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Promoting Model-Based Definition to Establish a Complete Product Definition

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Shawn P. Ruemler

Purdue University,
West Lafayette, IN 47907
e-mail: sruemler@purdue.edu

Kyle E. Zimmerman

Purdue University,
West Lafayette, IN 47907
e-mail: zimmer23@purdue.edu

Nathan W. Hartman

Purdue University,
West Lafayette, IN 47907
e-mail: nhartman@purdue.edu

Thomas Hedberg, Jr.

National Institute of Standards and Technology,
Gaithersburg, MD 20899
e-mail: thomas.hedberg@nist.gov

Allison Barnard Feeny

National Institute of Standards and Technology,
Gaithersburg, MD 20899
e-mail: abf@nist.gov

Contributed by the Manufacturing Engineering Division of ASME for publication in the JOURNAL OF MANUFACTURING SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING. Manuscript received August 17, 2016; final manuscript received August 23, 2016; published online November 21, 2016. Editor: Y. Lawrence Yao.

J. Manuf. Sci. Eng 139(5), 051008 (Nov 21, 2016) (7 pages) Paper No: MANU-16-1446; doi: 10.1115/1.4034625 History: Received August 17, 2016; Revised August 23, 2016

The manufacturing industry is evolving and starting to use three-dimensional (3D) models as the central knowledge artifact for product data and product definition, or what is known as model-based definition (MBD). The model-based enterprise (MBE) uses MBD as a way to transition away from using traditional paper-based drawings and documentation. As MBD grows in popularity, it is imperative to understand what information is needed in the transition from drawings to models so that the models represent all the relevant information needed for processes to continue efficiently. Finding this information can help to define what data are common amongst different models in different stages of the lifecycle, which could help to establish a common information model. The common information model is a source that contains common information from domain specific elements amongst different aspects of the lifecycle. To help establish this common information model, information about how models are used in the industry within different workflows needs to be understood. To retrieve this information, a survey mechanism was administered to industry professionals from various sectors. Based on the results of the survey a common information model could not be established. However, the results gave great insight that will help in further investigation of the common information model.

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Primary roles of the respondents within their company

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Breakdown of how the respondents receive customer information

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Breakdown of whether the respondents would be able to produce a part to spec given only a CAD model and no drawings

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Where the models are used in processes

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What format information is received in

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Formats of information to make parts best suit the process/needs

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What types of inspections are done in house

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Inspection equipment used in house

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Mean frequency of impact of issues

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Manufacturing processes used

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Breakdown of the biggest risks of the adoption of the model-based manufacturing approach

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