QIF Tech Series Coffee Chat
Learn How to Use the Bill of Characteristics (BoC) as Your Digital Twin Catalyst
Catalyze the digital thread with feedback loops made possible by MBD plus QIF to establish an interoperable and automatable Bill of Characteristics (BoC). The Quality Information Framework Version 3.0 defines the BoC as a list of all the characteristics applied to a product. If you work hard to create good GD&T as 3D annotations that robustly enable your producers the flexibility to fabricate your products while still maintaining your design requirements, then that good data demands good interoperability. Model-Based Definition (MBD) is 3D CAD data that is digitally authored to be used automatically by manufacturing and quality engineers and planners to speed up fabrication and inspection in a highly accurate way. You must have the part built the right way while keeping costs low. This is what GD&T was invented for, and now MBD combined with QIF makes that process digital; speeding up time to market and decreasing quality escapes.
This is very cool technology, and no doubt saves time and money during production, but what about your people? There is a benefit. These 3D data transformation techniques increase communication between typically siloed departments, such as Engineering and Quality. Studies show that companies and organizations that communicate effectively are 4.5x more likely to retain the best employees. This is big! Implement technology while attracting and retaining the best talent.
Jennifer Herron, CEO of the leading consulting firm for 3D data transformations presents pragmatic and feasible solutions using today’s technology to two use cases:
1. Automated BoC generation and interoperability
2. Automating engineering changes while maintaining traceability
See a demonstration of authoring MBD in Creo, publishing a QIF file, using QIF (an interoperable format for metrology) to create a BoC, creating a measurement plan using ZEISS Calypso, and measuring using ZEISS CMM and METROTOM, then revise the design, rinse and repeat. Look at the digital twin artifacts needed to establish the digital thread. The combination of the MBD, QIF, and CMM creates digitally persistent characteristics that increase traceability and reduce measurement planning time. The two use cases demonstrated (automated BoC generation and interoperability, and engineering changes) process helps companies who are dedicated to empowering their employees to be faster and more accurate.
Benefits to your business are:
• Increasing product quality by eliminating human error due to manual data re-entry
• Increasing use, re-use, and automation of 3D CAD data
• Increasing product throughput during First Article Inspection activities
• Use digital twin techniques to increase employee communications, thereby increasing employee retention.
Jennifer Herron, Action Engineering