Process Engineer

Define and validate manufacturing process plans of any product in 3D with the Process Engineer Role on the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform

The DELMIA 3DEXPERIENCE Process Engineer (PPL) Role provides all essential capabilities to define, optimize and validate manufacturing process plans for any product within a 3D-oriented solution.

The user is able to define its Manufacturing Bill Of Material (MBOM) by specifying all necessary sub-assemblies, installation and transformation steps, as well as specify make or buy parts and assemblies, and detail all corresponding routings and manufacturing operations. These routings and manufacturing operations can be balanced across the product line by optimizing the workload and resource utilization.

All along the definition phase, the user can immediately check and validate manufacturing process plans by stepping through the complete fabrication sequence and directly visualizing the corresponding product buildup in 3D including related tooling and resources. These plans can then be leveraged by downstream stakeholders, minimizing rework as they enrich the plan from concept to execution.

DELMIA Process Engineer

DELMIA Process Engineer

Process Engineer Benefits

Reduce cost and risk

Process Engineers can spot manufacturing process issues early in the design stages, when change is easier and less expensive – an important step in improving the quality of process plans. Early detection and resolution of issues also reduces the risk of manufacturing sequence issues, missed ramp-up & production schedules and missed capacity targets.

Reduce time-to-market

Process Engineers can recover and resolve product and process related issues early in the planning stages by collaborating with the product designer and other stakeholders. Process engineering time is reduced and ramp-up-to-production times are shortened.

Capture and leverage best practices

With PPL’s specific Business Intelligence (BI) indicators, users can easily evaluate the status of their process plans by identifying unconsumed or unassigned items. Plans that have been defined and validated can be captured as templates and stored in a catalog for future use. As available resources change, plans saved in the libraries can be modified in continuous improvement cycles.

Maximize resource utilization with line balancing

Process Engineers can optimize the distribution of the manufacturing operations all along the production line by sticking to the desired cycle time and minimizing the number of required stations and resources. Process Engineers can also evaluate and optimize the workload of each worker and the utilization of any resource.

DELMIA Manufacturing Process planning

DELMIA Manufacturing Process planning

Process Engineer Highlights

Author and manage manufacturing process plans

Process Engineers can create and manage manufacturing data with an easy-to-use interface. They can intuitively link manufacturing items to each step of the process using simple drag-and-drop from the spec tree, with assignment assistants, or directly in 3D. They can also manage resource allocation, the overall process sequence and product positioning at each step.

3D graph view of the process

The process graph function lets users view and define operations and related sequencing in a graph such as a PERT. They can also see the product buildup at stages of the operation. With this understanding, users can make necessary changes and optimize operation plans in the 3D environment.

Virtual Build for assembly sequence validation

Process Engineers can immediately see in 3D any modification applied to the assembly sequence, all in the context of the 3D layout when it is available. At any time during the process plan definition, users can visualize in 3D the corresponding build-up of any selected assembly step in the same working interface. They can quickly and intuitively validate the sequence of operations, identify issues, and make the necessary modifications. They can easily go back and forth in the assembly sequence and identify any issues based on the 3D display.

Leveraging Manufacturing objects from the 3DEXPERIENCE® libraries

When companies work with the 3DEXPERIENCE® platform to create and manage manufacturing processes, they can capture intellectual property by saving Manufacturing objects in a 3DEXPERIENCE® library. This allows enterprises to establish standards and leverage know how. PPL users have access to the catalog and can instantiate Manufacturing objects as they create and manage the Manufacturing structures.

Easily check the completeness and any impact on the manufacturing data

Using some specific key indicators with related color codes, the user can easily identify what has been consumed and what has not yet been consumed. This allows the process engineer to evaluate the completeness of the process definition. They are also able to identify what has changed and which items are linked together. This allows process engineers to make the right decision and correctly update the process if necessary.

Balance operations across the production line

Using the Work Load Balancing user interface, users can manually balance operations to achieve the desired cycle time by dragging and dropping operations between workstations or workplaces. When an operation is moved from one place to another, the utilization of the workstation or workplace and assigned resources can be checked.

Automatic Line balancing

Process Engineers can balance operations across workstations or workplaces based on a given cycle time. The command balances a set of operations according two different options: distribute the operations all along the line to get the minimum cycle time, or fill all stations until the targeted cycle time to minimize the number of stations. All the process constraints and time constraints are considered and the user can add individual constraints.

Model Mixed support

The Model Mixed function lets Process Engineers plan multiple product models on a single line, identifying and balancing operations and checking resource occupation for different product models. The user can optimize the workload between workstations, workplaces, workers and robots by concurrently displaying and comparing different models and variants.

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DELMIA is a Global Industrial Operations software that specializes in digital manufacturing and manufacturing simulation.



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