Fastener Process Engineer

Define and Maintain Assembly Fastener Processes and Validate the Process Plan with the Fastener Process Engineer Role on the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform

DELMIA 3DEXPERIENCE Fastener Process Engineer (PFE) Role provides seamless access to product design with related fasteners in order to define, optimize and validate the process plans by considering these fasteners. Its intuitive interface with smart and dedicated functionality facilitates fastener process engineering.

Check the accessibility of any welding tool for each planned fastener and automatically get the best results. Fastener Process Engineer helps to optimize resource utilization by balancing the fastening operations across stations, robots or workers.

DELMIA Fastener Process Engineer

DELMIA Fastener Process Engineer

Fastener Process Engineer Benefits

Shorter time to market

Users can capture and leverage best practices as product, fastener, and process-related issues are discovered early in the planning stages and resolved through collaboration with the product designer. Process engineering takes less time. Ramp-up-to-production times are shorter.

Reduced cost and risk

Finding process engineering issues related to fasteners early in the design phase allows manufacturing engineers to modify the process plan when change is easier and costs are lower. It also reduces the risk of un-mountable products, inaccessible fasteners, and missed fasteners, any of which could contribute to missing ramp-up and production schedules and capacity targets. Automation, fastener location (quality, consistency, effort)

Capture and leverage best practices

With Fastener Process Engineer’s specific BI (Business Intelligence) indicators, users can easily evaluate the status of their process plans by identifying unconsumed or unassigned items. For example, they can track unassigned fasteners or newly released fasteners provided by the design. Capture and store defined and validated plans as templates in a catalog for future use. As resources change, plans saved in the catalog can be modified in continuous improvement cycles.

Optimize resource utilization with line balancing and tool analysis

Process Engineers can optimize the distribution of the fastening operations all along the production line by implementing the desired cycle time and minimizing the number of required stations and resources. They can also evaluate and optimize the workload of each worker, robot, and the utilization of any resource. Tool analysis helps to balance fastening operations to stations where they can be managed, and fastener positions and orientations can be reached without any collisions.

DELMIA Process Planning with Fasteners

DELMIA Process Planning with Fasteners

Fastener Process Engineer Highlights

Include fasteners in the manufacturing assembly definition

Fastener Process Engineer gives process engineers a realistic virtual environment to create, optimize, and validate process plans that relate to fasteners. As manufacturing assemblies are defined, Fastener Process Engineer users can work directly with the fastener data authored by the product designer. Since the same platform and data types are being used, iterations between design and manufacturing planning are seamless. Planners can easily validate the manufacturing assembly against the as-designed data.

Collaborate for speed and efficiency

Allows product engineering and manufacturing engineering to collaborate on the same platform. This breakthrough technology lets users define their manufacturing process plans by directly consuming designed product and fasteners without translation or duplication, eliminating the non-value-added tasks of data importing and synchronization. It also delivers the power of configuration and change management. Fastener Process Engineer supports design through implementation on the shop floor to help the enterprise move quickly from product concept to manufacturing implementation.

Automatically generate manufacturing items based on product structure

Fastener Process Engineer can automatically generate an initial Manufactured Items structure (aka Manufacturing Bill of Materials) and display it as a 3D assembly graph, detailing the main assemblies and sub-assemblies based on in the input product structure from engineering design. Users have full flexibility to reorganize the structure by creating manufacturing specific assemblies and re-allocating parts or assemblies from one node to another by simply dragging and dropping in 3D.

Automatically distribute fasteners based on product assignment

Once all the assemblies and sub-assemblies with related individual parts have been defined, the system can leverage the definition of the fasteners and their stacking to automatically assign them at the earliest step of the assembly graph (Manufactured Item Structure). Then, the users can easily reassign fasteners from one assembly to another with a dedicated tool for fine-tuning. This greatly enhances the process engineering performance, particularly when dealing with large amounts of fasteners.

Easily balance fastening operations according to cycle time

Some of the advanced tools and interfaces, such as the Gantt, the 3D Pert View (or 3D Process Flow Diagram), the Fastener Assignment Assistant or the Bar Chart panel help to optimize the fasteners distribution along the production line between the workstations or work cells. They can evaluate the total time versus the desired cycle time and number of required workers or robots, and re-balance by reallocating fasteners in the assembly process.

Validate the process plan directly in 3D and in layout context

Process Engineers can immediately visualize in 3D the state of the product for each operation of the process plan. They can quickly and intuitively validate the sequence of operations, identify issues, and make the necessary modifications. This review is conducted in the layout context once a 3D layout has been defined and then linked to the process planning.

Quickly identify and analyze unassigned fasteners using the Assignment Assistant

In a typical automobile design, product engineering will define five to eight thousand fastener points. Ensuring that every point is assigned to a process plan has been a daunting task – until now. Fastener Process Engineer’s Assignment Assistant identifies unassigned fasteners so they can be assigned to the proper assembly step—the first step in which all the parts joined by that fastener are present. Assignment Assistant also show which parts are joined to identify the assembly steps to which the parts are assigned. Once a step is identified, the planner can allocate the fastener or perform another step as circumstances dictate.

Optimize the workload and the resource utilization

Inside each workstation or workcell, operations can be assigned to workers or robots and linked to any additional required resource. Using dedicated BI (Business Intelligence) indicators, the user can easily identify unassigned operations. Evaluate the workload and resource utilization and reassign using the Resource Workload bar chart to optimize the global process.

Tool selection assistant

Automotive OEMs have tools in many styles, shapes and designs. Selecting the right tool for a specific part, assembly, fastener location and robot can be time consuming. PFE simplifies this with the Tool Section Assistant that automatically checks tool accessibility of any fastener location at a specific assembly step. It quickly computes and displays the result for a list of pre-selected tools of any library or available ones in the shop floor. The user can easily get the best results, compare different solutions at various steps, reallocate fasteners at another station, and validate their choice.

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