What is ORTEMS? It is a production scheduling and planning technology that allows for optimized production of complex products
Does your engineering organization struggle with the following challenges?
If these challenges are something you face everyday, then you probably have considered a Product Data Management (PDM) system. This will store all your data in a single repository and help with automating workflows. But buying and implementing a PDM system seems costly and time consuming; how are you going to get started?
Teamcenter Rapid Start is the answer to all these questions. It is a preconfigured installation of Teamcenter with the following features:
Lets have a look at all the components that make up a Teamcenter Rapid Start installation:
Multi-CAD and ECAD data management – Find, reuse and share data across a multi-CAD design chain
Teamcenter Rapid Start Multi-CAD data management capabilities enables you to effectively and efficiently manage, control and share MCAD data across the entire design and supply chain. Regardless of the CAD tools used, this environment provides you with a single view of product data as well as engineering processes and status. Teamcenter visualization extends this into an even more collaborative environment. Teamcenter handles all major CAD systems including NX, Solidworks, CATIA V5 and Autodesk Inventor.
Document management – Create and manage documents in conjunction with product development
Teamcenter Rapid Start includes standardized document management features so you can create and manage documents in conjunction with PDM processes and data.
Related documents are associated with products, and you can synchronize the attributes between documents and PDM.
Teamcenter Rapid Start delivers a standard integration with Microsoft Office to extend the scope and coverage to the desktops of numerous professionals and users outside of the Engineering department. This includes the managed creation and update of Technical Publications, process sheets, Customer Requirements, manufacturing set-ups, test specifications, and many other Document Management applications.
Simple process management – Preconfigured processes like design release and change, based on PDM best practices
Teamcenter Rapid Start provides you with basic workflow capabilities to streamline product development by automating and synchronizing processes. You can:
Preconfigured roles and functionality – Start quickly with best practices to automate everyday tasks across the business
Teamcenter Rapid Start offers preconfigured groups and roles with appropriate access permissions to simplify common tasks.
Further, the tasks are automated by ‘Wizards’ to make them smooth and natural, and consistently repeatable in operation for reliable, efficient processes.
Teamcenter Rapid Start can get you up and running with PDM quickly by offering:
The other huge advantage of Teamcenter Rapid Start is that it offers a seamless path to complete PLM – supported by Teamcenter, the industry leader in PLM systems.
Contact us today to learn more about Teamcenter Rapid Start and get started with improved data management.
Do any of the questions below apply to your organization:
If the answer to any of these questions is Yes, then you should be looking at the Customer Transformation Program (CTP) from Dassault Systemes.
Dassault Systemes launched a Customer Transformation Program for 2019 which is designed to transform the businesses of all their existing customers. This is a limited-time sales initiative program starting January 21, 2019 and ending December 31, 2019.
The program offers existing customers a voucher that makes them eligible for a discount on qualified new purchases of software from Dassault Systemes extensive range of productivity enhancing solutions. Customers can earn up to 35% off purchase of qualified new software – an exciting incentive to get up to date with the latest technology.
The future focus of Dassault Systèmes is on the innovative 3DEXPERIENCE platform, a disruptive technology that can completely transform your business. As a result, the largest discounts are for platform products, on premise or in the cloud.
As an example, a customer may have an existing Dassault Systemes CATIA V5 software and his installed base entitles them to a voucher good for 35% discount on a new product up to an amount 0f $35,000. Assume a new opportunity arises and the customer requires SIMULIA to run advanced simulations. If the list price of what is required is $100,000, then this can be purchased for $65,000 by applying the voucher.
As a trusted advisor, Tata Technologies can help navigate through the CTP program. Dassault Systemes has been investing billions into innovative technologies and helping organizations face business challenges. Please engage us to discover how your business can be transformed.
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In this post, lets look at some examples of how to calculate business costs and how savings can be derived from these. We will look at two examples: time searching for documents and manufacturing rework. The first example represents an efficiency gain and the second is a cost saving.
A few comments on these example calculations:
Of course, anyone looking at these calculations will immediately have two questions: what is the source of the raw data and how do you arrive at the savings?
Here are some suggestions for deriving the data required:
Once all the savings are calculated, it is a matter of spreadsheet manipulation to produce results and graphs. Below is an example of a cash flow projection:
Tata Technologies has a complete suite of tools that can help with ROI calculations. Consult any of your contacts in our organization or email
In our previous blog post Does PLM Pay? Part 1, we set the stage for calculating PLM return on investment and defined the hierarchy of Strategic Objectives, Business Targets and Business Costs.
Lets look at an example of this hierarchy:
The strategic objective is reducing time to market. The example shows two ways this can be done:
Given these business targets, we need to put actual costs against them. The example gives four savings to which we can attach costs:
These four examples represent the 43 total business costs that can be impacted by a successful PLM implementation.
Here is a scenario familiar to many PLM professionals:- a project is initiated to implement or enhance a PLM system within an organization. All the participants are excited and everybody can clearly see the benefits to processes, collaboration and data security. All the pieces are in place; pricing, implementation schedule, software requirements, training plan – down to the last detail.
The champion starts getting all the signatures required to issue the purchase order. VP of engineering – done. CIO – done. CAD manager – done.
