Building next-generation sheet metal CAM

AbstractSheet metal product manufacturing industries have been mainly using 2D drawings so far. Adoption of 3D modeling in this industry is on the rise now. Rising global competition and customer demands require a high level of automation that improves CAD/CAM productivity and use 3D models directly from end to end. Few next-generation CAD/CAM softwares for sheet metal manufacturing and enabling technologies for punching, laser cutting and bending machines are explained. With Geometric products and technologies, sheet metal machine tool manufacturers and CAD/CAM ISVs can reap considerable benefits in terms of development cost and development time.

Application of CCPM (Critical Chain Project Management) to Generate Gains for Industrial Customers

Abstract: (Presented at Project Management Leadership Conference, QAI – 2009)

CCPM (Critical Chain Project Management) is a Project Management Methodology based on Theory of Constraints (TOC). Geometric has been using CCPM methodology and has reaped the resulting benefits both internally and externally. This paper summarizes the application of this methodology to the software services projects for the industrial customers.

Change Management – An Integral Part of Project Management

Abstract: Change management and dealing of with scope or requirements change is an important function of project managers. There might be enormous variance in efforts, cost, schedule, quality of deliverables if changes are not handled effectively. Many projects are delayed and many other are closed (terminated) because project managers were not able to manage changes. The successful execution of any project depends upon the effectiveness of the change management mechanism.

This white paper discusses the importance of change management and the Monitoring and Controlling Process.

Eliminating Waste in Software Project Management using Critical Chain Project Management™

Abstract: The project manager’s need in software projects is to ensure delivery on or before time. A mechanism by which we can achieve this is having aggressive effort estimates for the tasks against the requirements. However, in order to minimize the challenge of uncertainties that we face in a project environment, we introduce safety margin in tasks at each stage. This is a standard conflict that is faced in software project management leading common factors and issues encountered due to wastage of time like:

  • Original deadlines are not adhered to
  • There is significant re-work
  • There is too much uncertainty
  • Actual work is much more than originally planned
  • Resources are not available to work when needed

This white paper discusses how challenges faced during software project management can be addressed by using Critical Chain Project Management ™ (CCPM). Adoption of this methodology delivers projects 10%-50% faster compared to traditional methods and achieves improvements through a process of ‘waste reduction’.

Turning designs into reality: The Manufacturability paradigm

Abstract: The role of design has become critical in the 21st century of innovation and knowledge based economy. Research also indicates that around 70% of the product cost is committed during the design stage itself. Hence, it is important to design and provide ideas for changes in designs at an early stage, in order to make it easy and cost effective during the manufacturing process. ‘Design for Manufacturing’ is the process of proactively designing products to optimize all the manufacturing functions; and assure the best cost, quality, reliability, safety, time-to-market, and customer satisfaction.

In this paper, we describe how good designs can be manufactured with ease, the primary tool being a good CAD system accompanied by a virtual design assistant tool for DFM. It showcases how Creo and DFMPro give the designers the freedom and flexibility to create innovative designs; at the same time ensuring that it is in accordance with the recommended manufacturing guidelines.

Addressing Manufacturability Concerns in Global Collaboration

Abstract: The advent of new communication technologies and media is connecting the whole world more tightly than ever before. As a consequence, organizations are no longer restricted in the old operational methods, where goods were designed and produced in one corner of the world and exported to other regions.

For achieving success on the path to globalization, organizations must have effective global design and manufacturing collaboration mechanisms. Firms competing in global markets need to address varying requirements of all customer groups, and also consider the manufacturing capabilities of their plants and their partners or vendors.

This whitepaper focuses on addressing manufacturability concerns, the requirements for effective global design and manufacturing collaboration and techniques for improving manufacturability in the global collaborative environment.

Addressing the Tooling and Casting Requirements at the Design Stage

Abstract: Several of the tooling and casting requirements of a part can be addressed at the design stage. If these requirements are not addressed at the design stage, lot of time is spent on design iteration when the design reaches the die caster. These design issues lead to increase in time and cost of production leading to delay in time to market and reduced profits for the organization.

Some of the features that affect cost, tool life and castability are wall thickness, rib parameters, dimensions of bosses, holes, sharp corners, draft angle, fillet radii, engraving, finishing, tolerances, material, quantity of produced parts, to name a few.

This paper discusses various issues related to casting and tooling that can be addressed at the design stage to save valuable time and cost.