Exploring 3D Tolerance Analysis with Variation Analysis
Take the next step to improving both product quality and your bottom line with 3D Tolerance Analysis with Variation Analysis.
In today’s world of design and manufacturing, three things – product quality, cost, and time to market – determine one’s success over the competition. It’s a constant challenge to increase the first while decreasing the other two. These goals are best met prior to the build stage by addressing dimensional variation issues. But with the highly complex products of today, the control of dimensional variation can consume enormous amounts of time and effort while creating additional and unnecessary expense.
Siemens PLM Variation Analysis (VSA) is a powerful dimensional analysis tool used to simulate manufacturing and assembly processes and to predict the amounts and causes of dimensional variation. Variation Analysis can help reduce the negative impact of variation on product dimensional quality, cost and time to market before a single prototype is manufactured.
In this episode, we will begin an in-depth examination of the features of VSA software that can help you anticipate and solve design problems during the pre-build phase of your projects.
We will start by reviewing major points of emphasis from Episode 1 including the concept of dimensional quality, the cost of quality, and the ultimate cost of poor dimensional quality. We’ll also refresh ourselves on the use of Geometric Solution’s 10-Step Process in Dimensional Engineering.
We will next explore the basics of using VSA for Dimensional Analysis before moving on to a look at how the software can incorporate the Monte Carlo Simulation process as part of its analytical and predictive features.
Participants will then learn how to build VSA models using some of the software’s specialized features. They will see a demonstration of the software and then explore some case studies. Upon leaving the webinar, attendees will leave with a clear understanding of the business value of VSA and how it can assist them in their projects.
3D Tolerance Analysis with Variation Analysis uses a digital prototype to create a comprehensive representation of geometry, product variation (tolerances), assembly process variation (sequence, assembly attachment definition, tooling) and measurements. Before any physical parts are made or tooling is cut this model can anticipate and predict any assembly build problems.
Capabilities of VSA
- CAD neutral flexibility – leverages embedded product and manufacturing information (PMI)
- Identification and prioritization of top contributors to variation
- Powerful variation assembly constraint engine
- Ability to link with finite element analysis (FEA) results
- Graphical reports tied to 3D geometry
- Leveraging of Teamcenter’s powerful visualization environment
- Recognition of and editing automated features
Benefits of VSA
- Design flaws eliminated before investment in expensive tooling
- Variation causes optimized based on actual assembly processes
- Production monitoring optimized
- Manufacturing costs lowered by maximizing allowable tolerances
- Engineering changes decreased by nearly 30 percent
- Simulation creation time reduced