Who doesn’t dream about taking a leisurely cruise along the Mediterranean or to a tropical location? If you ever decide to take the plunge and invest in your dream of sun and relaxation, most likely the boat you’d buy—whether it be sailboat, yacht, or powerboat—was manufactured by BENETEAU Group.
While a major market differentiator, having customizable yachts makes the product development process much more complicated. A completely unique one-off product requires planning for its unique specifications—and must still be delivered on-time to the customer.
“If we have multiple orders from customers that need to be completed at the same time, not only do we need to juggle the process planning for each product, but we need to be able to keep track of each product’s specifications from the time we design it, on the factory floor, until the finished product is delivered to the customer – on time and within budget,” said Wilfried Cadiou, PLM & CAD Manager, BENETEAU Group.
With PTC, CNB has embarked on a journey to transform the way that it engineers and manufactures its yachts. CNB identified three keys to completing this transformation:
To achieve these goals, CNB deployed PTC’s product lifecycle management (PLM) solution, Windchill, which became a key enabler in supporting CNB’s product development process. Windchill made it possible for a single engineering tool to maintain the complete product definition for each of its products.
CNB implemented PTC Windchill completely Out of the Box (OOTB) with no customization. This made it possible for the solution to be quickly implemented and allowed the team to focus on a fast adoption of the solution and immediately see improvements in their engineering process, starting with lean collaboration through the different activities and organization, and managing product configurations.
In addition to maintaining all relevant product information in a unified system of record, CNB used Windchill MPMLink to digitally link information from engineering to manufacturing. Using a 3D digital mockup of the product (designed using PTC Creo technology), engineers are able to choose parts to be put into the engineering Bill of Materials (eBOM). MPMLink allows the information in the eBOM to be transformed to the manufacturing Bill of Materials (mBOM) in a format that the manufacturing stakeholders need to build the product on the assembly line. This gives CNB the digital continuity that enables parallel design and manufacturing planning. Early access to information stored in the eBOM cuts down on the cycle time required to manufacture a product.
Windchill MPMLink is also used to help create a process plan definition from the mBoM and 3D data that is made up of information on the work center, time, and cost. Process plan instructions are defined in Creo Illustrate with Creo View used to visualize the product on the shop floor. Not only does this make it possible to avoid modifying the digital mockup, but it makes it possible to create a manufacturing-specific view directly in an Internet browser: a virtual assembly line. This virtual assembly line is fully digitally defined with all stations on the assembly line represented.
Finally, to keep all of its systems connected, data stored in Windchill is transferred to CNB’s enterprise resource planning (ERP) system using its convenient ERP connector.
"Even though we do the process planning work for each and every single unit. We find a lot of value in Windchill MPMLink that allow us to do it efficiently."
"We have already come so far on our journey to transform the way that we manufacture. And we have a clear vision of how we want to conduct our digital transformation from Engineering to Manufacturing."
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