CAD SOFTWARE ARE REQUIRED TO DEVELOP parametric 3D models or product designs. These CAD files form the basis for product design analysis and simulation to evaluate product performance and robustness under anticipated conditions and forces.
Parametric designs are also required to measure tolerances, and ‘Design-for-Manufacturing’. CAM software are essentially required for ideal tool path generation for the CNC machines. This helps manufacturers in manufacturing machineries efficiently. PLM solutions help companies manage product design data, manage and align resources including men, machine, material, and money thus facilitating companies achieve highest efficiency in handling their design and development process right from product design to manufacturing.
New technologies such as digital manufacturing solutions help companies streamline manufacturing processes through designing ideal plant layout through analysing critical facets such as assembly line planning, and robotics and human ergonomics analysis to facilitate smooth coordination between humans and machines.
These technologies help companies achieve higher productivity, while also meeting working safety parameters. Vikas Khanvelkar, chairman & managing director, DesignTech Systems, says, “The usage of 3D printers has evolved radically and these systems are now being increasingly used as production machines to develop customised parts for end use applications. They turn out to be cost effective, less time consuming, and modifying the design and printing the parts is easier in 3D Printers than in the traditional approaches.”
In manufacturing companies, CAD Software is used to design a new part during the design stage. Then CAM helps in developing the tools (tools are the moulds that make the actual product) that would be used in manufacturing of the actual part. Operating and controlling all these processes along with data analysis is done with the help of ERP.
Karthik Shankaran, chief innovation officer, Detroit Engineering Products adds, “In the manufacturing industry, we see CAD/CAM and ERP is being effectively integrated into a collaborative platform. With Systems Engineering, IoT Big Data and Intelligent product design being a priority for the manufacturing industry, connecting them with Business Intelligence under the ERP architecture is a critical part of digital transformation. This aggregation of information and analytics is shortening “data to information to decision making” process in the manufacturing industry.”
Process Industry would greatly benefit from the new age manufacturing technologies. Digital Manufacturing technologies have evolved substantially and can now facilitate companies to not just design, optimise, and streamline their manufacturing plant layouts, processes and resources but also integrate manufacturing with the product design functions seamlessly to better plan production processes.
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