Inspection Reports for Quality and Inspection Departments
The creation of final Inspection documentation, containing interactive 3D Data using the PDF format, significantly enhances and simplifies the QA reporting function needed for components to pass quality control and move into production.
An interactive 3D representation of a specific part or component, combined with additional metadata-part descriptions, part numbers, detailed drawings and proposed changes- and created as part of the inspection process that can be annotated, with findings highlighted and shared between departments is a very powerful information communication tool indeed.
The 3D representation can be used as an additional check of inspection; visually showing what has been inspected or what needs to be inspected.
Using a QA report template that can be populated directly from source data; with data that can be pulled from all necessary departments within an organization, as well as being attached to create a data package, reduces the time needed to locate all required documents and drawings helping to improve the QA process.
Engineering Change Request for Engineering Departments
3D PDF is the perfect mechanism to use for an Engineering Change Request Document. An interactive 3D PDF can be used to inform and update others within the Engineering department that modifications to a component are required, without needing specialist CAD or viewing applications to see the change(s) and give relevant approvals.
As with the Inspection Reports, the addition of an interactive 3D representation of a specific part or component, combined with additional metadata, proposed changes, and created as part of the ECR process that can be annotated, with notes highlighted and then shared, is a very powerful, yet simple communication tool.
As PDF doesn’t require the use of a license of Vis-Mockup to load CAD data into a specific application, for example, time will be saved and costs reduced, especially as the all necessary information can be contained and attached within a single document (technical data package); simplifying the sign off process.
Bill of Materials (BOM) for Manufacturing Departments
When the product lifecycle is at the manufacturing stages, it is essential that staff have all the necessary pieces of information that are required to put in place the manufacturing processes needed for production.
Most of this information will be passed down from the design engineers, who will have designed the product using a CAD system. But the manufacturing engineers need more than just the design visual, they need the rest of the product information, such as dimensions and materials etc. and unless they know how to use a CAD system, they may have difficulty in accessing and understanding it. Sharing data in its native digital form requires specialist resource and training. The more traditional paper route can equally be as problematic. Both routes can be expensive and time-consuming and often require input from Engineering to make sense of the data.
Combining interactive 3D design data representations with full Product Manufacturing Information (PMI), 3D PDF documents can be used during the manufacturing process, removing the requirement for 2D drawings to be output from the CAD source data.
3D PDF allows a more thorough understanding of the product due to different views being available for interrogation, along with dimensional, tolerance, and surface finish information. Additional information can be attached to the 3D PDF document (such as spreadsheets, hyperlinks, AVI’s etc.). You can then use the 3D image embedded and any additional data, such as quantities, and cost information, and lists of raw materials, to create an MBOM, which can be shared throughout the organization and the supply chain.