In an industry where many programs experience cost overruns and schedule delays, good production planning is key to staying in business. Automotive manufacturing planning involves innumerable elements that must be stringently coordinated and executed in order to successfully launch a program on time and on budget.
Dassault Systèmes (DS)' Automotive Production & After Sales Services solution enables automakers and their suppliers to implement a “Design for Manufacturing” approach. Within the highly collaborative product development environment facilitated by a PLM system, design and manufacturing processes are concurrently defined and optimized in ways that would best utilize available resources so that costs and time to market can be reduced.
Early and throughout the design cycle, digital manufacturing process involving planning, scheduling, sequencing, program and quality analysis simulation, as well as virtual commissioning can be defined to reduce the occurrence of manufacturing-delaying problems that typically arise when the systems and machinery are ready to be placed. By digitally validating the resources (robots, humans) and production processes, automotive manufacturers can evaluate multiple production systems and process designs before investing in a single prototype. This enables Design Anywhere/Build Anywhere (DABA) business agility, allowing production to be shifted easily among several plants to optimize capacity.
As changes are inevitable, Dassault Systèmes offers functionalities to rapidly assess different alternatives to automotive manufacturing processes and ‘build-arounds’ so that the any revised plans can be conducted as smoothly and efficiently as possible. The PLM system maintains the relationships between design and manufacturing planning information to help automotive production planners track late changes, identify parts that may be impacted by design changes, and study the impact of changes on production. This gives automakers the information they need to predict the cost of changes in dollars and time. Dassault Systèmes' Automotive Production & After Sales Services solution offers capabilities unmatched in the industry.
With DELMIA Robotics, all reconfiguring and iterations can be done in a virtual environment, where the only investment is the software operator’s time. We have cut our programming time by 40-50%.
Kelton Sprinkle Design/Manufacturing Engineer, Richard Petty Motorsports