out each part of the product-development process, how can those processes be integrated across the company — and how can we transform those processes?
During his keynote presentation at PlanetPTC Live, Heppelman highlighted PTC’s new tagline, which emphasizes the company’s focus on developing tools to help manufacturers gain competitive advantage through product innovation as well as through services provided after the sale.

Heppelmann put forth that the world is poised to enter what The Economist magazine recently labeled a “third industrial revolution.” In this new era, a concerted focus on strategy will lead a renaissance in global manufacturing.
According to PTC, software technologies will transform the way companies create and service products by enabling them to make better, smarter, and faster strategy and planning decisions. These decisions relate to how products are designed and engineered, how a supply chain is optimized, how quality and compliance is assured throughout the manufacturing process and, ultimately, how service is efficiently delivered against a product once sold. Individually, these planning decisions help deliver a strategy that supports a brand. Collectively, they are the new source of competitive advantage.
“A new era is upon us,” Heppelmann concluded. “To win in the new century requires a new way of thinking. For manufacturers, it’s about making fundamentally smarter strategy decisions.”
Global and Growing
PTC has been working aggressively to develop a generation of software that supports this new direction, including the modular Creo solution for creating and using CAD data, now in version 2.0; Windchill for product lifecycle management (PLM), including supply chain management (SCM) and service lifecycle management (SLM); and Integrity, the application lifecycle management (ALM) solution acquired last year from MKS that manages development of the software that drives so many of today’s products.
New PLM and ALM integration: Specifications managed in Integrity can be synchronized with Windchill.
Service lifecycle management will bring product development full circle by enabling manufacturers to plan and deliver services in the field after a product is purchased. Part of Windchill, it captures feedback from repair technicians and customers to track product failures, which can lead to reduced warranty claims and continual product improvements that ultimately have a big impact on the bottom line, PTC reported.
With all the talk about lifecycle management, one might assume that PTC has put CAD development on the back burner. Rather, Creo 2.0 introduced in April has made significant leaps over the first version. (Cadalyst will aim to cover Creo developments in an update coming soon.)
Mobile and Cloud Developments
Unlike its aggressive push to develop integrated lifecycle management solutions, PTC is taking a more conservative approach to developing cloud-based and mobile applications. PTC executives report that the company is listening carefully to what customers are requesting in terms of mobile apps, and focusing its efforts accordingly. One example is the new Windchill Mobile app for iOS devices, which delivers instant “anytime, anywhere” access to current product and process information; and Creo View, coming soon, for visualizing electrical and mechanical CAD data.
The word cloud was conspicuously absent from PTC presentations, observed one journalist at an executive Q&A session. Is the company not pursuing cloud-based applications?
Heppelmann responded: “In 2004, we launched Windchill PLM in the cloud — and it's still there,” he said, citing partners who are still offering it. "Maybe we were ahead of our time. ... We're looking at different delivery models. We're more in the mode of following the pull, selling what customers want to buy."

