3D PDF Implementation at DLA


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3D PDF TDPs power DLA cataloguing, provisioning, procurement, and quality assurance processes.

Technical Data Packages (TDPs) contain the foundational data used to procure, manufacture, and ensure the quality of Class IX parts. As engineering and manufacturing capabilities and techniques evolve and modernize, the format and content of TDPs must evolve and modernize as well. In the last few decades Industry has been in the midst of a transition to Computer-Aided Design (CAD) and Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM), which produce and rely upon 3D model-based technical data. The Department of Defense (DoD) has been slow to embrace this transition, causing a disconnect between typical DoD and DLA standards for technical data and those of the Industrial Base. However, the transition is speeding up, meaning DLA has a need to determine how it will do business using 3D model-based data. This presentation provides a summary of a series of demonstrations and pilots using 3D PDF TDPs to power DLA cataloguing, provisioning, procurement, and quality assurance processes. It presents the benefits of 3D PDF as a neutral Data format.

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Ben Jilson
Principle Investigator

Ben Jilson has nearly a decade of experience as a consultant at LMI, working with a number of Department of Defense clients. He is a skilled logistics process and policy analyst with experience in systems engineering, technical data management, project management, lifecycle management, artificial intelligence, additive manufacturing, and digital engineering. Ben leads several projects supporting the Defense Logistics Agency’s digital sustainment initiatives and serves as LMI’s principle investigator for model-based technical data solutions. He graduated with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in industrial and systems engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology.


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