Delphi releases two structured CAD/CAM methodologies

Delphi Technologies Inc., a subsidiary of Delphi Corp., has released two structured CAD/CAM methodologies for manufacturing companies: Horizontal Modeling and Digital Process Design.

01/15/2004


Delphi Technologies Inc ., a subsidiary of Delphi Corp., has released two structured CAD/CAM methodologies for manufacturing companies: Horizontal Modeling and Digital Process Design. The company claims these methodologies, developed over the last six years at Delphi's Steering Manufacturing Development Center, represent an entirely new set of methodologies for manufacturing design and have proven to help CAD/CAM designers boost their productivity by as much as 70 %.

Horizontal Modeling allows designers to eliminate the need to re-create CAD data throughout the entire product and manufacturing design cycle. Designers can work from fewer CAD models, streamlining the product design process, improving productivity, enabling faster updates and changes, and automating the downstream flow of documentation onto the manufacturing floor.

Digital Process Design optimizes design-change cycles as manufacturing process designers develop process models and associated process drawings. Drawings are automatically created, updated, and deployed with minimal rework or design redundancy. The entire design-to-manufacture process becomes faster, more accurate, and more reliable, yielding greater productivity and lower cost.

"As Six Sigma and lean manufacturing have illustrated for years, disciplined product delivery methodologies can have a tremendous impact on manufacturing efficiencies. While Six Sigma and lean manufacturing((?)) concentrate on what's occurring 'downstream', Delphi's structured methodologies go 'upstream' to provide substantial cost savings and increased productivity throughout the design-to-manufacturing cycle," said Mike Richardson, director of engineering at Delphi Steering. "These methodologies are being rapidly adopted across Delphi Corporation as an efficient means of delivering product designs and processes. We have realized significant benefits from using these methodologies."

To facilitate delivery and support of the methodologies in the manufacturing marketplace, Delphi Technologies has established a new business entity, the Delphi Center of CAD/CAM Excellence (DCCE). The Center will serve as an industry resource, providing information, training and support to designers and engineers who are interested in taking training and certification programs in the methodologies.

—David Greenfield, Editorial Director, Control Engineering, dgreenfield@reedbusiness.com





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