How can a PLM Express to meet the needs of small to medium-sized manufacturers?

23 February 2009

plm12Organized into five common job-related roles, DELMIA PLM Express addresses specific business needs and organizational definitions.

Resource Planning:

Provides a complete solution for the resource planner with capabilities to model in 3D and validate the tooling and complete manufacturing workcells in the virtual world. Leverage features for geometric modeling, kinematics modeling, and perform reachability studies for flexible manufacturing resources. Companies will significantly cut costs by eliminating production stoppage for set-up validation on the shop floor and by eliminating rework costs.

Robotics:

Delivers comprehensive robotic simulation and offline programming capabilities that includes dedicated functionality for arc and spot welding applications. By validating all robotic movements and programming in the virtual world, companies save time and money through elimination of production stoppage on plant floor equipment. This solution also enables faster development of new processes, as existing data can be stored for re-use.

Process Planning:

Designed for the planner or design engineer, it delivers assembly process planning, validation and simulation tools, plus assembly animation and dynamic authoring capabilities for assembly shop floor work instructions. Planning earlier in the design stages with the ability to capture and reuse data for shop floor implementation saves companies valuable ramp-up time and avoids costly delays in production.

Controls:

Offers Smart Device Builder capabilities for the engineer to create the mechanical, kinematical and logical behavior of devices that can then be used to validate a PLC program in a virtual environment. In addition, Virtual Commissioning solutions allow control engineers to debug PLC code weeks before the integration of the physical equipment occurs on the shop floor, significantly reducing the ramp-up time of manufacturing systems and costs for maintenance operations. By identifying PLC programming errors through simulation, control engineers also reduce the risk of damage to physical factory equipment.

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