Your teams are spending hundreds of hours importing, converting, and correcting different files as well as doing endless training. And don’t forget the homegrown idiosyncratic workflows your team has developed to deal with all these software packages. How much time is that taking?
Outside of engineering, your IT and license management professionals are paying support for all these different systems, managing the applications in-house, and dealing with nuances of license management.
From a strategic point of view, your company is essentially taking itself hostage by putting some of its most valuable intellectual property - the data, calculations and models underlying successful products – in several CAD systems. Employees find themselves up against the barriers of rework, data translation, and the damaging effects of innocent human error.
Does it seem like everyone in your organization uses a different CAD tool?
use one tool because they value its surfacing capabilities.
uses three different CAD systems (perhaps as a result of past acquisitions), each with its own set of advocates.
Manufacturing and Quality
have embraced an entirely different system.
No one gets up in the morning and thinks,
“Clear my schedule! We need to consolidate on one CAD tool!” Of course not, but maybe you should.
Consolidating on one CAD tool delivers concrete benefits and is a critical part of any company’s digital transformation plan. PTC defines digital transformation as a strategy to solve broad business challenges using digital technologies. With one CAD system, everything is integrated, as a single digital thread weaves its way through the entire design and production environment. This helps to improve productivity, speed time-to-market, improve quality, enhance collaboration and reduce costs.
Manage the product development process seamlessly across functions, sidestepping data translation as well as the need to re-create legacy data. Assign projects to the appropriate design engineer, without having to consider what CAD system the engineers knows.
When your teams can more easily share ideas on a single platform, design tasks are completed faster, and rework is minimized.
Improved Product Quality
A single platform reduces the chances for the human errors associated with data translation and model re-creation.
Collaboration and Innovation
Your design teams now speak a common language, so it’s easier to share design intent, challenge assumptions and learn from each other. As a result, innovative designs and processes are more likely to emerge.
Reduced IT & License Expense
Consolidation means fewer financial headaches. Your IT department focuses on one platform for training and support, and your licensing department manages a single agreement for subscriptions and perpetual maintenance contracts.
Are you exploring or implementing model-based definition (MBD)? Do you have digital transformation initiatives underway? If so, consider CAD consolidation. These initiatives can lead to breakthroughs in cost, quality, and competitiveness, but the first step is a common CAD system that all can use.
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