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Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (MSME)
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Mass customization, small lot sizes, reduced cost, high variability of product types and changing product portfolio are characteristics of modern manufacturing systems during life cycle. A direct consequence of these characteristics is a more complex system and supply chain. Product lifecycle management (PLM) and model based system engineering (MBSE) are tools which have been proposed and implemented to address different aspects of this complexity and resulting challenges. Our previous work has successfully implemented a MBSE model into a PLM platform. More specifically, Pattern based system engineering (S* pattern) models of systems are integrated with TEAMCENTER to link and interface system level with component level, and streamline the lifecycle across disciplines. The benefit of the implementation is two folded. On one side it helps system engineers using system engineering models enable a shift from learning how to model to implementing the model, which leads to more effective systems definition, design, integration and testing. On the other side the PLM platform provides a reliable database to store legacy data for future use also track changes during the entire process, including one of the most important tools that a systems engineer needs which is an automatic report generation tool. In the current work, we have configured a PLM platform (TEAMCENTER) to support automatic generation of reports and requirements tables using a generic Oil Filter system lifecycle. There are three tables that have been configured for automatic generation which are Feature definitions table, Detail Requirements table and Stakeholder Feature Attributes table. These tables where specifically chosen as they describe all the requirements of the system and cover all physical behaviours the oil filter system shall exhibit during its physical interactions with external systems. The requirement tables represent core content for a typical systems engineering report. With the help of the automatic report generation tool, it is possible to prepare the entire report within one single system, the PLM system, to ensure a single reliable data source for an organization. Automatic generation of these contents can save the systems engineers time, avoid duplicated work and human errors in report preparation, train future generation of workforce in the lifecycle all the while encouraging standardized documents in an organization.
Gupta, Rajat, "Pattern-Based Systems Engineering (PBSE) - Product lifecycle Management (PLM) integration and validation" (2017). Open Access Theses. 1282.