Manufacturing Process Management

Enabling businesses to seamlessly bridge the gap between the digital and physical product

In the age of the digital thread, it is imperative that companies have a system that can manage the end-to-end manufacturing processes used to design and assemble parts and perform inspections. PTC’s Manufacturing Process Management (MPM) Link gives users this capability and serves as a bridge between the design and the physical product. We accomplish this by collecting and leveraging all relevant data including manufacturing bills of materials (mBOMs), tools, workstations and manufacturing processes. Companies can derive instant business value and establish the foundation for further value-added use cases.

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MPM Capabilities - What Can it Do?

By enabling MPM, companies can enhance the visibility and traceability of their product and manufacturing data and leverage it to optimize their manufacturing process plans. They can also expect a host of additional functionalities that were previously impossible or extremely tedious.

Users will be able to derive an mBOM from an eBOM with full traceability between design and manufacturing views. With this data under tight change control, powerful impact assessments can be applied upstream to product design and downstream to production and manufacturing equipment.

Manufacturing parts, production processes, skills and tooling can all be connected in the system to derive site-specific process plans and printable work instructions that consider local process specificities, available equipment and operators. The PLM system serves as a single source of truth for these work instructions enabling closed loop updates – updates that occur automatically without human interaction – and direct feedback from the shop floor.

Traceability between products, tools and workstations as well as audit and validation history and information is also supported. This data can be made available downstream via integration to additional systems, such as enterprise resource planning (ERP) and manufacturing execution systems (MES). Finally, by tracking metrics across the enterprise, organizations have access to valuable data to further optimize process plans and set the foundation for advanced analytics.

Life With MPM

Let’s examine the ways MPM adds value to your organization at various stages of your end-to-end processes.

Suppose a product design engineer adds a handle or another new component to a product (eBOM). Consider how that change is executed in your organization today. With MPM, a manufacturing engineer can quickly update the site or line specific manufacturing view (mBOM) of this product and the manufacturing process plan to reflect the design change. Using the MPM system, the manufacturing engineer can also digitally add or update required workstations and tools to the production line for this new product update.

At this point a production planner, having full visibility to the product changes that have been made, can begin to update the production plan within the MPM system. This may include ordering new parts, adjusting shifts, and training operators on updated processes. Further, using Kalypso’s Manufacturing Portal, a tool built to consume MPMLink data to enable additional use cases, operators on the shop floor who are currently involved in making this product will quickly be alerted of the changes to the product and the process plan and can easily pull up the latest version. Finally, production supervisors will be able to track progress based on the input of operators and assess any changes in productivity.

Problems Solved and Value Delivered - What's the Point?

While organizations may vary greatly, especially across industries, many of them face similar problems and can get comparable value added from implementing a MPM system. By connecting manufacturing and engineering business processes in a single system, manufacturers can be sure that the most up to date product specifications and work instructions are being followed on the shop floor. In addition to bridging this common communication gap, we can further empower stakeholders to fully assess the impact of a design or manufacturing change on a process or product respectively.

Similarly, increased visibility into relevant data can shorten lead times for testing manufacturability. With the right tools, MPM users will even be able to simulate/emulate how a design process change will affect different lines and resources. By connecting and centrally managing all engineering and manufacturing data, organizations can enable traceability from global design to the manufacturing line to optimize production and operations. Finally, by leveraging MPM, organizations can manage and plan manufacturing resources with enhanced visibility, ensuring the latest data is available.

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