With all the buzz around Model Based Definitions (MBD) and Model Based Enterprises (MBE), everyone’s talking about moving towards a Model Based Enterprise. However, one of the typical mistakes made by enterprises is creating a 3D model and expecting the results to flow in. That’s a fallacy!
It helps capture the information required by downstream processes in greater detail. That’s the start. It also helps reduce the number of drawings and iterations made during the design lifecycle of the product by allowing all stakeholders to view the actual model. MBD does that too – but what is the real benefit of transitioning to an MBE?
To understand this, we must delve into what the current state is and it encompasses the following:
The real differentiator of a truly Model Based Enterprise is the free flow of model information throughout the internal and extended enterprise. This calls for:
The teams consuming the model based definitions are thus armed with accurate data, visualisation and specifications, thereby eliminating confusion and reducing production defects.
One of the most significant advantages of a Model Based Enterprise is its ability to plan for its production capacity. When the model is shared with vendors and suppliers, they in turn are able to plan their deliverables more efficiently, thus eliminating delays and loss of productivity arising out of unavailability of parts and components or raw materials. Furthermore, the extended enterprise is provided with additional clarity, allowing vendors and suppliers to devise their procurement and inventory management strategies, thus allowing for cost savings.
The true benefits of MBD and MBE are not in the model, but in the way it is consumed by the downstream teams and the extended enterprise. The key is the sharing of information using a Product Life Cycle Management tool, and the implementation of EDMs to allow role-based access to each of the downstream and extended enterprise stakeholders.