Watermarking can signify whether the document is a preliminary version, not ready for production or just a document for pre-review of a design. A watermark stamp is hard to miss and will most likely eliminate the risk that production is done from non-released documents.
Items and BOMs bridging the gap between design and rest of the organisation
Are you an engineering, design or drawing office manager concerned with producing drawings that the rest of the organisation uses - to make, order and/or assemble parts, securing quality and cost efficiency at the same time?
A large part of the customers at Symetri Europe are operating in the Manufacturing sector. In these companies, typically engineering, design and drawing office managers are concerned with producing drawings that the rest of the organisation use to make, order and assemble things.
They create designs for products and machinery that form a core part of the business and thus are key to profit generation for the companies. It's also typical that these companies' PLM journey starts with a directive or task to integrate the Engineering or Design department with the rest of the organisation.
PLM can be a big unknown at the start. Breaking it down to the tasks you need to complete makes it more concreate and understandable. Think of PLM as tools to complete steps in a design's journey from concept to decommissioning.
Items, the language of business
The first concept to understand on the journey to enlightenment is Items.
The property information the drawings and models hold is just as important or in a lot of cases even more important than the image of the design. Much of the information about a design can be written; what material, how heavy, what colour, manufacture or buy in - is information that can be written down and connected to models and drawings.
So, what is the next step?
Adding this information to the design or connecting the design information as text or meta data. Meta data is what the rest of your business or organisation understands in the form of items. Through items and being able to access items the rest of the company can understand what the design department is doing.
Now, one item at a time is time consuming so rolling them up together in a Bill or Materials (BOM) everything that is needed to make a design is the next step. More than just the CAD model because we are describing information as text rather than pictures we can add all the things needed in a design but not drawn.
Grease, Paint, processes.
With the BOM generated and more importantly manipulated you can send the information out into the organisation for others to understand and use to help them complete their tasks like purchasing, assembly, scheduling. The item information can even be sent to the Mythical ERP system for even more visibility and task completion within the organisation.
Contact us and we can help you understand the role of the Items & BOM tools we have in Sovelia and how they can help you free your data.
Before we at Symetri can begin to offer a solution, it is our responsibility to always collaborate and try to find the best option for a specific company and their business goals, and always communicate what challenges a solution we recommend will solve.
Sovelia Product Manager Tim Ray writes about different ways Manufacturing companies can produce custom Bill of Materials (BOMs) for the designs they create. This blog is based on Tim's discussion with a customer and how the company produces custom Bill of Materials (BOMs) for the designs they create.