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Intelligent Design, Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) and Assembly Analysis

by Neeraj Panhalkar last modified 2015-03-16 17:05

  • Intelligent Product Design

  • Intelligent product design refers to the process of optimal conceptual and early design as well as redesign of existing parts based on different criteria such as cost, manufacturability, assembly, disassembly and maintenance.
    Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) refers to the cradle to grave management of product and process information starting from early design to product release to retirement.
    CGDM is actively involved in teaching, training and research in both these areas. The focus is the development of novel methods and techniques for optimizing the design process for complex machineries and automotive components through conceptual, modeling and redesign stages.
    The main objectives of the research are improving part quality, improving manufacturability, reducing lead times associated with the design process and minimizing total part costs.

    The CGDM research team has expertise in investigating novel methods and techniques for optimizing the design process for the conceptual, modeling and redesign stages.
    In the recent past, research going on in CGDM in conjunction with Procter and Gamble (P&G) had the objective to modify existing part designs in order to reduce manufacturing costs while maintaining the structural integrity and functionality of the parts. Several Design for Low Cost (DFLC) rules have been generated and validated as part of the ongoing research and average cost savings of 20% have been reported.


    Impact: Reduction of lead time from conceptual design phase to product release along with the minimization of component cost while maintaining part quality.

    Description: Columbus_Poster_2

    Figure: Design for Low Cost Based Redesign of Existing Parts (Sponsor: P&G)



  • Assembly Innovation

  • Researchers in CGDM are also interested in analyzing the different aspects of the assembly process for large and complex assemblies such as Design for Assembly (DFA), Assembly Sequencing, Assembly Path Planning and Mistake Proofing, Assembly Visualization and Vendor Sourcing and Integration.



    Figure: Areas of Analysis in CGDM



    Figure: Steps in Assembly Analysis



  • Product Visualization


  • Product Visualization is the process of viewing, collaborating and manipulating of 3D models across different CAD/PLM platforms either on individual workstations or over the internet. A translator has been designed in CGDM in collaboration with Siemens PLM to translate, transfer and render CAD independent JT files to the internet based metaverse, Second Life (SL).

    Description: impeller

    Figure: Geometric Primitive and Part Rendering in Second Life



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