Knowledge Based Engineering is the use of Knowledge Based Systems Technology to capture the knowledge created and used during the product development process and uses the rules and knowledge base to solve problems. MOKA (Methodology and tools Oriented to Knowledge based Applications), developed by EU, proposes solutions which focus on the structuring and formalization steps as well as links to the implementation. The KBE life-cycle looks as below:
KBE’s scope covers a wide range of activities of Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) & multidisciplinary design optimization. CADVision with the combined skills of Domain experts, Design consultants, CAD experts and Software engineers can provide to the customers the required KBE solutions.
Advantages of KBE include:
Design Automation is the need of the hour for many companies. Design Automation means that any repetitive design and data management tasks requiring a consistent set of input variables can be automated. For example, to automatically generate an assembly based on certain input parameters, we can use parametric features, relations, constraints and appropriate referencing to build an assembly model. We can also integrate the design with MS-Excel to drive the input parameters. This helps in creating product variants quickly and cost-effectively.
CADVision addresses many automation challenges faced by customers world-wide by understanding their engineering process, exploiting 3D CAD technology, Knowledge Management Processes and Automation technology using efficient algorithms and appropriate technical tools. Our solutions help customers’ to save a lot of time, to avoid human errors, to maintain consistency and to improve the overall quality of their design process. All the above factors help in saving substantial money for the company.
Process Automation need in the industry is similar to that of Design Automation. Engineers can focus on the high level design, by allowing the customization for process automation to take care of small things. The small things can range from adding a revision automatically in drawing table to automating certain business logic.
Customers have become more sophisticated and are demanding a faster turnaround time for any design changes or suggestions to be implemented by a design engineer. Reaching customer expectation is possible only if everyday tasks can be automated and teams become more efficient with their work.
Some of the examples of process automation include optimizing the design process by implementing industry standards, implementing validation processes to assure quality of the design and guaranteeing the generation of drawing document and bill of materials.
The main benefits of CAD integration are:
a. Real time access to all information
b. Seamless change and release process
c. Useful for other processes like costing, sourcing and manufacturing
d. Simultaneous collaboration
e. No data redundancy
A simple CAD integration can help in creation of new bills of materials, which can trigger a process automation, which informs the specialist in the process chain, e.g. the purchasing manager, about the tasks that need to be carried out.
Translational tools are increasing in demand in every industry domain. Business collaboration between a supplier and a customer requires exchange of CAD files. While each CAD supports exporting to and importing from a standard CAD formats (STEP, IGES, STL, etc), a complete feature based exporting or importing is not possible. Translational is also required by companies when they decide to migrate from one CAD System to another CAD system. Attempting to migrate manually is a time and cost intensive activity.
Validation tools are other important tools which companies use often. Sometimes, these validation tools are part of CAD software and sometimes 3rd utilities developed specific to a CAD system. Validation tool to check adherence to a specific standards is one example. Validation tool are also required during a translation or data migration process. Validation is the process of verifying that the resulting translated model or drawing is the same as the original source data. Most translation tools have an in-built validation tool which generates a validation report or log file, so that engineer can correct the errors manually. These in-built validation tools are not user friendly and identifying an error by looking at the report takes a lot of time. Having a good validation tool is to properly detect translational errors and detecting the design changes in the new model.
CADvision provides the necessary consulting to identify the list of supported features by translational tools and does a market survey to see if there exists a ready to fit tool available in market. If such tool is not available in market, CADVision with in-house knowledge of various CAD software and their corresponding API information can help its customers in developing a custom feature based translational tool. A similar consulting and service is provided while developing a validation tool which will do a comprehensive validation as per the customer requirement. A tailored solution is not as expensive as it sounds and when compared to that of manual effort.
One of the main categories that falls under CAD Customization is development of tailor made solutions for specific CAD applications. The solution can either be a custom feature inside CAD or can be a standalone application which interacts with CAD system. Programming languages like C, C++, Java, VB, C#, etc, are used to create interfaces or to develop independent applications.
A Sample list of custom solutions looks like this:
a. Utilities or Tools to improve productivity and reliability
b. Display CAD models in web browser
c. Value-added application development for Engineering Design
d. Applications for analysis and reporting
e. Domain specific custom CAD features to capture domain knowledge
CADVision leadership has rich experience in CAD industry and have the necessary expertise in tessellation, triangulation, faceted geometries and geometric kernels, required to provide start-to-end solutions in the manufacturer design workflow.
Companies can leverage all the above challenges by outsourcing their CAD design services to CADVision. CADVision can help businesses find the right talent and access the proper tools. Clients can benefit from our low-cost, high quality CAD Services. Some of the CAD design services provided by us are:
a. Drafting and Detailing
b. 3D Part and Assembly Modelling
c. Preparation of Bill of Materials
d. As Built Documentation
e. Format migration across CAD systems
f. Conversion of PDF/TIFF formats to .dwg formats
Advantages of design services with CADVision: