Category Service procedures

Seemage your iPod #41: “Using Seemage with Solid Works, part 1″

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Seemage podcast for CAD and PLM users, episode 41, Using Seemage with Solid Works, part 1

This week we have a special two-part podcast. In this post and the next, Jonathan Riondet features our new integration with SolidWorks, which as you will see, is as easy to use as making a menu selection.

In this first part, Jonathan shows some animation capabilities using a SolidWorks model. In passing, he mentions something that I think is very important: that the Seemage file created by the free plug-in can be opened in any Seemage product, including the free Seemage Player.

We’re very excited about Seemage’s integration with SolidWorks. You can read our press release announcing the integration here. Also, on Wednesday, August 29, we are holding a free webinar that will demonstrate the integration between Seemage and SolidWorks. Attendees are eligible for a free copy of Seemage Viz...

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Snecma Services Flies with Seemage

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Seemage is pleased to announce that Snecma Services is using Seemage as a vital part of its training and educational services. Read the press release below.

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Seemage your iPod #40: “Seemage Collision Detection”

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Seemage Interactive Collision Detection

This week for our 40th episode (!!), Jonathan shows a capability in Seemage that we all know would lead to better product quality: the ability to detect serviceability issues. Seemage Interactive Clash makes it quick and easy for users who must document (and use!) service procedures to see exactly what will happen under various circumstances. We’ve all opened the hood of a car and wondered, “Sheesh….how would I remove spark plug #6?” With Seemage, you’d know. And this animation could be easily supplied on CD or a website to the service people at the dealership.

As impressive as clash detection is, note what Jonathan does after discovering the clash: he non-disruptively imports updated information into the scenario to resolve the issue...

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Choose one: text or animations for nuclear powerplant training

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Text is not the answer to better product documentation

I was reading the “Engineers without Fears” blog and came across this post in which Matt Moore describes some of the core issues that arise in documenting very complex products, especially their long lifespan and the need to transfer information from one person to another over multiple careers.

Matt summarizes the problem succinctly:

Powerplants and fighter planes tend to be expensive and have long lifespans (as long or longer than the career of individual). Given that a proper understanding of how a complicated product operates takes a long time to build (often 10 years minimum), knowing who knows what around a specific component or assembly is vital. And yet often it is not known.

We agree these are important issues...

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Hey, Ford, GM and Chrysler: want another 2% in manufacturing productivity?

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We’ve mentioned our interest (OK, infatuation) with cars here many times before. But it’s not just driving them we’re interested in. It’s how they’re designed and manufactured that interests us as well.

So, we had a long look at the recently released summary of the Harbour Report on North American auto manufacturing. The press release contains a very interesting set of PowerPoint slides showing summaries of the various components that go into the Harbour Report’s calculations of “hours-per-vehicle.” HPV is the measure it uses to calculate the efficiency of North American auto plants.

In short, the report concludes that the Big Three (Ford, GM and Chrysler) are gaining in manufacturing efficiency on the Japanese companies that also produce cars in North America...

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‘Scuse us, but when it comes to PLM, Seemage told you so

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When it comes to PLM, Seemage told you so

At the risk of sounding a little like your “CAD Mom,” (with Mother’s Day coming up this weekend in the US, how’s that for a double entendre AND a mixed metaphor…all in one?) and after reading the results of this Capgemini “PLM World Pulse Survey,” we just can’t help ourselves.

Forgive us for saying “we told you so” about this survey that confirms that PLM’s raison d’être is innovation (55% of respondants), not cost savings (30%). Interestingly, 35% cite reduced time-to-market as the most important PLM benefit. And tied at 40% each, processes and organization top the list of what manufacturers think needs the most attention in optimizing PLM.

In a nutshell, customers aren’t saying PLM is about heavy-duty infrastructures, servers and IT technologies...

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Seemage your iPod #23: “Control valve”

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Hot off the press..get yer new Seemage 4.0 data sheet!

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We’ve just published a new data sheet for Seemage 4.0. Naturally, we’ll make these available on our web site, but I also wanted to post the data sheet here as well as a convenience for our blog readers.

I want to thank Fabien for his very attractive design for the Seemage 4.0 data sheets. I hope you’ll agree that we’ve made it informative, attractive and easy to read.

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Susan Smith of AEC Cafe gets the Value of Interactive 3D

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As Susan just wrote in her article, Interactive 3D Environments Replace CAD Drawings the value of reusing CAD data is made greatest when you move from viewing to interactive. 

For instance a service person wants to understand how to service a product or during the product development process they want to define/design the service procedures for the product.  Value is created for the service person by seeing the product with respect to / in context to, the service procedures.  Viewing the raw CAD data, while important, it is not what creates the value.  Value is created by authoring context and/or interacting with the authored context.

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