3D weapons for successful Program Management

The automotive industry is constantly increasing standards and requirements for its supply base to secure the safety and best quality of its products. As a result, the challenges in ensuring component accuracy and processing speed are also constantly growing, be it for those working with numerous Tier 1, 2 and 3 suppliers or Tier 1 companies shipping directly to OEM plants.

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To solve these challenges and gain a competitive advantage, many project teams are turning to 3D hardware and software. They are finding these tools to be highly effective in helping them successfully complete program assignments while saving time and money and reducing the pressures they face. The 3D technologies are especially useful in linking many APQP requirements to the ability to solve problems or plan ahead to avoid them.

Some of the most significant examples of the advantages and benefits of utilizing 3D scanning technologies are directly linked to R&D and ED&D and quality confirmations throughout a program.  Having the tools and resources of 3D metrology equipment is a great leverage point in program timelines, especially when it comes to the ability to save time and costs related to launch activity. This translates into a definite market advantage in maintaining customer relationships.

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  • Technical reviews – In the initial stages of a launch when a design and concept are being developed, many roundtable meetings take place. Having the quick resources on hand to be able to digitize and surface prototypes and create 3D CAD models and definition ED&D requirements from 2D prints grants a vast time leap.
  • Feasibilities – During many iterations for feasibilities a lot of manual or tuning is done to a part/component that may require reverse engineering to capture the engineering change point.  This may also drive the need to do further FEA testing to determine which models will need to be provided in a timely manner to third party services. 
  • DFMEA/PFMEA – Planning ahead and eliminating most factors in the process that could negatively impact the product’s safety/quality or cost is a key driving factor for all OEMs. Being able to have actual conditions in various settings to avoid installation issues when amalgamating the old with the new is a great cost and time saver.
  • Gauge – Cost reduction is an ongoing battle in the automotive industry.  3D technologies provide the ability to content down check fixtures or gauges and acquire many more details and reporting capabilities for faster problem solving or ultimately gauge R&Rs.
  • PPAP – One of the milestones of highest importance in the automotive industry is the PPAP approval.  This normally is the driving factor to parts being entered into SAP systems and BPOs being generated.  For PPAP approvals, there are many steps in the quality control department that need to be done. This can consume a lot of resources. Being able to acquire accurate data quickly for a fast turnaround on customer approval aids in launch success.

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