Process Planner (PPL) provides all essential capabilities to define, optimize and validate manufacturing process plans of any product. The user is able to describe the necessary sub-assemblies and transformation steps 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 these 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.
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.
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.
Offers an improved end-user experience while defining the Manufacturing or Service BOM and Processes to access relevant information. Define and analyze complex, configured, and non-configured manufacturing data structures with new, efficient tools.
- New BI easily identifies, through color-coded maturity states, both consumed and defined objects
- A new structure visualization mode within the PPR spreadsheet editor – Flat View, allows the user re-organize the original structure and dynamically creates it based on any grouping criteria (reference, attribute value or object type)
- Simplify overall user experience when defining and reviewing configured processes
- Automatically filter Operations based on consumed manufacturing items (implicit filtering)
- Maintain the process sequence after filtering out Operations
- Implicit filtering helps to avoid defining or replicating variants or options effectivity from Manufacturing Items to Operations
Manage Conditional Product Flows
Extend the process definition for execution by managing conditional flows between Operations
- Extend the process definition for execution within DELMIA Apriso
- Support alternative paths in the process sequence by defining a category for each product flow:
- Good (default)
New preference - “Compliant with Scheduling and Execution”
This preference prevents users from creating data that is not compatible with DELMIA ORTEMS or DELMIA APRISO. Only one workplan level is allowed in the structure, which can only aggregate one level of header operations.
Management of primary and secondary capable resources
Define primary resources such as robots, NC machines, CMM, and lasers used by DELMIA Ortems for header operation. If multiple primary resources are assigned, DELMIA ORTEMS identifies one resource for the execution of the operation. Secondary resources such as weld guns, tools, and cutters are examples of secondary resources.
Copy the configuration model while creating a structure or scopes
- From product to item when creating an item-product scope
- From parent to child Item when creating a child
- From item to workplan or system when creating a workplan-item or system-item scope
- From parent to child operation when creating a child
- From workplan to system when creating a system/workplan scope
- From parent to child workplan (or system) when creating a child
Add the command "Issue Management" in all planning apps
This widget is now available as a web-in-win command in all Planning apps. When identifying an issue, the user can create an issue directly from the Planning app, attach items or operations as elements of the issue (context, reported against, resolved by), and assign the corresponding action.
Manage conditional product flows
Extend the process definition for execution by managing conditional flows between operations within DELMIA APRISO. Support alternative paths in the process sequence by defining a category for each product flow - good (default), alternative, scrapped, failed.
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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