Doosan Engine's facility.
South Korean Doosan Engine has improved efficiency and enhanced its 3D design capabilities by implementing Siemens product lifecycle management (PLM) Software solution.
Doosan Engine is a total engine manufacturer specialising in marine diesel engines for large ocean-going vessels and diesel engines for electric power generation.
The company was initially using Siemens' NX software and Dassault Systemes' ENOVIA PLM software for design work. Since the two solutions were from different vendors, it caused Doosan Engine to face issues with processing speed, user convenience and data consistency.
The synchronisation of 3D model files and bill of materials (BOMs) was also inadequate. In addition, model and drawing files were handled by the system in compressed file formats, making the switch from 2D to 3D CAD more challenging.
Doosan Engine thus decided to replace the existing PLM solution with Siemen's Teamcenter to solve the dual-vendor CAD/PLM issues, as well as to realise a 3D-based virtual product development process. The latter supported the company's overall goal of enhancing its 3D design capabilities, following the significant efficiency gains experienced by its field design teams after using 3D design.
The deployment proved beneficial, with Doosan Engine now being able to unify and manage the CAD/BOM structure so that changes are immediately reflected, thus streamlining work processes and assuring data consistency.
The new system also enabled the engine manufacturer to experience a 29 percent speed improvement from the previous system. In addition, users said they experienced substantial speed improvements in drawing and BOM tasks using 3D CAD data.
"Based on these improvements, we will gradually expand the use of 3D design techniques to 50 percent of our design work in the first year, and to 100 percent within the next three years," said Namsik Choi general manager of the Business Innovation Team, Doosan Engine.
Besides that, the company plans to re-establish a 3D interference verification process and build a virtual engineering system-based foundation so that it can systematically implement 3D interference verification before assembling engines.
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