Then the fateful moment arrives and the champion walks into the CFO’s office. The first question out of his mouth is “You want to spend this money! What’s the return on investment?” And there it stops.
So, how do you calculate an ROI for a PLM initiative? The remainder of this post and the follow on articles will give an answer to the question. Here are the various reasons why you would want to calculate an ROI for PLM:
The approach relies on breaking down PLM impact areas into categories that align with business targets. Consider the following hierarchy:
The strategic objectives at the top of the pyramid are common to all companies and can be supported by PLM systems in one way or another. Of course, PLM is not the only contributor to these objectives as other business initiatives can help meet these goals. Supporting these strategic initiatives are 22 business targets (more on this in Part 2) which are further divided into 43 business cost (more on this in Part 3).
Before we start describing the targets and costs, a definition of the types of costs used in ROI calculations is needed. There are two categories of costs – referred to as efficiency gains and cost saving. The illustration below gives examples of this division
In the last several years, there hasn’t been a lot of ground-breaking additions to most 3D CAD software. One of the more recent Autodesk Inventor developments in the last couple years has been the addition of the “Direct Edit” tool. This recent addition can be used to edit models independently of any feature history. This means you can edit models that were developed natively in Inventor, or imported as basic solid geometry from another CAD system. The Direct Edit tool has a variety of functions including:
The “move” function has a “snap to” option where you can select geometry or a plane to set the new face termination distance. Of course the default “offset” distance” is also available. The “size” function allows for offsetting geometry, but there is also a diameter option that works particularly well with cylindrical shapes like hole or shaft sizes. There are also functions within the tool to re-align the “triad” which allows for movement or rotation to be aligned with any edge or face in the model.
Once a model has been edited with the direct edit tool, you will notice that it will be documented in the model browser where it can be editing like any other feature in the Inventor model browser. Each of the direct edit sessions will be listed as separate features in the browser, and each feature can be expanded out to modify any of the functions applied.
Overall, this is a tool within Autodesk Inventor that is well worth learning. For more information, email us at Info.Americas@tatatechnologies.com
Digitalization is a digital process that ties all phases (ideation, realization and utilization) together through a digital thread that has the intelligence of the products and its lifecycle processes and connects to smart devices which can interpret and react to the information. This digitalized innovation environment is what will provide todays’ and the future manufacturers with sustainable competitive advantage.
Siemens PLM offers a suite of technology solutions to create Model Based Definition (MBD) and to consume it in the downstream processes to support Model Based Manufacturing (MBM). MBD is a complete digital definition of the product within the 3D model. One of the key element that contributes to MBD is PMI or “Product and Manufacturing Information”. It Conveys information such as geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T), 3D annotation (text), surface finish , material specifications etc. NX PMI has an advanced toolset for creating rich PMI content that enables product development companies to capture and associate this design & manufacturing requirements directly with the 3D model, and share this information with other development applications . This enables the manufacture and inspection of the product without need for traditional 2D drawings.
NX PMI Objectives include
The solution capability highlights include
Sectioning, Mirroring & WAVE
Search & Reports
One of the more common issues that come accross our helpdesk is the failed Vault log in attempt. We try not insult the intelligence of anyone calling in, so we forego the typical first response of “Did you type your user name and password correctly?” or “Is the server on?” (I wish other technology providers would do this to…)
The first thing I will do in this situation is to see if the list of Vaults is accessible. This will tell me that we have valid connection to the server. The list of Vaults can be accessed by the button with the ellipses as shown below.
Clicking this button should then show you the list of enabled Vaults on that server, as seen here.
If you get an error message here, then I will try a couple things. There may be a proxy server in your environment, or some other kind of IP route settings. We can try using the fully qualified domain name (FQDN) or the IP Address, as seen in the two images below. The FQDN should be pretty easy to decipher. The pattern is server name and the domain name (typically the part after the @ symbol in you work email address). An example is server.domain.com; server is the server name (a.k.a. host name, third-level domain), followed by a period, domain is the name of the domain (a.k.a. second-level domain), and .com at the end, which could also be .org, or .net (a.k.a. top-level domain).
The IP address may not be as readily known. You may try PING‘ing the server, which, if successful, responds with the IP address. Some smart IT folks will disable the ICMP protocol (which PING is a part of), so you may just have to ask your network administrator for the IP.
There may be one more thing to try, and that is to append a port number. Adding a port number is valid on any of the three methods above; server only, FQDN, and IP address. To specify a port number, just add a colon and the port number to the end. If your Vault requires a port, you will have to contact your administrator to determine which port to use.
If, after all of this, there is still trouble logging into Vault, then it may be time to seek helpdesk support.
Do you currently have a problem with migrating data from one system to another? Do you wish that the current manual method could be automated? Do your qualified staff spend time on the mundane activity of transferring data from one system to another?
If you answer yes to any of these questions, then Tata Technologies may have a tool available to solve these probelms – i Migrate It.
This tool is an on-demand solution for any mannner of migrations and translations. It is configured for a given situation and allows for a user specify on demand what data he needs migrated and in what format.
From a user perspective, a typical workflow would be as follows:
This tool has several advantages for migration and translation problems:
Consider this option when next you are faced with a migration problem!