Manufacturing Engineering

In a highly competitive global marketplace, manufacturers need to constantly innovate the way they manage the staggering complexities of product development. Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) is the tool that has evolved to become one of the core foundations of the manufacturing IT landscape.  PLM by definition is the process of managing the life cycle of a product.  This life cycle starts with a products original conception, then to the engineering design, on to the manufacturing, and finally to the ongoing support of the product.  This management of the entire lifespan of a product within a single environment is a critical aspect to companies striving to achieve the concept of the digital thread or Industry 4.0.  All new benefits and possibilities open up by simply linking design engineers, manufacturing engineers, and shop floor operators in the management of a product, such as:

  • Reduced time to market        
  • Improved product quality and reliability        
  • Reduced prototyping costs        
  • Reduced waste        
  • Achieve paperless shop floors        
  • Savings through the complete integration of engineering workflows        
  • Easier change management        
  • Increased communication within an organization        
  • Management and control of product data

In PLM there are two types of data that are managed:  Design (or Engineering) and Manufacturing.  It is common to find companies taking advantage of PLM systems to manage only the design aspect of the data and entirely miss out on the benefits of also managing their manufacturing data.  This manufacturing data defines how a product is to be made, whether these are the routings explaining various operations to assemble a product, safety instructions that operators need to be aware of, or defining where quality inspections need to be taken to ensure the product is to within specification.  Missing this critical aspect is often what prevents companies from achieving the full value of a PLM system.  Hyla Soft, leveraging its many years of experience and knowledge of manufacturing, has excelled in designing and implementing PLM solutions for customers.  Filling the gap between the virtual world (Engineering) and the physical world (Manufacturing) is the value that Hyla Soft can bring to organizations. 

PLM solutions are particularly beneficial for manufacturing companies in order to streamline the process of managing engineering bill of materials (eBOMs), manufacturing bill of materials (mBOMs), and bill of processes (BOPs).  All of the data that supports the eBOM can be leveraged by the manufacturing team to generate an mBOM and ultimately the BOPs and routings.  Operators benefit from this chain of data as they now have the ability to view work instructions based off of data coming from the design and manufacturing engineers.  As an example of the benefits of this data continuity, CNC code generated from CAM engineers can be sent directly to the machines without having to leave the PLM environment.  All of the production data becomes linked and managed in the single solution, allowing companies to manage and control their products in an entirely new way.

Although PLM can be implemented as a individual solution, it is often integrated with ERP and MES systems to take full advantage of the digital manufacturing concept.  Hyla Soft, being experts in MES and ERP integrations, adds another dimension for being the right system integrators for PLM solutions.  

PLM can add new possibilities and benefits to an organization, even revolutionizing how products are to be designed and manufactured.  Hyla Soft is an industry leader and go to partner in delivering successful PLM solutions and helping guide customers into this exciting new age of digital manufacturing.  

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