August 02, 2004
Industrial Manufacturing Has Reason For Optimism According To Report
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companies of this smaller magnitude worldwide. It also would have been helpful to know what sectors the manufacturing companies interviewed represented - automotive, medical, consumer, instruments, agricultural, etc. - instead of just generic manufacturing. Finally, presenting the information broken out geographically would also be helpful in determining where the real manufacturing hotspots are. All in all, though, the report presents some food for thought on the state of manufacturing from a worldwide perspective. Although things may not be so hot here in manufacturing right now, on a worldwide scale, there appears to be reason for at least cautious optimism.
Delphi Selects Certification Training Partner For Its Unique CAD/CAM Design Methods
Delphi Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Delphi Corp., has selected SCATE Technologies Inc. to provide an online certified training program for its patented CAD/CAM methods -- Horizontal Modeling (HM) and Digital Process Design (DPD).
These formal, structured methodologies lower product and process design costs and increase productivity throughout the design-to-manufacturing cycle. SCATE provides the MCAD/PLM industry with advanced web-based, vendor-neutral training and services.
"Our CAD/CAM design methods, which we developed internally and now license externally, have started to change the way the industry designs," said Michelle Drage, director of commercialization and licensing for Delphi Corp. "These proven methods have started to gain a lot of traction in the industry and internet-based learning systems have gained in popularity."
SCATE, using its e-Learning system, will be able to bring HM and DPD to the next generation of designers and engineers by allowing them to learn the methods as part of their normal course work.
"Delphi's methods are the cutting edge of advanced techniques in CAD/CAM," said Stephen Sadler, chief executive officer of SCATE. "These new methods will help vastly increase enterprise efficiency, saving time and money, and shortening the design-to-production cycle time."
Using HM, designers can produce higher quality 3-D CAD models with their existing CAD systems. Editing and changing data is easier and all the data is available and usable in downstream functions. DPD starts with horizontal models to rapidly create master process models and their associated process sheets. When combined, these methodologies enable greater concurrency between product and process design, shorter design-to-product cycles, increased productivity and greater innovation.
"By teaching these methods to young designers and engineers on campus, these advanced techniques will become second nature," Sadler said. "We are pleased to partner with Delphi in this endeavor to help manufacturing companies increase productivity."
The training and certification program is available immediately from SCATE and includes a full self-paced internet based course and appropriate measurement of learning. Initially, the training is offered for the CATIA CAD platform and training in the Unigraphics platform is under development.
Delphi's patented Horizontal Modeling (HM) and Digital Process Design (DPD) have not been around all that long, but picking e-learning firm SCATE as the certification trainer for its unique CAD/CAM design methods should help the technologies gain greater credibility and wider acceptance. Delphi developed and has used the methods internally, now licenses them to other manufacturers, and says they reduce product and process design costs and boost productivity throughout the design-to-manufacturing cycle. HM and DPD are in production use today at over a dozen Delphi plants worldwide, and close to 3,000 parts have been produced using the methods.
Delphi-conducted studies have shown that, when combined, HM and CPD can provide the following productivity improvements:
HM and DPD support lean design and 6-Sigma quality manufacturing practices, optimize use of existing capital equipment investments, and can accelerate product cycles by integrating design and production processes.
direct edits to a single master process model. The HM and DPD methods have been employed with CATIA, UGS NX, and SolidWorks MCAD applications, but since the methods are said to be CAD-neutral, any MCAD system could be used, according to Delphi. These methods are still emerging, but are starting to make sense to a growing number of customers in other segments of manufacturing beyond automotive.
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