Model-Based Enterprise

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Model-Based Enterprise

As companies move from document-based engineering processes to a Model-Based Enterprise (MBE), including Model-Based Design/Definition (MBD), their technology, processes, and culture must all evolve. RGS delivers the business and systems expertise necessary to support the transition to a Model-Based Enterprise (MBE). RGS can also help current MBE companies become more efficient through the integration data sources outside of CAD and PLM systems and the optimiz3D Printersation of existing processes.

Model-Based Design puts the digital model at the center of the design, engineering, and manufacturing efforts. Transitioning away from document-based processes and designs provides the following benefits:

  1. The model data drives production and quality processes as the model can contain dimensions, tolerances, materials, components, inspection requirements, and process details.
  2. Data associativity is maintained, which strengthens the overall model integrity and allows for data on the entire product’s lifecycle to be contained and transported as a single unit, sometimes referred to as the Technical Data Package (TDP). TDP’s may contain a significant portion of their information outside of the model, such as notes, specifications, and standards.
  3. Data control ensures the value of the complete data sets (3D models, 2D drawings, material specification, manufacturing information, process and quality control, etc.)
  4. As long as the models are built using open standards and formats, they can be used across a wide variety of tools and platforms, allowing for flexibility in processes, partners, and applications.
  5. Less need to reenter engineering data when performing analysis generates fewer errors and reduces both time and cost in the process.
  6. Drastic reduction in model processing time as the analysis tools do not need to recreate the model before preforming their calculations.

By making the digital model the authoritative source, it is possible to increase collaboration among all groups and organizations, both internal and external, which support the design, manufacturing, distribution, and support of a product. By increasing the collaboration across the supply chain through access to the MBD data, a lean environment is created with less waste, minimized rework, reduced overall errors, and a quicker time to market.

Organizations adopting a 3D MBE need to consider the overall needs of the organization while generating a solid understanding of the condition of their current system, including legacy systems, processes, and data (both paper and electronic). Another component to consider is the supply chain and its systems, which will need to be able to store and process the TDP while being able to generate reports back to the master data record. Quality and Inspection systems need to be evaluated and upgraded to effectively use the new data package. One final consideration when adopting an MBE is the necessary cultural change and how the people are trained and incentivized to embrace the change.

To start exploring how your company would benefit from adopting MBE contact RGS at 330.208.2428 or


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