He explains, "In the past, our simple database did not connect CAD
data with assembly times or cost of materials and there was no link
between the ordering of tools or materials."
Whirlpool began studying the marketplace, including the digital manufacturing
technology being offered by Delmia Corp., a Dassault Systèmes company,
offering the Delmia Process Engineer, V5 DPM Assembly solutions, and
the Delmia Manufacturing Hub.
Whirlpool learned that Delmia's Manufacturing Hub could be integrated with its existing PDM system, ProductCenter.
"We realized that product and manufacturing data could be transparently shared," Mr. Claesson says. "In
addition, we will improve our concurrent engineering using Process
Engineer and V5 DPM Assembly for process verification and documentation."
Before adopting the software, Whirlpool ran a pilot program using the Delmia tools. Delmia applications engineers were stationed on-site at Whirlpool, helping to implement the software and workflow around the software, as well as the integration with ProductCenter.
At the time this article was written, all data entry was complete and Whirlpool designers were exploring their virtual prototypes in 3D. The first family of microwaves is complete and engineers are gearing up for the next product line.
In addition to designing the microwaves in 3D, Whirlpool will rely heavily upon the Delmia Manufacturing Hub, which serves as a data repository for historic and current product, process, and resource information. Engineers can continuously update and share the most current data to better manage all processes and equipment orders. Manufacturing processes that can be created and evaluated include time analyses, rough balances, ramp-up scenarios, and capacity analyses. The various scenarios are stored in the Hub, allowing engineers quick access to information for reuse and to support decision making.