MarcL: PLM should provide product structure functions including:
• Assign specific part numbers to parts & assemblies
• Modify structures by adding phantom assemblies
• Modify structures by adding part numbers from raw materials, suppliers, customers and other sources
• Add revision level part numbers to control configurations
• Modifying coordinates and orientation of components
• Making mass component replacements
All of the PLM functionality in the bulleted list is available in the standard Aras Innovator solution Out-Of-The-Box (OOTB).
Depending on the configuration management methodology and rules implemented (CMII or other) some companies require an automatic Engineering Change generated for all parent assemblies affected by a mass change, while others allow changes without formal approval processes.
If the “components” in the your company’s use case are purchased components, then Aras Innovator has an included best practice that allows mass change of a purchased component, without use of an Engineering Change.
In this case you would use the Aras default OOTB data model which separates your company’s internal part object from the purchased components using the Approved Manufacturers List (AML) relationship model. This is straightforward for your end users.
If your company needs a different use case for making mass change, then the Aras structure management functionality can be adapted to your specific requirements.
We provide training on how to use, administer and customize Aras Innovator’s structure management capabilities including part / item numbering.
For more see previous post ‘Item Number Generation and Cross Referencing in Aras’ and for additional information see Posts Tagged ‘Configuration Management’ and ‘Product Structure’.