Knowledge-based design at Daimler AG with the aid of PARTsolutions SPM
Daimler AG has been successfully using PARTsolutions Strategic Parts Management, from the software manufacturer CADENAS, since 2002. As an automobile pioneer and the largest supplier of premium cars as well as a globally positioned manufacturer of commercial vehicles, the company strives to promote the transfer of know-how in the development of its products – Keyword: knowledge-based design. This is achieved by giving the carmaker’s engineers access to the company’s own design guidelines for die casting tools within PARTsolutions when developing products.
Direct access to all relevant component information
Before the implementation of the design guidelines for die-casting tools in Strategic Parts Management, there were only links and references within the design to individual details and other documents. Now the design guidelines are available as a PDF document directly in PARTsolutions and links to the engineering data within Strategic Parts Management are possible. The design guidelines specify how the die-casting tools are to be designed and which parts to be used within the company group.
In addition, internal employees and engineers have direct access to 3D engineering data within the CADENAS solution, which can be inserted directly from the carmaker’s PDM system Smaragd into the respective designs in the CAD system NX.
Easier working conditions for external service providers
External service providers or suppliers also require access to on-going projects and internal standards. In the process, the respective engineering data must always be current. It must be clearly evident for external service providers, which standards are preferred in the designs. The supplier portal PARTcommunity Enterprise from CADENAS provides a direct connection for the customer to the Strategic Parts Management PARTsolutions and enables access to a great deal of parts information from the PDM system Smaragd and the ERP system SAP. External project participants therefore have access to all component information necessary for their designs via the online supplier portal. Any modifications in the construction lines are shown and are available to all participants. By simply enabling and disabling access for external service providers, the company can maintain control over the access to internal data.
The advantages of implementing the design guidelines for die-casting tools in PARTsolutions are obvious: The official guidelines are maintained in a central location and published automatically. Moreover, all the information about 3D engineering data as well as the respective 2D and 3D drawings are also available in one location.