ITEM LIFE CYCLES IN PRODUCT DATA MANAGEMENT: A CASE STUDY ON HOW TO IMPLEMENT A DESIGN DATA VALIDATION PROCESS
DS 68-1: Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED 11), Impacting Society through Engineering Design, Vol. 1: Design Processes, Lyngby/Copenhagen, Denmark, 15.-19.08.2011
At the start of a new design project, product data management (PDM) system is one of the first to be implemented. Soon the design has to be shared, released or approved, either for prototyping or manufacturing, and the PDM system has to fulfil the not always explicit requirements of the users. This paper describes what has to be implemented at the early stage of a new design project in order to get an actual use of PDM. It is based on a real case study in 2010 for a new project in a new organisational structure, with new tools and new processes applying to new team members. The process of implementing and using a PDM system is described, covering not only the classical title blocks for 2D drawings, but the release of 3D models and the relationship with the item approval. The proposed item-centric approach helps the designers, engineers and managers to make a proper distinction between the life cycle of the item and the life cycles of the CAD-entities that describe it, to assign the adequate status to these entities, depending on their maturity level, and to build up a common shared representation.