Saturday, June 16, 2012

How Product Development Can Thrive in Multi-CAD Environments

How Product Development Can Thrive in Multi-CAD Environments

Dealing with CAD data in multiple formats is the reality for manufacturing organizations today, thanks to extended supply chains that bring more partners and suppliers into the design loop.  Some companies deploy different CAD tools for designing the various subsystems, or electrical and mechanical components, of the product. For other organizations, it’s their customers who use different CAD tools. Others are still dealing with legacy data from older systems.
Regardless of the reasons, being able to efficiently manage CAD data in various formats is of utmost importance in today’s global design environment. Studies certainly bear this out. A study conducted by the Aberdeen Group, “Working with Multi-CAD? Overcoming the Engineering Collaboration Bottleneck,” found that a staggering 82% of companies are using three or more different CAD systems in their design process, and 42% of the companies surveyed are using five or more.
The challenge becomes bringing together all those CAD models into a single file, without the losing or having to recreate work, slowing down the development process and potentially adding errors along the way. To avoid this, manufacturers must juggle and manage CAD data in multiple formats and efficiently integrate them all into a single product design. By doing so, they can provide their engineers with full visibility into the entire product and the ability to design in the context of all related parts and components.
The Obstacles
It’s simply not as easy to design a product using different CAD systems. One of the biggest problems rears its head once changes are required. Traditionally translated geometry from one CAD system becomes a “dumb” block of geometry, since the intelligence built into the original CAD model is often lost. When engineering change orders (ECOs) come through, manipulating the translated geometry can be difficult and often must be recreated. Engineers are often forced to “clean up” the geometry to create a solid model, a time-consuming task.
Another issue arises when designs are shared across the design team for design reviews and collaboration purposes. As each design participant makes changes to the model, files often get out of synch and the risk of subsequent errors increases significantly. All this affects downstream functions that are now heavily dependent upon the CAD model. Manufacturing information, such as assembly instructions or NC tool paths; sales and marketing materials; and field service documentation can all be impacted by miscommunications due to poor revision control or translation errors.
Best Practices for Multi-CAD Environments
Despite the challenges of dealing with multiple CAD formats, those companies deemed by Aberdeen as “Best-in-Class” support their multi-CAD environments by standardizing on one CAD system, but making sure they have the ability to deliver and receive in many different formats. This enables them to leverage work already done by suppliers, partners or customers to save time and improve collaboration. According to the study, this enables them to shave their overall development time by 31%. These companies also released their designs on time 90% of the time, decreased their development cycle by 32%, and 91% of their designs met quality targets at release.
Product development can thrive in multi-CAD design environments. Organizations must have a clear definition of the business process that is driving their data exchange requirements and understand the data exchange solutions available for their CAD tools. They also need to understand the CAD tools being used by their suppliers or partners and how the complexity of the products they design affects the translation results.
PTC’s Creo family of design apps offers tools for working with native CAD data from multiple sources.  The software’s Flexible Modeling Extension enables users to import data from a different CAD system, open up the native CAD file and manipulate and modify the geometry instantly. Users can add the parametric intelligence later. With these flexible-modeling capabilities, users can add design intent to imported data, enabling them to easily incorporate and edit CAD data created in other CAD systems.
Product data management (PDM) and product lifecycle management (PLM) systems can greatly facilitate designing in multi-CAD environments by managing not only the original CAD design data but also the translated information being received from or sent to other design participants. PLM systems can connect multi-CAD environment with in a manner that enables organizations to manage all their design records, reference their design data in processes, and leverages design data for downstream design use in ERP and manufacturing systems.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Aston Martin Racing

Aston Martin Racing takes lessons from the race track to inform their consumer car designs.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Creo 2.0 Launched

Adroitec Engineering Solutions team launched the latest version of Creo 2.0 in INDIA. All started with PTC Creo 2.0 Launch Series from Delhi on 17th May 2012. This was the first among the series of seminars that are being organized across the country by Adroitec. Followed by  Chennai , Coimbatore & Bangalore. 

The event was well attended by an extremely knowledgeable & interactive audience. The audience appreciated  the Paradigm shift in design that PTC has introduced with Creo. The unanimous opinion was that the extremely user friendly and technology robustness that Creo provides will shorten the product development time and increase productivity.

Glimpses of the event as follows:


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Hyderabad, Pune....

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Building Design that Pushes Engineering Limits

Architects designed a huge cantilevered canopy for the new Francis A Gregory library in Washington DC. Problem was, hanging a canopy 40 feet from its support isn’t an easy engineering challenge, as the engineers from CST Covers pointed out. Vince and Allison walk us through the solution.

Product Used: Creo Parametric & Creo Advanced Framework Extension

Creo Parametric

Creo Parametric is the standard in 3D CAD, featuring state-of-the-art productivity tools that promote best practices in design while ensuring compliance with your industry and company standards.  Creo Parametric provides the broadest range of powerful yet flexible 3D CAD capabilities to help you address your most pressing design challenges including accommodating late stage changes, working with multi-CAD data and electromechanical design.
A scalable offering of integrated, parametric, 3D CAD, CAID, CAM, and CAE solutions allows you to design faster than ever, while maximizing innovation and quality to ultimately create exceptional products.
As part of the Creo product family, Creo Parametric can share data seamlessly with other Creo apps. This means that no time is wasted on data translation and resulting errors are eliminated. Users can seamlessly move between different modes of modeling and 2D and 3D design data can easily move between apps while retaining design intent. This results in an unprecedented level of interoperability and delivers break-through productivity gains throughout many product development processes.

Creo Advanced Framework Extension

Expert structure design

As essential foundations for a wide range of equipment, steel and aluminum frames are prevalent in virtually all industries. Creo Advanced Framework Extension is tailored for machine designers and equipment manufactures to simplify and speed structure design. The intelligent component library and automatic deliverable creation of this structural design software make frame design up to 10 times faster than standard design techniques.

Features & Benefits

  • Simple concept-to-production process for designing any product containing constant section profiles
  • Enjoy an efficient transition to 3D CAD from 2D systems
  • Explore alternative designs via fast modifications using intuitive functions such as mouse drag, move, and rotate
  • Create comprehensive documentation automatically, including bills of materials and beam/assembly drawings
  • Realize up to a 10:1 productivity gain over standard CAD techniques for frame design.