Case Study – Completely integrated development process – from design to shop floor tools
NX and Teamcenter provide a seamless process that shortens cycle times while fostering innovation
Burkhardt+Weber Fertigungssysteme GmbH, part of Indústrias Romi S.A., has been developing and manufacturing machine tools since 1888. As early as 1958 the company developed its first numerical control (NC) machine tool using a radio wave controller from the USA. Today, Burkhardt+Weber focuses on large machining centers and special-purpose machines that perform customer-specific tasks with high precision. Its machines can be found in manufacturing applications, including marine, commercial vehicles, tractors, electric motors, gearboxes and last but not least, within the machine tool industry itself.
To maintain its position and succeed in spite of worldwide cost pressures, the 220-person company must: 1) capture the technological knowledge of its experts and make it available to new staff; 2) work virtually as much as possible, including the use of digital mockups in virtual shop floor spaces; 3) use standardized modules for the configuration of variants and 4) achieve the highest precision and reliability in its in-house production of main components in order to balance speed, weight and size on every project.
Read this free and informative case study today to learn how Burkhardt+Weber established a continuous process that led from modeling to the ERP system, SAP R/3 and implemented a system that can manage standard and purchased parts. The company chose an all-in-one solution from Siemens PLM Software. Siemens was able to offer the broadest solution platform as well as strong support from its partners BCT, Tesis PLM Software and A+B Solutions.
Keys To Success:
- Integrated platform for digital product development
- Teamcenter as central repository for product and production data
- Interface between PDM and ERP
- NC programming with machine simulation
- DNC at the machine tools
During design, the 3D approach proves its worth, allowing the creation of assemblies containing manufactured components, purchased standard parts, commercial bar profiles and welded subassemblies. Drawing generation, the change management process and bill of material creation now run smoothly. A interface from Teamcenter to SAP/R3 makes sure that after drawing information is released it is automatically available company-wide in TIFF format. “In the past, valuable time was lost in these areas,” says Peter Schuller, CAD administrator, who was responsible for the selection and implementation of the PLM system. “By automating these processes in Teamcenter, we gain time for genuine development tasks.”
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