HMD Teamcenter Case Study
When it needed to restart its Teamcenter PLM initiative HMD turned to AESSiS to help it develop and implement a new product creation strategy.
HMD Pumps are based on the south coast of England and pioneered the sealless magnetic drive pump over sixty years ago. The HMD sealless design brings a wide range of operational benefits because there’s no risk of harmful emissions or leaks and, with no seals to replace, they are easier to maintain and more reliable than conventional pumps.
Today, HMD produces a wide range of standard and highly engineered pumps to order. The engineered pumps create special challenges; just ask Callum McKee who is responsible for R&D at HMD.
“Because our continued success relies on rapidly engineering pumps to order for very demanding industrial applications, we need effective PLM processes that ensure our products meet customer’s precise technical requirements whilst allowing us to minimise our engineering costs by reusing designs across projects,” says McKee.
“To grow our business we have to be able to quickly deliver new and replacement pumps at outstanding levels of quality to our customers so we recognise the importance of having world class engineering tools”
Re-implementing Teamcenter (Rebuilding the PLM Foundations)
The journey began back in 2008. As part of a strategic review, HMD looked at their processes throughout the product lifecycle and targeted areas for improvement.
One problem was that the perception of PLM within HMD had been damaged because a previous implementation of Teamcenter had not gone well. Teamcenter had not been aligned with the process needs of the company and, as a result, had gradually fallen out of regular use. However, HMD is a company that is committed to continuous improvement and David Clark, the Senior Engineering Manager at HMD, recognised that an opportunity to re-energize the PLM initiative and use Teamcenter more effectively was being missed. Clark determined that what HMD needed was a fresh look at Teamcenter as a platform for achieving HMD’s goals.
HMD decided to work with AESSiS to help deliver the new approach. According to McKee, “After the disappointment of the initial Teamcenter rollout, it was critical to HMD to get an expert and independent perspective and we were quickly impressed by AESSiS’s ability to provide clear, refreshing and objective input. AESSiS were also able to deliver a very proactive and solution based approach, and at a more competitive price than we had experienced before, which resulted in a much better ROI for us”.
The new initiative began with a PLM ‘diagnostic’ exercise to measure how current engineering processes compared to PLM best practice and to establish consensus and a clear vision of how HMD’s future processes should work in the context of Teamcenter.
AESSiS and HMD then worked together to map the company’s requirements onto the Teamcenter toolset. An important goal here says McKee “was keeping the Teamcenter data model as simple as possible. We knew some configuration would be necessary but we wanted to avoid over customising Teamcenter. We wanted to get the balance right and AESSiS were able to help us make sensible and pragmatic choices”.
Central to this effort was defining how HMD should structure its engineering bill of materials in Teamcenter. McKee again; “HMD build a tremendous number of pump products and product derivatives. Many of these, at first glance, appear geometrically very similar. They are differentiated however by the specification of a wide range of advanced materials which are absolutely crucial for performance in the demanding applications that our pumps are used. We needed an approach to model this complexity whilst providing an easy way to reuse design information across our pump range”.
The solution that the team came up with was a highly visual product structure framework, underpinned by a new Teamcenter data model.
This new framework allowed HMD designers and engineers to work together concurrently to model both the ‘as-designed’ and ‘as-built’ complexities of their pump range and to easily find and reuse designs between projects and products. It also made significant use of advanced CAD modelling techniques particularly WAVE.
With this framework, engineers were able to use Teamcenter’s product visualisation capabilities with confidence to visualise complete pump packages and identify engineering issues much earlier in the project lifecycle.
Extending the Teamcenter Data Model into Manufacturing
By early 2010, HMD were ready to embark on the next leg of the journey and extend Teamcenter into Manufacturing by including Parts, Operations & Routings in the data model.
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